TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Middle and High School Material 1954-1963

Series 2. University of Connecticut Undergraduate Material 1963-1968

Series 3. University of Connecticut School of Law Material 1968-1970

Series 4. Professional Career 1970-2002, bulk, 1970-1994

Series 5. Ella Grasso Material 1973-1987

Series 6. Personal Documents 1945-1988

Series 7. Photographs 1945-1994

Series 8. Memorabilia 1963-1996


RG 069:133, Marilyn P.A. Seichter Collection

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Melissa L. Hendrick and Chad H. Watkins.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Seichter, Marilyn P.A.
Title: Marilyn P.A. Seichter collection
Dates: 1945-2002,
Dates: bulk 1959-1994
Quantity: 8 cubic feet
Abstract: Marilyn P.A. Seichter (1945-2002), the first woman to graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, specialized in the fields of women's rights and family law. She served as the first women president of the Connecticut Bar Association among other posts.
Identification: RG069_133
Accession: 2006-040
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Marilyn P.A. Seichter was born on May 23, 1945 in Wallingford, Connecticut. Growing up she attended Holy Trinity School and graduated in 1963 from Lyman Hall High School, both located in Wallingford. She then went on to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Political Science and becoming active in student government. After graduating in 1967 she attended the University of Connecticut School of Law from 1969 to 1970, becoming one of a first women to obtain a law degree from that institution. In the fall of 1970 Seichter joined the law firm of Hyman, Cantor and Klau, eventually rising to partner in the firm that was renamed to Hyman, Cantor, Seichter, and Klau. Seichter specialized in the fields of women's rights and family law. She worked on Abele v. Markle ("Women v. Connecticut"), the case that overturned Connecticut's law prohibiting abortion prior to the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. She also successfully represented the National Organization for Women (NOW) in a suit filed against 35 newspapers to stop the practice of segregated newspaper ads for men and women. She became friends of Ella T. Grasso and worked on Grasso's gubernatorial campaign. Seichter became the first woman chairperson of the Connecticut Ethics Commission, the first woman president of the Connecticut Bar Association (1989-1990) and had served as chair of the Young Lawyers Section (1980-1981), president of the Hartford Local Unit of the Young Lawyers Section, chair of the Marriage and Family Counseling and Conciliation Committee, delegate to the House of Delegates, and a member of the Mediation and Arbitration Executive Committee of the American Bar Association. She also served as president of the New England Bar Association (1991-1992), president of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, and was a member of the Governor's Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Selection and the Committee on the Status of Women. She died on February 10, 2002 from Huntington's disease.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes middle and high school materials, University of Connecticut undergraduate materials, University of Connecticut Law School materials, materials from her professional career and association with Ella Grasso. The range of materials includes correspondence, news clippings, publications, awards, photographs, and memorabilia.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Middle and High School materials (1954-1963) contains autograph books, college acceptance letters, correspondence, diplomas, graduation material, memorabilia, photographs of classmates, report cards, and a yearbook.

Series 2. University of Connecticut Undergraduate materials (1963-1968) contains calendars, correspondence, course grades, a diploma, graduation material, law school recommendation and acceptance letters. Memorabilia, news clippings, photographs, student government material, student identification cards, and a yearbook.

Series 3. University of Connecticut Law School materials (1968-1970) contains correspondence, course material, a diploma, event material, graduation material, news clippings and publications.

Series 4. Professional Career (1970-2002) contains admission certificates to the Connecticut Bar, the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, awards, and material related to the Connecticut Bar Association, Ethics Commission, New England Bar Association, Committee on the Status of Women and the Women v. Connecticut lawsuit. Also included are a small amount of papers related to case work, general correspondence, news clippings, programs and publications.

Series 5. Ella Grasso material (1973-1987) contains materials related to Grasso's gubernatorial campaign, her inaugurations, her memorial service and statue, and photographs.

Series 6. Personal documents (1945-1988) Contains Seichter's birth certificate, working paper, and a manuscript autobiography.

Series 7. Photographs (1945-1994) contains photographs of Seichter, including one with Geraldine Ferraro, and one with Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Ellen Peters taken in the courtroom, as well as baby photographs and studio photographs.

Series 8. Memorabilia (1963-1996).

Series 9. Oversize contains oversize material separated from other series.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

RG 009:006, Office of the Attorney General: Abele v. Markle Records, Connecticut State Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Women lawyers--Connecticut

Persons:

Grasso, Ella
Seichter, Marilyn P.A.

Places:

Wallingford (Conn.)

Occupations:

Lawyers

Document Types:

Autograph albums
Certificates
Clippings
Correspondence
Diplomas
Memorabilia
Photographs
Publications
School yearbooks
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Marilyn Seichter assembled this collection herself. The Connecticut State Library obtained it from her nephew Daniel Seichter on June 15, 2006.

