Guide to the Mormons for ERA,
1977-1983

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Creator: Mormons for ERA
Title: Mormons for ERA
Dates: 1977-1983 ( inclusive )
1979-1983 ( bulk )
Quantity: 25 boxes (9.25 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 225
Summary: The collection pertains to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), its legislation, ratification process and the many other complex issues involving the pro-ERA movement, and anti-ERA groups. The collection deals, for the most part, with Alice Allred Pottmyer's, Hazel Davis Rigby's, and Maida Rust Withers's involvement in the organization Mormons for ERA, the organization itself, and the involvement of Mormons for ERA in the national debate over ERA. A substantial amount of material relates to the LDS Church and its official stand against ERA. One of the main focal points of the collection is the excommunication of Sonia Johnson from the LDS Church.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

Mormons for ERA was officially organized during the winter of 1978. The co-founders of the organization were Hazel Davis Rigby, Maida Rust Withers, Teddie Wood, and Sonia Johnson. Mormons for ERA was a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. The organization was officially incorporated April 11, 1980.

Sonia Johnson was voted the first president and main spokesperson for the organization on May 7, 1980. On December 11, 1982 she officially resigned as president, but still remained on the Board of Directors. Alice Allred Pottmyer was a member of the organization (she prepared many of the press releases) and succeeded Sonia Johnson as president on December 11, 1982.

The original Board of Directors were as follows:

  • Sonia Johnson-President
  • John Bailey-Secretary
  • Hazel Davis Rigby-Treasurer
  • Ronald K. Rigby
  • Maida Withers
  • Teddie Wood (resigned Jan. 27, 1981)

The Board of Directors as of 1985 are as follows:

  • Alice Pottmyer-President
  • John Bailey-Secretary
  • Margot Cheney
  • Majory Hart
  • Sonia Johnson
  • Hazel Davis Rigby
  • Ronald K. Rigby
  • Maida Withers

Function of the organization: By 1978, 35 states had ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. Three more states needed to ratify in order to make it part of the US Constitution. Mormons for ERA were a pro-ERA organization that worked, rallied, and lobbied for the ERA to be ratified in those states that had yet to do so. Their major activities included: formal and informal relations with the media, lobbing legislators, informing and educating the public on ERA issues, and debating ERA issues in public forums. One of the obstacles Mormons for ERA saw as a threat to the Equal Rights Amendment was the LDS Church's stand against the Equal Rights Amendment (they formally opposed ERA Oct. 22, 1976), and the Church's support of anti-ERA lobbing efforts.

In 1978 the time period within which ERA needed to be ratified was quickly approaching. Congresses took an unprecedented step and extended the time for ratification by three years to 1982. During the well publicized hearings on the extension, Sonia Johnson was called to testify on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment before the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights on Aug. 4, 1978. On that day, Sonia Johnson and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah (who was a member of the LDS Church and who also opposed the ERA bill) clashed on the issues of ERA and also the LDS Church's opposition to it.

After the extension was passed by congress, Mormons for ERA continued to campaign for ERA. But the significant turning point in the groups activities and media coverage came in November of 1979. The LDS Church called Sonia Johnson into an L.D.S. Bishop's court. Bishop Jeffery Willis presided over the hearing to determine whether or not Sonia should be excommunicated from the church. Despite the many testimonies on behalf of Sonia and the support vigils outside the hearing, Sonia Johnson was officially excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on December 5, 1979. This act alone propelled Sonia Johnson and Mormons for ERA into the national media spotlight and the heated national debate over ERA.

Ultimately the Equal Rights Amendment failed by three states to ratify and has never been passed by Congress again. Mormons for ERA continued to function as an organization for several years after, but by about 1987 funds and interest had began to diminish. Subsequently, the organization finally disbanded.

BIOGRAPHY--ALICE ALLRED POTTMYER

Alice Allred was born in South Dakota but spent her early years as an active Mormon youth growing up in Texas in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Her father was transferred to Washington, D.C. during the summer of 1954. Alice attended Brigham Young University and received her B.S. degree in Journalism. During her time at BYU she became friends with Maida Rust Withers and Hazel Davis Rigby (later to be founding members of Mormons for ERA).

