Hagley Museum and Library announced today that it will store and preserve the archival records of Catalyst, a nonprofit organization accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Catalyst was founded in 1962, and today has more than 800 supporting organizations around the world.
“We are thrilled to preserve Catalyst’s heritage and to share it with the public,” said Erik Rau, director of Library Services at Hagley. “Catalyst has been a leader in creating progress for women by encouraging inclusive workplaces. It has been a fundamental resource for businesses attempting to manage diversity in the workplace since the middle of the 20th century.”
The Hagley Library is the leading American repository for the study of business and holds the archives of significant corporations and trade associations. Catalyst, a global organization with operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work.
Catalyst’s records complement collections at Hagley that describe the shaping of the recent corporate environment. These include the papers of Lois K. Herr, who fought for greater workplace equality for women in the AT&T Bell System in the 1970s and the records of MCI Communications Corporation which document the material culture of the late 20th century office environment. Along with the archives of Avon Products, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Catalyst records document the evolution of women’s roles and paid employment.
After the Catalyst records are arranged and described, they will be made available for research in Hagley’s Soda House. Publications and audiovisual material will be available in the library. Hagley welcomes inquiries about the collection. Researchers and others interested in the collection may contact Hagley staff for assistance at AskHagley@hagley.org once the collection is open for research. It is anticipated that the collection will open in late 2019.