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A Guide to the Polly Doughty Papers

Finding aid created by Gerald Loyola.

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

July 2018



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Doughty, Mary French (Polly), 1930-2017.
Title: Polly Doughty Papers
Dates: 1965-2013
Bulk dates: 1965-1990
Abstract: Subject files belonging to women's rights activist Polly Doughty, primarily documenting her activity in Gainesville during the 1970s and 1980s while working to promote women's rights. Of particular note is the large volume of material related to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Florida/Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), and the Florida League of Women Voters where she served as President for Alachua County.
Extent: 3.69 Linear Feet. 7 Boxes.
Identification: MSS 0443
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary "Polly" French Doughty was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 11th, 1930 and grew up on a family farm near Collegeville, PA. The daughter of Jeanne Rosset and J. Hansell French. She received a BS degree in Biology at Ursinus College in 1952 where she met her classmate and future husband, Paul L. Doughty. Upon graduation she and Paul married, living in Philadelphia, where she worked as a researcher in hematology at the University of Pennsylvania.

When Paul was drafted in 1953, at the end of the Korean War, he served for two years with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Polly accompanied him, and they participated in international rural development and earthquake recovery work in Mexico and El Salvador.

Returning to the United States in 1955, she continued to work at the University of Pennsylvania as Paul began Graduate School in Anthropology. In 1957 they moved to Ithaca, NY and Cornell University where she worked at the Canine Research Laboratory, while Paul continued Graduate School. Polly assisted her husband with his doctoral research in the Andean district of Huaylas in Peru from 1960 to 1961. The couple would later return to Lima, evaluating the Peace Corps impacts in Peru from 1962 to 1964. While in Lima, her daughter, Carol Doughty Nilsson was born in 1963. In 1964, they moved to Indiana where he joined the Anthropology faculty at Indiana University. There Polly was an active member of the Bloomington Friends (Quaker) Meeting, and, began her long career in civic involvement: volunteering in various activities including several local political campaigns, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and other local affairs. In 1969 her son, Thomas H. Doughty was born. In 1971, the family moved to Gainesville where Paul joined the University of Florida Anthropology Department.

While living in Gainesville, Polly founded and supported numerous community organizations and became highly involved with the University of Florida. She was an associate of the Florida Museum of Natural History, a member of the special task force for the Gender Research Center, worked in the Office for International Studies and Programs, and was a member of the Friends of Women's Studies. She was active in the Alachua County Democratic Party and served on its Executive Committee. She was an organizer and then President of the newly founded Florida Common Cause from 1972 to 1975 and from 1979 to 1983 she served as President of the Alachua County League of Women Voters. She also served as the local and Florida division president of the United Nations Association, the president of the American Philatelic Society of Gainesville, and the president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Doughty was also a member of 25 different clubs and organizations to help the community, state and nation, including the YMCA, Chijnaya Foundation in Peru, the United Nations, the Girl's Club of Alachua County, the NAACP, the Florida Defenders of the Environment, the Cultural Arts Coalition, Concerned Citizens for Juvenile Justice, and Planned Parenthood.

Polly passed away at age 86 on January 18, 2017.

Sources:

Miller, Abigail "Mary 'Polly' French Doughty, active volunteer dies at 86." The Gainesville Sun. 24 Jan. 2017 . Web. July 2018.

"Mary French (Polly) Doughty - Obituary." The Gainesville Sun. 3 Feb. 2017. Web. July 2018.


Scope and Content

The Polly Doughty Papers contain subject files belonging to women's rights activist Polly Doughty, primarily documenting her activity in Gainesville during the 1970s and 1980s while working to promote women's rights. Of particular note is the large volume of material related to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Florida/Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), and the Florida League of Women Voters where she served as President for Alachua County.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Polly Doughty Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Paul Doughty in July 2017.


