Radical Women Seattle Office records, 1991-1997

Overview of the Collection

Radical Women. Seattle Office
Radical Women Seattle Office records
1991-1997 (inclusive)
0.37 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
6292 (Accession No. 6292-001)
Records of the Seattle office of Radical Women, a socialist, feminist worker's organization based in Seattle, Washington. The records were collected and maintained by Clara Fraser, the co-founder and officer of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Full processing supported by the Labor Archives Fund and the Labor Archives of Washington State Budget

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Radical Women (RW) is an all women organization dedicated to "exposing, resisting and eliminating the inequities of women's existence by providing women the leadership skills, social history, and working-class consciousness that they were denied in the male-dominated antiwar, antipoverty and civil-rights movements." RW was founded in Seattle in 1967 when the Freedom Socialist Party co-founder Clara Fraser and her close colleague, Gloria Martin, joined with young women from Students for a Democratic Society to build women’s leadership in the left and anti-war movements. RW also sought to become the socialist wing of the feminist movement. In 1973, it formally affiliated with the Freedom Socialist Party, and the party gained a sister organization. Other founding members include Melba Windoffer and Susan Stern.

RW was active in anti-Vietnam War protests, labor issues, gay rights, women’s rights in the workplace, divorce reform, and other issues that affect oppressed peoples. They are an organization that does intersectional organizing against racism, sexism, homophobia, and labor exploitation. RW's political analysis sees women's leadership and political action as decisive to social change and trains women to lead in these campaigns.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records of the Seattle office of the socialist feminist worker's organization, the Radical Women Seattle office records (1991-1997) primarily contains memos, correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings, fliers, event programs, notes, edited drafts, and newsletters. The content of the materials are mostly concerning the organization’s planned events that are centered on social activism, intersectional feminism, and providing a platform for speakers. These records were collected and created by Clara Fraser, who was a co-founder and officer of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party. Fraser collected, created, and maintained these records as part of her work for the organization.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Labor Archives of Washington.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, Radical Women Seattle Office records, 6292-001, Box number, folder number

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is described at the folder level and arranged in its original order as received.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Helen Gilbert, who was custodian of Clara Fraser's RW records.

Separated Materials

Material Described Separately:

Radical Women National Office records

Freedom Socialist Party Seattle Branch records

Freedom Socialist Party National Office records

Processing Note

Processed by Labor Archives of Washington Curatorial Assistant, Chelsea Davies.

The collection was rehoused and inventoried and minor preservation issues addressed during processing. The existing arrangement was sound, so no further intellectual or physical arrangement was imposed upon the collection

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/2 Seattle Radical Women 1992 1992
1/3 Seattle Radical Women 1993 1993
1/4 Seattle Radical Women 1994 1994
1/5 Seattle Radical Women 1995 1995
1/6 Seattle Radical Women 1996 1996
1/7 Seattle Radical Women 1997 1997

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) (host institution)