Catdoc is small program which extracts readable text from
MS-Word file. Version 0.90 supports at least MS-Word 6.0, 95 and 97
although you might have some luck even with Write files.
Catdoc can replace characters, which are special to tex and which
are not present in current character set by appropriate TeX commands
There are two distributives of catdoc
catdoc-0.90.tar.gz - source only distribution. Works for all platforms
if you know, how to unpack tar.gz and compile C
catdoc-0.90.zip - includes precomplied DOS executable. For dos users
without tar and C compiler. If you are installing it
on Unix, use zip -a to convert text files to UNIX
catdoc – Text extractor for word files
A filter which extracts ASCII text from MS-Word files,
optionally with some TeX control sequences (for those
characters, which have special meaning for TeX).