Frances M. Crater Papers
Scope and Content Note
The papers measure 6.96 linear feet and comprise 5 series:
- Personal and Biographical - Information about Fran Crater and with information on the work and political career of her mother-in-law Flora Crater
- Writings - Student papers by Fran Crater and with articles and papers by others
- Subject Files - Abortion, Employment, ERA, NOW, and others. These files contain newspaper articles, correspondence, and general information
- Publications - NOW Newsletters from Nashville and other chapters, and many other newsletters, newspapers, and government publications that came out of the Women’s movement.
From 1969 until 1974 she worked for NOW, a civil rights organization dedicated to bringing women into the mainstream of society. She founded the Nashville Chapter of NOW in 1971, published the monthly newsletter, served as public spokesperson, and held responsibilities for lobbying the State Legislature for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. These papers contain materials on NOW Nashville’s creation and document Crater’s important and dedicated longtime participation in the group.
Fran Crater’s professional life has included being a mental health administrator, Director of Disability Determination Services (DDS) for the state of Tennessee, and more recently a grant writing consultant and coordinator for Centerstone Community Mental Health Centers in Nashville. She is married and has two children.
6.96 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
- Finding Aid for the Frances M. Crater Papers
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Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States