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Collection Overview

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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 Files],
[Series 2: Curricular Files],
[Series 3: Organization and Event Files],
[Series 4: Multimedia],
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Series 2: Curricular FilesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: SyllabiAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Courses in other departments at San Diego State UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Courses offered by Women's Studies, 1974-82Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Course Syllabi from other UniversitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Women's Studies, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Women's Studies 101, Fall 1983-Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Women's Studies 101, Spring 1975- Spring 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Women's Studies 102, Fall 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Studies 104, Fall 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Studies 110, Fall 1975-Spring 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Studies 120, Fall 1972-Spring 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Women's Studies 125, Spring 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Women's Studies 140, Spring 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's Studies 150A, Spring 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's Studies 201, Fall 1977-Fall 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Women's Studies 201, Fall 1981-Spring 1986Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Women's Studies 201, Fall 1986-Spring 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Women's Studies 201, Fall 1992-Fall 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Women's Studies 205, Fall 1979-Spring 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Women's Studies 296, Fall 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Women's Studies 301, Fall 1990- Summer 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Studies 310, Spring 1995-Fall 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Studies 310, Fall 1989- Fall 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Studies 310, Spring 1986- Fall 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Women's Studies 310, Fall 1975- Spring 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Women's Studies 320, Spring 1995-Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's Studies 320, Spring 1987- Spring 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's Studies 320, Fall 1976- Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Women's Studies 321, Spring 1980- Spring 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Women's Studies 325, Fall 1975- Spring 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Women's Studies 325, Fall 1991- Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Women's Studies 330, Spring 1977- Spring 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Women's Studies 335, Spring 1981- Spring 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Studies 340, Fall 1975- Fall 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Studies 340, Winter Session 1993- Fall 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Studies 341A, Spring 1975-Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Women's Studies 341B, Spring 1976- Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Women's Studies 350A-B, Fall 1975- Spring 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Women's Studies 351, Fall 1975- Fall 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Women's Studies 352, Fall 1992- Fall 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Women's Studies 352, Spring 1993-Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Studies 353, Spring 1977-Spring 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Studies 356, Spring 1983-Spring 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Studies 360, Fall 1979-Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Women's Studies 365, Spring 1982-Spring 1990Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Women's Studies 370, Fall 1991- Fall 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Women's Studies 370, Spring 1991- Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Women's Studies 375, Fall 1982-Spring 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Women's Studies 375, Fall 1992- Fall 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Women's Studies 380, Fall 1975- Spring 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Studies 385, Fall 1999-Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Studies 390, Spring 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Studies 415, Fall 1986- Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Women's Studies 421, Spring 1983- Fall 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Women's Studies 422, Fall 1984-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's Studies 430, Fall 1974- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's Studies 453, Fall 1980-Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Women's Studies 480, Fall 1983-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Women's Studies 485, Fall 1977- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Women's Studies 496, Spring 1977- Spring 1998Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Women's Studies 496, Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Women's Studies 512, Fall 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Women's Studies 515, Fall 1992- Spring 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Women's Studies 521, Fall 1990- Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Women's Studies 522, Spring 1991- Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Women's Studies 535, Fall 1998- Spring 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Studies 536, Fall 1991- Fall 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Women's Studies 553, Spring 1991- Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Women's Studies 565, Spring 1991- Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Women's Studies 572, Spring 2000- Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's Studies 580, Fall 1990- Fall 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's Studies 580 (Geography 596), Spring 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Women's Studies 582, Spring 2002- Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Women's Studies 595, Spring 1977- Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Women's Studies 590, Fall 1982- Fall 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Women's Studies 596, Spring 1996- Fall 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Women's Studies 598Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Women's Studies 601, Fall 1995- Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Women's Studies 602, Fall 1997- Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Women's Studies 603, Spring 1997- Spring 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Women's Studies 604, Fall 2000 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Women's Studies 605, Spring 1996- Fall 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Women's Studies 607/696, Spring 1986- Spring 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Women's Studies 701, Spring 1996- Spring 2001Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Course Development FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 25: American Institution RequirementsAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: California State University- Resource Guide: Subject Matter Assessment of Prospective Teachers, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Catalog DescriptionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Child Development Majors: Concentration Women's StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Class Frequency ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Course ChangesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Courses in Other DepartmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Courses about Women in Other Departments at San Diego State UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Course Proposals, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Course Proposals, 1976-80Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Course Proposals, 1979-80Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Course Proposals, 1980-81Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Course Proposals, 1981-82Add to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Course Proposals, 1982-83Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Course Proposals, 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Course Proposals, 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Course Reader: Women's Social Sciences Women's Studies 101Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Credit by ExaminationAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Curriculum DevelopmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Curriculum Guide DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Degrees Granted, 1975-89Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Degree Major Programs, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ethnic and Women's StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Executive Order 342Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Explorations in the Human ExperienceAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: New Views on WomenAdd to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 13: New Views on Women- topics, circa 1977-78Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1980-81Add to your cart.
Folder 3: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: New Views on Women, Fall 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: New Views on Women, Spring 1990- Fall 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: New Views on Women, Fall 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1983Add to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1985Add to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 3: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1987Add to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Views on Women-Students Papers, circa Fall 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: New Views on Women-Student's Papers, circa Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: New Views on Women- Class Record Books, circa Fall 1980-Spring 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: New Views on Women, circa Spring 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: New Views on Women, circa Fall 1988-Spring 1989Add to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Views on Women, Fall 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Views on Women, Fall 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: New Views on Women, Spring 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: New Views on Women, Spring 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: New Views on Women- flyers, Spring 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: New Views on Women- booklist and guidelinesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: New Views on Women- speaker listAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: New Views on Women- speaker Helen Hawkins, circa 2000Add to your cart.

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