Gloria Steinem papers
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- 1940 - 2011
- Steinem, Gloria (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Financial and legal records are closed until 2022.
The Margaret Sloan correspondence file is closed until 2025.
Correspondence with the following individuals is closed until 2022: Amy Goldstein Adams, Robert Benton, Candace Bergen, Rita Mae Brown, Blair Chotzinoff, Andrea Dworkin, Peter Frederick, Walter Fridenberg, Stan Pottinger, Ted Sorensen, Edie Van Horn, and Alice Walker.
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
In 1952, Steinem followed Suzanne to Smith College. After her 1956 graduation, Steinem received a Chester Bowles post-graduate fellowship to spend two years studying and writing in India, where she absorbed grass roots organizing skills from followers of Gandhi. In 1960 she moved to New York City where she worked for Help! magazine and wrote freelance for Life, Esquire, Glamour, and many other newspapers and magazines. Steinem co-founded New York magazine in 1968 and served as its political columnist until 1972. She was active in various civil rights and peace campaigns in the 1960s and 70s, including United Farmworkers, Vietnam War Tax Protest, and Committee for the Legal Defense of Angela Davis. She also participated in the political campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, Robert Kennedy, Shirley Chisholm, and many others.
Steinem came to the Women's Movement in 1969, after she attended a meeting of the Redstockings during which women shared their experiences with abortion. Her consciousness raised, she began speaking to audiences across the country, often paired with African-American activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes, and later Florynce Kennedy and Margaret Sloan. In 1971, Steinem, with others, founded Ms. magazine, and since that time, Steinem has devoted her career to writing, editing, fund-raising, and publicity on behalf of Ms, its allied organizations (e.g. the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation) and the women's movement more generally. A collection of her Ms. articles and other work was published in a best selling book, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983). She published Marilyn in 1986, Revolution from Within in 1992, and Moving Beyond Words in 1994. In 1986, Steinem became a contributing correspondent for the Today Show, doing interviews and features. Other organizing activities include the founding of the Ms. Foundation for Women, The National Women's Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, The Women's Action Alliance, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women. She has lectured extensively and received numerous writing awards, including the Front Page, Clarion, and Penney- Missouri journalism awards. Bloomfield College, Simmons College, Smith College, the University of Toledo, and Hobart and William Smith College have awarded Steinem honorary degrees.
Two book-length biographies of Steinem have appeared to date: Carolyn Heilbrun, The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem (1995); and Sydney Stern, Gloria Steinem: Her Passions, Politics and Mystique (1997).
237 boxes (105.75 linear feet)
Language of Materials
- I. Biographical Material
- II. Correspondence
- III. Speeches and Appearances
- IV. Writings
- V. Organizations
- VI. Political Campaigns
- VII. Subjects
- VIII. Photographs
- IX . Audiovisual Material
- X. Oversize Material
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Other Finding Aids
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additions to the Collection
Recent additions to this collection are unprocessed and are not reflected in the finding aid. The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
- Abortion -- Political aspects -- United States
- Abzug, Bella S., 1920-1998
- Computer media
- DVD-Video discs
- Democratic Party (Calif.)--20th century
- Electronic records
- Feigen, Brenda
- Feminists -- United States
- Financial records
- Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-
- Hughes, Dorothy Pitman
- India -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Jewish women
- Kennedy, Florynce, 1916-
- Millett, Kate
- Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962
- Ms. Foundation for Women (U.S.)
- National Abortion Rights Action League
- National Women's Political Caucus
- New York [journal title]
- Oral histories
- Pornography -- Social aspects -- United States
- Pro-choice movement -- United States
- Second-wave feminism
- Smith College -- Students
- Steinem, Gloria
- Voters for Choice
- Women -- Political activity -- United States -- 20th century
- Women USA (New York, N.Y.)
- Women authors
- Women journalists -- United States -- 20th century
- Women's rights -- United States -- 20th century
- Women, White
- Finding Aid to the Gloria Steinem papers
- Marla Miller
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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- 2018-11-06: Former Appendix added as container list. No other significant edits made
- 2019-04-16: Made paper FA pencil edit changes.
- 2020-05-04: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2021-06: Legacy inventories to 16 different accessions added
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