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Collection Overview

Title: Women's Studies Department Records, 1966-2006Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Women's Studies Department (1970-)

Extent: 19.65 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Administrative Files, 1970-2002

     1.) Annual Reports & Self Studies, 1974-1990

     2.) Department Office Files, 1970-2002

II. Curricular Files, 1972-2004

     1.) Syllabi, 1972-2004

     2.) Course Development Files, 1975-1990

     3.) New Views on Women Records, 1977-2000

III. Organization & Event Files, 1966-1996

     1.) Special Events and Women's Organizations, 1966-1996

     2.) Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering, 1968-1982

IV. Multimedia Materials, 1975-2000

Date Acquired: 00/00/1992. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Feminism--Study and teaching (Higher)--California--San Diego--History--Sources, San Diego State University. Women's Studies Department--Archives, San Diego State University. Women's Studies Department--History--Sources, Women's studies--California--San Diego--History--Sources, Women college students--California--San Diego--History--Sources

Forms of Material: Institutional Archives, Photographs, Slides, Video Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Women's Studies Department Records (1966-2006) document the growth and development of the first women's studies department in the nation, including its formation, early relationship with the Center for Women's Studies and Services (CWSS), now named Center for Community Solutions, course development, student work, and interactions between students and faculty with local, national, and international women's groups.  It includes annual reports, self studies, syllabi, correspondence, reports, budgets, minutes, newsletters, course development materials, files from various events and organizations, and photographic slides.  The collection consists of four major series: Administrative Files (1970-2002), Curricular Files (1972-2004), Organization and Event Files (1966-1996), and Multimedia Materials (1975-2000).  The Administrative Files have two sub-series: Annual Reports and Self Studies and Department Office Files.  The Curricular Files are filed in three sub-series: Syllabi, Course Development Files, and New Views on Women Records.  The Organization and Event Files are divided in two sub-series: Special Events and Women's Organizations and Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering Files.

The Administrative Files (1970-2002) includes two subseries, Annual Reports and Self Studies (1974-1990) and Department Office Files (1970-2002).  These files document the department's growth, development, and change over four decades.  The bulk of materials date from the mid- to late-1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.  The Annual Reports and Self Studies (1974-1990) consist of internal progress reports and studies completed every few years for the Divisions of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Affairs.  The material is filed chronologically.  The Department Office Files (1970-2002) document the department's early formation, internal administration, development of the Women's Studies Major, Minor, and Master's degrees, department chair actions, budget issues, and department committees.  It includes the original department proposal, notes from discussions about the department's formation, the Chair's correspondence, course records, grade reports, minutes, and budgets, and is filed alphabetically by file name.

The Curricular Files (1972-2004) include three subseries: Syllabi (1972-2004), Course Development Files (1975-1990), and New Views on Women Records (1977-2000).  These files document the development of the women's studies curriculum and course content from the 1970s to the present time. The Syllabi (1972-2004) cover women's studies department courses, as well as a few courses relating to women's studies from other departments, and a few women's studies courses taught at other universities.  Researchers should be advised that classes were sometimes offered under different course numbers in different semesters, while the same course numbers sometimes represent different course titles in different semesters.  The sub-series is filed by course number.  The Course Development Files (1975-1990), document changes to the curriculum and course offerings over the first twenty years of the department's existence.  It consists primarily of course proposals.  The New Views on Women Records (1977-2000) include correspondence, schedules, programs, and agendas from the New Views on Women lecture series.  It is filed chronologically.  Because New Views on Women was originally offered as a course (Women's Studies 101), the earliest New Views on Women materials are filed with the other syllabi in sub-series 1.

The Organization and Events Files (1966-1996) include two subseries, Special Event and Women's Organization Files (1966-1996), and the Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering Files (1968-1982).  These files document the Women's Studies Department's involvement with local, national, and international women's organizations, as well as its participation in women's-related events both on campus off.  The Special Event and Women's Organization Files (1966-1996) include reports, correspondence, newsletters, and other records documenting the department's relationship with the Center for Research on Women, National Institute of Education, Older Women's League, the Women's Coalition of San Diego County, and several others, as well as various conferences and other events planned by the department in conjunction with many of those groups.  The Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering Files (1968-1982) documents the growth and development of the Workshop, including the National Science Foundation's participation, and includes brochures, budget information, correspondence, reports, programs, speaker lists, and many other files.  Both subseries are filed alphabetically.

The Multimedia Materials (1975-2000) provides photographic and film documentation of the people, events, and scholarship which developed and grew in the Women's Studies Department throughout its existence.  It includes slides, photographs, and videotapes documenting lectures, conferences, colloquia, panel discussions, campus rallies, and guest speakers.