Alice worked for 12 years in Washington D.C. as a trade and professional editor. She married James Pottmyer and in 1972 left work and had her first baby, Laura. Their next child, Stephen, was born in 1975. With her young children at home, and caring for her ailing mother-in-law, she would occasionally do part time editing jobs from her home. She wrote articles and produced Dialogue magazine for five years. She wrote numerous articles for Sunstone magazine, was twice an Arlington delegate to the Virginia Democratic Convention, volunteered for Arlingtonians for a Better County, was a member of the PTA, was a leader for the Girl Scouts, and worked for the church public communications department.

Alice had long supported the Equal Rights Amendment, and in 1975 the issues of ERA began to heat up. With the increasing anti-ERA activity from conservative groups, including the Mormon church (the church formally opposed ERA Oct. 22, 1976), Alice's friends from BYU, Maida Rust Withers and Hazel Davis Rigby, along with Teddie Wood and Soina Johnson co-founded Mormons for ERA in 1978.

Although Alice was not a founding member, she did a great deal of background work for the group. She organized and gave background information to the media about the organization and their activities, including their lobbing efforts, their views on the complexities of ERA issues, and their debates on ERA issues in public forums. She also developed the press kits that were given to the media. This proved to be an invaluable task once the media coverage exploded when the Mormon Church excommunicated Sonia Johnson on December 5, 1979.

On December 11, 1982 Alice Allred Pottmyer succeeded Sonia Johnson as president of Mormons for ERA and also took over the newsletter. She functioned as president until 1987 when the funds and interest had begun to diminish.

BIOGRAPHY--HAZEL DAVIS RIGBY

Hazel Davis grew up in Salem, UT and was an active member of the Mormon community. One of her childhood friends was Maida Rust (Withers); they both attended BYU. Hazel received her B.A. from BYU and then went on to receive her M.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She married Dr. Ronald K. Rigby (Department of Defense, Naval Sea Systems Command). Hazel met Sonia Johnson in 1961 while both were attending graduate school, along with their husbands, at the University of Minnesota.

Her husband began working at the Department of Defense, Naval Sea Systems Command, and she began teaching and became head of the Business Dept. at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA.

In 1978 she co-founded the organization Mormons for ERA along with Teddie Wood, Maida Rust Withers, and Sonia Johnson. She was treasurer. In November of 1980 Mormons for ERA were holding a demonstration in front of the Washington Temple in Washington State. A scuffle erupted between the demonstrators and anti ERA supporters. Subsequently, the police were called and Hazel was one of several demonstrators who were arrested. In the years following, Hazel played other important roles in Mormons for ERA activities and development.

BIOGRAPHY--MAIDA RUST WITHERS

Maida Rust was born October 13, 1936 in Kanab, Utah. She was the youngest of eight children born to Isabelle Martina Luke and Woodruff Rust. She was raised in Salem, Utah as a member of the Mormon Church from which she was a sixth generation pioneer descendant. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1954. She then attended Brigham Young University where she received her B.S. in Music and Dance in 1958. She completed her M.A. in Dance from the University of Utah.

She began her teaching career at Purdue University. By this time, Maida had married her husband Lawrence Arlen Withers (born in Rexburg, Idaho). In 1963 Maida took a teaching position at Howard University for one year. During that time she marched with the other Faculty members (she being the only white female faculty) to the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King was giving a speech.

At the end of that year, she accepted a position in the Department of Theater and Dance as an Associate Professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During her career at George Washington University, she has directed the M.F.A. dance program, taught advanced dance, dance and movement improvisation, choreography, and performance art theory. She also severed on the Board of Directors of Washington Projects for the Arts for eight years, and severed a three year term on the Kennedy Center Education Committee.

On September 19, 1964, Maida and her husband had their first child, Kristin Withers. Almost five years latter they had their second child, Lawrence Luke Withers, May 28, 1969. Two years later, April 15, 1971, they had twins, Eric Pratt and Marc Pratt Withers. Despite her young family at home, Maida's professional and creative career began to shine. In 1974 Maida founded the critically acclaimed dance troupe Maida Withers Dance Construction Company.

During the early seventies, she became increasingly involved in the social and political issues of the Vietnam war and the Civil Rights movement. In 1975, the issues of the Equal Rights Amendment began to heat up. It was during this year that Maida Rust Withers and one of her friends, Teddie Wood became active participants in the pro-ERA movement. But with increasing anti-ERA activity from conservative groups, including the Mormon church (the church formally opposed ERA Oct. 22, 1976), Teddie Wood, Sonia Johnson and Maida, along with one of Maida's close childhood friends, Hazel Davis Rigby, Co-founded Mormons for ERA in 1978.

