CHISHOLM, Shirley Anita, 1924-2005

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

Guide to Research Collections

Rutgers University Library
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1963-1994, approximately 3.7 cubic feet.
The papers of Shirley Chisholm consist of speeches, 1971-1989, on a wide variety of topics; congressional files, 1965-1981, composed primarily of complimentary letters received and presidential campaign materials; general files, 1966-1986, consisting chiefly of biographical materials, including information on Shirley Chisholm’s record in Congress; newspaper clippings, 1969-1990, in the form of editorials written by Shirley Chisholm, as well as coverage of her speeches, writings and retirement; constituent newsletters, 1969-1982, complemented by selected press releases; photographs (including photocopies and other reproductions), 1969-1990, many of which depict Shirley Chisholm with other political figures; publications, 1969-1992, with additional coverage of Shirley Chisholm’s political career and her retirement; and campaign miscellany, 1969 and 1972, including buttons from her presidential campaign and political posters. Also included in the collection are papers, 1963-1985 (bulk 1980-1984), of Shirley Chisholm’s aide Robert Frishman.

Papers: In the New Democratic Coalition of New York Records, 1960-1978, 49 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Shirley Chisholm.

Brooklyn College
Library and Special Collections
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 1968-2003 (bulk), 17 boxes (8.5 cubic feet).
This small collection of material regarding Shirley Chisholm includes photographs, several boxes of research and reference materials as well as selects/interviews which took place during the period when Ms. Chisholm ran for President of the United States in 1972. There are also interviews relative to Ms. Chisholm’s run for President in 1972. In addition, there are film clips from assorted databases as well as screening notes from 1971-72 and some stock footage on the Chisholm Project. This collection also includes several boxes of transcripts mainly of interviews on or about Ms. Chisholm. In addition, there is a box of materials from Mr. James P. Pitts who was very proactive in helping Ms. Chisholm during her run for the presidency. Finally, in the miscellaneous listings there are books by or about Ms. Chisholm, newspaper clippings, articles, fliers, pamphlets and some correspondence.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the Bella Abzug Papers, 1970-1976, approximately 554,100 items.
Correspondents include Shirley Chisholm.

Papers: In the Howard J. Samuels Papers, 1970, 1 item.
Correspondents include Shirley Chisholm.

Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral History: In the In the Ralph J. Bunche Oral History Collection, 1973, 30 pages.
The interview with Shirley Chisholm on May 2, 1973 includes comments on her initial political involvement, discussion on the failures of the National Black Political Convention and its leaders, Delegate Fauntroy’s promise to deliver candidacy votes for Shirley Chisholm from the District of Columbia delegates, support she received from common people, her retirement from politics, how her involvement with the Women’s Liberation Movement has been misconstrued, and the corruption permeating the American political system.

Library of Congress
Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center
Washington, DC
Oral History: In the National Visionary Leadership Project, 1997-2003, amount unknown.
Interviewees include Shirley Chisholm. Excerpts of the interviews are available online:

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) Records, ca. 1943-1991, 93,350 items.
Correspondents include Shirley Chisholm.

New York University
The Taminent Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
New York, NY
Papers: In the National Organization for Women New York City Records, ca. 1966-1984, 11 linear feet.
Correspondents include Shirley Chisholm.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Dolores Alexander Papers, 1960-1973, 4 linear feet.
Subjects include Shirley Chisholm.

Papers: In the Mary Bancroft Papers, ca. 1872-1997, 10.5 linear feet.
Subjects include Shirley Chisholm.

Papers: In the Betty Friedan Papers, 1933-1993, 94 linear feet.
Subjects include Shirley Chisholm.

Papers: In the Patricia Gold Papers, 1964-1990, 1.25 linear feet.
The collection documents the presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm.

Photographs: In the Diana Mara Henry Photographs, 1969-1976, 49 folders and 1 oversize folder.
Subjects include Shirley Chisholm.

Papers: In the 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women (U.S.) Records, 1972-1986, 28.5 linear feet.
Subjects include Shirley Chisholm.

Papers: In the National Organization of Women (NOW) Officers Papers, 1966-1981, 3 linear feet.
Subjects include Shirley Chisholm.

Stanford University Libraries
Department of Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Videocassette: In the Associated Students of Stanford University Speakers Bureau Collection, 1986, 1 videocassette.
The videocassette contains an event when Shirley Chisholm spoke at Stanford University on the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr’s, birthday. Topics included the political and racial situation in South Africa, U. S. politics, and the 1960s.

Temple University Libraries
Urban Archives
Philadelphia, PA
Photographs: In the Fellowship Commission Photographs, 1946-1985, 2.5 linear feet.
Noted personalities include Shirley Chisholm.

Transylvania University
Special Collections, Library
Lexington, KY
Papers: In the Activities Files, 1889-1994, 8 cubic feet, and 15 videotapes.
The collection also includes videotapes of the Kenan Lecture Series which is held at Transylvania. Among the noted national figures who have participated is Shirley Chisholm.

University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Marian Anderson Papers, 1972, 1 item.
Correspondents include Shirley Chisholm.

Western Kentucky University
Department of Library Special Collections, University Archives, Helm Library-100
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: In the Audiotapes, 1963-1980, 500 audiotapes.
Among the guest lecturers taped at Western is Shirley Chisholm.