Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)

 
Contents List
Container Title
Mss 961
Part 1 (Mss 961): Original Collection, 1967-1996
Physical Description: 6.6 c.f. (17 archives boxes) 
Scope and Content Note

The records are arranged into two series: WISCONSIN WOMEN'S NETWORK records and WISCONSIN WOMEN'S EDUCATION FUND (WWEF/WFPF) records. The Wisconsin Women's Network records are subdivided into General Administrative Records and Task Force Records. The WWEF/WFPF records are arranged as Origins, Organizational Records, Ellen O'Brien Saunders Papers, and Subject Files.

The WISCONSIN WOMEN'S NETWORK RECORDS include correspondence, financial information and budgets, minutes, and information on the formation of the network and on annual meetings at which policy was decided. The background information contains the initial organization proposal drawn up by Gene Boyer, FAN minutes, several drafts of the articles of incorporation and by-laws, and a list of historic highlights and task force activities, 1980-1984.

The task force records are arranged alphabetically by name and then alphabetically by subject. Documentation variously includes action alerts, correspondence, minutes, background information, public statements and testimonies at legislative hearings, and press material. Except for a few isolated items, the majority of this subseries consists of photocopied or mimeographed material distributed to the general membership of the task force. The task force files are not true records which would have been in the hands of the various chairs, who carried out the real activities of the network, but rather mimeographed convenience copies apparently filed in the Madison office. Because of this provenance most task force records are incomplete. Most extensively represented are the files on Marital Property Reform and Reproductive Rights, although there is information on a wide range of issues concerning women and children.

The WISCONSIN WOMEN'S EDUCATION FUND RECORDS (WWEF/WFPF) are those of co-founder Ellen Saunders who was born Ellen O'Brien on June 25, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan and received a B.A. from Barnard College in 1963 and a master's degree in Education from Northeastern University in 1970. With her husband David Saunders, she moved to Wisconsin in 1971. Saunders worked as an executive assistant at DILHR, as well as coordinating Wisconsin NOW's State Compliance Task Force from 1972 to 1975 and serving on the WFPF board from 1973 to 1987. Saunders was also involved in the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Project, 1972-1973, studying career patterns of women in state service and compiling quarterly reports of progress. She researched and wrote publications for various state agencies including One Step at a Time: A Handbook for Office Workers in State Government, which was published by the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women (1976), and The Status of Clerical Workers: A Case for Pay Equity, which was published by the UW-Extension (1981). Saunders was a member of the state coordinating committee of the International Women's Year, and she was one of Wisconsin's delegates to the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977. In addition, Governor Patrick J. Lucey appointed her to the Education Committee of the State Council on Affirmative Action (1976-1981) and the planning committee for the Institute on Comparable Worth in 1981. In the late 1980s Saunders left Wisconsin for Ohio where she worked on labor issues in state government. She then settled in Olympia, Washington in the early 1990s. There she headed a training and employment agency in state government.

The records of WWEF/WFPF consist of four subseries: Origins, Organizational Records, Ellen Saunders Papers, and Subject Files. These records document the administration and operation of an organization created to alleviate employment discrimination against women at the height of the national feminist movement. Throughout the series there is much correspondence and paperwork between the organization, its project staff, and various state offices and agencies that document the strong influence of state government. The papers of Ellen Saunders, co-founder of the fund, document her personal involvement in other women's events and organizations in Wisconsin. The WWEF/WFEF series documents the years from 1967 to 1990, with the richest records relating to the years 1973-1981. Copies of The Stateswoman which WFEF/WWEF published for the Wisconsin Women's Network after 1979 are available in the SHSW Library.

The Origins subseries chronicles the events leading up to the creation of WFPF. Included is detailed documentation such as resolutions, memoranda, help sheets, correspondence, reports, and a list of demands concerning the action of January 1973, in which members of Wisconsin Now visited offices throughout the state to review implementation of Affirmative Action policies. Also included are WFPF's articles of incorporation and bylaws.