Biographical Note

In 1969, students from SDSU's Women's Liberation Group, in cooperation with faculty and community women, formed an Ad Hoc Committee for Women's Studies.  The committee collected signatures from over 600 students in support of establishing a Women's Studies Program at SDSU.  In response, the university started an informal Women's Studies Program for the Spring 1970 semester.  By the start of the Fall 1970 semester, SDSU had formally established a department of Women's Studies which offered 11 courses. It was the first such department in the United States.

Early instructors included students, faculty from several existing departments, and one full-time Women's Studies lecturer.  The Ad Hoc committee established a nineteen member Women's Studies board, which included ten students, three staff members, and six faculty members, to oversee the program.  In spring of 1974, the Faculty Advisory Committee undertook a nationwide faculty recruitment campaign to develop women's studies as a strong academic department. The faculty developed an eighteen-unit minor, which was approved by the University Senate in May 1975.

In 1983, the department first offered an undergraduate major in Women's Studies, in the College of Arts and Letters.  Faculty at that time consisted of one full professor, four associate professors, one assistant professor and one lecturer.  Also during the 1980s three Women's Studies faculty attained tenure, rendering the Faculty Advisory Committee unnecessary.  The department weathered budget crises in the 1990s and 2000s while continuing to grow and develop both in terms of size and reputation.  In 1996 the department first offered a Master's program in Women's Studies.  In 2000, it began a program offering admission into a 12-unit Certificate Program in Women's Studies through the College of Extended Studies.

SDSU's Women's Studies Department has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in its curriculum and faculty.  It maintains a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and is taking a leadership role in university affairs.  In 2010 the department celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Subject/Index Terms

Feminism--Study and teaching (Higher)--California--San Diego--History--Sources
San Diego State University. Women's Studies Department--Archives
San Diego State University. Women's Studies Department--History--Sources
Women's studies--California--San Diego--History--Sources
Women college students--California--San Diego--History--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2003, 2006, 2010

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Women's Studies Department

Related Materials:

Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, 1947-1997 (MS-0036)

Bonnie Zimmerman Papers, 1966-2003 (MS-0329)

Kathleen B. Jones Papers, 1977-2003 (MS-0365)

Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection, 1966-1983 (MS-0013)

