Nevadans for ERA Records

Identifier: 93-42

Scope and Contents

The records of NERA consist of bylaws, minutes of meetings, correspondence, financial reports, newsletters, project files, reports on the legal status of women in Nevada and other parts of the U.S., and brochures and clippings about NERA and the national efforts of ERA. By far, the largest series in this collection consists of ERA publications and clippings. Many of the clippings have been segregated into those from Nevada papers about the Nevada ERA movement and those from Nevada and national papers about national ERA issues. There are a few pieces of ephemera: bumper stickers, button badges, an ERA necklace, and a Nevadans for ERA parade banner. There was only one photograph in the collection: a color photo of a parade (possibly not in Reno).


  • 1970-1983


Conditions Governing Access

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

Nevadans for ERA, Inc. (NERA) was incorporated in June, 1974 to work for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution in the state of Nevada and implementation of the principles of the Equal Rights Amendment through modification of existing state laws and practices. The primary method for doing so was to promote public understanding and to enlist public support through programs of information and education. The corporation was non-profit and non-partisan.

The corporation was divided into regional groups, Northern Nevadans for ERA being one of them. A state-wide Board of Trustees coordinated efforts and developed strategy. Regional boards of directors carried out policies and strategies as developed by the state board.

NERA, Inc. was disbanded in 1982 after the required number of states failed to ratify ERA Amendment and the deadline for ratification was passed.


4.417 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Records for Nevadans for the Equal Rights Amendment (NERA) and Northern NERA include minutes, correspondence, bylaws, incorporation certificate, financial reports, reports on the legal status and sexual discrimination against women in Nevada and other western states, brochures about the Nevada and national ERA forces, and newspaper clippings (pro and con) about the Equal Rights Amendment.,Ephemera includes button badges, bumper stickers, parade banner, and a necklace. Material between 1970-1983.


Arranged into the following series: 1) NERA Administration; 2) NERA Projects; 3) Reports on the Legal Status of Women in Nevada and other States; 4) Nevada ERA Brochures and Clippings; 5) National ERA Brochures and Clippings; 6) Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Vivian Freeman, a former member of the board of directors, in August 1993.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1995-09.


Guide to the Records of Nevadans for ERA
Susan Searcy
August 17, 1993
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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)