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Harris County Women’s Political Caucus Records

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Collection Overview

Title: Harris County Women’s Political Caucus Records, 1972-1983

ID: 02/2011-001

Primary Creator: Texas Women's Political Caucus. Harris County Chapter

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/01/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Equal rights amendments - United States, Texas Equal Rights Amendment, Texas Women's Political Caucus, Texas Women's Political Caucus. Harris County Chapter, Women - Political activity

Forms of Material: Administrative records, Brochures, Bylaws (administrative records), Correspondence, Newsletters, Newspapers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of one box and includes newsletters and correspondence from the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus and the Texas and National Women’s Political Caucuses, brochures, convention related documents and histories and bylaws of the organizations. It also includes a few issues of the Women’s Political Times, a publication of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Materials are arranged regionally, and then by topic within each regional series.

Related Materials:

Houston Area Women’s Center Collection (1996-005) (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=351)

Josephine Harris Stewart Papers (2000-001) (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=190)

Houston Area NOW and Other Feminist Activities Collection (2002-003) (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=459)

Biographical Note

The Harris County Women’s Political Caucus was founded in April of 1972 as one of the local affiliates of the Texas Women’s Political Caucus and National Women’s Political Caucus. The by-laws of the caucus defined its purpose as organizing Harris County women so that “they may unite in political action, especially against sexism, racism, institutional violence, and poverty.” (Bylaws, Folder 1, Box 1). Founding members of the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus included many well-known Harris County activists, business leaders, philanthropists and politicians such as Betty Barnes, Helen Cassidy, Peggy Hall, Ruth Milburn, and Poppy Northcut. Throughout the rest of the 1970s the Harris County Political Caucus was very successful in women’s rights advocacy. It collected data about discrimination against women, lobbied political leaders at the local and state level for pro-women legislation such as the ratification of the state and national Equal Rights Amendments, and supported the political campaigns of women seeking public office. The caucus also successfully lobbied for the creation of a Women’s Advocate for the city of Houston.

By 1981 the Harris County Political Caucus was one of the fastest growing affiliates of the National Women’s Political Caucus in the nation, having increased its membership by 260% (“A brief history” Harris County Women’s Political Caucus). The caucus continued its social and political activism in the 1980s, taking an active role in opposing anti-choice legislation in Texas and supporting the mayoral race of Kathy Whitmire.

Subject/Index Terms

Equal rights amendments - United States
Texas Equal Rights Amendment
Texas Women's Political Caucus
Texas Women's Political Caucus. Harris County Chapter
Women - Political activity

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Accruals: This collection is a compilation of items taken from the Houston Area Women’s Center Collection (1996-005), the Josephine Harris Stewart Papers (2000-001), the Houston Area NOW and Other Feminist Activities Collection (2002-003) and a donation by Barbara Karkabi.

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

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Preferred Citation: Harris County Women’s Political Caucus Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Harris County Women’s Political Caucus
This series contains the documents directly related to the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus, a local affiliate of the Texas and National Women’s Political Caucuses. Some of the items featured in this series are the bylaws and history of the organization, the operational and organizational documents of the organization, and a series of newsletters published by the caucus. The series includes 12 folders contained in 1 box.
Box 1
Folder 1: Bylaws, history and other organization documents
Folder 2: Officers and members
Folder 3: Correspondence
Folder 4: Finance and fundraising documents
Folder 5: Conventions
Folder 6: Committees and Task Forces
Folder 7: Endorsements
Folder 8: Women in politics, reports for Texas and the nation
Folder 9: Newsletters, 1973-1974
Folder 10: Newsletters, 1975-1977
Folder 11: Brochures and pamphlets
Folder 12: Affiliates
Series 2: Texas Women’s Political Caucus
This series contains the documents directly related to the Texas Women’s Political Caucus and is comprised of 3 folders contained in 1 box.
Box 1
Folder 13: By-laws and organizing conference, 1972
Folder 14: Texas Women’s Political Caucus newsletter, 1973-1976
Folder 15: Texas Women’s Political Caucus Conventions
Series 3: National Women’s Political Caucus
This series contains the documents directly related to the National Women’s Political Caucus. There’s an extensive set of documents related to the 1979 national convention, saved by Josephine Harris Stewart and removed from her collection for inclusion in this series. This series is comprised of 7 folders contained in 1 box.
Box 1
Folder 16: Bylaws, 1978
Folder 17: Cincinnati National Convention, 1979
Folder 18: Cincinnati National Convention, 1979
Folder 19: National elections materials, 1979
Folder 20: National Women’s Political Caucus social and political issues
Folder 21: National Women’s political caucus t-shirt
Folder 22: Miscellaneous

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