Women's Resource Center Records

Naitonal Organization for Women (NOW), San Diego Chapter Records

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Women's Studies Department Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Processing Information: Collection was temporarily closed for reprocessing from Jan. - May 2009.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid revised May 2009 to reflect reprocessing.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Administrative FilesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Annual Reports and Self StudiesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Annual Reports, circa 1974-78Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Annual Reports, circa 1974-78Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Annual Reports, circa 1978-80Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Annual Reports, circa 1980-81Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Annual Reports, circa 1981-82Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Annual Reports, circa 1982-83Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Annual Reports, circa 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Annual Reports, circa 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Annual Reports, circa 1985-86Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Annual Reports, circa 1986-87Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Annual Reports, circa 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Annual Reports, circa 1988-89Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Annual Reports, circa 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Annual Reports Rough DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Annual Reports Rough DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Department Review, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Self Study, Fall 1979Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Self Study, Fall 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Self Study for Academic Review, circa 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Self Study for Academic Review, circa 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Self Study, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Self Study, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Self Study, December 4-6, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Self Study, December 4-6, 1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Department Office FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Anthony, Susan B. luncheon, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Anthony, Susan B. luncheon, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bibliography, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bicentennial Celebration, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book Orders, 1975-77Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brochures, circa 1970-82Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Budget, circa 1970-71Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Budgets and Other financial informationAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Cal endowed chairAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Carol Council: Starting the Women's Studies DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Center for Women's Studies, History and Proposal, circa 1970-72Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Center for Women's Studies and Services- Miscellaneous PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Class Lists, Fall 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Class Lists, Fall 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Class Lists, Spring 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Class Lists, Fall 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Class Lists, Spring 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Class Lists, Spring 1984Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Class Lists, Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Class Lists, Spring 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Class Lists, Fall 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Class Lists, Spring 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Class Lists, Fall 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Class Lists, Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Class Lists, Fall 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Class Lists, Spring 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Class Lists, Fall 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Class Lists, Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Class Lists, Fall 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Class Lists, Spring 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Cocktail Party Hotel del Coronado, April 7, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Colloquium Series, circa Fall/Spring 1976-77, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Committees- Academic Planning, circa 1985-86Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Committees- CAL Lecture and Colloquia, circa 1978-79Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Committees- Council of Chairs, circa 1985-86Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Committees- Faculty Advisory, circa 1970-81Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence with Community GroupsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1974-75Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1976-77Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1977-78Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1977-78Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1978-79Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Boxer, M-Chair, 1979-85Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence in Women's Studies DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence in Women's Studies DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, General, 1970-72Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, General, 1975-78Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, General, 1981-84Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, General, 1985-87Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Huckle, Pat, circa 1976-84Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correpondence, Huckle, Pat, circa 1976-84Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1983-84Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1985-86Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1985-86Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1986-87Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1986-87Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1988-89Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Watson-Chair, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Course Outlines, Spring 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Departmental Records, circa 1972-73Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Symposium, circa 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Employment CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Establishing Chair in Women's StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Ethnic and Women's Studies ConsortiumAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: EnrollmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: EnrollmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Faculty Advisory Committee, 1977-78Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Faculty- Marilyn Boxer, nomination for CSU Outstanding Professor Award, circa February 1988Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Faculty- Marilyn Boxer, nomination for CSU Outstanding Professor Award, circa February 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Faculty Meeting Minutes, circa 1975-84Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Faculty Meetings, 1982-83, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Faculty- Awards, circa 1981-84Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Faculty- Procedures for Retention, Tenure, Promotion, and Review, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Flyers and PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: FRAC Report, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Fundraising Drive- SDSU Women's Studies Department, circa 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: General EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: General EducationAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Education CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Education Committee Investigation, 1984-91Add to your cart.
Folder 5: General Education Course EquivalencyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: General Education Course EquivalencyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: General Education Responses by Women's Studies DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Grant Proposal- Cable Television submitted by Women's Studies Department (SDSU), circa 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Integrated SelfAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: International Women's StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Lecturer- Gerda Lerner from Sarah Lawrence College, circa 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Lecturer- Zimmerman/Horst lecture- correspondence, circa 1979-84, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Lesbian StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Liberal Studies MajorAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: MainstreamingAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Master's Degree Proposal, October 1993Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Master of Liberal Arts Degree, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Memories by Carol Council- Beginning of First Women's Studies Program in the United States, May 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Memos, 1977-78Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Memos, 1977-78Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Memos, 1977-78Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Memos, 1979-80Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Memos, 1981-82Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Memos, 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Newspaper clippings and articles- Women's Studies program, circa 1970-89Add to your cart.
Folder 10: North County Court OfferingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: North County DevelopmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: On Campus Organization Funding RegulationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: PrequisitesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Prequisites in Women's StudiesAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Professor Ashley PhillipsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Procedures for Faculty and StaffAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Program on Self-Defense for Women, circa 1976-77, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Project on the Status and Education of Women, circa 1982-83Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Proposal: A Center for Translation of Latin American Literature and Criticism, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Proposal: Implementation of Women's Studies Major, circa July 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Proposal- Women's Studies: Structure, Purpose, and Proposal, 1970-78Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Questionnaires and Surveys from various universities about SDSU Women's Studies Programs, circa 1977-79Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Report from San Diego State University: Women's Studies at Eight, circa 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Response to Academic Review, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sabbaticals, 1982-83Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Sabbaticals, 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sabbaticals, 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 14: San Diego Community College (SDCC) Workshop on Women, 1979-80Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Scholar in Residence- Sheila Rowbotham, circa Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Scholarship lecture, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Scholarship lecture, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Scholarship lecture, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Scholarship lecture/reception, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scholarship lecture/reception, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Scholarship lecture/reception, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Scholarship lecture/reception, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Scholarship recipients, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Second major program/Second bachelor degreeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Selected ReadingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Social science majorAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Solicitations for Women's Studies Books and MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Special Studies, Fall 1981- Spring 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Special Studies, Fall 1985- Spring 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Special Studies Academic Year, 1988-89Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Special Studies Academic Year, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Status on Women's Studies in CSU System, Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Student AdvisingAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Student CounselingAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Student Papers on Women's Resource CenterAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Student Surveys, Spring 1976-79Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Student Surveys, Spring 1980-85Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Student Surveys, Spring 1985-90Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Telecourse Project Proposal, circa 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Thirty Year AnniversaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Twentieth Anniversary- Women's Studies at San Diego State University, circa 1989-90Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Twentieth Anniversary- Women's Studies at San Diego State University, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Symposium flyers, programs, articles, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of California of Los Angeles Women's Studies Proposal, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: University of California of Santa BarbaraAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: University Teaching and Learning Council, circa 1974-75Add to your cart.
Folder 6: WASC Accreditation Report on Women's Studies, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's History Week, circa 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's History Week, circa 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Women's History Week, circa 1985-86Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Women's History Week, circa 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's Opportunities WeekAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's Resource Center, circa 11978, 1983, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Women's Studies Emphasis MajorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Women's Week brochures, circa 1975, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Workshops for WomenAdd to your cart.

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