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Series II: Uncataloged Correspondence, Incoming
Series III: Uncataloged, outgoing
Series IV: Administrative Files
Series V: Subject Files
Series VI: Legislative Files
Series VII: Public Statements
Series XV: 1986 Addition, 1986
Series XVI: Audio Visual Material, 1969-1986
At a Glance
Organized in 17 series.
Scope and Content
Congressional papers consisting of correspondence memoranda, speeches, reports, photographs and printed materials relating to her terms in Congress. The collection contains general correspondence and administrative files, as well as extensive subject files on a wide variety of topics with which Abzug was involved while in Congress. Also included are Legislative files, being the chronological files of background material for legislation considered on the House floor, and printed versions of legislation by Abzug and others. The Casework Files, relating to Abzug's advocacy on behalf of constituents involved in civil rights, housing, military, employment and related cases, are closed. Among the major correspondents are Carl Albert, Abraham D. Beame, Hugh L. Carey, Gerald R. Ford, Edward I. Koch, John V. Lindsay, Nelson A. Rockefeller, and Gloria Steinem. Materials added in 1981 include: draft transcripts of an oral history, appointment books, speeches and subject files (particularly on privacy and freedom of information) all interfiled in the collection and campaign materials press releases and newspaper clippings.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The cataloged correspondence in Series I of this collection is located on-site.
The following boxes are located off-site: 1-1116. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Casework files and selected correspondence and administrative files closed; campaign materials, press releases and newspaper clippings from the 1981 addition require Donor's permission to see.
Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email email@example.com for more information.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Bella Abzug papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Abzug, Bella. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1976.
Addition: Source of acquisition--Abzug, Bella. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1981.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed, 05/02/79 mbb
Addition Processed, 08/24/81 mbb
Processed by Mary Boone Bowling, 1979. Revised, 1981
Ead file created from PDF, 09/06/2011 ptl
Series XVI: Audio Visual Material was reprocessed for AMI digitization by YH, February 2020.
2009-07-18 File created.
2018-07-19 Added box numbers for cataloged correspondence in Series I KWS
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2020-02-25 AV updated for AMI digitization.
2020-12-01 Links to digitized AV added. kws
History / Biographical Note
Lawyer and Congresswoman from New York City's 19th and 20th Congressional Districts, 1971-1976. (Columbia LL.B.,1945).