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Dorothy Sucher Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Dorothy Sucher Collection
Author/Creator:
Sucher, Dorothy
Collection number:
96-40
Size:
4.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1977-1979
Inclusive dates:
1970-1981
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Publications, newsletters, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, course syllabi, and reports collected by Dorothy Sucher, an active member of local women's organizations, documenting the women's movement of the mid-to-late 1970s in Maryland. Local organizations represented include the Washington Area Women's Center, the Women's Equity Action League, the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, Marylanders for the Right to Choose, and the National Abortion Rights League (NARAL). Topics covered include feminist press, feminist theater, women in business, women in sports, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Dorothy Sucher Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Dorothy Sucher was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Brooklyn College, receiving a B. A. in English in 1954, and continued her studies at Columbia University from 1955 through 1956. She received an M. M. H. (Master of Mental Health) from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1975. Sucher worked as a psychotherapist from 1975 through 1985 and was very active in the women's movement in Maryland in the 1970s. She established and led the Consciousness Raising Program of the Northern Prince George's County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1977 to 1980. In 1978 she became NOW's Maryland Consciousness Raising Coordinator and expanded the program to other counties in the state. She led consciousness raising (CR) groups, trained CR leaders, and developed a packet of readings for CR leaders that was used throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of NOW. She and her husband, Joseph Sucher, a physics professor at the University of Maryland, whom she married in 1952, served jointly as delegates to the NOW State Council for several years.

A mystery writer, Sucher served four years in the late 1980s as treasurer of Sisters in Crime, an international organization formed to gain recognition for women mystery writers. She also founded the group's Mid-Atlantic chapter. Sucher taught creative writing at Georgetown University, Duke University, and the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her published works include the mystery novels Dead Men Don't Give Seminars and Dead Men Don't Marry and a book of personal essays entitled The Invisible Garden.

From 1957 to 2001, Sucher lived in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she raised four children and was active in many community organizations. She was the "founding mother" of the Greenbelt Writers Group and spearheaded the formation of the Greenbelt Museum. She also served as editor, reporter, and columnist for the Greenbelt News Review for 50 years.

In 1984, she and her husband began spending six months each year in Cabot, Vermont, where she renovated an old farmhouse and created the garden described in her book, The Invisible Garden. At the age of seventy, she returned to an early love, art, which she had studied in her youth, becoming an accomplished watercolorist who exhibited and sold her landscapes and flower paintings. Dorothy Sucher continues to spend the remaining half of the year in College Park, Maryland.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dorothy Sucher Collection consists of publications, newsletters, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, course syllabi, and reports collected by Dorothy Sucher, an active member of local women's organizations, documenting the women's movement of the mid to late 1970s in Maryland. The collection spans the years 1970 through 1980, with the bulk of the material dating between 1977 through 1980. Local organizations represented include the Washington Area Women's Center, the Women's Equity Action League, the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, Marylanders for the Right to Choose, and the National Abortion Rights League (NARAL). Topics covered include feminist press, feminist theater, women in business, women in sports, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Dorothy Sucher donated her collection of women's movement materials to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1996 and 1999. Sucher donated memorabilia and additional documents in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Jennie A. Levine, May 2004. Addendum Processed by Lauren Benè, March 2005.

Processing note:

Newsletters and other publications were grouped together and placed in chronological order. The subject files had previously been separated from the publication materials. Newsprint clippings were photocopied, and oversized publications were unfolded and placed in an oversized box. Other materials were placed in acid-free folders in acid-free boxes.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine.

Arrangement of Collection

The Dorothy Sucher Collection is arranged in two series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Publications, 1974-1980 (2.75 linear feet)

This series consists of newsletters and journals pertaining to women's issues. Publications originate from national organizations, such as the National Women's Political Caucus and the National Abortion Rights League (NARAL), and local groups, such as the Washington Area Women's Center, the Maryland Commission for Women, and Marylanders Right to Choose. In addition, issues of several feminist newspapers appear in the collection, including Majority Report: The Women's Newspaper and the Women's Political Times.