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Container List

Series 1. Middle and High School Material, 1954-1963
Box
Autograph books, 1954-1959, undated 1
College acceptance letters, 1963 February 8-20
Correspondence, 1956-1961, undated
Diplomas
Holy Trinity School, 1959
Lyman Hall High School, 1963
Graduation
Holy Trinity School, 1959
Lyman Hall High School, 1963 June 11-14, undated
Memorabilia, 1960-1963, undated
New clippings, 1960-1963, undated
Photographs, 1963, undated
Report cards, test scores and schedules
Holy Trinity School, 1958
Lyman Hall High School, 1959-1963
Yearbook, 1963
Series 2. University of Connecticut Undergraduate Material, 1963-1968
Box
Calendars, 1963-1965 2
Correspondence, 1963-1968, undated
Course grades, 1964-1967
Diploma, 1967 June 12
Graduation, 1967 June 13
Law school recommendation and acceptance letters, 1967 April-May
Memorabilia, 1963-1965, undated
News clippings, 1963-1966, undated
Photographs, 1964-1967, undated
Student Government
General, 1964 October 12, undated
Campaign materials, undated
Student Government President campaign banner, undated 13
In oversize
Congratulatory letters, 1966 October 17-30, undated 2
News clippings, 1963-1966, undated
Student identification cards, 1963-1966
Yearbook, 1967 3
Series 3. University of Connecticut School of Law Material, 1968-1970
Box
Certificate from Board of Student Public Defenders and Legal Assistants, undated 4
Correspondence, 1968-1970, undated
Course work, research, grades and schedules, , 1968-1969, undated
Diploma, 1970 June 1
Events, Events, 1968-1970
Graduation, 1970 May 31
The Legal Realist, 1968-1970
News clippings, 1970, undated
Printed materials, 1967-1970
The Starr Report, 1967-1968
Series 4. Professional Career, 1970-2002, bulk, 1970-1994
Box
Admission certificates, 1970-1971 13
In oversize
Announcement and business card, undated 5
Awards and certificates, 1970-1994
Awards
American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 1979-1980 9
American Bar Association Family Law Merit Certificate, 1982 August 11
Connecticut Bar Association Recognition as President, 1989-1990
Invitation to dinner in honor of Marilyn Seichter, 1993 October 21
Connecticut Bar Association John Eldred Shields Memorial Award, 1994 June 6
University of Connecticut Law School Appreciation of Service, undated, 2 items
Connecticut Bar Association Chairperson of Young Lawyers Division, 1980-1981 10
Congressional Record, 1993 October 15
Congressional Record, 1993 October 21
Connecticut General Assembly Official Citation in recognition of achievements, 1993 October 21
Case work, 1972-1994 5
Connecticut Bar Association
Annual dinners, 1982-1994
Annual meetings, 1990-1994
Annual reports, 1981-1993
Connecticut Lawyer, 1980-1990
Correspondence, 1971-1993
Ethics Commission
General, 1977-1978
News clippings, 1977-1978, undated
Official Statement from Gov. John G. Rowland, 2002
New England Bar Association, undated
News clippings, 1970-1991, undated 6
Programs, 1983-1995, undated
Publications
Bar Leader, 1989-1990
The Connecticut Law Tribune, 1989-1996
Status of Women, Committee on the
Correspondence, 1970-1971
Women v. Connecticut
Correspondence, 1970-1972
Legal documents, 1972 May-June, undated
News clippings, 1972-1973, undated
Scrapbook, 1970-1973 13
In oversize
Series 5. Ella Grasso Material, 1973-1987
Box
Gubernatorial Campaign
Correspondence, 1973-1974 6
Election results, 1978
Issues, 1973-1974
News clippings, 1974 February-October, undated 7
News clippings about gubernatorial candidate Robert H. Steele, 1974 July-September
Press materials, 1974 November 4, undated
Press releases, 1974 August
Inaugural Ball, 1975 January, undated
Memorial service and statue, 1981-1987
Photographs, undated
Series 6. Personal Documents, 1945-1988
Box
Autobiographical sketch, 1988, undated 8
Birth certificate, 1945 May 23
Journal entry, 1983 June 24
Working paper, 1962 January 22
Series 7. Photographs, 1945-1994
Box
General, undated 8
Marilyn Seichter
General, 1994, undated
Baby photographs, 1945-1946, undated
Negatives, undated
Studio photographs, 1982, undated
Ocean State Marathon, 1980
Separate oversize item
Series 8. Memorabilia, 1963-1996
Box
General, 1963-1982 8
Cards and envelopes, 1963-1996
Tassels, undated
Theatre playbills and tickets, 1960-1965, undated
Hartford Young Lawyers President, 1975-1977 11
Young Lawyers Division Cross Country, 1978
Connecticut Bar Association President gavel, 1989-1990
Connecticut Bar Association President plate, 1989-1990
New England Bar Association 20th Anniversary paperweight, 1989
New England Bar Association President gavel, 1991-1992
Flag depicting a whale, undated
C.A.L.S. marble paperweight, undated
"1st Woman to head bar group", Hartford Courant, 1989 May 23 12
"Wallingford lawyer heads state bar", (Meriden) Record-Journal, 1989 June 14
"State Bar Association Names First Woman, Youngest President", Glastonbury Citizen, 1989 June 29
Series 9. Oversize