University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the San Antonio Chapter of the National Organization for Women Records, 1970-1998



Descriptive Summary

Creator: National Organization for Women. San Antonio Chapter.
Title: San Antonio Chapter of the National Organization for Women Records
Dates: 1970-1998
Creator Abstract: The San Antonio chapter of the National Organization for Women (SANOW) was formed in 1970 and chartered on February 3, 1971. As it states in its by-laws, the purpose of SANOW is to promote the role and rights of women in the mainstream American society with the freedom from discrimination based on marital status, parenthood, and sexual preference. SANOW works towards this mission through a variety of political and educational activities.
Content Abstract: Newsletters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, legal documents, petitions and printed material document the activities and concerns of SANOW. Administrative records are few, most of the materials are related to feminist issues and causes pursued by the group.
Identification: MS 10
Extent: 2.4 linear feet (3 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The San Antonio chapter of the National Organization for Women (SANOW) was formed in 1970 and chartered on February 3, 1971. The governing structure of SANOW consists of a council of elected officials including the chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Membership in SANOW is open to anyone subscribing to NOW's purpose. As it states in its by-laws, the purpose of SANOW is to promote the role and rights of women in the mainstream American society with the freedom from discrimination based on marital status, parenthood, and sexual preference. SANOW works towards this mission through a variety of political and educational activities.

Like most of the local chapters of NOW, SANOW has organized the Education, Labor Union, and Welfare Rights task forces to approach the wide range of issues effecting women. In 1972 SANOW was involved with the foundation of the Bexar County Woman's Political Caucus -- a group that achieved equal delegate representation for women in Bexar County. Other highlights from SANOW's history include lobbying for AFL/CIO support of ERA, working extensively with TV stations to produce a monthly program, and developing an educational display table to promote NOW's activities. As of May 1996, SANOW is still actively promoting equal rights for women.


Scope and Content Note

The records of the San Antonio chapter of The National Organization for Women (SANOW), 1970-1998, document the varied activities and concerns of its members. The Charter Documents contain correspondence and petitions relating to the founding of the chapter and a copy of the chapter's by-laws. The Newsletters comprise the bulk of the collection and provide an extensive overview of two decades of the organization's interests, events, and activities. Newspaper Clippings also provide insight into topical events and issues that concerned the chapter. While this collection provides very little administrative records, it does contain small series of Correspondence from the President and Vice President's Offices, and Financial Records. The Printed Material is varied and includes announcements, flyers, and programs from SANOW events. The final series, Ephemera contains two banners that were probably part of a display table referred to in the records.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Organizations
National Organization for Women. San Antonio Chapter.
Topics
Equal rights amendments--United States.
Feminism--Texas.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Women in politics.
Women's rights--Texas.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Ephemera.
Newsletters.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Clubs and Organizations
San Antonio History
Women's Groups

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio Chapter of the National Organization for Women Records, 1970-1998, MS 10, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Records were donated in 1994, 2000, 2008 (Acc. 1994-011, 2000-001, 0000-009).

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Salzmann, Processing Archivist, June 1996.

Processed by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, March 2009.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Charter Documents

Founding documents establishing the San Antonio chapter of the National Organization for Women. Includes by-laws, correspondence and the original charter.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Charter Documents



 

Newsletters

A near-complete run of the chapter's monthly newsletters offers insight into the activities of the chapter and its members. The newsletter began in 1973 as Say it Now and changed titles in Fall of 1977 to SANOW News. Each issue includes a calendar that covers significant national as well as local events. Also included is aTexas Times, 1996 State Convention edition and National Timesfrom 1997-1998.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 2 Say it Now October 1973- May 1976
3 Say it Now, June 1976-August/September 1977
4 SANOW News November, 1977-June 1982
5 SANOW News July 1982-May 1985
6 SANOW News June 1985-July 1988
6 SANOW News, 1989-1990
7 SANOW News September/October 1988-February/March 1994
10 SANOW Times, 1977, 1992-1998
11 Texas Times, 1996 State Convention edition, 1996
12 National Times, 1997-1998



 

Newspaper Clippings

The bulk of this series consists of clippings from the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio Light and San Antonio News. All of the articles relate to events or issues of interest to SANOW and many document activities of its members. Most of the clippings have been photocopied and the originals discarded; however, those laminated for use at SANOW's informational display tables were kept intact and separate.
Arranged by title and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
1 8 San Antonio Express-News, January 22, 1977 - October 14, 1987
Box Folder
2 1 San Antonio Light, October 19, 1977 - October 4, 1987
1 San Antonio News, August 16, 1973 - October 14, 1983
1 Houston Chronicle, August 12, 1977
1 Artists Alliance Revue, August 1983
1 The Ranger, San Antonio College, April 2, 1985
Box Folder
3 Display Table Clippings



 

Correspondence

Incoming letters to the President's and Vice President's offices regarding the organization of an ERA rally in San Antonio June 30, 1981. All of the letters to the President, Ann Miller, are in response to an invitation to attend the rally. Of note are a letter from Governor William H. Hobby and a telegram from Barbara Jordan offering support for SANOW's efforts. The two letters to the Vice President, Karen A. Parker, are from the City of San Antonio and relate to the arrangements for rally space.
Arranged by office and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
2 2 President, 1981
2 Vice-President, 1981



 

Financial Material

One document. The SANOW Quarterly Financial Report; 1 April-30 June 1976.
Box Folder
2 3 Financial Material



 

Printed Material

Flyers, press releases, announcements and brochures reflect the varied interests and concerns of the San Antonio chapter of NOW. Of note is a 1974 proclamation signed by Charles L. Becker, Mayor of San Antonio, announcing "National Women's Week."
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 4 Printed Material



 

Ephemera

Two banners: "NOW San Antonio Texas" and "Ratify the ERA: Texas was 8th in 1972."
Box Folder
3 Banner, "NOW San Antonio Texas"
Banner, "Ratify the ERA: Texas was 8th in 1972"