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Helen Lowenthal collection, circa 1967-1992

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gs9mg

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lowenthal, Helen.
Title: Helen Lowenthal collection, circa 1967-1992
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1281
Extent: 1 linear foot (2 boxes) and 1 oversized papers folder (OP)
Abstract:Collection of printed material and buttons relating to feminism, the women's movement, socialism, and leftist politics collected by feminist librarian Helen Lowenthal.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift of Helen Lowenthal, 2013. Lowenthal donated additions in 2019.


[after identification of item(s)], Helen Lowenthal collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections Randy Gue as part of the Rose Library's holdings in political history. Approximately one quarter of a linear foot of duplicates were removed from additions to the collection and shredded in 2019. Appraisal decisions were made by Interim Head of Manuscript Processing Sarah Quigley.


Arranged and described at the file level by Sarah Quigley, January 2014. Additions to the collection (Box 2) were arranged and described at the file level by Sarah Quigley, July 2019.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Helen Lowenthal is a retired librarian and feminist activist.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of printed material and buttons from circa 1967-1992 collected by Helen Lowenthal. Printed material contains fliers, newspaper clippings and articles, and position papers. The materials primarily document second-wave feminism and the Women's Movement of the 1970s, though there is a small amount of material relating to leftist politics including socialism and the anti-war movement. Buttons document women's rights events and pro-choice sentiment, as well as socialist presidential candidates, strikes and other labor issues, and other political issues such as American foreign policy in the Middle East. The collection also contains one article and two letters to the editor written by Helen Lowenthal about misogyny in professional librarianship.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Bibliographies, circa 1969
1 2 Boston Women United, "Women's Liberation position paper on Repeal of the Abortion Law of the State of Massachusetts," circa 1970
1 3 Bread and Roses march on International Women's Day and proclamation of the "Declaration of Women's Independence" (Boston, Massachusetts), flier, 1970
1 4 Buttons, labor, circa late 1980s
1 5 Buttons, other political, circa 1980s-1990s
1 6 Buttons, socialist, circa 1984-1992
1 7 Buttons, women's rights/pro-choice, circa 1980s-1990s
2 1 Coalition for Choice (Massachusetts), 1981-1986 [1 of 2]
2 2 Coalition for Choice (Massachusetts), 1981-1986 [2 of 2]
1 8 "Equality for Women in Science: 8 Demands," circa 1970
1 9 "Help Free Bill Baird" (Boston, Massachusetts), flier, 1967
1 10 "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis," flier soliciting volunteers to advertise the film in Boston, Massachusetts, 1970
1 11 Lowenthal, Helen, "A Healthy Anger," Library Journal, September 1, 1971
1 12 Lowenthal, Helen, letters to editors of professional library publications regarding misogyny in librarianship, 1971-1973
2 3 Lowenthal, Helen, tour of Cuba, 1982

Includes Cuban and Latin American publications.

2 4 Lowenthal, Helen, tour of Nicaragua, 1984 [1 of 2]

Includes Nicaraguan publications.

OP1 - Lowenthal, Helen, tour of Nicaragua, 1984 [2 of 2]
2 5 March on Washington, 20th Anniversary, 1983
2 6 Massachusetts Library Association, "Union Eyes," newsletter on collective bargaining, 1978-1980
1 13 "Medical Methods for Termination of pregnancy," no date
2 7 National Organization for Women (NOW), circa 1971-1985
1 14 Newspaper clippings and articles, 1969-1971
1 15 Organizations against the war, greater Boston (Massachusetts) area, phone list, circa 1970
1 16 "Radical Literature for the Movement from the New England Free Press," advertisement and order blank, circa 1970
1 17 Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialist Alliance position paper, "For an Anti-War Coalition and Mass Action," circa 1969
1 18 Students for a Democratic Society, "Resolutions on Women's Liberation," 1969
1 19 U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, "Women Workers in Massachusetts, 1960"
1 20 Untitled paper beginning "This paper was written by a group of us in Women's Liberation anxious to share our thoughts and feelings about sexuality with other women" [photocopy], circa 1970
2 8 Vermont Library Association, preconference on women in Vermont libraries, 1975-1976