Arrangement is alphabetical by organization/title of publication and then chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Interdepartmental Task Force on Women -- White House News on Women, 1979-1980 series 1box 1folder 1
Maryland Commission for Women -- Maryland Women, 1979-1980 series 1box 1folder 2
Marylanders for the Right to Choose -- MRC Newsletter, January 1980 series 1box 1folder 3
National Abortion Rights League (NARAL) -- Newsletter, 1978 series 1box 1folder 4
National Abortion Rights League (NARAL) -- Newsletter, January 1979-February 1980 series 1box 1folder 5
National Women's Political Caucus -- Quarterly Reports, 1977 series 1box 1folder 6
Paid My Dues: Journal of Women and Music, 1977-1978 series 1box 1folder 7
Prince George's Community College Women's Education Exchange -- WE [Newsletter], 1978-1979 series 1box 1folder 8
Prince George's Women's Political Caucus (PGWPC) -- The Single Standard, 1976-1980 series 1box 1folder 9
Washington Area Women's Center -- In Our Own Write, 1977-1978 series 1box 1folder 10
Washington Area Women's Center -- In Our Own Write, 1979-1980 series 1box 1folder 11
Washington Women's Arts Center -- WMAC News, 1978-1979 series 1box 2folder 1
Washington Area Women's Studies -- From the Apple to the Archive, 1976-1980 series 1box 2folder 2
Washington Women's News Service -- Spokeswoman, December 1976-December 1978 series 1box 2folder 3
Washington Women's News Service -- Spokeswoman, 1979 series 1box 2folder 4
Washington Women's News Service -- Spokeswoman, 1980 series 1box 2folder 5
Women in German, 1974-1975 series 1box 2folder 6
Women Letter Carrier's Report, 1977 series 1box 2folder 7
Women's Center and Referral Service -- [Newsletter], 1979-1980 series 1box 2folder 8
Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) -- Newsletter, 1974-1978 series 1box 2folder 9
Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) -- Washington Report, 1974-1981 series 1box 2folder 10
Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) Educational and Legal Defense Fund -- In the Running, 1978-1980 series 1box 3folder 1
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press -- Media Report to Women, 1977-1978 series 1box 3folder 2
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press -- Media Report to Women, 1979 series 1box 3folder 3
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press -- Media Report to Women, 1980 series 1box 3folder 4
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press -- Media Report to Women -- Index/Directory, 1979 series 1box 3folder 5
YWCA Women's Center -- Opus, undated series 1box 3folder 6
Majority Report: The Women's Newspaper (Oversize), 1976-1977 series 1box 4folder 1
Off Our Backs (Oversize), 1977-1979 series 1box 4folder 2
Women's Political Times (Oversize), 1977-1979 series 1box 4folder 3

Series 2: Subject Files, 1971-1980 (1.25 linear feet)

This series consists of files pertaining to a variety of topics of interest to women, including abortion, education, athletics and Title IX, the Equal Rights Amendment, and feminist press and theater. Included in the files are pamphlets, newspaper and magazine clippings, mailings, essays, and ephemera documenting the women's movement in the 1970s. The majority of the material is from local sources in the Washington, D. C., suburban area. Also included are files relating to activities of specific organizations, such as the Washington Women's Art Center and the Women's Equity Action League, both of whose newsletters are located in Series I.

Arrangement is alphabetical by folder heading.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Abortion], 1979-1980 series 2box 1folder 1
Alexandria Commission on the Status of Women, July 1976 series 2box 1folder 2
D. C. Feminist Writers' Guild, 1978 series 2box 1folder 3
Education, 1977 series 2box 1folder 4
[ERA - Equal Rights Amendment], 1977-1978 series 2box 1folder 5
Feminism and Business, 1978-1980 series 2box 1folder 6
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- Guidelines to Feminist Consciousness Raising , 1979 series 2box 1folder 7
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- PG-CR Committee, 1977-1979 series 2box 1folder 8
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- [expenses], 1977-1979 series 2box 1folder 9
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- CR Maryland, 1977-1979 series 2box 1folder 10
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- [CR chapters], 1978 series 2box 1folder 11
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- Leadership Training , 1978 series 2box 1folder 12
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- Lectures, Demos, Ideas, 1979 series 2box 1folder 13
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- [contact information, confidential telephone encounters], 1978 series 2box 1folder 14
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- Waiting list, 1977-1979 series 2box 1folder 15
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- CR Groups, 1978 series 2box 1folder 16
Feminist Consciousness Raising, National Organization of Women (NOW) -- NPG NOW Task Forces, 1970-1980 and undated series 2box 1folder 17
Feminist Pamphlets, 1970-1980 and undated series 2box 1folder 18
Feminist Pamphlets, 1970-1980 and undated series 2box 1folder 19
Feminist Pamphlets, 1977-1980 series 2box 1folder 20
Feminist Presses, 1977-1979 and undated series 2box 1folder 21
Feminist Theater, 1974-1978 series 2box 2folder 1
Magazines, 1979-1980 series 2box 2folder 2
Maryland Commission for Women, June 1977 series 2box 2folder 3
Maryland Women's Conference, Johns Hopkins, 1976, 1979 series 2box 2folder 4
Paid My Dues: Journal of Women and Music, 1971 series 2box 2folder 5
Position of Women in the Social Order (Syllabus), 1975 and undated series 2box 2folder 6
Prince George's County, 1975 and undated series 2box 2folder 7
Prince George's County Community College, Syllabus, Women in Literature, 1979 series 2box 2folder 8
Project on the Status and Education of Women: A Survey of Research Concerns on Women's Issues, 1975 series 2box 2folder 9
Title IX, undated series 2box 3folder 1
University of Wisconsin Women's Studies Program, 1977 and undated series 2box 3folder 2
Washington Women's Art Center, 1977-1978 and undated series 2box 3folder 3
Women and Medicine, 1978-1980 series 2box 3folder 4
Women's Campaign Fund, 1977 series 2box 3folder 5
Women's Equity Action League (WEAL), 1977-1978 series 2box 3folder 6
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, 1978-1980 series 2box 3folder 7
Women's Movement -- [Index to Article Collection ], Udated series 2box 3folder 8
Women's Movement -- Psychology, 1968-1979 series 2box 3folder 9
Women's Movement -- Marriage, 1968-1971 series 2box 3folder 10
Women's Movement -- Women as a Minority Group, 1951-1972 series 2box 3folder 11
Women's Movement -- Men's Lib, 1970 series 2box 3folder 12
Women's Movement -- Legal, Undated series 2box 3folder 13
Women's Movement -- Politics of the Women's Movement, 1970-1973 series 2box 3folder 14
Women's Movement -- Black Women, 1971 series 2box 3folder 15
Women's Movement -- [Women and Sports], 1974 series 2box 3folder 16
Women's Movement -- Professional Women, 1969-1972 series 2box 3folder 17
Women's Movement -- Religion, 1971 series 2box 3folder 18
Women's Movement -- Utopia, 1970 series 2box 3folder 19
Women's Movement -- [Women and Men], 1972 series 2box 3folder 20
Women's Movement -- General, 1969, undated series 2box 3folder 21
Women's Music, 1977-1978 series 2box 3folder 22
Women's Sports, 1977-1979 series 2box 3folder 23

