Marie Agnes Fese papers
MSFese81

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Fese, Marie Agnes
Title
Marie Agnes Fese papers
ID
MSFese81
Date [inclusive]
1950-1980
Extent
5.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Marie Agnes Fese Papers reflect her work in the founding and leadership of the Coalition of Labor Union Women at both the national and local level, as well as her own political involvement and campaign for the Illinois 14th Congressional District seat. The collection includes primarily minutes, newsletters, clippings, background literature, correspondence and speeches.

Preferred Citation

Marie Agnes Fese papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography of Marie Fese

Marie Agnes Fese (1934-2003) was committed to advancing women's and labor issues, and she was especially interested in the intersection of the two. For forty years, she was employed with Chicago & North Western Railway, now part of Union Pacific Corporation. Her membership in the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks (BRAC) span this period as well. During her these years she held several elected union posts, including Assistant to the Director of Research and Education. She served as delegate to the Founding Conference for the Coalition for Labor Union Women (CLUW) and worked for the Chicago chapter of CLUW for several years. Her activism in labor, education, and women's issues demonstrate her commitment to advancing a social justice agenda and building coalitions amongst groups.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on April 27,1934, Fese moved around the East Coast and Midwest due her father's career as a restaurant chef. The family moved to Elmwood Park in Marie's early teens and she graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood. She stayed in Illinois for the remainder of her life and married Frank Fese with whom she had one son, Joe and two daughters, Patricia and Jo-Ann. She completed over three years of coursework as an adult student at Roosevelt University.

Her work in organized labor and her interests in women's issues led her to the Founding Conference for CLUW in 1974 and she subsequently formed the Chicago chapter of CLUW where she served as Vice President and editor of the newsletter "Bread and Roses". She held membership in a variety of local and state Democratic organizations, which led her to run against incumbent John Erlenborn for Illinois' 14th district congressional seat in the 1976 elections. She won the Democratic nomination but failed to unseat Erlenborn. After the election, Marie authored a column entitled "MY Corner of the World", offering an insider's perspective on the Addison township elections which appeared in several local papers.

Ms. Fese served as delegate to the International Women's Year Conference in Mexico City in 1975, and the National Women's Conference that took place in Houston in 1977. She taught courses at the Chicago Jobs Corps Center, and was involved in the development of Labor Studies courses at several higher education institutes. She held a seat on the Executive Board of the Illinois Labor History Society, and continued to be active in local politics for the rest of her life. She died on March 13, 2003 of heart failure while on vacation in Clearwater Florida.

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Scope and Contents

The Marie Agnes Fese Papers reflect her work in the founding and leadership of the Coalition of Labor Union Women at both the national and local level, as well as her own political involvement and campaign for the Illinois 14th Congressional District seat. The collection includes primarily minutes, newsletters, clippings, background literature, correspondence and speeches.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives October 2004

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  06/18/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by Marie Fese to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Main Library, Special Collections in 1981. In 2004, the cataloguer arranged the materials into three series, reflecting the professional aspects of Ms. Fese's life.

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Related Materials

Removed Material

"To Form a More Perfect Union: Justice for American Women" Report of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1976.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.).
  • United States. Congress. House -- Elections, 1976.

Personal Name(s)

  • Fese, Marie Agnes -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Midwest Women's History.
  • Women's rights -- United States.

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Bibliography

Chicago Tribune, March 18, 2003. Obituaries Section, page 5.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Coalition for Labor Union Women (CLUW) 

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials pertaining to Marie Fese's work with CLUW on a national and local level.

Box Folder

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Proposed Bylaws, undated 

1 1

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Meeting minutes, 1974-1975 

1 2

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Steering committee minutes, 1974-1975 

1 3

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Monthly meeting minutes, 1974-1975 

1 4

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - "Bread and Roses", newsletter, 1975-1979 

1 5

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - International Women's Day - Illinois Activism, 1975 

1 6

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Organizational flyers and leaflets, 1974-1975 

1 7

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Child Care - Brochures and Position Statement, 1974 

1 8

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Organized labor, 1973-1975 

1 9

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Women - Labor and Education, 1975-1976 

1 10

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Correspondence, 1974-1976 

2 11

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Miscellaneous, 1975-1976 

2 12

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Miscellaneous, 1976 

2 13

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Mural, 1975 

2 14

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Speeches, 1975-1976 

2 15

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Miscellaneous, 1974-1975 

2 16

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Blank Stationary, undated 

2 17

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Steering committee meetings, four audio cassettes, 1975 

2 18

CLUW, Chicago Chapter - Miscellaneous, 1977-1979 

2 19

CLUW, National Organization - Mission Statement, 1974 

3 20

CLUW, National Organization - Membership Forms, undated 

3 21

CLUW, National Organization - "CLUW News", newsletter, 1975-1978 

3 22

CLUW, National Organization - Newsletters from various chapters, 1974-1975 

3 23

CLUW, National Organization - Women's Leadership Rally for National Health Insurance, 1976 

3 24

CLUW, National Organization - Occupational Health, 1975 

3 25

CLUW, National Organization - Correspondence to, 1976 

3 26

CLUW, National Organization - National Coordinating Committee, 1974 

3 27

CLUW, National Organization - National Conference 1974-1976 

3 28

CLUW, National Organization - First Constitutional Convention, 1975 

3 29

CLUW, National Organization - National Convention, 1977 

3 30

CLUW, National Organization - Miscellaneous Correspondence and Clippings, 1976 

3 31

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Series II: Campaign 

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials pertaining to Marie Fese's campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for the Illinois 14th District.