During the 80's Maida's focus on social reform turned to environmental awareness. The social issues of the past and her activism in the Equal Rights movement prepared her for her passionate environmental activism. In 1992 Maida Rust Withers and her dance troupe participated with other international artists for ecology at the historic United Nation's Conference on the Environment and Development. Maida Rust Withers continues to tour nationally and internationally with her dance company and uses dance as interpretive means for environmental awareness. She has created over 35 distinctive works for the stage and video, and subsequently she has received a myriad of prestigious awards and accolades from her peers, critics, and the public.

Content Description

The Mormons for ERA collection consists of the papers donated by Alice Allred Pottmyer, Hazel Davis Rigby, and Maida Rust Withers, who collaborated in the founding of "Mormons for ERA" in 1978. The collection contains 25 boxes that includes: correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, financial records of Mormons for ERA, bulletins, minutes, testimonies, speeches, papers, congressional records, legal records, press kits, news clippings, photos, books, and memorabilia. The papers in the collection span the years 1977 to approximately 1993, with the bulk of the papers dating between 1979-1983.

The collection was treated as a whole, but each of the three women's papers were kept in their own separate collection, thus, the materials have some overlap and inter-connection between each of the individual donors' papers. The collection is divided as follows: Box 1-15 contain the collection of Alice Allred Pottmyer, boxes 16-20 contain the collection of Hazel Davis Rigby, and boxes 21-23 contain the collection of Maida Rust Withers. Within each of the three collections, the papers have been divided into five main subcategories: Personal information, Mormons for ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Sonia Johnson.

The correspondence was arranged as follows: Outgoing correspondence arranged by chronological date and incoming correspondence arranged alphabetical by last name. The correspondence is mainly divided into personal correspondence and the correspondence as it relates to the organization Mormons for ERA (example: contribution correspondence).

Items within the collection pertain to the Equal Rights Amendment, its legislation, ratification process and the many other complex issues involving the pro-ERA movement, and anti-ERA groups (including the LDS Church and members of the US Congress). The papers deal, for the most part, with the women's involvement in the organization Mormons for ERA, the organization itself, and the involvement of Mormons for ERA in the national debate over the Equal Rights Amendment. A substantial amount of material relates to the LDS Church and it's official stand against ERA. One of the main focal points of the collection is the excommunication of Sonia Johnson (first president of Mormons for ERA) from the LDS Church. This act alone propelled Sonia Johnson and the organization Mormons for ERA into the national media spotlight and the heated national debate over ERA.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Mormons for ERA must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Mormons for ERA, 1977-1983. (COLL MSS 234). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into subcollections for each donor: Alice Allred Pottmyer, Hazel Davis Rigby, and Maida Rust Withers. Each subcollection is divided into the following subcategories: Personal information, Mormons for ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Sonia Johnson.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Alice Allred Pottmyer, Hazel Davis Rigby, and Maida Rust Withers.

Related Materials :  

