Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies records, 1984-2013

Emory University

Emory University Archives

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/pmk2z

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All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emory University. Dept. of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Title: Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies records, 1984-2013
Call Number:Series No. 263
Extent: 27.5 linear feet (56 boxes) and web sites.
Abstract:Records consist of administrative and departmental records, including subject files, annual reports, faculty files, syllabi, and oral histories, documenting the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Selected materials restricted in accordance with Emory University Archive Access Policy. Researchers must contact Rose Library in advance to access audiovisual materials in this collection. Collection stored off-site.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.




[after identification of item(s)], Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies records, Emory University Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Kayla Shipp Kamibayashi, February 2017

Collection Description

Administrative History

Emory’s Department for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies (WGSS) was founded as the Institute for Women’s Studies (IWS) in 1986 when Elizabeth “Betsy” Fox-Genovese was the first director. IWS first offered a minor in Women’s Studies during the 1986-1987 academic year, followed by a major and graduate certificate in 1988-1989. The Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA) started a doctoral program at the same time. IWS first jointly appointed faculty members in 1989-1990. The first doctoral students in Women’s Studies graduated in 1995. IWS formally became a department in 2003.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of records associated with the administration of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from its beginnings as the Institute for Women’s Studies from 1986 until 2003, to its departmental status from 2003 onward.

Series one contains records related to the administration of the department. In addition the records include the personnel files of associate and visiting faculty, budget documents, event records (colloquia, co-sponsored events, special events), and structure and governance documents. An interview with Carole Hahn, one of the founders of the Institute for Women’s Studies, provides a detailed history of the department.

Series two contains annual reports, executive committee minutes, records to internal and external organizations and teaching reports. The reports document the changes to and goals of the program over time. The series contains the documents to a self-study report, which WGSS requested to assess their strengths and weaknesses as a department.

Series three contains the documents associated with organizations with which WGSS interacted and collaborated. WGSS’s relationship Mrs. Rosalynn Carter was significant, resulting in many visits to and from the Carter Center in Atlanta. The Carter Center established regular lectures, the Carter Fellows, and discussion panels on issues of the status of women.

Series four consists of course syllabi dating back from 1986 through 2013. There are also records of curriculum planning.

Series five contains audiovisual media on magnetic and digital media, most of which are recordings of events. There are also several CD-Rs of digital records.

Arrangement Note

Arranged into five series: (1) Administrative records, (2) Reports and minutes, (3) Collaboration records, (4) Curriculum and course materials, (5) Audiovisual and born-digital media, and (6) Web sites.

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