University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Linda May Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector May, Linda
Collection Title Linda May Papers
Dates 1969-2006
Bulk Dates 1970-2000
Identification 02/2015-009
Physical Description 6.00 linear feet
Language of Materials EnglishChinese
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Linda May was a writer and feminist political activist who was most active between 1970 and 2000. She attended the 1985 and 1995 United Nations NGO Conferences on Women in Nairobi and Beijing. She also served as a coordinator and speaker at the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas. Linda represented the American Jewish Coalition at numerous national and global women’s conferences, and was involved with many anti-domestic violence organizations in the Houston area throughout her career.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Linda May, a Houston feminist activist who coordinated numerous national and global women’s conferences and represented the American Jewish Coalition at the 1985 and 1995 United Nations’ NGO Conference on Women. The series are arranged by organizational or institutional affiliation, and each contains photos, correspondence, press clippings, and literature. Linda May also has a book collection with Special Collections. For separated books, see Related Materials note.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
American Jewish Coalition
NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95 (1995 : Huairou Xian, China)
NGO Forum on Women, Nairobi ’85 (1985: Nairobi, Kenya)
National Women's Conference
World Conference on Women
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Programs (documents)
Speeches (documents)
Personal Name:
May, Linda
Topical Term:
Women political activists

Separated Material

A number of books arrived with this collection. These have been separarated and cataloged. See Related Materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Linda May Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Detailed List of Contents

United Nations NGO Conferences on Women

Scope and Contents
This series contains materials related to Linda May’s role as a delegate to the United Nations’ NGO Conference on Women in 1985 and 1995.
Nairobi 1985
Box Folder
1 1 Programs and Correspondence from Nairobi 1985
2 Literature and Photos from Nairobi 1985
Beijing 1995
Box Folder
1 3 Photos from Beijing 1995
4 Schedules and Programs from Beijing 1995
5 Correspondence 1995
6 Reports from Beijing 1995
7 Fact Sheets and Brochures re: Beijing 1995
8 Beijing Press and Publicity 1995
9 Beijing Speeches 1995
10 American Jewish Coalition Beijing Handbook, Part One 1995
11 American Jewish Coalition Beijing Handbook, Part Two 1995
Box Item
5 1 VHS Tape, “Glorious Days: China Organizing Committee for the Fourth World Conference on Women, English Edition, N-System, 30’” 1995

Assorted National Women's Conferences

Scope and Contents
This series contains materials related to the National Women’s Conference of 1977, the national Panel of American Women, the National Commission on Women, and the White House Conference on Families and Women.
National Women's Conference, Houston 1977
Box Folder
1 12 Programs 1977
13 Correspondence and Newsletters 1977
14 Miscellaneous 1977
National Panel of American Women
Box Folder
1 15 Articles and Clippings 1972-1973
Box Folder
2 1 Programs 1972
2 Speeches 1969-1973
3 Local Correspondence 1969-1973
4 Rosters 1977-1979
5 Panelists 1977-1979
6 Student Panelists 1976-1977
7 1979 Conference 1979
8 Jewish-American Panelists 1982-1987
9 Photos 1979
10 Correspondence 1979-1990
Box Item
5 2 Cassette Tape, “Panel of American Women: Panel of American Students” undated
National Commission on Women
Box Folder
2 11 National Commission on Women 1978
White House Conference on Families and Women
Box Folder
2 12 Miscellaneous 1980
13 Programs 1980
14 Western Regional Conference 1980

Women's Organizations, General

Scope and Contents
This series contains materials related to Houston women’s organizations such as the Houston Area Women’s Center, the Women’s Resource Center of Houston, and the Greater Houston Women’s Foundation.
Box Folder
2 15 General Feminist Pamphlets 1980-1985
16 Houston Area Women's Center 1977
17 Women's Resource Center of Houston Newsletters 1990-2000
18 Greater Houston Women's Foundation 1997-2004
Box Item
5 3 Cassette tape, “Exclusive Special Edition 3/12/95: ‘Greater Houston Women’s Foun.’” 1995