Mormons for ERA photo collectionP0144


Detailed Description of the Collection

ALICE ALLRED POTTMYER
Container(s)
Description
Dates
I. : PERSONAL
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date 1978-1984
1 2 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date 1985-1993
1 3 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
1 4 Papers and Statements Written by Alice Pottmyer
1 5 Papers and Articles Written by Alice Pottmyer
II. : MORMONS for ERA
Box
Folder
1 6 Press Kit (given to media the evening of Sonia Johnson's trial)
1 7 News Packet
1 8 Bulletins and News clippings
1 9 Temple Demonstration (Bellevue, Washington 1980 November 15
1 10 Temple Demonstration (10 year reunion- 1990 November 17
1 11 Presentation at Sunstone 1986
1 12 Hanging by a Thread (paper about Jake Garn)
1 13 Mormons for ERA Booklets and Pamphlets
1 14 Minutes April 1980-December 1982
1 15 Contribution Cards (alphabetical by contributors last name)
1 16 Contribution Cards (return to sender)
1 17 Member Survey (alphabetical by last name)
1 18 Mailing List
1 19 Requests to Remove Names from Mailing List
1 20 Thank You Letters to Contributors by Alice Pottmyer (1984-1985 alphabetical by contributors last name)
1 21 Thank You Letters to Contributors by Alice Pottmyer (1985 alphabetical by contributors last name)
1 22 Thank You Letters to Contributors by Alice Pottmyer (1986 alphabetical by contributors last name)
1 23 Thank You Letters to Contributors by Alice Pottmyer (1987 alphabetical by contributors last name)
2 1 Ledger 1979-1982
2 2 Bank Statements (7/80 and 7/82 Commonwealth Bank, 11/93 Crestar)
2 3 Bank Statements (1982-1983 Dominion National Bank)
2 4 Bank Statements (1983-1991 Continental Federal)
2 5 Stocks (Gentennial Capital Corporation, 1981-1984
2 6 Deposits 1983-1987
2 7 Expenses
2 8 Exemption Status 501 C (3)
2 9 Exemption Status 501 C (3) (correspondence by last name)
2 10 Exemption Status 501 C (3) (application for recognition of exemption)
2 11 Exemption Status 501 C (3) 1985
2 12 Incorporation (certificate of incorporation April 11, 1980, articles of incorporation, by-laws of MERA, minutes of organization meeting May 7, 1980
2 13 Copy of Incorporation
2 14 Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission (registration fee &franchise tax 1981-1985
2 15 Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission (letters and receipts)
2 16 Income Tax Returns (1980 and 1981, prepared by Hester, Roth & Callaway)
2 17 Income Statement 1980 and 1981
2 18 Income Statement 1982
2 19 Income Tax 1983
2 20 Income Tax Forms 1984
2 21 News Clippings
3 1 Newsletters-Mormons for ERA (complete run, April 1979-Winter 1987
3 2 Newsletter 1979 April
3 3 Newsletter 1979 November
3 4 Newsletter 1980 February
3 5 Newsletter 1980 June
3 6 Newsletter 1980 August
3 7 Newsletter 1980 October
3 8 Newsletter 1981 January
3 9 Newsletter 1981 March
3 10 Newsletter 1981 June
3 11 Newsletter 1981 August
3 12 Newsletter 1982 January
4 1 Newsletter 1982 April
4 2 Newsletter 1982 October
4 3 Newsletter 1983 February
4 4 Newsletter 1983 May
4 5 Newsletter 1983 October
4 6 Newsletter 1983 December
4 7 Newsletter 1984 Spring
4 8 Newsletter 1984 Summer/Fall
4 9 Newsletter 1985 Winter
4 10 Newsletter 1985 Spring
4 11 Newsletter 1985 Fall/Winter
5 1 Newsletter 1986 Spring
5 2 Newsletter 1986 Summer
5 3 Newsletter 1987 Winter
6 1 California Chapter-Board Meetings 1985 October-1986 April
6 2 California Chapter-Mailing List
6 3 California Chapter-Bulletin 1985 May-1986 May
6 4 California Chapter-Misc. Correspondence
6 5 California Chapter-Correspondence (letters to Alice Pottmyer, by date)
6 6 California Chapter-Correspondence (letter from Alice Pottmyer, by date)
6 7 California Chapter-Newsletters
III. : EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA)
Box
Folder
7 1 Sunstone (Congressional voting records)
7 2 Sunstone (Congressional voting records)
7 3 Sunstone (Senate voting records)
7 4 ERA Legislation
7 5 ERA Facts and Action Guide
7 6 Republican National Committee 1980 August 26
7 7 Family Instability
7 8 ERA Supporters
7 9 Equal Rights Coalition of Utah
7 10 Virginia (politics and equal rights)
7 11 Virginia (Arlington Journal 1980
7 12 Virginia (news clippings)
7 13 Civil Rights (news clippings)
7 14 Women's issues
7 15 ERA (memorabilia)
IV. : THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (MORMONS)
Box
Folder
7 16 Anti-ERA Petitions (signed by Mormon members)
7 17 Mormon Members in the Federal Government
7 18 The American Historical Review
7 19 Perpetuating Patriarchy: The Mormon Church's Anti-ERA Campaign
7 20 Mormon Position Against ERA
7 21 News Clippings 1978-1979
7 22 News Clippings 1980
7 23 News Clippings 1981
7 24 News Clippings 1982
7 25 News Clippings 1983-1986
7 26 News Clippings undated
7 27 Correspondence (Rodney [?] and Irene [?])
V. : PAPERS, SPEECHES, TESTIMONIES, etc.
Box
Folder
8 1 Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution 1984 May
8 2 UTAH WOMEN: A Profile-Governor's Commission on the Status of Women 1978 June
8 3 The Mormons and the Right to Work Law 1965
8 4 Papers on the Mormon Church (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 5 Papers on the Mormon Church (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 6 Papers on the Mormon Church (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 7 Papers on the Mormon Church and Women (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 8 Papers on the Mormon Church and Women (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 9 Papers on the Mormon Church and Women (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 10 Papers on the Mormon Church and Women (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 11 Papers on the Mormon Church and Women (alphabetical by authors last name)
8 12 Papers on the Mormon Church and Women (alphabetical by authors last name)
VI. : SONIA JOHNSON
Box
Folder
9 1 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date)
9 2 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
9 3 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
9 4 Papers Written by Sonia Johnson
9 5 Donahue Transcript (Sonia Johnson guest 1979 December 12
