Bella Abzug Papers
1970-1976


Finding Aid Prepared by Mary Boone Bowling
January 2002


Date Range: 1970-1976
Size of Collection: ca. 554,100 items (185 v., 919 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Date of Acquisition: Gift of Bella Abzug, 1976; 1981
Material on Microfilm: No material on microfilm
Terms of Access: Available for faculty, students, or researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.
Restrictions on Use or Access: Casework files and selected correspondence and administrative files are CLOSED. See Register.
Permission to publish materials must also be obtained in writing from the Director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

Location in Stacks: Stack 15, Cage 23, Range 27-29
Processing Information: Precessed by Mary Boone Bowling, 1979. Revised, 1981
RLIN ID: NYCR86-A27

BIOGRAPHY

       Born Bella Savitzky in New York City in 1920. Died in New York 1998. Lawyer and flamboyant Congresswoman from New York City's 19th and 20th Congressional Districts, 1971-1976. Columbia LL. B. 1945 Abzug was a activist for workers racial minorities and women. Large hats became her trademark and she would wear a hat on the floor of the House, in violation of Congressional protocol.

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. Casework files and selected correspondence and administrative files closed; campaign materials, press releases and newspaper clippings from 1981 addition require Donor's permission to see.


Correspondence

   --Cataloged Correspondence

5 Boxes  Alphabetically arranged and individually described in our card catalog. Some of the names included are: David Amram; William F. Buckley, Jr.; Cesar E. Chavez; Babette Deutsch; Barry M. Goldwater; Hubert H. Humphrey; Edward I. Koch; Clare Booth Luce; Lester Maddox; Paul O'Dwyer; Jerome Robbins; Nelson Rockefeller; Benjamin Spock; and Lionel Trilling
       5 unnumbered boxes
     Note: Pages iii-iv of Register

   --Incoming Correspondence


Note: This sequence contains primarily general letters received by Abzug's various offices. Many files also contain related items and copies of replies. Files of correspondence pertaining to specific issues have been placed in the Topical Files. One box of Abzug's outgoing "Dear Colleague" letters have been kept with those she received rather than in the Outgoing sequence.

      --General

1 - 9  Chronologically arranged letters received
        1970 - 1976
     Note: Page 1 of Register

      --Abusive Mail

9 & 10  Chronologically arranged abusive letters received
        1970 - 1976
     Note: Page 1 of Register

      --Condolences

11  Condolence cards (outgoing, 1971-1976); Incoming, 1975
        1971 - 1976
     Note: Page 1 of Register

      --Congress, members of

12  General
        1972 - 1976
     Note: Page 1 of Register

13 - 15  "Dear Colleague" Letters
        [n.d.] & 1971 - 1975
     Note: Page 1 of Register

      --Congratulations

16  Chronologically arranged
        [n.d.] & 1971-1976
     Note: Page 1 of Register

      --Courtesy Letters

17 - 20  General letters of greeting and acknowledgement
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 1 of Register

      --Dead Letters

21  Chronologically arranged
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Holiday & Birthday Greetings

22  Chronologically arranged
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Literary Correspondence

23  Regarding literary works and activities by Abzug and others
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Recommendations

24  Chronologically arranged
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Requests

25 - 29  Chronologically arranged
        1970 - 1976
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Support

30 - 32  Includes "Friends of BSA" and National Constituents of Bella Abzug
        1970 - 1975
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Thanks & Commendations

33 - 35  Chronologically arranged
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --Views, General

36 - 39  Letters of opinion on various subjects from constituents and others. See also specific Topical files
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 2 of Register

      --White House

40  White House correspondence
     Note: Page 3 of Register

   --Outgoing


Note: This sequence contains carbon copies of letters sent from Abzug's New York and Washington offices; the files of the two offices are kept separate. Due to inconsistencies and changes in filing systems, there is some overlapping

      --New York Office

41 - 45A  Chronologically arranged by year and alphabetically arranged within year.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 3 of Register

      --Washington Office

46 - 61A  Chronologically arranged by year and alphabetically arranged within year. Includes "Robos" (form letters signed by robot) in box 62A
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 3 of Register