The Organizational Records span the period from 1973 to 1990. This material documents the way in which the organization changed its focus over time, specifically after making the transition from its status as an autonomous agency to becoming one of several task forces of a larger group. Records include minutes, officer reports, incoming and outgoing correspondence of leaders such as Margo House and Gene Boyer, and membership lists. Miscellaneous financial reports and budgets span the period 1974-1989, but detailed general ledgers and journals are limited to 1976-1977.

The majority of the organizational records document WWEF/WFPF's three major projects: Attitudes, Women and Employment; Skilled Jobs for Women; and the publication of Uncommon Lives of Common Women. These records cover the years 1974 to 1977, the organization's most active and well publicized period. About Attitudes, Women and Employment, the organization's first project, there are proposals and contracts, three sets of correspondence, financial records, training materials, and progress reports. A thorough evaluation from 1976 summarizes the history, implementation, and success of the project. Skilled Jobs for Women is primarily documented by financial records and grant proposals. Material from the development and publication of Uncommon Lives includes research correspondence of author Victoria Brown, promotional materials, and financial records.

The Ellen Saunders Papers focus on her activities as WWEF/WFPF co-director and as a feminist active in other organizations. Unfortunately there is no material on her activities outside of the Wisconsin Women's Education Fund after 1981 and no material on her personal or professional life after leaving Wisconsin in the late 1980s. There is one folder of chronologically arranged personal papers spanning the period 1970-1980 that includes information on employment, exchanges with friends and family, and correspondence with legislators and public officials addressing their stands on various women's issues. Also well documented is Saunders' leadership in the Affirmative Action Executive Commission, the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, the Intergovernmental Personnel Act project, the International Women's Years, the National Women's Conference, and the Institute on Comparable Worth. These papers are alphabetically arranged by project name. Of them, the Affirmative Action material is most complete, including minutes and background information on the formation of the commission. The material on the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women is limited to Saunders' collected reference material and a 1978 draft of The Status of Clerical Workers. The other projects are generally documented by administrative correspondence, reports, and financial records.

The Subject Files contain clippings and spotty reference materials on four topics related to WWEF/WFPF that interested Saunders: employment, maternity leave, equal rights legislation in Wisconsin, and women's organizations.