Series 3: Memorabilia, 1978 and undated (36 items)

This series consists of 36 pieces of memorabilia Dorothy Sucher collected from various women's movement marches and gatherings, including the ERA March on Washington and NOW. Included in the series are sashes from marches, pins, pendants, nametags, and slogan buttons. The items were divided into eleven groupings and transferred to the Memorabilia Collection and are filed under Memorabilia #1800-1810.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Memorabilia, 1978 and undated series 3box 1folder 1
Gold ribbon sashes from ERA March on Washington. Purple text; "National ERA March '78". (2 items), 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1800
Gold colored metal lapel pins. 2 have the text, "NOW". One is small and one is large. Third pin has the text, "ERA". (3 items), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1801
Pewter colored pendant on a chain. Pendant is oval with text, "Failure is Impossible 1923-1979" and the symbol of a woman in a toga and laurel wreath holding an American flag and a scroll with "ERA" on it. (1 item ), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1802
Pewter colored pendant without a chain. Pendant is the symbol of Equal Rights for Women. It contains no text. (1 item ), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1803
Laminated black and white name tag with text, "NOW National Organization for Women Dorothy Sucher". Has a pin on the back. (1 item ), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1804
Buttons connected with ERA. Three buttons are green with white text, "ERA YES". Two are the same size with one slightly smaller. Fourth button is white with a green map of the United States depicting certain states. It contains the text, "We're All From an Unratified Country ERA YES". (4 items), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1805
Buttons connected with Equal Rights for Women. Button 1 contains symbol of Equal Rights for Women (the equals sign in the symbol for women/female) in red on a white background. Button 2 contains the symbol of Equal Rights for Women in black on a white background. Button 3 contains the symbol of a fist in the symbol of women/female in red on a white background. (3 items), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1806
Button connected with ERA March on Washington. Purple text, "ERA March on Washington July 9, 1978", on a white background. (1 item ), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1807
Buttons with slogans dealing with women's rights. Button 1 text; "Certified Role Model". Button 2 text; "it's a Mitzvah to be a Jewish Mother". Button 3 text; "Good Women Improve with Age". Button 4 text; "Have you thanked a Woman Today?" Button 5 text; "Mothers Need Love too". Button 6 text; "Libber Lover", also contains symbol of a heart with an arrow through it. Button 7 text; "mom is ON STRIKE today". Button 8 text; Bed & Board is not Enough". Button 9 text; "today is MOM's DAY OFF". Button 10 text; "Managerial Woman". (10 items), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1808
Buttons connected with NOW. Button 1 text; "NOW Economic Campaign Boycott Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, S. Carolina, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, Utah, Virginia." Green and black text on white background. Button 2 text; "Ellie" in black on green background. "Ellie" is Eleanor Smeal then running for NOW president. Button 3 text; "Maryland NOW National Organization for Women" in black text on yellow background. (3 items), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1809
Random buttons without obvious group affiliation. Button 1 text; "CR Groupie." Button 2 has the picture of a coat hanger. Button 3 text; "Adam was a Ruff Draft." Button 4 text; "Keep your Laws off my Body." Button 5 text; "W76 Win With Women." Button 6 text; "How Dare You Presume I'd Rather Be thin?" Button 7 text;" Read...Women: A Feminist Perspective." Has a picture of a woman's face and a doll. (7 items ), circa 1978 series 3box 1folder 1item 1810

Related Material

The Archives and Manuscripts Department of the University of Maryland Libraries holds a number of collections relating to women in suburban Washington, D. C. A select listing follows:

In addition, the University of Maryland maintains a Women's Studies Database, which may be located at http://www.mith2.umd.edu/WomensStudies/(May 2004). The University of Maryland Libraries also holds Majority Report: The Women's Newspaper on microfilm (location UMCP McKeldin Library Periodicals Rm - Microfilm AN3.A1 U53 roll 302) and Off Our Backs (location UMCP McKeldin Library Periodicals Rm - Microfilm AN3.A1 U53 reels 64, 84, 110, 139, 166).

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