Administrative Files

   --Personal

63  Awards and Honors
Biographies
Biographies - Correspondence
Biographies - Directories
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 4 of Register

63A  Oral History
        1971
        draft transcripts
     Note: Page 4 of Register

64  Campaigns
        1970; 1972; 1976
             Note: Page 4 of Register
See also 1981 Addition

65  Organizations [Including American Bar Association and National Constituents of Bella Abzug]
        1971-1976
             Note: Page 4 of Register

   --Office

      --General

66  Bugging; Mailings, Guest Book; Newsletters; Manual; Subscriptions, etc.
        1971-1976
             Note: Page 4 of Register

      --Address Lists

67  Assembly Districts; Civic Organizations; Favorable Voters; etc.
                     Note: Page 4 of Register

      --Memoranda

68 & 69  Chronologically arranged
        1970 - 1975
             Note: Page 5 of Register

      --Staff

70 - 75  Resumes and Interns
        1971-1977
             Note: Page 5 of Register

   --Public Activities

      --Invitations

76 - 107  Occasionally included in these files are Abzug's itineraries, drafts of speeches and other related items
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 5 of Register

      --Schedules

108 - 109A  Includes some related correspondence, memoranda, and printed items
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 7 of Register

   --Public Relations

      --Literary

110  Bella!, The Candidate, First Generation Americans, etc.
        1971
     Note: Page 7 of Register

      --Press

111  Correspondence, clippings, etc.
     Note: Page 7 of Register

      --Radio/Speeches/Television

111  Statements and releases
        1972-1975
     Note: Page 8 of Register

      --20th C.D. Community Conference

112 - 114  Correspondence, panels, speakers, press releases, etc.
        1972-1975
     Note: Page 8 of Register

   --Essay Contest

115  Correspondence and related items
        1973 & 1974
     Note: Page 9 of Register

   --Litigation

116 & 117  Material relating to legal cases involving Abzug
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 9 of Register


Subject Files

   --Aged

118 - 126  Correspondence, legislation, programs, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 10 of Register

   --Animals

127  Correspondence, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 11 of Register

   --Arts, Letters & Humanities

128 - 130  Correspondence, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 11 of Register

   --Banking & Currency

131  Correspondence, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 12 of Register

   --Bicentennial

131  Correspondence, printed, etc.
        1976
     Note: Page 12 of Register

   --Budget, Federal

132 - 134  Correspondence, resolutions, etc.
        1973-1977
     Note: Page 12 of Register

   --Business, Commerce & Trade

135 - 137  Correspondence, reports, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 12 of Register

   --Child Care

138 - 149  Correspondence, legislation, reports, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 13 of Register

   --Civil & Human Rights

150 - 157  Correspondence, statements, speeches, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 14 of Register

   --Community Organizations

158 & 159  Correspondence, publications, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 16 of Register

   --Congress, U.S.

160 - 175  Correspondence, memos, reports, clippings, etc.
        1970s
     Note: Page 16 of Register

   --Consumer Issues

176 & 177  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, etc.
        1970s
     Note: Page 19 of Register

   --Crime

178 - 187  Correspondence, conference proceedings, lists, printed, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 19 of Register

   --Economy

188 - 193  Correspondence, legislation, printed, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 21 of register

   --Education

194 - 212  Correspondence, memoranda, notes, statements, printed, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Pages 21 of Register

   --Energy

213 - 230  Correspondence, legislation, statements, memoranda, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 24 of Register

   --Energy, Nuclear

231 - 241  Correspondence, memoranda, legislation, printed, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 26 of Register

   --Environment

242 - 257  Correspondence, articles, memoranda, legislation, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 27 of register

   --Federal Agencies

258 - 265  Correspondence, printed, memoranda, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 29 of Register

   --Food & Nutrition

266 - 271  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, testimony, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 30 of Register

   --Ford, Gerald R.