Series: Wisconsin Women's Network Records
Subseries: General Administrative Records
Box   1
Folder   1
Background, 1979-1984
Box   1
Folder   2-12
Annual meetings, 1980-1990
Box   1
Folder   13
Annual report, 1994-1995
Box   1
Folder   14
Board and Executive Committee files, 1979-1985, 1994-1996
Box   1
Folder   15
Budgets and financial reports, 1979-1985, 1995
Box   2
Folder   1-6
Correspondence, 1979-1995
Box   2
Folder   7
Directories of organizations, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1992
Box   2
Folder   8
General information
Membership Committee
Box   8
Folder   1
Letters, 1991-1994
Box   8
Folder   2
Milwaukee Caucus, 1994-1995
Box   2
Folder   9
Membership survey, 1991
Minutes
Box   2
Folder   10-11
1980-1983
Box   3
Folder   1-7
1984-1990
Box   3
Folder   8
1994-1995
Box   3
Folder   9
Miscellany
Box   3
Folder   10
Ms. [Foundation] grant
Box   3
Folder   11
Newspaper clippings, 1979-1996
Box   3
Folder   12
Presentations
Box   3
Folder   13
Press releases, 1988-1994
Box   4
Folder   1
Public Policy Committee, 1990-1992
Stateswoman
Box   8
Folder   8
Memorial to Liesl Blockstein, 1987
Box   8
Folder   9
Miscellany, 1981-1987, 1995
Box   4
Folder   2
Stateswoman of the Year awards, 1993-1994
Box   4
Folder   3
Task forces, general
Box   4
Folder   4
Testimonies and public statements, 1985-1988
Subseries: Task Force Records
Box   4
Folder   5
Budget impact, 1981-1995
Child Care
Box   4
Folder   6
Action alerts, 1981, 1986, 1993
Box   4
Folder   7
Correspondence, 1981-1983
Box   4
Folder   8
Legislation and budget concerns, 1981-1992
Box   4
Folder   9
Minutes, 1981-1994
Box   4
Folder   10
Rosters
Box   4
Folder   11
Miscellany
Box   4
Folder   12
Press releases, 1982-1989
Box   4
Folder   13
Public statements and policies, 1981-1988
Box   4
Folder   14
Proposals, 1980-1982
Box   4
Folder   15
Testimonies, 1983
Box   4
Folder   16
Workshops, 1986
Child Support and Custody
Box   4
Folder   17
Action alerts, 1985-1986
Box   4
Folder   18
Background information, 1985-1987
Box   4
Folder   19
Correspondence, 1984-1987
Box   4
Folder   20
Hearings and testimony, 1985-1986
Box   5
Folder   1
Legislation, 1984-1987
Box   5
Folder   2
Press material, 1984-1986
Box   5
Folder   3
“Response to HSS 80,” 1987?
Comparable Worth
Box   5
Folder   4
Action alerts, 1984-1985
Box   5
Folder   5
Background information, 1980-1987
Box   5
Folder   6
Conferences, 1985-1986
Box   5
Folder   7
Correspondence, 1985-1986
Box   5
Folder   8
Institute on Comparable Worth, 1981-1982
Box   5
Folder   9
Miscellany
Box   5
Folder   10
Testimonies, 1985-1987
Displaced Homemakers
Box   5
Folder   11
Action alerts, 1980-1989
Box   5
Folder   12
General
Box   5
Folder   13
Legislative and budget concern, 1981-1985
Box   5
Folder   14
Programs, 1982
Domestic Violence
Box   5
Folder   15
Action alerts, 1980-1986
Box   5
Folder   16
Advocate in the courtroom, 1981
Box   5
Folder   17
Correspondence, 1980-1988
Box   5
Folder   18
Legislation and budget concern, 1981-1991
Box   5
Folder   19
Mailing lists
Box   5
Folder   20
Minutes, 1982-1985
ERA
Box   6
Folder   1
Action alerts, 1983
Box   6
Folder   2
Correspondence, 1983-1984, 1994
Box   6
Folder   3
Miscellany, 1982-1983
Box   6
Folder   4
Economic Equity, survey results, 1992-1996
Educational Equity
Box   6
Folder   5
Action alerts, 1985-1994
Box   6
Folder   6
Correspondence, 1985-1995
Box   6
Folder   7
Legislation, 1985-1987
Box   6
Folder   8
Minutes, 1992-1993
Box   6
Folder   9
Miscellany, 1985-1993
Box   6
Folder   10
Survey, 1989
Employment Equity
Box   6
Folder   11
Action alerts, 1982
Box   6
Folder   12
Correspondence, 1980-1994
Box   6
Folder   13
Miscellany, 1980-1994
Box   6
Folder   14
Survey, 1991
Box   6
Folder   15
Testimonies, 1985-1991
