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Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, 1947-1997Add to your cart.View associated digital content. | Special Collections & University Archives

Title: Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, 1947-1997Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: MS-0036
Extent: 23.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1969-1975
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Established in 1969, the Center for Women’s Studies and Services (CWSS) was a multi-dimensional and non-profit organization that maintained educational, cultural, political, and service programs.  CWSS was dedicated to advancing the cause of women’s rights and has a nationwide membership open to men and women.  It was the first women’s liberation group in San Diego and the first women’s center in Southern California. The Center was founded after group of women broke away from what would become the Women's Studies program at San Diego State University, in order to focus on creating tangible social change related to women's issues.

CWSS was committed to developing and maintaining cooperative relationships with other community-based and nationally-oriented organizations.  The Center actively participated in a variety of feminist, social service and inter-movement coalitions, and served as headquarters for the National Feminist Therapists' Association.

CWSS was comprised of four major components: Storefront, Radical Feminist Counseling, Educational and Cultural Programs, and Publications. Each component of the Center provided services and opportunities (via workshops, apprenticeships, consultations, programs, and direct experience) for women to obtain first-hand knowledge and training in the areas of management, creativity, and control.  The academic component was formed on the San Diego State University campus and became the first official Women’s Studies Program in the nation.

The Storefront Component was a drop-in resource center offering crisis assistance, housing, child care, legal and medical referrals, vocational counseling and job referrals. It also has a 24-hour hotline for battered women and rape victims, affirmative action assistance, and open rap groups.

The Radical Feminist Counseling component provided crisis intervention for women, one-on-one counseling, group and family counseling, training for counselors, and community education on a wide variety of women's mental health issues.

The Educational and Cultural component included an annual Women’s Festival of the Arts, monthly Feminist Forum, community meetings, and special events, and organized the "Feminist Free University," a free education program for women throughout the 1970s and 1980s which offered three sessions with between 20 and 40 volunteer-taught classes in each session.

The Publications component supervised publication of the feminist newspaper The Longest Revolution, a poetry anthology titled Rainbow Snake, and other materials by and about women. It also maintained a feminist library and reading room.

CWSS became the Center for Community Solutions in 1996.

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I. Administrative Files

II. Components Files

III. Vertical Files

IV. Periodicals

V. Reel to Reel Tapes

VI. Scrapbooks

VII. Oversized Materials

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Acquired: 12/28/1981. 2001
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: 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. When granted, permission 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 Note: Center for Women's Studies and Services
Related Materials: Women's Studies Department Records
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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