272 & 273  Correspondence, legal literature, notes, statements, etc.
        1976
     Note: Page 31 of Register

   --Foreign Affairs

      --General File

274 - 280  Correspondence, acts, legislation, notes, etc.
        1971-1977
     Note: Page 31 of Register

      --Countries/Areas

281 - 286  Arranged alphabetically: "Africa - Uruguay"
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 32 of Register

      --Regions

  Greece/Turkey/Cyprus/Middle East
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 33 of Register

   --Grants

296 - 306  General followed by alphabetical arrangement: "Addiction - Yeshiva"
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 34 of Register

   --Handicapped

307 - 310  Correspondence, statements, notes, memoranda, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 37 of Register

   --Health

311 - 348  Correspondence, topical files, legislation, hearings, bills, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 37 of Register

   --Housing

349 - 372  Correspondence, hearings, bills, buildings, rent control, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 42 of Register

   --Immigration

373  Correspondence, aliens, legislation, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 45 of Register

   --Indochina

374 - 397  Correspondence, lists, hearings, notes, memoranda, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 45 of Register

   --Jewry

398 - 401  Correspondence, statements, notes, memoranda, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 48 of Register

   --Labor & Employment

402 - 418  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, testimony, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 48 of Register

   --Libraries & Literature

419  Correspondence, copyright, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 50 of Register

   --Media

419 - 421  Correspondence, interviews, notes, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 50 of Register

   --Military

422 - 440  Correspondence, drafts, statements, notes, clippings, etc.
        1970-1977
     Note: Page 51 of Register

   --Minorities

441 & 442  Blacks, Indians, Italians, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 53 of Register

   --New York City

443 - 483  Correspondence, regions, community planning boards, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 54 of Register

   --New York State & Region

484 - 488  Correspondence, taxes, legislation, notes, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 59 of Register

   --Nixon, Richard M.

489 - 498  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, resolutions, etc.
        1972-1954
     Note: Page 60 of Register

   --Peace Movement

499 - 501  Correspondence, memoranda, speeches, printed, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 61 of Register

   --Political Affairs

502 - 514  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, lists, announcements, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 61 of Register

   --Postal Service, U.S.

515 & 516  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, stamps, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 63 of Register

   --Presidency, U.S.

517 & 518  Correspondence, statements, notes, memoranda, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 63 of Register

   --Public Works

519 - 529  Correspondence, notes, memoranda, statements, printed, etc.
     Note: Page 63 of Register

   --Religion

530  Correspondence
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 65 of Register

   --Revenue Sharing

530 & 531  Correspondence, reports, printed, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 65 of Register

   --Rockefeller, Nelson A.

532 - 534  Correspondence, statements, releases, testimony, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 65 of Register

   --Science

534  Correspondence, space shuttle, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 66 of Register

   --Social Security

535 - 546  Correspondence, notes, releases, statements, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 66 of Register

   --Social Services

547  Family Courts
Disaster Relief
Red Cross, etc.
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 67 of Register

   --Taxes

548 - 551  Correspondence, legislation, notes, memoranda, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 67 of Register

   --Transportation

552 - 585  Correspondence, hearings, testimony, releases, etc.
        1970-1976
     Note: Page 68 of Register

   --Urban Affairs

586  Correspondence, general, legislation, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 72 of Register

   --Utilities

586 - 588  Correspondence, reports, publications, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 72 of Register

   --Welfare

589 - 597  Correspondence, hearings, statements, notes, memoranda, etc.
        1969-1976
     Note: Page 72 of Register

   --Women

598 - 638  Correspondence, notes, statements, releases, etc.
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 73 of Register

   --Youth

639 & 640  Correspondence, notes, etc.
        [1970s]
     Note: Page 78 of Register


Legislative Files

   --Floor Files

641 - 686  Chronological files of material relating to legislation considered on House floor. Included are correspondence, drafts of amendments, statements and testimony, memoranda, Whit advisories, floor calendars, printed versions of legislation, and related material. In some cases, partial contents notes are included on the folders indicating some of the important issues dealt with. The files are arranged by week through 1974, and thereafter by date.
        1 March 1971 - 1 Oct. 1976
     Note: Page 79 of Register

   --Legislation Sponsored by Abzug

687 - 716  92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congress
     Note: Page 90 of Register

   --General

717 - 723  87th - 94th Congresses
     Note: Page 111 of Register

   --Voting Record

724 - 726  92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congresses
     Note: Page 111 of Register