Scope and Contents
This series contains miscellaneous materials from Linda May’s career, such as news clippings, posters, and assorted ephemera.
General Media
Box Folder
2 19 Houston Today, Houston Tomorrow, Part One 1980
20 Houston Today, Houston Tomorrow, Part Two 1980
Box Item
5 4 Cassette tape, “10:45 Lecture 8/12/83, Betty Freidan” 1983
News Clippings
Box Folder
2 16 Miscellanea 1996
Box Folder
3 1 Map of the NGO Forum on Women—Beijing 1995
2 Street map of Hong Kong 1995
3 “Conference on Families in California: American Jewish Committee’s Linda May served as delegate to Western Regional White House meeting” August 1980
4 “Recipes without prejudice”, The Houston Post May 1973
5 “Trying to reopen the doors slammed shut by prejudice”, The News-Sun April 1979
6 “Prejudice Still Rampant, Women’s Panel Tells Church Group”, The Houston Chronicle March 1974
7 “Prejudice: Students address issues that many people ignore”, The Houston Chronicle January 1978
8 “Barbara Marshall recalls childhood pain but looks hopefully to future”, Houston Post undated
9 “What people are doing”, The Houston Post August 1971
10 “A panel against prejudice: They are trying to change the stereotype people have of minorities and to show that all people are individuals”, Houston Post undated
11 “Bouquet To The Ladies”, The Houston Chronicle October 1972
12 “The Work is Just Beginning: Beyond Beijing, First of three parts”, The Houston Chronicle October 1995
13 “Grow Up: Texas holds a lesson for politicians in Washington”, The Houston Chronicle December 1995
14 “Watchdog Greanias mum on his future”, The Houston Chronicle undated
15 “Sarah Weddington: White House taken for women’s affairs?”, The Washington Post Magazine February 1979
16 “Betty Freidan, Who Ignited a Movement in ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ Dies at 85”, The New York Times February 2006
17 “Nixon Is Quitting: Reputation for Honestly Ford’s Appeal”, The Houston Chronicle August 1974
18 “Hookers and Housewives Come Together”, Coyote Howls: The Intermittent Journal of A Loose Women’s Organization September 1977
19 Daily Breakthrough: Where Women Are News November 18, 1977
20 Daily Breakthrough: Where Women Are News November 19, 1977
21 Daily Breakthrough: Where Women Are News November 20, 1977
23 “Ways to steer clear of a collision with China”, The Houston Chronicle 1995
24 “First lady wants help for women”, The Houston Post 1995
25 “Some Safety Tips for a Dangerous World”, The Wall Street Journal 1995
26 “Women at Risk: Claiming Their Rights”, Amnesty International USA Spring 1995
27 Review of Anne Wolfe’s “To Be Female and Jewish: Double Jeopardy?,” Dead Pans 1976
28 “LINDA MAY RETURNS FROM NAIROBI: Part Two”, The Jewish Herald-Voice August 1985
29 Houston Woman November 1985
30 “4 different views of the Nairobi conference”, Houston Chronicle August 1985
31 “LINDA MAY RETURNS FROM NAIROBI: Part I”, The Jewish Herald-Voice August 1985
32 “Did Forum ’85 do what the U.N. couldn’t in Nairobi?”, The Houston Post August 1985
33 “Jewish women laud Maureen Reagan for success against anti-Zionism at the Nairobi women’s conference: President’s daughter raps Western European delegates for not publicly supporting U.S. position”, The Jewish-Herald Voice August 1985
34 “There are 200 Jews in Nairobi: And, like most of the other Jews in Kenya, they feel secure and content”, Baltimore Jewish Times 1985
35 Forum 85 July 19, 1985
36 Forum 85 July 19, 1985
37 Forum 85 July 19, 1985
38 Forum 85 July 19, 1985
39 Forum 85 July 19, 1985
40 Forum 85 July 19, 1985
UN Posters
Box Folder
3 41 “Action for Equality, Development, and Peace” Beijing ’95 Poster 1995
42 “UN 1995” Beijing Poster 1995
43 “Chinese Women Procurators Association” Poster 1995
44 “Women of the World: Celebrating a Decade of Achievement, 1976—1985” Poster 1985
45 “UN Decade for Women: Forum ‘85” Poster 1985
46 “American Women on the Move: First national Women’s Conference” Poster November 1977
47 “Houston: Back and Forth in the Promised Land” Poster March 1980
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.5 3 "ENSEMBLE" poster 1995
Box Item
3 48 “ET Team” Eleanor Tinsley campaign sweatshirt 1993
49 “Turtle Team” clipboard 1993
50 Commemorative handmade placard 1993
Box Item
4 1 Small glass perfume bottle with painting of four women 1995