Dorothy I. Height Papers
Dorothy I. Height Papers, 1937-2005
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 606
Civil rights activist, YWCA worker. The Dorothy Height Papers, which appear to be a reference file compiled by YWCA of the U.S.A. archives staff from YWCA records and other sources, are primarily related to her work with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), dating from 1937 to 2005. The bulk of the materials cover the period between the late 1950s and the mid 1970s and include correspondence, clippings, photographs, awards and tributes, speeches, and writings by Height. Extensive clippings and press releases provide good summary information about Height's later work for the NCNW and YWCA, particularly her work for women's rights and against white racism. There is also a large file of planning and documentation for the Dorothy I. Height Tribute Dinner sponsored by the NCNW and the YWCA on November 5, 1986, with letters of appreciation from, among others, Ronald Reagan, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Faye Wattleton, Helen Wilkins Claytor, the heads of major religious and civil rights organizations, and many of Height's YWCA co-workers.
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The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions
Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Dorothy Height assigned copyright to materials she authored to the National Park Service. The YWCA of the USA retains copyright to its materials. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Dorothy Height may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
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