Guide to the Judith Hennessee Papers, 1950s-1999

Collection Overview

The collection primarily contains materials related to Hennessee's writing career and her participation in the National Organization for Women (NOW). Most of the NOW materials concern its 1972 petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny renewal of WABC-TV's license due to alleged discrimination against women in programming and employment. Included are legal documents; information related to NOW's monitoring study of WABC; reports pertaining to ABC and other television networks; and materials concerning the portrayal of women in the broadcast and print media, including several issues of the Media Report to Women newsletter. Other feminist materials include clippings, reports, political buttons and stickers, publications, and printed material, including several issues of the feminist literary magazine aphra and various women's organizations' newsletters. The collection also includes interview transcripts and other research materials for, correspondence about, and both a typescript and a published copy of Hennessee's biography Betty Friedan: Her life. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Judith Hennessee papers 1950s-1999
Hennessee, Judith Adler
3.5 Linear Feet, 2140 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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Restrictions on Access & Use

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers may not attribute quotations from transcripts designated "Off" or "Off the record."

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in the Duke University Library Service Center. There may be a 48-hour delay in obtaining these materials.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

NOW petition to deny renewal of WABC-TV's FCC license, 1970s
Box 1
Analyses of and reports on gender and the media, including WABC-TV, 1970s

[Oversize materials removed to Box 6.]

Box 2
Clippings, 1970s

[Oversize materials removed to Box 6.]

Box 3
Clippings: Betty Friedan, 1980s-1990s
Box 3
Reviews of Betty Friedan: Her Life, 1999
Box 3
Various feminist publications, 1970s
Box 3
NOW publications, 1971
Box 4
NY Radical Feminists Conference on Rape, 1971
Box 4
Feminist buttons and stickers
Box 4
Typescript of Betty Friedan
Box 4
Clippings: articles by and about Betty Friedan, 1950s-1990s (bulk 1970s)

[Oversize materials removed to Box 6.]

Box 4
Correspondence regarding Betty Friedan, 1998
Box 4
Transcripts of phone interviews, 1994-1997
(Folders 1-2 of 5)
Box 4
Transcripts of phone interviews, 1994-1997
(Folders 3-5 of 5)
Box 5
Analysis of WABC-TV Responses (Removed from Box 2)
Box 6
Articles about Betty Friedan (Removed from Box 3-4)
Box 6

Historical Note

Biographer of feminist Betty Friedan and member of the National Organization for Women.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Judith Hennessee Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Judith Hennessee Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Shayla C. Nunnally

Completed June 21, 2000

Reprocessed by Cat Saleeby

Completed October 4, 2002

Encoded by Walt Evans and Cat Saleeby

Updated by Jodi Berkowitz, July 2008

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.