University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Texas Women's Political Caucus. Harris County Chapter
Collection Title Harris County Women’s Political Caucus Records
Dates 1972-1983
Identification 02/2011-001
Physical Description 0.50 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

The Harris County Women’s Political Caucus was founded in April of 1972 as one of the local affiliates of the Texas Women’s Political Caucus and National Women’s Political Caucus. The by-laws of the caucus defined its purpose as organizing Harris County women so that “they may unite in political action, especially against sexism, racism, institutional violence, and poverty.” (Bylaws, Folder 1, Box 1). Founding members of the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus included many well-known Harris County activists, business leaders, philanthropists and politicians such as Betty Barnes, Helen Cassidy, Peggy Hall, Ruth Milburn, and Poppy Northcut. Throughout the rest of the 1970s the Harris County Political Caucus was very successful in women’s rights advocacy. It collected data about discrimination against women, lobbied political leaders at the local and state level for pro-women legislation such as the ratification of the state and national Equal Rights Amendments, and supported the political campaigns of women seeking public office. The caucus also successfully lobbied for the creation of a Women’s Advocate for the city of Houston.

By 1981 the Harris County Political Caucus was one of the fastest growing affiliates of the National Women’s Political Caucus in the nation, having increased its membership by 260% (“A brief history” Harris County Women’s Political Caucus). The caucus continued its social and political activism in the 1980s, taking an active role in opposing anti-choice legislation in Texas and supporting the mayoral race of Kathy Whitmire.


Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one box and includes newsletters and correspondence from the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus and the Texas and National Women’s Political Caucuses, brochures, convention related documents and histories and bylaws of the organizations. It also includes a few issues of the Women’s Political Times, a publication of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Materials are arranged regionally, and then by topic within each regional series.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Texas Women's Political Caucus
Texas Women's Political Caucus. Harris County Chapter
Genre/Form of Material:
Administrative records
Brochures
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Newsletters
Newspapers
Topical Term:
Equal rights amendments -- United States
Texas Equal Rights Amendment
Women -- Political activity

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Harris County Women’s Political Caucus Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Accruals:

This collection is a compilation of items taken from the Houston Area Women’s Center Collection (1996-005), the Josephine Harris Stewart Papers (2000-001), the Houston Area NOW and Other Feminist Activities Collection (2002-003) and a donation by Barbara Karkabi.


Detailed List of Contents

ArchonID id118402
Harris County Women’s Political Caucus

Scope and Contents
This series contains the documents directly related to the Harris County Women’s Political Caucus, a local affiliate of the Texas and National Women’s Political Caucuses. Some of the items featured in this series are the bylaws and history of the organization, the operational and organizational documents of the organization, and a series of newsletters published by the caucus. The series includes 12 folders contained in 1 box.
Box Folder
1 1 ArchonID id118406
Bylaws, history and other organization documents
2 ArchonID id118407
Officers and members
3 ArchonID id118408
Correspondence
4 ArchonID id118409
Finance and fundraising documents
5 ArchonID id118410
Conventions
6 ArchonID id118411
Committees and Task Forces
7 ArchonID id118412
Endorsements
8 ArchonID id118413
Women in politics, reports for Texas and the nation
9 ArchonID id118414
Newsletters 1973-1974
10 ArchonID id118415
Newsletters 1975-1977
11 ArchonID id118416
Brochures and pamphlets
12 ArchonID id118417
Affiliates



ArchonID id118403
Texas Women’s Political Caucus

Scope and Contents
This series contains the documents directly related to the Texas Women’s Political Caucus and is comprised of 3 folders contained in 1 box.
Box Folder
1 13 ArchonID id118429
By-laws and organizing conference 1972
14 ArchonID id118430
Texas Women’s Political Caucus newsletter 1973-1976
15 ArchonID id118431
Texas Women’s Political Caucus Conventions



ArchonID id118404
National Women’s Political Caucus

Scope and Contents
This series contains the documents directly related to the National Women’s Political Caucus. There’s an extensive set of documents related to the 1979 national convention, saved by Josephine Harris Stewart and removed from her collection for inclusion in this series. This series is comprised of 7 folders contained in 1 box.
Box Folder
1 16 ArchonID id118433
Bylaws 1978
17 ArchonID id118434
Cincinnati National Convention 1979
18 ArchonID id118435
Cincinnati National Convention 1979
19 ArchonID id118436
National elections materials 1979
20 ArchonID id118437
National Women’s Political Caucus social and political issues
21 ArchonID id118438
National Women’s political caucus t-shirt
22 ArchonID id118439
Miscellaneous