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Elizabeth Dow Papers

 Collection
Identifier: mss-613

Scope and Contents

This collection contains publications, reports, handbooks, studies, clippings, and some correspondence on sex education, gender representation in education, sexual abuse, and the Women's History Task Force. Personal narratives surrounding challenging subject matter are present.

Dates

  • 1976-1989

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Dow (b. 1943), also known as Wiz, was born in Bristol, Vermont to parents William Hicks and Martha Keys. She was married to David Dow in 1967, Donald Manders in 1989, and David Chesnutt (1940-2014), a history professor and publisher, in 2001.

Dow was an active campaigner in Vermont on issues including sex education, gender representation in education, and sexual abuse. She was one of the founders of Vermont's chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) in 1974. She worked as an elementary school librarian in Morrisville, Vermont. Dow earned a Master of Arts degree in History and a PhD. She worked at the University of Vermont and taught at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the School of Library and Information Science. At LSU, she created the Archival Education Collaborative (AEC) in 2001 which received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the 2012 Distinguished Service Award by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Dow authored books on manuscripts, archives, and in 2018 published, with co-author Lucinda Cockrell, the book How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk Without Destroying History. In 2018, Dow served as the President of the Hardwick (Vermont) Historical Society.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Collection contains publications, reports, handbooks, studies, clippings, and some correspondence on sex education, gender representation in education, sexual abuse, and the Women's History Task Force.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.

Title
Guide to the Elizabeth Dow Papers
Status
Completed
Date
2018 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)