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Nancy Nowak papers

 Collection
Identifier: W076

Scope and Content of the Papers

The collection consists of articles, correspondence, legislative information, speeches, and reports collected to educate and build support for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Artifacts include a card distributed by the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) with the Equal Rights Amendment on it and contact information for Georgia legislators and a sheet of ERA decals. The papers include a cassette tape.

Dates

  • 1972-1982

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biography of Nancy Nowak

Nancy Nowak was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1938. She attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (B.A. in Biology, 1960) and Cornell University Medical College (B.S. in Nursing, 1963). In September 1963, Nowak joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Ethiopia as part of the Corps' medical team. Upon her return to the United States, she attended Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene, where she received a Masters in Public Health. From 1967-1970 she worked for the Indian Health Service (part of the U.S. Public Health Service) in Washington, D.C. and then Anchorage, Alaska, and from 1971-1974, she was an instructor at the Arizona School of Nursing, before moving to Atlanta, GA. From 1980-1989 Nowak worked for the U.S. Public Health Service Regional Office in Family Planning. She then joined the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a program consultant in injury control, then program consultant for the their Division of Chronic Disease, studying breast and cervical cancer. She left Atlanta and the CDC in 2002.

Nowak first became interested in the the Women's Movement in 1977, when she attended a meeting of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She went on to join the NOW board in 1978, and, along with Mary Jo Duncanson, co-led the ERA State Network which worked to build a means of support and dissemination of information throughout Georgia. She was also a member of the Homemakers for ERA.

A longtime member of the Universalist Unitarian Congregation, she also served on the Board of Trustees of the Universalist Unitarian Service Committee, (a separate human rights organization) from 1997-2004. After leaving the CDC, she moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Nowak first became interested in the the Women's Movement in 1977, when she attended a meeting of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She went on to join the NOW board in 1978, and, along with Mary Jo Duncanson, co-led the ERA State Network which worked to build a means of support and dissemination of information throughout Georgia. The collection consists of articles, correspondence, legislative information, speeches, and reports collected to educate and build support for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Nowak via Janet Paulk, January 2007.

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Nancy Nowak oral history interview, January 25, 2006. Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project (W008)

Separated Materials

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Pamphlets (W-Pamphlets) see finding aid for access

  1. Answers to Questions About Equal Rights Amendment (National Woman's Party, 1976) [Equal rights amendments--National Woman's Party]
  2. Can You Pass the True False Test on the ERA? (ERA Georgia, Inc.) [Equal rights amendments--ERA Georgia, Inc.]
  3. The Equal Rights Amendment: A Lifetime Guarantee (American Civil Liberties Union) [Equal rights amendments--American Civil Liberties Union]
  4. The Equal Rights Amendment: What's in it for Black Women? (Freeman, Frankie Muse) [Equal rights amendments--African Americans]
  5. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. / ERA by '82 (ERAmerica) [Equal rights amendments--ERAmerica]
  6. ERA and Family Life [Equal rights amendments and religion]
  7. ERA for the Sake of the Family (Kirby, Ellen) [Equal rights amendments and religion]
  8. ERA Means Equal Rights for Men and Women (League of Women Voters, 1978) [Equal rights amendments--League of Women Voters]
  9. ERA Yes (National Organization for Women) [Equal rights amendments--National Organization for Women]
  10. Go ERA (League of Women Voters) [Equal rights amendments--League of Women Voters]
  11. Homemakers and the Equal Rights Amendment (National organization for Women) [Equal rights amendments--Homemakers]
  12. Homemakers Need the Equal Rights Amendment (Housewives for the ERA) [Equal rights amendments--Homemakers]
  13. Join Georgians for the Equal Rights Amendment (Georgians for the Equal Rights Amendment) [Equal rights amendments--Georgians for the Equal Rights Amendment]
  14. Minority Women and the Equal Rights Amendment (National Organization for Women) [Equal rights amendments--Minorities]
  15. National Association of Women Layers: What the Equal Rights Amendment Means (National Association of Women Lawyers) [Equal rights amendments--National Association of Women Lawyers]
  16. Up from the Pedestal...To Equality (Follis, Anne) [Equal rights amendments--Homemakers]
  17. What's In It For Men? (National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.) [Equal rights amendments--National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.]
  18. What's your ERA IQ? (National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., 1978) [Equal rights amendments--National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.]
  19. Wherever You Are Get Into ERA Action (Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation) [Equal rights amendments and religion]
  20. Why Do Working Women Need the Equal Rights Amendment? (American Civil Liberties Union) [Equal rights amendments--American Civil Liberties Union]
  21. Why ERA is in Trouble in the South (ERAmerica, 1977) [Equal rights amendments--ERAmerica]
  22. Women of Georgia: What have You Heard About the Equal Rights Amendment? (National Organization for Women?)[Equal rights amendments--Georgia]
  23. Women's Programs Division (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals), see finding aid or online catalog for access

  1. Georgia Voter (Atlanta, GA: League of Women Voters of Georgia), Vol.38, No.3A, September-October 1978
  2. National Now Times (Washington, D.C.: National Organization for Women), Vol.14, No.10, November 1981
  3. White House News on Women (Washington, D.C.: White House Interdepartmental Task Force on Women), Vol.2, No.1, January 1980
  4. Women's Rights Report (Richmond, VA: Women's Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union), Vol.1, No.1, March 1979

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Spec Books, see online catalog for access

  1. The Atlanta Women's Directory (Atlanta, GA: National Organization for Women, Atlanta Chapter, 1979)

Processing Information

Processed by Lynda Kennedy at the file level, June 2007.
Title
Nancy Nowak:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 21, 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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