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Name of Creator: Older Women's League (U.S.). Greater Boston Chapter.
Title:Greater Boston Chapter of the Older Women's League Records
Date:ca. 1983–2010, (bulk 2000–2008)
Reference Code:M196
Location Code: 55/4
Extent:2 boxes (0.5 cubic feet)
Scope and Content Note:The bulk of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Older Women's League collection highlights the role of Betty Soldz, who was the president of the chapter from 2001 to 2009. The collection contains board meeting minutes and agendas from 1988 to 2010, annual general meeting notes and the chapter's seasonal newsletter. The subject files document issues the group had subcommittees for including caregiver support, medication issues, health and home services, support group, and an assisted living study group. Also documented are the chapter's relationships with other Massachusetts chapters, including the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter with whom they eventually merged, the North East Regional Organization (NERO), and the National Office. For materials soliciting support from other Boston organizations in the 1980s, consult the Freedom House Papers, Box 59.
Historical Note:Per its mission shared with the National Older Women's League (OWL), the Greater Boston OWL was “a voluntary membership organization that addresses social, economic, and political concerns of midlife and older women through advocacy, education and empowerment.” The Older Women's League began as a national organization in 1980 following the White House Mini Conference on Aging in Des Moines, Iowa. The Greater Boston OWL Chapter began with 15 women in the spring of 1982 as a part of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and became a regional chapter in September of that year. The Greater Boston OWL was active in local, state, and national campaigns supporting caregivers, medication issues, social security and healthcare. In 2001, the national organization changed its name to OWL– the Voice of Midlife and Older Women. In 2004, the Eastern Massachusetts OWL chapter split off from the Greater Boston OWL in order to reach a wider, urban population. In 2010, the chapters joined once again to become the Eastern Massachusetts OWL chapter.
Language and Scripts:Materials in the collection are entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bruce, Ellen
  • Katz, Ponnie
  • Lamphier, Joan
  • Leno, Mary
  • Olrich, Frances
  • Soldz, Betty
  • Katz, Ponnie
  • Leno, Mary
  • Soldz, Betty


  • Ageism
  • Caregivers
  • Older Women's League (U.S.)
  • Older Women's League (U.S.)––History.
  • OWL (Organization)
  • Social justice
  • Women's rights.

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from Mary Leno, member of Greater Boston OWL, in October 2010.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Archival Materials:

For materials soliciting support from other Boston organizations in the 1980s, consult the Freedom House Papers (M16), Box 59.

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Martha Pearson, March 17, 2014