Contents List

Box Folder
11 Alachua County Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)/Coalition. 1975-1977
12 Alachua County/Gainesville League of Women Voters (Gainesville LWV). 1981
13 Anti-ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) positions and related materials. 1978 August 18
14 Anti-Feminist Materials - Sent from Texas. 1977
15 Child Abuse Prevention Project. 1983
16 Child Abuse Prevention Project folder contents. 1982
17 Civil Rights. 1968
18 Clippings. 1980
19 Committee on the Status of Women - FL. 1980
110 Concerned Citizens for Juvenile Justice. 1981-1982
111 Congressional correspondence. 1972-1973
112 Correspondence - Legislators. 1981-1982
113 Correspondence - Legislature. 1967-1968, 1974
114 Correspondence - Senators. 1965-1966, 1972
115 Correspondence - Senators, etc.. 1967-1972
21 Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.. 2013
22 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Campaign Guides. 1988
23 Diana Russell CV. 1984
24 Displaced Homemakers - Weeds assessment - FL. 1982
25 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). 1973-1975
26 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). 1974-1976
27 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). 1977
28 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). 1977-1982
29 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). 1978-1982
31 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Action Alert - Gainesville organizations for the Equal Rights Amendment. 1974-1975
32 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Action Kit. 1977
33 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Addresses of Gainesville organizations and state representatives. 1974-1975
34 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Clippings and correspondence. 1974, 1977-1978
35 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Common Cause publications. 1977
36 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Correspondence. 1974-1977
37 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Correspondence regarding ERA newsletter, the National Voter publication, Religious Committee for the Equal Rights Amendment (RCERA) Prayer Vigil production, newspaper clippings and related ERA materials. 1975-1982
38 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Countdown in Tennessee - Carol Lynn Yellin. 1978
39 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Florida Women's Political Caucus publications, newspaper clippings and related material. 1976-1977
310 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Flyers and brochures. circa 1977
311 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Flyers and information. 1973-1976
312 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - forum League of Women Voters (LWV). undated
313 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Gainesville and local correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings. 1975-1977
314 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Handwritten notes on FL senate. 1977 April 13
315 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - League of Women Voters - US. 1974-1977
316 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - League of Women Voters (LWV) Florida Legislative Candidate applications and related material. 1978-1979
317 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - League of Women Voters (LWV) memorandums, reports, newspaper clippings and related materials. 1979-1980
318 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - League of Women Voters (LWV) publications. 1974,1976
319 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Letters, publications, and newspaper clippings. 1978-1979
320 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - National Organization of Women (NOW), League of Women Voters (LWV). 1978
321 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Newspaper ad Gainesville Sun. 1975
41 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Newspaper clippings and newsletters. 1977-1978
42 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Notes, correspondence regarding slogans for ERA. 1977-1978
43 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Objectives publication, Florida Board report, League of Women Voters (LWV) of Florida voter publication, letter to Gainesville Sun edition. 1977-1978
44 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Quakers and ERA. 1976-1977
45 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Redbook Magazine publications. 1973, 1976
46 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Resolution. 1974
47 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - State and local materials, newspaper clippings. 1978-1979
48 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - US Department of Healthy Education and Welfare publications on Social Security. 1976-1977
49 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Volunteer names and related materials. 1974-1977
410 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) - Yes on Revision 2 Materials, newspaper clippings. 1978
411 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Florida. 1974-1982
412 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Network. 1978
413 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women in the News. 1976-1977
414 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women in the News. 1978
415 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women in the News. 1979-1980
416 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women in the News. 1981-1982
417 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women in the News. 1984
418 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)/League of Women Voters (LWV). 1978-1982
419 ERAmerica Folder - Billie Bobbit. 1981
420 FL Committee on the Status of Women (COSW). 1981
421 FL Committee on the Status of Women (COSW). 1982-1983
51 FL Committee on the Status of Women (COSW) - Doughty's notebook. 1980-1981
52 FL Committee on the Status of Women (COSW) - Women as Victims Seminar. 1982
53 FL Committee on the Status of Women (COSW) - Women as Victims Seminar and Surveys. 1982
54 Florida - Spouse Abuse Program Evaluation. 1980
55 Florida League of Women Voters correspondence. 1978 March
56 Florida Rape Crisis of the '70's. 1974
57 Florida Women's Hall of Fame Awards. 1982
58 Florida Women's Political Caucus. 1974-1977
59 Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) 3-ring binder contents. 1983
510 Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women. 1984
511 Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women. 1985
512 Gainesville Committee on the Status of Women (COSW). 1981-1982
513 Gainesville Committee on the Status of Women (COSW). 1981-1982
514 Gainesville Committee on the Status of Women (COSW). 1983-1984
515 Gainesville Committee on the Status of Women (COSW) - Sexual Battery Conference. 1984
516 Giaretto Conference. 1983
517 Jon Mills - Clippings, etc.. 1976-1978
518 Junior League State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) Convention. 1980
519 Kenneth "Buddy" MacKay. 1974-1976
520 Lawton Chiles. 1972-1977
61 League of Women Voters (LWV) - Career portfolio and campaign handbook. 1980, 1982
62 League of Women Voters (LWV) - Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). 1977-1978
63 League of Women Voters Alachua County (AC)/Gainesville. 1981, 1983
64 League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVOF) - "A Citizen's Guide to State Level Advisory Boards". 1981
65 League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVOF) Convention. 1981
66 Letters of recommendation for Cynthia Moore Chestnut. 1981-1982
67 Lobbying. 1974
68 Lobbying Techniques - Publications, correspondence. 1972-1980
69 Mary Anne Sherman Campaign. 1978
610 Mary Reynolds Fisher. 1984-1985
611 Mary Reynolds Fisher Conference. 1985
612 PCL-530 - Women in Politics class materials, National Organization of Women (NOW) publications, Alachua County Women's Political Caucus publications, Newsweek publication, newspaper clippings and related materials. 1972-1975
613 President Jimmy Carter on Women's Issues. 1980
614 Quaker - Friends Around the World Publication. 1977
615 Rape and abuse newspaper clippings. 1982-1983
616 Rape crisis of the 70's. 1974
617 Recruiting Materials for Women in the Navy and Air Force. 1970-1973
618 Reproductive Rights. 1977 January 30
619 Running and winning. 1983
620 Sid Martin. 1974-1978
621 Sunset - A Common Cause Proposal for Accountable Government. 1976 June
622 Take Back the Night Rally - Gainesville. 1983
623 UF Student Conduct Survey. 1984
71 United Nations (UN) Women's Commission. 1980
72 United Nations Association. 1990
73 United Way. 1982-1983
74 United Way health/education. 1983
75 United Way of Alachua County and associated agencies. 1988-1989
76 Women's Issues in the 1980s - Proceeding of a Public Forum Publication. 1981

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Equal rights amendments
Feminism
Florida League of Women Voters.
Florida--Alachua County
Florida--Gainesville.
Women's rights.




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