Women's Studies College records
Scope and Contents
Records, 1972 1981, of Women's Studies College at the State University of New York at Buffalo, including committee minutes, correspondence, reports, memoranda and other materials. A major portion of the records concerns the rechartering of Women's Studies College by the Faculty Senate in 1974 and the controversy over "women only" courses given by Women's Studies College. The existence of "women only" courses at WSC was challenged by the administration of the University as prohibited by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act. The records include minutes of the curriculum committee, 1975 1981, minutes of staff meetings, 1975 1980, and notes of discussions on WSC 213 "Women in Contemporary Society."
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
Women's Studies College records, 1971-1981 are open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
The University Buffalo, Women's Studies College was one of the oldest programs of women's studies in the United States. Aspired by a great of energy for the women's movement a the time, the college was founded in May 1971. In the three years, they offered approximately 20 courses to about 4000 students each semester.
Women's Studies College curriculum included basic introductory courses, courses with further research, study and analysis of the position of the women, and courses which develop basic skills in woman that would facilitate their living as full human beings in this world. The aim was combing study and action through their curriculum.
Women's Studies College ceased to exist as part of the Collegiate system as of September 1982, and became a sub-program of the American Studies Department along with Native American Studies, and Puerto Rican Studies, United State Studies, and the Master's Program at Auburn Prison.
9.17 Linear Feet (22 manuscript boxes)
Records between 1972 to 1981 of Women's Studies College at the State University of New York at Buffalo, including committee minutes, correspondence, reports, memoranda and other materials.
This collection is arranged in fourteen series: I. Governance minutes, II. Staff meeting minutes, III. 213 Collective [Women in Contemporary Society], IV. Curriculum Committee minutes, V. Curriculum [files], VI. Committee minutes [spiral notebooks], VII. Collegiate System, VIII. College Chartering, IX. Title IX, X. Conferences and issues, XI. Staff, XII. Budget, XIII. Course evaluations/class lists, and XIV. Women's Studies College.
The Women's Studies College records, 1971-1981 were donated to the University Archives by Bonita Hampton in October 1984.
Additional materials were donated by Dorothy McCarrick (CUNY Law School, Queens College) in August 1985.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Archives Staff.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, February 2015.
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