Box   6
Folder   16
Correspondence, 1987-1991
Family and Medical Leave
Box   6
Folder   17
Miscellany, 1987-1991
Box   6
Folder   18
Testimonies, 1989-1992
Box   6
Folder   19
Hate crimes, “Focus on Equality” show, 1991
Box   6
Folder   20
Health care, 1991-1994
Box   6
Folder   21
Lesbian rights
Marital Property Reform
Box   6
Folder   22
Action alerts, 1979-1986
Box   6
Folder   23
Background information, 1980-1984
Box   7
Folder   1
Booklet, “Understanding Wisconsin's Marital Property Law,” 1984
Box   7
Folder   2
Contacts and directories, 1979-1980
Box   7
Folder   3
Correspondence, 1980-1988
Box   7
Folder   4
Fact sheets, 1981-1982, 1984-1985
Box   7
Folder   5
Handbook, 1986
Box   7
Folder   6
Hearings, 1980-1981
Box   7
Folder   7
Library project, 1986
Box   7
Folder   8
“Milestones in the History...” by Josephine Staab, 1987
Box   7
Folder   9
Miscellany, 1980-1984
Box   7
Folder   10
Press material, 1983
Box   7
Folder   11
Proposals for action, 1981-1983
Box   7
Folder   12
Statements and papers, 1981
Box   7
Folder   13
Supporting organizations, 1981-1982
Box   7
Folder   14
Testimonies, 1981-1982
Folder   7
Folder   15
Workshops, 1980
Media Watch
Box   7
Folder   16
Correspondence, 1983-1985
Box   7
Folder   17
Minutes, 1983-1984
Box   7
Folder   18
Miscellany, 1983
Reproductive Rights
Box   8
Folder   3
Action alerts, 1983-1992
Box   8
Folder   4
Bork nomination, 1987
Box   8
Folder   5-6
Correspondence, 1979-1992
Box   9
Folder   7
“Difficult Decisions” pamphlet, 1992
Box   9
Folder   8
Feticide legislation, 1992
Box   9
Folder   9
Finances, 1987-1989
Box   9
Folder   10
General information, 1982-1991
Box   9
Folder   11
Handbook, 1982, 1984
Box   9
Folder   12
Legislation, 1983-1991
Box   9
Folder   13
Legislative Committee minutes, 1990-1991
Box   9
Folder   14
Lobby Day, 1991
Minutes
Box   10
Folder   1
1990-1993
Box   9
Folder   15
1982-1989
Box   10
Folder   2
Miscellany
Box   9
Folder   3
Mobilize for Women's Life, 1987
Box   9
Folder   16
Press conference, 1985
Box   10
Folder   4
Press materials, 1984-1992
Box   9
Folder   5
Radio advertisements, 1989
Box   9
Folder   6
Strategy summits, 1991-1992
Box   8
Folder   7
Sexual Assault/Abuse, 1988-1994
Substance Abuse
Box   8
Folder   10
Miscellany, 1987-1995
Box   8
Folder   11
Correspondence, 1982-1995
Box   8
Folder   12
Minutes, 1988-1991
Box   9
Folder   1
Take Our Daughters to Work, 1994-1995
Veterans Preference
Box   8
Folder   13
Correspondence, 1984-1990
Box   8
Folder   14
Miscellany
Box   8
Folder   15
Press releases
Women and Poverty
Box   8
Folder   16
Correspondence, 1991-1993
Box   8
Folder   17
Minutes, 1991-1993
Box   8
Folder   18
Press material, 1991-1994
Box   8
Folder   19
Recommendations presented to Advisory Council, 1984
Women and Criminal Justice
Box   9
Folder   2
Correspondence, 1982-1990
Box   9
Folder   3-4
Minutes, 1981-1994
Box   9
Folder   5
Miscellany, 1984-1987
Box   9
Folder   6
Women of Color, 1985-1990
Series: Wisconsin Women's Education Fund Records (WWEF-WFPF)
Subseries: Origins
Box   10
Folder   7
Articles of incorporation, bylaws, 1973-1989
NOW Action
Box   10
Folder   8
Compliance Task Force, 1973
Box   10
Folder   9
Follow up, 1973
Box   10
Folder   10
Planning and press material, 1972-1973
Box   10
Folder   11
DILHR proposal
Subseries: Organizational Records
General
Box   11
Folder   1
Directors lists, 1973-1990
Box   11
Folder   2
“Dear Feminist” form letters
Box   11
Folder   3
Grant application, 1982-1986
Box   11
Folder   4
Internal Revenue Service, 1974-1985
Box   11
Folder   5
Membership, donor lists, 1976-1989
Box   11
Folder   6-7
Minutes, 1973-1989
Box   11
Folder   8
Miscellany, 1975, 1986-1988
Box   11
Folder   9
Name change, 1981
Box   11
Folder   10
Proposal for publication of Stateswoman, 1981-1982
