The Janet Allured papers consist of research materials gathered by Dr. Janet Allured while writing her book, Remapping Second-Wave Feminism: The Long Women’s Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1950-1997. Many accounts of the women’s movement in the United States focus on Northern feminists and political activities at a national level. Allured’s research focuses on the often overlooked work of Southern activists, whose regional and religious backgrounds — heavily influenced by the Civil Rights Movement — produced a grassroots movement that achieved many lasting results. Remapping Second-Wave Feminism was published in 2017 by the University of Georgia Press.
The records in this collection include interviews, clippings, transcripts, correspondence, resumés, biographical sketches, notes, and email correspondence gathered during Allured’s research. The records provide information on the activities of several feminist activists and organizations involved in the women’s movement from the early 1950s through the 1990s. Some of the figures documented in this collection include Sylvia Roberts, Pat Denton, Clay Latimer, Fran Bussie, Flo Schornstein, Karline Tierney, George Ethel Warren, Felicia Kahn, Marilyn McConnell, Jody Gates, Janet Mary Riley, Mary Capps, Diana Bajoie, Louadrian Reed, and many others. The organizations documented in the collection include the National Organization for Women, the International Women’s Organization, the Young Women’s Christian Association, Planned Parenthood, the Delta Women’s Clinic, the Louisiana League of Good Government, the League of Women Voters, and others. The materials document the efforts undertaken by Louisiana feminists and women’s organizations in a wide array of political ambitions, including women’s reproductive rights, the Equal Right’s Amendment, women’s political agency and voting rights, Louisiana’s head and master laws, domestic violence and sexual assault. The records are arranged by topic, and adhere to Allured’s original organization.
Around the time of the book’s publication, Allured collaborated with photographer Dr. Carrie Chrisco on an exhibit of portraits that serves as a companion to the book. The exhibit, The Personal is Political: Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists, consists of portraits of the women interviewed for and featured in Allured’s book. Digital files of the portraits are included in this collection and are available upon request.