Steinem Wants Papers To Be Accurate

Monday, September 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Asked what she hoped scholars would get out of her personal papers, Gloria Steinem said ``accuracy would be nice.''

She was at Smith College for Saturday's opening of an exhibit that includes papers donated by her and other 20th-century female activists. Steinem graduated from Smith in 1956.

Steinem said that she did not recall much of what was in the 300 boxes of documents and photographs dating to 1940. However, she said she hoped the papers would help erase some misconceptions surrounding her and the Women's Action Alliance she helped found in 1971.

Material in the collection includes correspondence, speeches, court testimony, news articles, photographs and other memorabilia once owned by Steinem, feminist lawyer and judge Dorothy Kenyon, civil rights attorney and activist Constance Baker Motley, welfare rights advocate Frances Fox Piven, labor journalist Jessie Lloyd O'Connor and civil rights and labor attorney Mary Metlay Kaufman.