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Marie Wilson White House Project Papers and Ms. Foundation

Identifier: SC18

Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains magazines, printed web articles and newspaper clippings creating a record of the media coverage of The White House Project. There is also correspondence to and from members of the project.

Within the collection there are a number of notebooks used to takes notes at important events, write down ideas, and make schedules.

There are Honorary Degrees, commencement flyers when Marie C. Wilson received her Honorary Degrees, and documents from past campaigns that the Project took part in.

Ephemera in the collection includes President Barbie dolls made in partnership with The White House project and items meant to promote the Project and its campaigns.

Digital material in the collection includes multiple CDs and recordings of speeches and events. There are VHS tapes and DV tapes of older recorded materials.

The bulk of this collection consists of photographs from events.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within circa 1980s through 2014



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes, but this collection contains formats that the Archives may not be able to reproduce with current equipment. To reproduce such items, the cost of the reproduction will fall on the researcher.


Marie C. Wilson is the founder of the White House Project and co-creator of Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Marie started her career in the late 70’s in Des Moines, Iowa where she won a seat on the Des Moines City Council. She served for two years before leaving to run the Ms. Foundation for Women of which she is an honorary Founding Mother. She lead the foundation as president for 20 years before leaving to fully devote her time to The White House Project.

Winner of multiple awards, recipient of many honorary degrees, a former Athena Fellow at Barnard College, and member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School, Marie continues to speak about her work.


8.67 Linear Feet (7 bankers boxes, 4 document boxes)




The White House Project was created in 1998, an offshoot of the Ms. Foundation, the organization worked to help put women in positions of leadership. The White House Project was created with the ideal that a woman should be President sooner rather than later, and worked to increase female presence in business and American governmental spaces. Known for their catchphrase "Vote, Run, Lead” the Project ran a non-partisan conference called Go Run which connected women to workshops and opportunities to learn how to run for office.


The collection is arranged in the order in which it was recieved.

To enable easier access, the collection is intellectually arranged into series and specifies items belonging to the White House Project or the Ms. Foundation.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Donated to the College by Marie Wilson in 2015.

Appraisal Note

Materials containing personal information of persons involved with The White House Project and/or have attended their events have been removed and destroyed.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Julia Sukhu in May 2018. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Marie Wilson Ms. Foundation and White House Project Records
Julia Sukhu
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States