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Collection Overview

Title: Norma Lee Feminist Correspondence, 1975-1979

ID: 02/2008-006

Primary Creator: Lee, Norma

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2008

Subjects: Feminists, Lee, Norma, University of Houston - Alumni and alumnae, Women's rights - Texas - Houston

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This small collection is housed in 1 box and consists of one series that documents Norma Lee’s correspondence concerning activist and feminist activities in the mid to late 1970’s. Most notably, the collection contains correspondence from well-known political figures such as Rep. Barbara Jordan. Additionally, you can find correspondence regarding high profile issues and events such the Equal Rights Amendment and the International Women’s Year (IWY) National Women’s Conference, 1977.

Biographical Note

Norma Lee was a Houston Area feminist activist born June 1, 1936 in Beeville, TX to Nell and Marvin Lee. Norma was a graduate of Lamar High School and The University of Colorado at Boulder and received her Master's degree from the University of Houston. After teaching for the U.S. Department of defense in Germany and Okinawa, Norma spent 38 years as a school librarian for the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Ms. Lee was very active in her community. She served as a National Organization of Women (NOW) member beginning in 1973, and she also assisted in various activities during the national meeting of NOW in 1974. In 1976, she ran for the position of Democratic Judge for Precinct 32 of the city of Houston and served in that capacity for many years. In addition, Norma was an avid proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, a Lector, Acolyte, a member of the Altar Guild and New Women’s Group of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, a founding member of the Houston Episcopal Women's Caucus Chapter and a delegate from the St. Stephen's to the Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Notably, Norma played a role in facilitating the International Women’s Year (IWY) National Women’s Conference of 1977, which was the first and only national women's conference to be sponsored by the federal government. From November 18 to 21, 1977, over 20,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas to celebrate International Women's Year and identify goals for women for the next decade. Prominent women such as Billie Jean King, Maya Angelou, and Betty Friedan were in attendance. First ladies Rosalyn Carter, Betty Ford and Lady Bird Johnson attended the event as well.

Ms. Lee passed away on March 28, 2001 and is survived by her partner of 32 years, Ann Robinson.

Subject/Index Terms

Lee, Norma
University of Houston - Alumni and alumnae
Women's rights - Texas - Houston

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Source: Donated by Ann Robinson

Related Materials: Ann Robinson Collection (https://library.uh.edu/search~S11?/aAnn+Robinson+Collection./aann+robinson+collection/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CE/2exact&FF=aann+robinson+collection&1%2C17%2C)

Preferred Citation: Norma Lee Feminist Correspondence, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],

Series 1: Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 1: Regarding Houston Area National Organization of Women (NOW), 1975
Folder 2: Regarding Facilitating at the International Women’s Year (IWY) National Women’s Conference, 1977
Folder 3: Regarding Presiding Judge of Election Position, 1978
Folder 4: Regarding the Equal Rights Amendment, 1978
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Activist Correspondence, 1975, 1977

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