Strobel, Margaret, interviewer.

Interviews with former members of Chicago Women's Liberation Union, 1985-1991

 

Descriptive Inventory for the Collection at Chicago History Museum, Research Center

By Kimberly Jacobsen; rev. by Lesley Martin and Linda Evans, 2007.

 

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This collection was processed with the assistance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Title II-C Program, 1993-94.

 

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Main entry: Strobel, Margaret, interviewer.

Title: Interviews with former members of Chicago Women's Liberation Union, 1985-1991

Inclusive dates: 1985-1991

Size: 34 transcripts. box 3.

47 sound cassettes. Originals: boxes 1 & 2. (0MM.140)

 

Accession number: 1992.0361, 1993.0006

Provenance statement: These records were donated to Chicago Historical Society by Margaret Strobel in 1988 and 1992.

Restriction: Nine of the interviews are closed for 30 years (until 2015-2019) at the request of the interviewees. In addition, some interviewees require that researchers obtain their permission before publishing quotes.

Restriction: Transcripts are in the collection. However, to listen to a sound recording, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

 

This descriptive inventory contains:

Summary description of the collection,

Description of some related materials:

List of online catalog headings,

Container list of box and interview numbers and titles.

 

Summary description of the collection:

Sound recordings, transcripts, and release forms of interviews conducted by Strobel with other former members of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, which was formed in 1969 as a radical, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, feminist organization. Usually interviewees tell how they became involved in the women's movement and in the CWLU. Specific topics relate to the CWLU, its founding, its activities, and its breakup; to the women's movement in general and to socialist feminism; to gender orientation, child care, women's health care, reproductive rights, and women's legal rights, economic and workplace rights, including efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

Interviews were made when Margaret Strobel was a professor and Director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Description of some related materials:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Chicago Women's Liberation Union records; Estelle Carol materials on the Chicago Women's Liberation Union; the Chicago Women's Liberation Union photographs (1978.0029); Chicago Women's Graphics Collective posters (1986.0371); the essay: "Something real: Jane and me," by Linnea Johnson; and publications of Chicago Women's Liberation Union members.

 

List of online catalog entries:

The following index headings were entered in the online catalog for this collection:

Main Entry: Strobel, Margaret, interviewer.

Subjects:

Strobel, Margaret.

Chicago Women's Liberation Union

Abortion--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.

Discrimination in employment--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.

Feminism--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.

Feminism--United States--20th century.

Lesbians--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.

Radicalism--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.

Women in politics--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.

Women--Illinois--Chicago--Societies and clubs--20th century.

United States. Constitution. Equal Rights Amendment.

Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century.

Illinois--Politics and government--20th century.

United States--Politics and government--20th century.

Audio cassettes.

Interviews.

Transcripts.

 

 

Container list of box and interview numbers and titles:

0MM.140

Box 1 Sound recordings (Transcripts are in box 3)

Tape/Interview #:

Chicago Women's Liberation Union interviews:

2  Jenny Rohrer February 10, 1986

3  Beth Blacksin, Estelle Carol, Suzanne Davenport, Esther Morales, Victoria Cooper Musselman, Coral Norris March 2, 1986

4-5  Sandra Bartky, Marilyn Carlander, Judith Gardiner, Holly Graff, Jo Patton March 18, 1986

6-7  Beth Blacksin, Victoria Cooper Musselman April 2, 1986

9  Vivian Rothstein April 13, 1986

13-14  Amy Kesselman, Meredith Tax April 24, 1986

14  Jo Freeman April 24, 1986

15  Ellen DuBois April 25, 1986

16  Carole Whiteside July 10, 1986

17  Heather Booth November 4, 1987

18-23  Naomi Weisstein August-December 1987

25-26 Judith Arcana and Pauline Bart April 19, 1988

31 Miriam Geraghty Feb. 23, 1990

32  Jenny Rohrer April 27, 1990

33  Chris Riddiough October 7, 1989

35  Erica Pascal May 10 and 17, 1990

37  Elaine Wessel May 16, 1990

38  Elaine Wessel June 20, 1990

40  Victoria Starr August 23, 1990

41  Vivian Rothstein December 2, 1990

42-43  Penny Pixler May 1, 1991

44  Judy Maas May 23, 1991

45  Rinda West June 4, 1991

46 Amanda Cady Hurst June 11, 1991

 

Baltimore Women’s Union

102-103  Margaret Blanchard, Margaret D’Adamo, Donna Keck [Poggi] Elinore Krell, Claudia Leight, Jo-Ann Pilardi, Irene Reville December 7, 1986

 

Berkeley-Oakland Women's Union interview tapes:

104-105 Diane Ehrensaft, Mary Jane Lawhon July 31, 1986

113-114 Laurie Zoloth Aug 2, 1989

 

Buffalo Women's Union interview tape:

107  Anonymous, Margaret Small, Marilyn Weissman July 24, 1986

101  tape not present

 

Twin Cities Women's Union interview tapes:

111-112  Pamela Costain, Laura Davis, Fluffy Golod, Sandra Pappas, Phyllis Weiner May 23, 1986

 

Box 2 Sound recordings restricted for 30 yrs. by request of the interviewee(s)

Tape/Interview #:

Chicago Women's Liberation Union interview tapes:

1  Margaret Schmid November 19, 1985 (30 yr. restriction)

 

8  Sarah Bornstein, Diane Horwitz (30 yr. restriction), Jennifer Knauss (30 yr. restriction), Jenny Rohrer, Judith Sayad (30 yr. restriction) April 6, 1986

 

10  Re: Secret Storm; Hannah Frisch, Judith Kloiber, Trisha Leja, Jean Maloney, Susan Nussbaum, Judith Sayad April 20, 1986 (30 yr. restriction on entire tape)

