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Alison Palmer Papers (Ms.90.6)

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Collection Overview

Title: Alison Palmer Papers
Date range: 1853-1991, (bulk 1971-1991)
Creator: Palmer, Alison
Extent: 6.5 Linear feet
Abstract: Alison Palmer (Brown University Class of 1953) served in the United States Foreign Service (1959-1981) in Belgian Congo, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. Palmer successfully pursued two sex discrimination lawsuits against the State Department, winning in 1974 and 1987. After her retirement from the State Department in 1981, Palmer became the thirteenth woman Episcopal priest ordained in the United States. The Alison Palmer papers are chiefly related to her two lawsuits but also contain materials that document her foreign service career, and family papers.
Language of materials: English .
Repository: John Hay Library, Special Collections
Collection number: Ms.90.6