Interviews with former members of Chicago Women's Liberation Union

Descriptive Summary

Interviews with former members of Chicago Women's Liberation Union
Strobel, Margaret, 1946-interviewer
Strobel, Margaret, 1946-
1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
47 sound cassettes.
(Originals: Boxes 1 and 2).
Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Scope and Content

Sound recordings, transcripts, and release forms of interviews conducted by Strobel with other former members of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, which was formed in 1969 as a radical, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, feminist organization. Usually interviewees tell how they became involved in the women's movement and in the CWLU. Specific topics relate to the CWLU, its founding, its activities, and its breakup; to the women's movement in general and to socialist feminism; to gender orientation, child care, women's health care, reproductive rights and abortion, and women's legal rights, economic and workplace rights, including efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A few contemporary publications on women's issues are included in the collection.

Scope and Content

Interviews were made while Margaret Strobel was a professor and Director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Conditions for Access

Nine of the interviews are closed for 30 years (until 2015-2019) at the request of the interviewees. In addition, some interviewees require that researchers obtain their permission before publishing quotes. Transcripts are available in the collection. However, to listen to a sound recording, it is necessary to use a copy sound recording, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available)

Conditions Governing Use

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Preferred Citation

A common citation for archives is as follows: Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection title, ID number, Repository name, location.

Custodial History

Gift of Margaret Strobel (1992.0361; 1993.0006).

Related Material

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Chicago Women's Liberation Union records; Estelle Carol materials on the Chicago Women's Liberation Union; the Chicago Women's Liberation Union photographs (1978.0029); Chicago Women's Graphics Collective posters (1986.0371); the essay: "Something real: Jane and me," by Linnea Johnson; and publications of Chicago Women's Liberation Union members.

Descriptive inventory available online.

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