 

11  Margaret Schmid, Christine Riddiough April 22, 1986 (30 yr. restriction on entire tape)

12  Christine Riddiough, Mary Jean Collins April 22, 1986 (30 yr. restriction on entire tape)

28  DARE: Beth Blacksin; Trudy Farr; Esther Morales (30 yr. restriction) June 20, 1989

29  Beth Blacksin (30 yr. restriction); Musselman (30 yr. restriction) June 20, 1989

 

CWLU Los Angeles interview tapes:

108, 109A, 109B  Jan Bridenbach, Bonnie Coleman, Jackie Goldberg, Ann Gotthoffer, Katherine Herrera, Kristinia Kleinbauer, Joanne Maybury-McKim, Laurie Pincus, Susan Rabinowitz, Phyllis Solow. (30 yr. restriction for all) April 13, 1987 [transcript says April 13, 1987, but date on tape is 1986]

 

Buffalo Women's Union interview tape:

106  Bonnie Zimmerman April 5, 1985 (30 yr. restriction)

 

Rhode Island Women's Liberation Union interview tape:

11  Barbara Melosh June 5, 1986 (30 yr. restriction)

 

Box 3 Transcripts

Tape/Interview #:

Chicago Women's Liberation Union interview transcripts:

2  Jenny Rohrer February 10, 1986

3  Beth Blacksin, Estelle Carol, Suzanne Davenport, Esther Morales, Victoria Cooper Musselman, Coral Norris March 2, 1986

4-5  Sandra Bartky, Marilyn Carlander, Judith Gardiner, Holly Graff, Jo Patton March 18, 1986

6-7  Beth Blacksin, Victoria Cooper Musselman

9  Vivian Rothstein April 13, 1986

13-14  Amy Kesselman, Meredith Tax April 24, 1986

14  Jo Freeman April 24, 1986

15  Ellen DuBois April 25, 1986

16  Carole Whiteside July 10, 1986

17  Heather Booth November 4, 1987

18-23  Naomi Weisstein August-December 1987

25-26 Judith Arcana and Pauline Bart April 19, 1988

31 Miriam Geraghty February 23, 1990

32  Jenny Rohrer April 27, 1990

33  Chris Riddiough October 7, 1989

35  Erica Pascal May 10 and 17, 1990

37  Elaine Wessel May 16, 1990

38  Elaine Wessel June 20, 1990

40  Victoria Starr August 23, 1990

41  Vivian Rothstein December 2, 1990

42-43  Penny Pixler May 1, 1991

44  Judy Maas May 23, 1991

45  Rinda West June 4, 1991

46 Amanda Cady Hurst June 11, 1991

49 Ingrid Christiansen April 28, 1993

 

Baltimore Women’s Union interview transcripts

102-103  Margaret Blanchard, Margaret D’Adamo, Donna Keck [Poggi] Elinore Krell, Claudia Leight, Jo-Ann Pilardi, Irene Reville December 7, 1986

 

Berkeley-Oakland Women's Union interview transcripts:

104-105  Diane Ehrensaft, Mary Jane Lawhon July 31, 1986

 

Buffalo Women's Union interview transcript:

107  Anonymous, Margaret Small, Marilyn Weissman July 24, 1986

 

Twin Cities Women's Union interview transcripts:

111-112  Pamela Costain, Laura Davis, Fluffy Golod, Sandra Pappas, Phyllis Weiner May 23, 1986

 

1 folder       Copies of releases signed by interviewees

Copies also are filed with the transcripts to which they relate.

(Originals are in the custody of the CHS Registrar).

 

Box 4 Additional material

2 folders      Miscellaneous publications from 1960s and 1970s relating to women’s health

 

Box 5 Transcripts

Transcripts restricted for 30 yrs. by request of the interviewee(s):

Tape/Interview #:

Chicago Women's Liberation Union interview transcripts:

1  Margaret Schmid November 19,1985 (30 yr. restriction)

8  Sarah Bornstein, Diane Horwitz (30 yr. restriction), Jennifer Knauss (30 yr. restriction), Jenny Rohrer, Judith Sayad (30 yr. restriction) April 6, 1986

10  Re. Secret Storm; Hannah Frisch, Judith Kloiber, Trisha Leja, Jean Maloney, Susan Nussbaum, Judith Sayad April 20, 1986 (30 yr. restriction)

11  Margaret Schmid, Christine Riddiough April 22, 1986 (30 yr. restriction on entire tape)

12  Christine Riddiough, Mary Jean Collins April 22, 1986 (30 yr. restriction on entire tape)

28  DARE: Beth Blacksin; Trudy Farr; Esther Morales (30 yr. restriction) June 20, 1989

29  Beth Blacksin (30 yr. restriction); Musselman (30 yr. restriction) June 20, 1989

 

Buffalo Women’s Union interview transcript:

106  Bonnie Zimmerman April 5, 1985 (30 yr. restriction)

 

Rhode Island Women's Liberation Union interview transcript:

11  Barbara Melosh June 5, 1986 (30 year restriction)

 

CWLU Los Angeles interview transcripts:

108, 109A, 109B  Jan Bridenbach, Bonnie Coleman, Jackie Goldberg, Ann Gotthoffer, Katherine Herrera, Kristinia Kleinbauer, Joanne Maybury-McKim, Laurie Pincus, Susan Rabinowitz, Phyllis Solow. (30 yr. restriction for all) April 13, 1986 [transcript says April 13, 1987, but date on tape is 1986]

 

1 folder Copies of releases signed by interviewees

Copies are also filed with the interview to which they relate.

(Originals are in the custody of the CHM registrar)