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Eleanor R. Davis Papers, 1971-2001

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Davis, Eleanor R. 1922-
Title
Eleanor R. Davis Papers
Dates
1971-2001 (inclusive)
1971-1990 (bulk)
Quantity
1.75 ft
Collection Number
SC/2009.2
Summary
This collection includes professional and personal materials relating to Davis’ work on the advancement of women in Oregon. This includes her involvement in groups such as the Task Force on Sex Discrimination in Education, the State Advisory Council on Sex Discrimination in Employment, the Oregon Council for Women's Equality, the American Association of University Women, the Unitarian Church, and a variety of other civil rights-related commissions and task forces.
Repository
Portland State University, Special Collections & University Archives
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR
97207
Telephone: 503-725-9883
Fax: 503-725-4524
specialcollections@lists.pdx.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Eleanor Davis was born in Seattle, WA in 1922. She majored in Sociology at the University of Washington. She and her husband, Charles, settled in Portland in 1951.

In the early 1960s Davis became active in the American Association of University Women and the women's group at the First Unitarian Church. She was elected to the national board of the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation in 1964 where she served for six years. In 1971 Davis helped form the Oregon Council for Women’s Equality, and became a chief advocate for the advancement of women in Oregon.  From 1974-1984 she was employed as a paid field investigator in the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor.

Through her social activism and political advocacy, Oregon passed the Equal Rights Amendment, after which Davis went on to serve the state in a variety of volunteer capacities.  Her passions for women’s equality and social justice led her to work with the Task Force on Sex Discrimination in Education, the State Advisory Council on Sex Discrimination in Employment, the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and a variety of other civil rights-related commissions and task forces.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Eleanor R. Davis Papers comprise 2 linear feet of professional and personal documents, including printed materials, reports, correspondence, scrapbooks, notes, clippings, photographs, ephemera, and video and audio recordings.

This collection includes a significant amount of material relating to Davis’ work on the advancement of women in Oregon. This includes her involvement in groups such as the Task Force on Sex Discrimination in Education, the State Advisory Council on Sex Discrimination in Employment, the Oregon Council for Women's Equality, the American Association of University Women, the Unitarian Church, and a variety of other civil rights-related commissions and task forces.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the materials

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

:  Oregon Council for Women's Equality (OCWE), 1975, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
: OCWE
undated
1 2
: The Feminist Anthology
The Feminist Anthology is an OCWE publication
1975

:  Oregon Women's Political Caucus (OWPC), 1971-1983, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 3
: OWPC
undated
1 4
: Portland Area Women's Political Caucus
undated
1 5
: National Women's Political Caucus Keynote Speeches
Box set of 6 cassette tapes titled: "22 of America's Most Outstanding Women -- Their Keynot Speeches -- Recorded Live at the National Women's Political Caucus -- San Jose, CA" from the 1977 Caucus entitled Women, Power, and Politics.
September 9-11, 1977
1 6
: "Caucus '77: Women, Power, and Politics"
Folder packet from the caucus containing schedule and related information
September 9-11, 1977
1 7
: OWPC Legislative Directory
60th Legislative Session, 1979
1979
1 8
: OWPC Analysis
undated
1 9
: NWPC Convention, San Jose
September, 1977
1 10
: OWPC Affirmative Action Plan
1981-1983
1 11
: Caucus and Welfare
undated
1 12
: OWPC Nomination Ceremony
1983
1 13
: OWPC Nomination Ceremony
1985
1 14
: NWPC brochure
"1st Western Regional Leadership Conference and Retreat" at Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Portland, OR
undated
1 15
: OWPC Long-range Planning -- Amin. Sub-committee
1982-1983
1 16
: OWPC
1971-1979
1 17
: OWPC
1980-1982
1 18
: NWPC Newsletters
undated

:  Women's Rights Coalition (WRC), 1971-2001, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 19
: Bylaws of the Women's Rights Coalition
undated
1 20
: Women's Rights Coalition & Equal Rights Alliance
undated
1 21
: Women's Rights Coalition
1971-1990
1 22
: Women's Rights Coalition
1991-2001
1 23
: WRC Issues Forum
June 1986

:  Subject Files, 1971, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 24
: Women's Rights and Philosophy
undated
1 25
: Governor's Commission on the Status of Women
undated
1 26
: State Advisory Council on Sex Discrimination
undated
1 27
: Housewives of America oversized posters
undated
1 28
: Newspaper and Magazine Clippings
undated
1 29
: Guidelines: Sex Discrimination in Employment
Oregon Bureau of Labor publication
1971

:  PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
0.75 linear feet of civil rights and women's advocacy publications from a variety of groups
undated