Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Shirley Briggle Miller Collection

Register and Finding Aid

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Miller, Shirley Briggle
Title: Shirley Briggle Miller Collection
Dates: 1972-1987
Accession No.: MA97-6
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

Ms. Miller was an active leader in the women's rights movement in Dallas, Texas and elsewhere during the 1970s. She was active in establishing the Dallas Commission on the Status of Women, serving as its vice-chairman. As a leader of the group Women for Change, she petitioned the city of Dallas for its formation. She served as Dallas coordinator of Texans for ERA, helping lead Texas to ratify the amendment (though the amendment later failed to be ratified by three quarters of the U.S. states). Ms. Miller was also active in local politics, serving on various campaigns such as Annette Strauss' mayoral bid.

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into five series: Organizations, Meeting/Conference/Seminars, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), General Information Topics and Public Relations/Political Campaigns. It includes papers, brochures, minutes, and clippings pertaining to Ms. Miller's involvement in the women's movement.

Collection includes biographies of Dallas civic leader Maura McNeil, Patricia Abbitt Hill, and Texas State Representative Frances Farenthold. Ms. McNeil's biography is found in the folder titled "McNeil's speech to Wellesley, 1977". Ms. Farenthold's biography is found in the folder titled "Political Seminar for Women 1/17/72". Approximately seven issues of Equal Times are included and the collection includes Ms. Miller's resume dated July 1975. Also included is Shirley Miller's work as Public Relations Manager during Annette Strauss' campaign for mayor in 1987. Many aspects of the women's movement in Dallas are covered in clippings and information files such as child care, the displaced homemaker's bill, divorce, and women and credit.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Miller, Shirley Briggle
Dallas Commission on the Status of Women
Women for Change
Family Names:
Dallas, Texas
Women's Right Movement - Texas - Dallas
Politics - Texas - Dallas
Shirley Briggle Miller Collection

Related Material

MA97-2 Dallas Commission on the Status of Women Files

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA97-6 Shirley Briggle Miller Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Dorthy Pool. Additions processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection



Box Folder
1 1 Commission on the Status of Women (City of Dallas)
2 Commission on the Status of Women (City of Dallas)
3 Commission on the Status of Women: George Schrader
4 Commission on the Status of Women - Resumes
5 NOW Brochure
6 NOW Legal Defense Fund
7 U.S. National Women's Agenda 1975
8 Women for Change 1975
9 Women for Change 1976
10 Women for Change 1977
11 Women for Change Political Folders
12 Women for Change - Stationary, Correspondence
13 Women's Center of Dallas
14 Women's Center of Dallas - Equal Times
Box Folder
2 15 Women's Equity Action League



Box Folder
2 16 Women's Political Caucus 1982
17 Legal Rights Workshop
18 Political Seminar for Women January 17, 1972
19 Texas Women's Political Caucus Founding Meeting. Clippings, Roster, Agendas. 1972
20 Toward a balance of power Conference
21 Women in Public Life Conference 1975


E.R.A. - Equal Rights Amendment

Box Folder
2 22 Clippings ca. 1970s
23 Correspondence
24 ERA Hearing, Austin, Recession Bill April 14, 1975
25 National
26 Speech
27 Speech


General Information

Box Folder
2 28 Clippings - Child Care
29 Clippings - Women, 1977-1981
30 Displaced Homemaker's Bill
31 Divorce
32 McNeil's Speech to Wellesley 1977
33 Women - Employment


Public Relations/Political Campaigns

Box Folder
3 1 Bill Nelson Campaign Information
2 Lori Palmer Photographs and Clippings
3 Lee Simpson Campaign Information
4 Annette Strauss Campaign Papers and Press Releases
5 Annette Strauss Speeches and Materials for Speeches
6 Dallas Precincts ranked by % of vote for Mark White
7 Media Directory 1983-84
8 Patrick Media Group Materials and Contract
3 Notepads for Annette Strauss Campaign
1 Notepad for Lori Palmer Campaign