University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Harriett Joan Ehrlich Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Ehrlich, Harriet Joan
Collection Title Harriett Joan Ehrlich Papers
Dates 1967-2007
Identification 02/2008-005
Physical Description 4.00 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Harriet Joan Ehrlich was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on February 12, 1935. She attended Syracuse University where she received a bachelor’s degree in home economics and started her career as a bridal consultant for Bloomingdales Department store. Ehrlich spent her younger years making a name for herself in the civil rights movement before joining the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Houston. While working as a director of a state enforcement unit in Philadelphia, Ehrlich pushed the local school district to resolve unequal pay for female janitors.

Over the next 24 years, Ehrlich worked tirelessly for the EEOC, becoming director of the Houston office and later the office in San Francisco. She actively spoke to the press, pushed EEOC lawyers to file more and larger cases, and reached out to civil rights leaders, clergy and business leaders. Even while bed ridden Ehrlich continued her work in labor advocacy, convening her staff in a San Francisco hospital room. Ehrlich died of leukemia at the age of 72.


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Scope and Contents

The contents of this collection comprise the life of Harriet Joan Ehrlich. The bulk of the materials contained within revolve around Ehrlich’s tenure with the EEOC, specifically as director. The collection has been divided into eight (8) series: Correspondence, Certificates, Personal Writings, Multimedia, News Clippings, Press Books, In-Service Educational Materials, and Ephemera.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Publications (document genre)
Personal Name:
Ehrlich, Harriet Joan
Topical Term:
Affirmative action programs -- Law and legislation -- United States
Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States
United States. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Harriet Joan Ehrlich Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Detailed List of Contents

ArchonID id143245

Scope and Contents
This series contains correspondence to and from Ehrlich. The bulk of the material contained within pertains to EEOC business and issues. Sub-Series 2 consists of thank you notes from a wide array of individuals.
ArchonID id143254
Box Folder
1 1 ArchonID id143257
General Correspondence 1967-1980
2 ArchonID id143258
General Correspondence 1981-1984
3 ArchonID id143259
General Correspondence 1985-1987
4 ArchonID id143260
General Correspondence 1988-1990
5 ArchonID id143261
General Correspondence 1991-1994
6 ArchonID id143262
General Correspondence 1995-1997
7 ArchonID id143263
General Correspondence 1998-2000
ArchonID id143255
Thank You Notes
Box Folder
1 8 ArchonID id143265
Thank You Notes undated
9 ArchonID id143266
Thank You Notes 1967-1988
10 ArchonID id143267
Thank You Notes 1990-1995
11 ArchonID id143268
Thank You Notes 1996-2000

ArchonID id143247

Scope and Contents
The series consists of awards received by Ehrlich. Included are certificates of appreciation, resolutions and various other commendations. All materials in this series are in paper form.
Box Folder
1 12 ArchonID id143270
13 ArchonID id143271
1990-1999, undated

ArchonID id143248
Personal Writings

Scope and Contents
This series contains the personal writings of Ehrlich. Included are appointment books as well as an original poem written by Ehrlich.
Box Folder
1 14 ArchonID id143273
15 ArchonID id143274
"Twas the Week After Christmas" Poem undated
16 ArchonID id143275
Calvin Botley's Lecture Series

ArchonID id143249

Scope and Contents
This series consists of audio visual materials. Of special interest is a photograph of Ehrlich receiving an award from Vice-President Al Gore.
Box Folder
1 17 ArchonID id143277
18 ArchonID id143278
VHS "Teens Take on Sexual Harassment" 2004

ArchonID id143250
News Clippings

Scope and Contents
This series includes news clippings related to the EEOC or issues pertaining to the organization.
Box Folder
1 19 ArchonID id143280
20 ArchonID id143281
21 ArchonID id143282
22 ArchonID id143283
23 ArchonID id143284
24 ArchonID id143285
25 ArchonID id143286

ArchonID id143251
Press Books

Scope and Contents
This series consists of binders containing press releases and news clippings revolving around the EEOC or issues pertaining to the organization.
Box Item
2 1 ArchonID id143289
2 ArchonID id143290
3 ArchonID id143291
4 ArchonID id143292
January-May 2006
Box Item
3 1 ArchonID id143293
April-June 2006
2 ArchonID id143294
July-December 2006
3 ArchonID id143295
4 ArchonID id143296
January–December 2007
5 ArchonID id143297

ArchonID id143252
In-Service Educational Material

Scope and Contents
This series contains training materials provided by the EEOC. Included are reports and conference materials.
Box Folder
4 1 ArchonID id143299
EEOC Annual Report 2002
2 ArchonID id143300
Weekly Reports September-December 2002
3 ArchonID id143301
Weekly Reports January-April 2003
4 ArchonID id143302
Weekly Reports May-June 2003
5 ArchonID id143303
EEOC Internal Affairs
6 ArchonID id143304
Negotiation Workshop-Harvard Law School 2001
7 ArchonID id143305
Negotiation Workshop Binder-Harvard Law School 2001
8 ArchonID id143306
Guidance for EEOC
9 ArchonID id143307
Court Cases
10 ArchonID id143308
Published Materials 1989, 1991, 1996, 2002
11 ArchonID id143309
Published Materials undated
12 ArchonID id143310
Reports and Papers

ArchonID id143253

Scope and Contents
This series consists of two plaques honoring her service as director of the Houston branch of the EEOC.This series contains training materials provided by the EEOC. Included are reports and conference materials.
Box Folder
4 13 ArchonID id143312
Farewell Plaques 2003