9 6 Sonia Johnson's Run for Presidency of NOW
9 7 Statements From First Presidency about ERA and Sonia Johnson
9 8 Sonia Johnson (footnotes) (handouts to BYU students)
9 9 Correspondence between Harry E. Fitzwater, Director of Personnel, CIA and Lee Perkins, Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights
9 10 Sonia Johnson's Excommunication (pre-trial, news clippings November 1979
9 11 Sonia Johnson's Excommunication (news clippings December 1979
9 12 Sonia Johnson's Excommunication (appeal, news clippings 1980 January-April
9 13 News Clippings 1980-1987
9 14 Magazine Articles 1980
9 15 Register from the University of Utah: The Papers of Sonia Johnson
VII. : Subject Files
Box
Folder
10 1 "A Group of Women"
10 2 Anderson, Jack
10 3 BYU-Jerusalem Center
10 4 BYU-McConkie, Bruce R. (speech 1984 August
10 5 BYU-Miscellaneous
10 6 BYU-Wilkinson, Ernest L. Diary (comprehensive index)
10 7 Barrett, Michael J.
10 8 Book reviews
10 9 Brooks, Gayle Freeman
10 10 Callister, Judge Marion Jones (letters and news clippings)
10 11 Callister, Judge Marion Jones (motion by NOW to disqualify)
10 12 Callister, Judge Marion Jones (response in opposition to motion by NOW to disqualify)
10 13 Callister, Judge Marion Jones (affidavit of Renee M. Rampton)
10 14 Campbell, Beverly
10 15 Catholics Act for ERA
10 16 Christian Right (paper by Georgia Elaine Fuller, Ph.D., chair NOW)
10 17 Christian Right
10 18 Christian Right
10 19 Christian Right
10 20 Christian Right
10 21 Congressional Union
10 22 Constitution Bicentennial
11 1 Dalton, Cheryl
11 2 Economic Equality Act
11 3 ERA Hearings-Testimonies to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Senate Judiciary Committee 1984 June 22
11 4 ERA Hearings-Hearings-Testimonies to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Senate judiciary Committee 1984 August 7
11 5 ERA Hearings (miscellaneous)
11 6 ERA Strategies
11 7 ERA The Countdown 1982
11 8 ERA Fast (Springfield, IL 1982
11 9 ERA Illinois
11 10 ERA Attempt to Rescind
11 11 Excommunications
11 12 Excommunication (Melissa Mowen- 1982
11 13 Freeman Institute-Cleon Skousen (articles of incorporation, bulletins, Freeman Institute courses)
11 14 Freeman Institute-Cleon Skousen (news clippings)
11 15 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen
11 16 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
11 17 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
11 18 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
11 19 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
11 20 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
12 1 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
12 2 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
12 3 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
12 4 Fuller, Margaret and Stephen (legal papers)
12 5 Gottlieb and Wiley
12 6 Gottlieb and Wiley (paper on Cleon Skousen)
12 7 Hatch, Senator Orrin G. (Women's Equity Action League)
12 8 Hatch, Senator Orrin G. (news clippings)
12 9 Hatch, Senator Orrin G. (news clippings)
12 10 Hatch, Senator Orrin G. (letters and news clippings)
12 11 Hatch, Senator Orrin G. (news clippings)
12 12 Hawkins, Senator Paula (news clippings)
12 13 LDS Citizen's Coalition
12 14 LDS Citizen's Coalition
12 15 LDS-General Handbook of Instructions
12 16 LDS-The Church and the Proposed Equal Rights Amendment-A Moral Issue (enclosed in the February 1980 Ensign)
12 17 LDS-General Articles
12 18 LDS-General Articles
12 19 LDS-General Articles
12 20 LDS-Population Growth
12 21 LDS-Women's Place
13 1 LDS-Black Revelation (news clippings)
13 2 LDS-Benson, Ezra Taft (speech August 25, 1979-The Honored Place of Women)
13 3 LDS-Benson, Ezra Taft (speech February 26, 1980-Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophets)
13 4 LDS-Constitution, U.S.
13 5 LDS-Finances
13 6 LDS-McConkie, Bruce R
13 7 LDS-Media Council
13 8 LDS-Members of Congress
13 9 LDS-Press Book
13 10 LDS-Reagan Administration
13 11 LDS-Reagan Administration
13 12 LDS-Reagan Administration
13 13 LDS-Reagan Administration
13 14 LDS-Reagan Administration
13 15 LDS-Reagan Administration
13 16 LDS-Regional Conference Demonstration 1979 September 9
13 17 LDS-Style Guide for Publications of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints
13 18 Lee, Rex (nomination as U.S. Solicitor General)
13 19 Lee, Rex (book review- A Lawyer looks at the ERA)
13 20 Lee, Rex (paper- A Mormons Looks at Rex Lee)
13 21 Lee, Rex (statements about Rex Lee)
13 22 Lee, Rex (hearings on nomination for Solicitor General- 1981 June 19, 24, July 17
13 23 Lee, Rex (letters)
13 24 Lee, Rex (Congressional Records)
13 25 Lee, Rex (transcript of Face the Nation, Rex Lee guest- 1983 January 2
13 26 Lee, Rex (news clippings)
14 1 Merrell, V. Dallas (news clippings)
14 2 National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education
14 3 National Family Reporter- 1980
14 4 National Family Reporter- 1981
14 5 National Family Reporter- 1982
14 6 National Family Reporter- 1983
14 7 National Organization for Women, Inc. (NOW)-ERA "Missionaries"
14 8 National Organization for Women, Inc. (NOW)-National Conference 1982
14 9 National Organization for Women, Inc. (NOW)-Press Release
14 10 National Organization for Women, Inc. (NOW)-Press Release
14 11 National Organization for Women, Inc. (NOW)-Speech to the National Press Club- 1981 June 25
14 12 Reagan and Women
14 13 Religious Committee for the ERA-Press Kit
14 14 Rigby, Hazel Davis
14 15 Romney, George
14 16 Shupe, Anson
14 17 Smith, Barbara B. (speeches 1977
14 18 Smith, Barbara B. (paper and letters by Doris M. Harker)
14 19 Smith, Barbara B. (paper and letters by Doris M. Harker)
14 20 Smith, Barbara B. (paper and letters by Doris M. Harker)
14 21 Title IX (testimony of Dallin H. Oaks- 1975 June 24
14 22 Title IX (testimonies- 1983 May 19
14 23 Title IX (news clippings)
14 24 Title IX (news clippings)
15 1 United Families of America
15 2 Utah-Equal Rights Coalition
15 3 Utah-Laws and Women
15 4 Withers, Maida Rust
15 5 Woman Activist
15 6 Women and Education
15 7 Women- Frontline
15 8 Women Today
15 9 Wood, Arlene
15 10 Wood, Teddie