Box Folder

Fese Campaign Literature, 1976 

4 32

Press Contacts, 1976 

4 33

Newspaper Advertising, 1976 

4 34

Radio and TV Advertising, 1976 

4 35

Broadcasting Access Guide, 1976 

4 36

Campaign Budget, 1976 

4 37

Opinion Polls, 1975-1976 

4 38

Telephone Systems, 1976 

4 39

Supplies and Equipment, 1976 

4 40

Canvassing and Fundraising, 1976 

4 41

Polls and Election Materials, 1975-1976 

4 42

Debate - Erlenborn and Fese, 1976 

4 43

Illinois Candidates, 1976 

4 44

Election Commission and Board of Elections, 1975-1976 

4 45

Constituent Correspondence, 1976 

4 46

Election and Ward statistics, 1976 

4 47

14th District Statistics and Strategy, 1976 

4 48

Ward and Precinct Maps, 1969-1971 

4 49

Voter Registration, 1976 

4 50

Miscellaneous, 1976 

4 51

Election Issues - Agriculture and Hunger, 1975-1976 

5 52

Election Issues - Candidate Background Questionnaires, 1975-1976 

5 53

Election Issues - Civil Liberties, 1975 

5 54

Election Issues - Consumer Rights, 1975 

5 55

Election Issues - DuPage County Federation of Labor, 1976 

5 56

Election Issues - Economy and Unemployment, 1975-1976 

5 57

Election Issues - Education, 1975-1976 

5 58

Election Issues - Environment and Energy, 1975-1976 

5 59

Election Issues - Foreign Relations and Defense, 1976 

5 60

Election Issues - Hatch Act, 1950 

5 61

Election Issues - Illinois Health Security News, 1975-1976 

5 62

Election Issues - Independent Voters of Illinois, 1975-1976 

5 63

Election Issues - Position Essays, undated 

5 64

Election Issues - Right to Work, 1976 

5 65

Democratic Party - U.S House Majority Leader Candidates, 1975-1976 

6 66

Democratic Party - "Dupage Democrat", newsletter, 1974-1979 

6 67

Democratic Party - Democratic National Committee, 1976 

6 68

Democratic Party - U. S House Study Groups, Bulletins, 1976 

6 69

Democratic Party - Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign, 1976 

6 70

Democratic Party - Various National Campaigns, 1976 

6 71

Democratic Party - Various Campaigns, 1976 

6 72

Clippings - Romaine Troost Campaign (Democratic Primary Opponent), 1976 

6 73

Clippings - Romaine Troost Campaign (Democratic Primary Opponent), 1976 

6 74

Clippings - Fese Campaign and "MY corner of the world", 1976 

6 75

Clippings - John Erlenborn Campaign ( Republican Incumbent), 1975-1976 

6 76

Clippings - Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign, 1976 

6 77

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Series III: Subjects 

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials pertaining to topics of interest to Marie Fese's professional live and include literature, clippings, and ephemera.

Box Folder

Abortion, 1976 

7 78

AFL-CIO, 1975-1977 

7 79

Chicago Coalition for Women Employment, 1975-1976 

7 80

Democratic Women's Caucus, 1974-1976 

7 81

Demonstrations - Photos, undated 

7 82

Diversity/Cultural Pluralism, 1975-1976 

7 83

Education - Women and Labor, 1975-1976 

7 84

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), 1976-1980 

7 85

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), 1973-1976 

7 86

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), undated 

7 87

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), undated 

7 88

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), 1973-1977 

7 89

Full Employment/Unemployment, 1975-1976 

7 90

Illinois International Women's Year Conference, 1977 

7 91

Illinois Labor Conference for ERA, 1980 

7 92

Illinois - Women, 1974-1977 

8 93

Illinois Women's Agenda, 1976 

8 94

International Women's Year, 1975-1978 

8 95

International Women's Year, 1975-1977 

8 96

Labor - Education, undated 

8 97

Labor - History, 1974-1977 

8 98

Labor - Song Lyrics, undated 

9 99

Miscellaneous, 1974-1977 

9 100

National Organization for Women (NOW), 1974-1975 

9 101

National Women's Conference (Houston), 1977 

9 102

National Women's Conference (Houston), 1977 

9 103

Politics - Third Parties, 1976 

9 104

Publications - Order forms, 1974-1976 

9 105

Racism, undated 

9 106

Rape, undated 

9 107

Resume, undated 

9 108

Senior Citizens, 1975-1976 

9 109

Social Security, 1975-1976 

9 110

Taxes, 1974-1976 

10 111

Transportation, 1976 

10 112

Veteran's Affairs, 1976 

10 113

Women - Education, 1976 

10 114

Women - Issues, 1975-1976 

10 115

Women - Labor, 1975-1976 

10 116

Women - Labor, 1975 

10 117

Women - Labor, 1974-1976 

10 118

Women - Labor, 1974-1976 

10 119

Women - Miscellaneous, 1976-1977 

10 120

Women's Equity Action League, 1976 

10 121

Clippings - Labor - Women, 1975-1978 

11 122

Clippings - National Women's Conference, 1977 

11 123

Clippings - National Women's Conference, 1977 

11 124

Clippings - Women's Issues, 1975-1977 

11 125

Clippings - Women's Issues, 1974-1976 

11 126

Clippings - Women's Issues, undated 

11 127

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