ABZUG, Bella Savitzky, 1920-1998


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object

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Columbia University
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Butler Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1970-1976, ca. 554,100 items
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 Bella 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 Bella Abzug and others. The casework files document Bella 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). These materials are interfiled in the collection with campaign materials, press releases, and newspaper clippings. Casework files, selected correspondence, and administrative files are closed until January 1, 2005. Selected correspondence and administrative files are also closed. Campaign materials, press releases, and newspaper clippings from the 1981 addition require the donor’s permission. A register to the papers is available.


Georgia Department of Archives and History
Georgia Coordinating Committee on the Observance of International Women’s Year records.
Atlanta, GA
Papers: 1975-1978, 3 cubic feet.
Includes a transcript of a speech and photographs.


New York University
The Tamiment Institute Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
New York, NY
Papers: 1946-1985, 3 linear feet.
Includes political literature and photographs from the campaigns of Bella Abzug.

Papers: In the papers of the National Organization for Women (NOW), New York Chapter, 1966-1973, 3.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include Bella Abzug. The permission of NOW is required to use the collection. An unpublished guide to the papers is available.

Oral Histories: Interviews by film makers, 1976-1981, 259 interviews.
Subjects covered in the interviews include Bella Abzug. The use of some of the material requires the permission of the film maker.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Candidates for public office campaign materials, 1966-1976 (inclusive), 0.5 linear foot.
Subjects covered in the materials include Bella Abzug. An unpublished finding aid is available in the library.

Photographs: In the photographs of Diana Mara Henry, 1969-1976 (inclusive), 49 folders and 1 oversize folder.
Subjects of the photographs include Bella Abzug. Copy prints and permission to publish or exhibit must be obtained from Diana Henry, who retains all rights. An unpublished finding aid is available in the library.

Videotapes: Woman alive! Producted by KERA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth and WNET/13 New York, ca. 1974-1977, 1.5 linear feet.
Consists of videotapes and program books. Subjects include Bella Abzug. An appointment is required for viewing. An unpublished finding aid is available in the library.


Rutgers University
Rutgers University Libraries
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the papers of the New Democratic Coalition of New York, 1960-1978, 49 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Bella Abzug. A finding aid is available in the repository.


University of Virginia
Special Collections Department, Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the papers of Woodford McClellan, 1969-1978, 1.8 feet (ca. 1600 items).
Correspondents include Bella Abzug. The papers are closed to researchers. A finding aid to the papers is available.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In the records of the GI Civil Defense Committee, 1968-1971, 1.2 cubic feet (3 archival boxes).
Includes two letters from Bella Abzug. A register of the records is available.

Papers: In the records of the National Peace Action Coalition, 1970-1973, 10 reels of microfilm, 6 tape recordings, and 0.1 cubic foot of unprocessed additions.
Correspondents include Bella Abzug. The records are only available on microfilm. A register to the records is available.