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   Bella Abzug Papers, 1970-1976.

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Bella Abzug Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078361 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Abzug, Bella S., 1920-
Title:Bella Abzug Papers, 1970-1976.
Physical description:ca. 554,100 items (185 v., 1116 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Language(s):In English
Access: Casework files and selected correspondence and administrative files closed; campaign materials, press releases and newspaper clippings from 1981 addition require Donor's permission to see. The cataloged correspondence in Series I of this collection is located on-site. The following boxes are located off-site: 1-1116. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The Papers are organized in 17 series and many subseries.

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Description

Scope and Content

Congressional papers consisting of correspondence memoranda, speeches, reports, photographs and printed materials relating to her terms in Congress. The collection contains general correspondence and administrative files, as well as extensive subject files on a wide variety of topics with which Abzug was involved while in Congress. Also included are Legislative files, being the chronological files of background material for legislation considered on the House floor, and printed versions of legislation by Abzug and others. The Casework Files, relating to Abzug's advocacy on behalf of constituents involved in civil rights, housing, military, employment and related cases, are closed. Among the major correspondents are Carl Albert, Abraham D. Beame, Hugh L. Carey, Gerald R. Ford, Edward I. Koch, John V. Lindsay, Nelson A. Rockefeller, and Gloria Steinem. Materials added in 1981 include: draft transcripts of an oral history, appointment books, speeches and subject files (particularly on privacy and freedom of information) all interfiled in the collection and campaign materials press releases and newspaper clippings.

Series I: Catalogued Correspondents

Series II: Uncataloged Correspondence, Incoming

Subseries II.1: General

This sequence contains primarily general letters received by Abzug's various offices. Many files also contain related items and copies of replies. Files of correspondence pertaining to specific issues have been placed in the Topics Files, q.v. One Box of Abzug's outgoing "Dear Colleague" letters have been kept with those she received, in this file, rather than in the Outgoing sequence of correspondence.

Series III: Uncataloged, outgoing

This series contains carbon copies of letters sent from Abzug's New York and Washington offices; the files of the two offices are kept separate. Due to inconsistencies and changes in filing systems, there are some overlapping points in the sequences.

Series IV: Administrative Files

Series V: Subject Files

Series VI: Legislative Files

Subseries VI.1: Legislative Floor Files

Legislative Floor Files. Chronological files of material relating to legislation considered on the House floor. Included are correspondence, drafts of amendments, statements and testimony, memoranda, Whip advisories, floor calendars, printed versions of legislation, and related material. In some cases, partial contents notes are included on the Folders as they were on the original Folders, to indicate some of the important issues dealt with in a particular week; these are in no way indications of the complete contents. The files are arranged by week through 1974 and thereafter by date.

Series VII: Public Statements

Subseries VII.1: Press Releases

Primarily mimeograph copies, a few with notes and related items. These are in individual Folders; the headings, not listed, include date and catch-word title of each release.) See also: Restrict Files, 1981 Addn.

Series VIII: Printed Materials

Series IX: Photographs

Series X: Records and Tapes

Series XI: Campaign memorabilia, Miscellaneous

Series XII: Oversize

Series XIII: Casework Files

Series XIV: 1981 Addition

Series XV: 1986 Addition

Subseries XV.2: Administration

Public Activities: Speaking invitations amp; requests; refusals; honoria; related correspondence

Series XVI: Audio Visual Material

Series XVII: Scrapbooks

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

Casework files and selected correspondence and administrative files closed; campaign materials, press releases and newspaper clippings from 1981 addition require Donor's permission to see.

The cataloged correspondence in Series I of this collection is located on-site.

 The following boxes are located off-site: 1-1116. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Preferred Citation

Bella Abzug Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed, 05/02/79 mbb

Addition Processed, 08/24/81 mbb

Ead file created from PDF, 09/06/2011 ptl

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 18, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-07-18 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Oral historiesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PhotoprintsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lindsay, John V. (John Vliet)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.)--Politics and Government.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PoliticiansPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States.--Congress.--House.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Lawyer and Congresswoman from New York City's 19th and 20th Congressional Districts, 1971-1976. (Columbia LL.B.,1945)

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