Guide to the New York Radical Feminists Records, 1970-2011


The New York Radical Feminists were an activist group founded in 1969.

Collection contains organizing and theory documents as well as images from the New York Radical Feminists group from 1970-2011.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
New York Radical Feminists.
New York Radical Feminists records 1970-2011
Language of Material
1.2 Linear Feet, 400 Items
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Collection Overview

Collection (2008-0262) (350 items, 0.7 lin. ft.; dated 1971-1977) contains organizing and theory documents of the New York Radical Feminists from the Stanton-Anthony Brigade and notes from 1971 session of Upper East Side Lucy Stone Brigade consciousness raising group; handouts from New York Radical Feminists' speak-outs and conferences; Motherhood Conference typed transcripts of speak-out; copies of NYRF newsletter; NYRF public relations and financial documents; documentation of the production of the play "Focus on Me" by Bobbi Ausubel. Includes USB flash drive with 150 images from the collection; these are page scans of the entire collection except for the newsletters. Contents of the flash drive have been transferred to a library server. Documents include originals as well as photocopies.

Collection also contains what were probably pages from a notebook or scrapbook containing selections on the work and activities of the organization, including its Enterprises (restaurant, bookstore, coffeehouse, credit union, writing group, and oratory group), as well as its work against sexual abuses. There are clippings, fliers, handouts, programs, press releases, conference schedules, newsletters, fund-raising letters, and color photographs.

Finally, there are additional clippings, subject files, and documentation of the New York Radical Feminists' activist activities, including 1970 and 1978 Women's Equality Day, Women '80, initiation of the Ladies Home Journal Sit-In, East 5th Street Abandoned Women's Shelter Takeover, and the 1974-1975 New York City Feminist Community Coalition.

Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Contents of the Collection

Introductions - Consciousness Raising Group Guidelines, 1969-1976 - Action Groups, 1971
Box 1
Actions on Sexual Abuse, 1971-1976
Box 1
Actions on Marriage and Motherhood, 1973-1975
Box 1
Actions on Work and Fashion, 1973-1978
Box 1
Production of Focus on Me! by Bobbi Ausubel, 1974-1985
Box 1
Newsletters, 1971-1977
(7 folders)
Box 1
Notebook and scrapbook pages, 1972-2002
Box 1
Clippings, subject files, and documentation of activism, 1970-2011
(2 folders)
Box 2

Historical Note

New York Radical Feminists was a radical feminist group co-founded primarily by Shulamith Firestone and Anne Koedt with the October 3, 1969 Stanton-Anthony Brigade, after they and other brigade members left Redstockings. Central to NYRF's philosophy was the idea that men consciously maintained power and a climate of supremacy over women in order to strengthen their egos. New York Radical Feminists members organized small 10-12 women consciousness-raising groups throughout NYC that all came together for a monthly mass business and consciousness-raising meeting.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], New York Radical Feminists Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University


The New York Radical Feminists Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from Lynne D. Shapiro in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Meghan Lyon, 2008

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, July 2009

Encoded by Megan E. Lewis, July 2009

Updated to include Acc. 2010-0203 by Alice Poffinberger, July 2011

Updated to include Acc. 2011-0114 by Alexandra Krensky and Meghan Lyon, August 2011

Accessions 2008-0262, 2010-0203, and 2011-0114 are described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.