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HAZEL DAVIS RIGBY
Container(s)
Description
Dates
I. : PERSONAL
Box
Folder
16 1 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date)
16 2 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
16 3 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
16 4 Papers and Statements Written by Hazel Davis Rigby
16 5 News Clippings About Hazel Davis Rigby
16 6 T.C. Williams High School Newspaper Theogony
16 7 Bellevue Temple Demonstration (Hazel Davis Rigby summery of arrest, taped transcript, and letters)
16 8 Bellevue Temple Demonstration (press releases and newsletters)
16 9 Bellevue Temple Demonstration (news clippings)
16 10 Bellevue Temple Demonstration (ERA Action Line, Seattle, WA)
16 11 Bellevue Temple Demonstration (Bellevue 21 demographic survey)
II. : MORMONS for ERA
Box
Folder
16 12 By-Laws, Budgets, and Minutes
16 13 Bulletins
16 14 Mailing List
16 15 Mailing List
16 16 Mailing List
16 17 Mailing List
16 18 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date, from MERA to Legislators)
16 19 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by late name, form Legislators to MERA members)
16 20 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date)
16 21 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by late name)
16 22 Excerpts form Mormons on Equal Rights in the 1800's
16 23 Utah Mormons for ERA
16 24 Utah Mormons for ERA (papers)
16 25 Miscellaneous Information on Mormon Church Compiled by Mormons for ERA
III. : THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (MORMONS)
Box
Folder
17 1 Mormon Church Position on ERA
17 2 Northern Virginia LDS Citizens Coalition
17 3 Materials Presented to Faculty at BYU 1976 November 11
17 4 Papers and Statements
17 5 News Clippings
17 6 News Clippings
17 7 Magazine Articles
17 8 Articles of Faith
17 9 Legal Papers
IV. : EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA)
Box
Folder
18 1 Testimonies Before the U.S. Senate Constitutional Rights Subcommittee- 1978 August 4
18 2 Legislation and Congressional Records
18 3 Congressional Records 1978 September 27
18 4 Congressional Records 1978 October 4
18 5 Women and ERA
18 6 ERA (newsletters from various pro-ERA organizations)
18 7 ERA (newsletters from various pro-ERA organizations)
18 8 ERA (newsletters from various pro-ERA organizations)
18 9 News Clippings
18 10 Virginia Legislators
18 11 The legal Status of Homemakers in Virginia
18 12 The Final Report of the Virginia Women's Meeting
18 13 Virginia ERA Ratification Council
18 14 Papers by Jan L. Tyler
18 15 Papers on ERA
19 1 Papers on Extension of ERA
19 2 Sexism and Sex-Role Stereotyping
19 3 National Organization for Women (NOW)
19 4 National Organization for Women (NOW)
19 5 National Organization for Women (NOW)-Religious Action Packet
19 6 National Organization for Women (NOW)-Newsletters
19 7 National Organization for Women (NOW)-1978 National Convention
19 8 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
19 9 Religious Committee for the ERA-Press Kit
19 10 Rally Material (prayer verse, song sheets, etc.)
19 11 Flyers
19 12 ERA (memorabilia)
19 13 Pamphlets
19 14 Booklets
V. : SONIA JOHNSON
Box
Folder
19 15 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
19 16 Excommunication
19 17 Papers Written by Sonia Johnson
VI. : NEWS CLIPPINGS
Box
Folder
20 1 News clippings, 1978 August-October
20 2 News clippings, 1979 January-July
20 3 News clippings, 1979 September-November
20 4 News clippings, 1979 December
20 5 News clippings, 1980 January-August
20 6 News clippings, 1981 June-September
20 7 News clippings, Undated
20 8 Magazine Articles- 1979
20 9 Magazine Articles- 1980