Box   11
Folder   11
Publicity
Box   11
Folder   12
Reports of President, Board, 1976, 1981-1986
Correspondence
Box   11
Folder   13
Fundraising, 1976-1977
Box   11
Folder   14
General, 1974-1989
Financial records
Box   12
Folder   1
Financial reports and budgets, 1974-1989
Box   12
Folder   2
General ledgers, 1976-1977
Box   12
Folder   3
Journal, 1976
Box   12
Folder   4
Miscellaneous financial records, 1983-1986
Projects
Attitudes, Women and Employment
Box   12
Folder   5
Affirmative action training materials, 1974-1977
Correspondence
Box   12
Folder   6
State, 1974-1977
Box   12
Folder   7
General, 1974-1977
Box   12
Folder   8
Internal, 1974-1976
Box   12
Folder   9
DPI vocational education project, 1977
Box   12
Folder   10
Evaluation, 1976
Box   12
Folder   11
General ledgers, 1976-1977
Box   12
Folder   12
Journals, 1976-1977
Box   13
Folder   1
Miscellaneous financial materials, 1975-1976
Box   13
Folder   2
Monthly fiscal reports, 1974-1976
Box   13
Folder   3
Monthly progress reports, 1974-1975
Box   13
Folder   4
Press releases and clippings, 1974-1975
Box   13
Folder   5
Proposals and contracts, 1974-1976
Box   13
Folder   6
Recruitment, 1973-1974
Box   13
Folder   7
Short term job materials, 1976
Box   13
Folder   8
Training materials, 1974
Box   13
Folder   9
Training package
Skilled Jobs for Women
Box   13
Folder   10
CETA closeout materials, 1976-1978, undated
Box   13
Folder   11
CETA requisitions, 1977
Box   13
Folder   12
Correspondence, 1976-1978
Box   14
Folder   1
Financial summaries, budgets, 1976-1977
Box   14
Folder   2
General ledgers, 1976-1977
Box   14
Folder   3
Journals, 1976-1977
Box   14
Folder   4
Newsletters, brochures, 1976-1977
Box   14
Folder   5
Proposals, grants, 1975-1976
Box   14
Folder   6
Trial balances, 1976-1977
Uncommon Lives of Common Women
Box   14
Folder   7
Brochure, clippings, 1974-1975, undated
Box   14
Folder   8
Correspondence, 1974-1975, undated
Box   14
Folder   9
Financial materials, 1976-1977, undated
Subseries: Ellen Saunders Papers
Box   14
Folder   10
Personal correspondence, miscellany, 1970-1980, undated
Box   14
Folder   11
Correspondence, 1974-1975, undated
Box   14
Folder   12
Financial materials, 1976-1977, undated
Projects
Affirmative Action Executive Commission
Box   14
Folder   13
Background and implementation, 1972-1981
Box   14
Folder   14
Correspondence, 1977-1981
Box   15
Folder   1
Employment Relations Study Commission, 1976-1978
Box   15
Folder   2
Minutes, 1976-1981
Box   15
Folder   3-4
Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, pay equity booklet and reference materials, 1967-1978
Intergovernmental Personnel Act Project
Box   15
Folder   5
Correspondence, 1970-1975
Box   15
Folder   6
Grants and budgets, 1972-1973, undated
Box   15
Folder   7
Press releases and clippings
Box   16
Folder   1
Quarterly and final reports, 1972-1974
International Women's Year Coordinating Committee
Box   16
Folder   2
Minutes, 1976-1977
Box   16
Folder   3
Correspondence, 1976-1977
Box   16
Folder   4
Manual
Box   16
Folder   5
Rules for state meetings
Box   16
Folder   6
Reports and results, 1977
Box   16
Folder   7
Registration, program materials, 1977
Box   16
Folder   8
Wisconsin delegation to national meeting, 1977
Institute on Comparable Worth
Box   16
Folder   9
Correspondence, 1980-1981
Box   17
Folder   1
Miscellany, 1979-1981
Box   17
Folder   2
Moderator's speeches, 1981
Box   17
Folder   3
Proposal, 1980
Box   17
Folder   4
Publicity, mailings, 1981, undated
Subseries: Subject Files
Box   17
Folder   5
Employment, 1971, undated
Box   17
Folder   6
Maternity leave, 1973-1975, undated
Box   17
Folder   7
Wisconsin Equal Rights legislation, 1972-1974
Box   17
Folder   8
Women's organizations, undated