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Women's Studies Department Records, 1966-2006 | Special Collections & University Archives

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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 4: MultimediaAdd to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AdvertisementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Equal Opportunities and Legal Rights of Women- Women's Bureau USDOLAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Graduate Luncheon, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Images of Women in Traditional ArtAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Increasing Job Options- Women's Bureau USDOLAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Legal Responsibilities- Affirmative Action- Women's Bureau USDOLAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Opportunities in Science and Engineering by Betty M. Vetter- Scientific Manpower CommissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Pop CultureAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Quilts and CoverletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Remember, There are Ladies PresentAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: SportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Women in FilmAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Women's StudiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Working WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: City Heights Price Foundation Grant, 2000Add to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Item 1: WSAT-7 Barbara Ehrenreich- "How to Change Health Services", February 17, 1976Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 2: WSAT-10 Sylvia Smith- WS 310 Iroquois Women, March 24, 1976Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 3: WSAT- 19 "...but the women rose..." Voices of Women in American History--Volume 1- AlbumAdd to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 4: WSAT- 21 Aunt Molly Jackson- Library of Congress Recordings AlbumAdd to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 5: WSAT 37-Women's Week- Heifetz and Hricko "Women's Health, Hzards of their Work Place...", April 27, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 6: WSAT 40- Allana Elovson, March 11, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 7: WSAT 41- Elyce Rotella, March 15, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 8: WSAT 42 Women's Studies Colloquia Pillsbury, May 4, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 9: WS Majors panel, November 13, 1985Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 10: Conference on Women and Technology (San Diego State University), March 6-8, 1981Add to your cart.
Film reel
Item 11: Supervising Women WorkersAdd to your cart.
Film reel
Box 43: OvrszAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Equality Policies- Women's Movement- Perception and Deception-StateAdd to your cart.
VHS
Item 2: Patricia Ireland, April 8, 2000Add to your cart.
VHS
Item 3: Patricia Ireland, April 8, 2000Add to your cart.
VHS
Item 4: PSWSA Conference Keynotes- Bonnie Zimmerman and Elizabeth Martinez, April 8, 2000Add to your cart.
VHS
Item 5: PSWSA Conference Keynotes- Bonnie Zimmerman and Elizabeth Martinez, April 8, 2000Add to your cart.
VHS
Item 6: Social and Fiscal Policies: Thinking About Gender- Women and Political ParticipationAdd to your cart.
VHS
Item 7: WSAT 3- Campbridge- Goddard Slide Show Seventeenth and Nineteenth CenturiesAdd to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 8: WSAT 4A/B- Gerda Lerner- "Black and White Women in the American Republic- The Unfulfilled Promise", December 3, 1975Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 9: WSAT 4A/B- Gerda Lerner- "Black and White Women in the American Republic- The Unfulfilled Promise", December 3, 1975Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 10: WSAT 9B- Alice Doesn't Day Rally San Diego State University, October 29, 1976Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 11: WSAT 35- Tillie Olsen- Readings from Yonnondio, May 11, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 12: WSAT 36- Women's Week- "Speaking Bitterness", April 26, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 13: WSAT 38A- Women's Studies Colloquia Lauer and Dijkstra, April 13, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 14: WSAT 39- Susan Brown, February 25, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 15: Kathleen Blumhagen, March 8, 1977Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 16: Sonja Johnson, March 8, 1983Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape
Item 17: Gail Omvedt, February 9, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 18: Gail Omvedt, February 9, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 19: Colloquium- Dynastra, Lauer, April 13, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 20: Colloquium- Dynastra, Lauer, April 13, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 21: Colloquium- Pillsbury, May 4, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 22: Colloquium- Pillsbury, May 4, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 23: Unlabeled, March 9, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 24: Unlabeled, March 9, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 25: Unlabeled, October 27, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 26: Unlabeled, October 27, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 27: Unlabeled, October 27, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 28: Unlabeled, November 17, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 29: Unlabeled, November 17, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 30: Unlabeled, November 17, 1977Add to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 31: Unlabeled, no dateAdd to your cart.
Video Tape
Item 32: Unlabeled, no dateAdd to your cart.
Video Tape

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