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MAIDA RUST WITHERS
Container(s)
Description
Dates
I. : PERSONAL
Box
Folder
21 1 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date)
21 2 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
21 3 Papers and Statements Written by Maida Withers
II. : MORMONS for ERA
Box
Folder
21 4 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date, from MERA members to Legislators)
21 5 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name, from Legislators to MERA members)
21 6 Mailing List
21 7 Incorporation (articles of incorporation, by-laws, minutes September 22, 1979, press release, etc.)
21 8 The Mormon Church and the ERA (paper and attachments)
21 9 Copy of Attachments
21 10 Virginia
21 11 Utah
21 12 Florida, LA, Washington
21 13 Nevada
21 14 Pro-Women's Rights (Mormon writings in the 1800's)
21 15 News clippings 1978
21 16 News clippings 1979
21 17 News clippings 1980-1981
21 18 Magazine Articles
21 19 Magazine Articles
21 20 Papers (by authors last name)
21 21 Teddie Wood
21 22 Miscellaneous (pamphlets, fliers, etc.)
III. : THE CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST of LATTER-DAY SAINTS (MORMONS)
Box
Folder
22 1 Mormon Church on ERA
22 2 Mormon Church and Social Issues
22 3 Articles on the Mormon Church
22 4 Ancient Matriarchies by Hugh Nibley
22 5 Papers on the Mormon Church
22 6 The Mormon Church's Anti-ERA Position (Kansas City, Missouri)
22 7 Virginia LDS Citizens Coalition (minutes of meeting 1978 November 8
22 8 Potomac Region LDS Women Coalition-Equality Seminar 1978 November 8
IV. : EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA)
Box
Folder
23 1 ERA Correspondence with Legislators-Outgoing (by date)
23 2 ERA Correspondence with Legislators-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
23 3 National Organization for Women (NOW)-Nat. Conference 1978 October 7
23 4 ERA-Legislative History
23 5 ERA-Congressional Records
23 6 ERA-Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate- 1981 June 19, 24 and July 17
23 7 Callister, Judge Marion Jones (papers and news clippings)
23 8 Callister, Judge Mairon Jones (motion by NOW to disqualify)
23 9 ERA Cartoons
23 10 Women's Rights
23 11 University of Richmond V.s. Terrell H. Bell (judgment)
23 12 Conservative View on ERA (anti-ERA)
V. : SONIA JOHNSON
Box
Folder
23 13 Correspondence-Outgoing (by date)
23 14 Correspondence-Incoming (alphabetical by last name)
23 15 Correspondence-Miscellaneous
23 16 Papers Written by Sonia Johnson
23 17 Excommunication Hearing (testimonies, letters, press releases, etc.)
23 18 News Clippings 1979-1982

