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Patricia Rusch Hyatt papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00784

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, publications, notes, press releases, and photographs all related to the International Women's Year and the convening of the Houston 1977 conference; materials reflect state as well as national organizing efforts.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1972-2016


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Hyatt has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Hyatt, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

According to the "About the Authors" page of her book "American Women on the Move," "Patricia Rusch Hyatt, a journalism graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, has worked as feature writer at The Houston Chronicle, and as a freelance writer/editor and a consultant. She chaired the NOW Education Task Force in Fairfax County, Virginia, and founded the Nelly Bly Clearing House on non-sexist textbooks. Hyatt wrote"Coast to Coast with Alice,"(Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Lerner, 1995), on the first woman to drive a motorcar cross-country, and"The Quite Contrary Man,"(New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011), named one of the New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books of the Year. A violinist and a master gardener, she is also a playwright member of Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Princeton Research Forum for Independent Scholars." While a stay-at-home mom in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hyatt also wrote non-sexist curriculum for Unitarian Sunday schools, attended consciousness raising meetings, joined her local NOW chapter, and spoke in area schools regarding sexist sterotpes in children's literature. In 1975, then deputy director of International Women's Year (IWY) at the State Department, Catherine East asked Hyatt to work on issues surrounding the need for affordable and high quality child care. By 1977, Hyatt was working full-time in the IWY Public Information Office, culminating with the Houston Convention. Almost forty years later, she and Shelah Gilbert Leader co-authored"American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977" (2016).


3.479 linear feet (4 containers)

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The collection contains correspondence, publications, notes, press releases, and photographs related to the International Women's Year and the convening of the Houston 1977 conference; materials reflect state as well as national organizing efforts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Patricia Hyatt in 2016.

Related Materials

Co-author Shelah Gilbery Leader deposited her papers about her IWY work at the Schlesinger.

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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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