   --Legislative Accomplishments

727 - 728A  92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congress
     Note: Page 112 of Register


Public Statements

   --Press Releases

729 - 750  Primarily mimeograph copies, a few with notes and related items. They are in individual folders; the headings, not listed, include date and catch-word title of each release.
        1 Dec. 1970 - 14 Dec. 1976
     Note: Page 113 of Register

   --Congressional Record Statements

751 - 758  Reprints and clippings
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 113 of Register

   --Newsletters

759  Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug Reports & Bella Abzug in Congress
[For newsletter of "National Constituents of Bella Abzug" See Box 65; for newsletters of others and correspondence relating to newsletters See Box 66]
        1971-1976
     Note: Page 114 of Register

   --Speeches & Remarks

759 & 759A  Speeches and remarks on a variety of topics
        [1971]-1976
     Note: Page 114 of Register


Printed Material

760 - 762  Articles, proofs, books, etc.
     Note: Page 115 of Register


Photographs

763  Photographs of Abzug in Indochina, etc.

Photographs which relate to specific subjects rather than to Abzug personally are filed with the subjects
        1972-1975
     Note: Page 115 of Register


Records & Tapes

763  Phonograph record (3 45 R.P.M.s)
Tape
     Note: Page 115 of Register


Oversize

 One folder


Casework Files


Note: These files are CLOSED

   --New York Office File

764 - 867  Chronological files
West Side Legislative Center
181st Street District Office
1971-1976
     Note: Page 116 of Register

   --Washington Office

868 - 899  Chronological files
1971-1976
     Note: Page 116 of Register

   --Military

900 - 906  Military and Military Academy Nominees
1971-1976
     Note: Page 117 of Register

   --Miscellaneous

907 - 909  Miscellaneous correspondence and related material
Processing notes and index slips [OPEN]
1971-1977
     Note: Page 117 of Register


1981 Addition

   --Pre and Post Congressional Material

910  Correspondence, campaigns, civil rights, etc.
1952-1978
     Note: Page 117 of Register

   --Campaigns

911  Mayoralty
Senate
1976 & 1977
     Note: Page 117 of Register

   --Press Releases

912  Press releases [12 volumes, not boxed]
1971-1976
     Note: Page 117 of Register

   --Press Clippings

913  Press clippings [72 volumes, not boxed]
1970-1976
     Note: Page 117 of Register


1986 Addition

   --Correspondence

914 - 924       Note: Page 118 of Register

   --Administration

925 - 962  Public Activities:
--Speaking Invitations & Requests
--Refusals
--Honoria
--Related Correspondence
        1977-1985
     Note: Page 118 of Register

   --Subject Files

963 - 1012  A through Z
        1968-1981
     Note: Page 120 of Register

   --Public Statements

1013 - 1020  Press releases, speeches and remarks
        1972-1978
     Note: Page 121 of Register

   --Printed Material

1021 - 1027  Speeches, scrapbooks. etc.
        1973-1982
     Note: Page 121 of Register

   --Campaigns

      --Congress

1028-1041  Congress campaign material
        1969-1976; 1978; 1986
     Note: Page 121 of Register

      --Senate

1042 - 1057  Senate campaign, New York State; Miscellaneous Senate; Congress
        1970-1978
     Note: Page 122 of Register

      --New York City Mayor

1058 - 1070  Literature, press releases, schedules, etc.
        1977
     Note: Page 122 of Register

   --Audio Cassettes

1072 - 1079  Miscellaneous
        [n.d.]
     Note: Pages 122-134 of Register

   --Audio Tapes

1080 - 1082  Miscellaneous
        [n.d.]
     Note: Pages 122 and 135 of Register

   --Video Cassettes & Tapes

1083 - 1087  Miscellaneous
        1979-1986
     Note: Pages 122; 137-144 of Register

   --Photographs

1088 - 1089  Miscellaneous
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 122 of Register

   --Memorabilia

1090 - 1096  Awards and gifts, plaques
        [n.d.]
     Note: Page 122 of Register

   --Oversize

 Awards and gifts, plaques
        [n.d.]
       7 folders
       3 plaques
     Note: Page 122 of Register