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REALIA
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
24 1 Hazel Davis Rigby's ERA Sash
24 1 Item 1 : Buttons (Latter-day Suffragist for ERA, Another Mormon for ERA, etc.)
24 1 Item 2 : Hazel Davis Rigby Audio Tape Temple Demonstration

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NEWS CLIPPINGS
Container(s)
Description
Box
25 Original News Clippings from Various Newspapers Around the Country on ERA, Mormons for ERA, etc.

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Appendix
Description
ALICE ALLRED POTTMYER
Photos
1: Mormons for ERA
(Box 1 Fd 2 ) (see photo section of Special Collections)
2: Mother's Day ERA March 1980
(Box 1 Fd 8 ) (see photo section of Special Collections)
3: Equality Day Parade 1977
(Bx 1 Fd 8 )(see photo section of Special Collections)
4: California Mormons for ERA
(Box 6 Fd 4 ) (see photo section of Special Collections)
5: Hotel Utah
(Bx 6 Fd 4 )(see photo section of Special Collections)
6: Cheryl Dalton
(Bx 11 Fd 1 )(see photo section of Special Collections)
7: White House ERA Demonstration Aug. 1981
(see photo section of Special Collections)
8: 20th Anniversary of M.L.K. March Aug. 27, 1983
(see photo section of Special Collections) 9. Plane Tow Oct. 1983 (see photo section of Special Collections)
Books
1: Constitution and Canons 1964
2: Constitutional Inequality, 1985 by Gilbert Y. Steiner
3: Wildfire, 1989 by Sonia Johnson
4: The Ship That Sailed Into the Living Room, 1991 by Sonia Johnson
5: Going Out of Our Minds, 1987 by Sonia Johnson
6: Hidden Power, 1984 by Roland Perry
7: Reagan's Ruling Class, 1982 by Ronald Brownstein and Nina Easton
8: The Best Man Doesn't Always Win, 1984 by Renee Pyott Carlson
HAZEL DAVIS RIGBY
Photos
1: Photo taken in Rochester, 1980
(Bx 16 Fd. 3 ) (see photo section of Special Collections)
Other
1: N.O.W. Newspaper
(see Stacks section of Special Collections)
MAIDA RUST WITHERS
Photos
1: Women climbing the White House fence, Sept. 1982
(see photo section of Special Collections)
Other
1: Exponent II-two copies
(see Special Collections, Stacks)

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Johnson, Sonia.
    • Pottmyer, Alice Allred.  ( contributor)
    • Pottmyer, Alice Allred.
    • Rigby, Hazel Davis.  ( contributor)
    • Rigby, Hazel Davis.
    • Withers, Maida.  ( contributor)
    • Withers, Maida.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Mormons for ERA
    • Subject Terms :
    • Equal rights amendments--United States.
    • Excommunication--Mormon Church.
    • Mormon Church--History--20th century.
    • Mormon women--United States--History--20th century.
    • Sex discrimination against women--Law and legislation--United States.
    • Women's rights--United States--History--20th century.

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