Guide to the Eleanor R. Davis Papers 1971-2001

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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 Library
Special Collections & University Archives

1875 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR, 97201
URL: http://archon.archives.pdx.edu
Email: specialcollections@lists.pdx.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research

Restrictions on Use :  

There are no restrictions on the materials

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Materials were donated by Eleanor Davis


Detailed Description of the Collection

Oregon Council for Women's Equality (OCWE), 1975, undated
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 OCWE undated
1 2 The Feminist Anthology
The Feminist Anthology is an OCWE publication
1975

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Oregon Women's Political Caucus (OWPC), 1971-1983, undated
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

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Women's Rights Coalition (WRC), 1971-2001, undated
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

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Subject Files, 1971, undated
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

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

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Davis, Eleanor R. 1922-
  • Corporate Names :
  • National Women's Political Caucus (U.S.)
  • Oregon Council for Women's Equality
  • Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation
  • Women's Rights Coalition
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women in politics--Oregon
  • Women's rights

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