National Organization for Women, Northern Nevada Chapter Records

Identifier: 97-31

Scope and Contents

The National Organization for Women (Henceforth, Now) material was separated from the Scott Papers and treated as a distinct collection.

This collection is small and reflects only those materials accumulated by one of the NOW members, Ann Scott. The location of other NOW, NNC records is not know.

This material has been divided into two series: administrative records and subject files. Series I, Administrative Records, includes bylaws, minutes, newsletters, correspondence, news releases, and program information. Series II, Subject Files contains topics related to NOW interests and goals, such as abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, lesbian rights, and reproductive rights. The subject files are arranged alphabetically.


  • 1973-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1981 - 1983



Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

The Northern Nevada Chapter (NNC) of the National Organization for Women (NOW) was organized at a meeting of forty women in Reno in September, 1973, by Patricia Lynch and Cheryl Jean Yee. There were other NOW chapters in Nevada, including the Southern Nevada and the Rural Nevada Chapters.

The chapter met twice a month for a general meeting and a business meeting.

The work of the chapter included public programs of interest to the community, such as women's legal rights, rape issues, and political candidates' nights.

NNC operated through thirty task forces, each headed by a member who coordinated the activities in that area. Members could work in those areas in which they were interested. One of the most successful was the Rape Task Force which initiated the Women's Center of Northern Nevada and the Rape Crisis Center. Other task forces included: child care, business compliance, University compliance, credit, education, FCC, fund-raising, health, image of women, labor unions, legal, national legislation, state legislation, marriage, divorce and family, masculine mystique, membership, minority women and women's rights, newsletter, older women, politics, poverty, public relations, rape, religion, reproduction, sexuality and lesbianism, sports, taxes, volunteerism, and women and the arts.

This chapter is no longer active.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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The Northern Nevada Chapter (NNC) of the National Organization for Women (NOW) was organized at a meeting of forty women in Reno in September, 1973, by Patricia Lynch and Cheryl Jean Yee. Included are bylaws, minutes, newsletters, news releases, program flyers, correspondence, and subject files.,Subject file topics include abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lesbian rights, reproductive rights, and sexual harassment. Material between 1973-1983.


Arranged in two series:

1. Administrative records.

2. Subject files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 1996 as part of a large gift of records from Ann and William Scott.

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.

Guide to the Records of the National Organization for Women (Northern Nevada Chapter)
Susan Searcy
February 27, 1998
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)