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Barbara E. Nailler Papers

Collection Number: A&M 4563

Scope and Contents

Papers of feminist activist Barbara E. Nailler. Includes framed poster from August 26 ERA march (“March Again for Equal Rights”) in Washington, D.C. with signatures (1977); photo of Barbara Nailler at ERA March in white costume, with tri-color sash, to honor American suffragettes (1977); photo of Lillian Waugh with Louise who lived above Wolf’s Head Books, Morgantown (1982); news clipping featuring Barbara Nailler’s remarks justifying Equal Rights Amendment (undated); fuchsia t-shirt celebrating President Ronald Reagan's last day in office (1989). There is also a list that identifies those who signed the ERA poster, including Ellie Smeal, president of National Organization for Women (NOW); Hazel Hunkins Hallinan, a 1917 White House suffragist protestor; Eleanor Holmes Norton, U. S. House of Representatives; Bella Abzug, co-founder of National Women’s Political Caucus; Margaret Heckler, U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (in office from 1983-1985); and Sandra Porter, march coordinator.


  • Creation: circa 1977-1989

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

The donor of this collection has transferred rights to the intellectual property they created to the center. For more information regarding permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara E. Nailler was a founding member and president of the Morgantown, West Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and was the West Virginia state coordinator for NOW. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment which was not ratified by the legally required number of states. A Michigan native, Barbara’s degrees are in biology, science education, and educational psychology.

After moving to Morgantown with her husband Harvey, she was a professor of educational psychology at Fairmont State College (now University). Together, she and her husband opened Wolf’s Heads Books in Morgantown in 1980. The antiquarian bookstore is now located in Florida.


0.33 Linear Feet (4 in. (1 flat storage box, 3 in.; 1 unboxed framed poster, 1 in.))



Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center/ West Virginia University/ 1549 University Avenue/ P.O Box 6069/ Morgantown, WV 26505-6069/ Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981/ URL:

Barbara E. Nailler Papers
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US