Guide to the Alice Madeleine Laborde Papers MS.F.038

Finding aid prepared by Alix Norton
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
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Title: Alice Madeleine Laborde papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.F.038
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet. (2 boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1977-1982
Date (inclusive): 1973-1982
Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Alice Madeleine Laborde was a founding faculty member of the French and Italian studies department at UC Irvine. Laborde acted as Associate Professor and specialized in the study of 18th century French literature. In 1977 she filed a lawsuit against the University of California alleging that the University's repeated decisions not to promote her to full professor were due to unlawful discrimination against her sex. The district court found that Laborde had established a case of prima facie discrimination, but that the University's decision not to promote her was due to her "inadequate" scholarship, and not her sex. In 1982, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this judgment. This collection contains Laborde's complete file of materials relating to her legal cases against UCI. It includes transcripts of legal proceedings for all cases; detailed court decisions rendered in favor of UCI; correspondence between Laborde and her lawyers, her colleagues, graduate students, and several departments and committees; reviews of Laborde's scholarly works; analyses of faculty demographics and promotions at UCI; details of Therese Ballet Lynn's similar lawsuits against the University; article clippings and publications; and Laborde's professional files.
Creator: Laborde, Alice, 1922-2010

Access

This collection has not been processed but is open for research, except for the following restrictions: material in box 2, "Personnel Action" folder contains personnel files and is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Marie-Christine Berens, daughter of Alice M. Laborde, 2012.

Scope and Content Summary

Alice Madeleine Laborde was a founding faculty member of the French and Italian studies department at UC Irvine. Laborde acted as Associate Professor and specialized in the study of 18th century French literature. After publishing numerous books and articles and teaching for several years, she applied for the position of full Professor at UCI. Each year she applied, she was denied promotion by the University. In 1977 she filed a lawsuit against the University of California alleging that the University's repeated decisions not to promote her to full professor were due to unlawful discrimination against her sex. The district court found that Laborde had established a case of prima facie discrimination, but that the University's decision not to promote her was due to her "inadequate" scholarship, and not her sex. In 1982, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this judgment.
This collection contains Laborde's complete file of materials relating to her legal cases against UCI. It includes transcripts of legal proceedings for all cases; detailed court decisions rendered in favor of UCI; correspondence between Laborde and her lawyers, her colleagues, graduate students, and several departments and committees; reviews of Laborde's scholarly works; analyses of faculty demographics and promotions at UCI; details of Therese Ballet Lynn's similar lawsuits against the University; article clippings and publications; and Laborde's professional files.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

French -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- Irvine