Finding Aid for the California State University, Long Beach, Center for Women's Studies records, 1973-2008

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, December 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: California State University, Long Beach, Center for Women's Studies records
Date (inclusive): 1973-2008
Collection number: 1817
Creator: California State University, Long Beach, Center for Women's Studies
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Abstract: In the early 1970s a Women's Studies Program began at California State University Long Beach. The program was considered a controversial presence and complaints led to the firing of two faculty directors. This collection contains files covering the Women's Studies Program from its beginnings to the 1982 ACLU lawsuit against CSULB for the violation of rights. Materials include memoranda, letters, reports, and newspaper clippings.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wendy Griffin, August 7, 2008.

Processing Note

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, December 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California State University, Long Beach, Center for Women's Studies records (Collection 1817). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6938870 

History

The first Women's Studies courses were taught at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) in the early 1970s. In 1974 the Center for Women's Studies was formed by faculty and students with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary minor within American Studies and to develop a women's resource center on the CSULB campus. Around this same time, the Associated Students opened a student-run Women's Referral Center in the Student Union. The presence of feminism the CSULB campus was a controversial issue in terms of some of the course content, as well as whether the referral center should be limited to referrals or become a women's resource center. In 1982 right-wing activists targeted the center and the program director, Dr. Sondra Hale, and Women's Center director, Denise Wheeler, were fired. In response 13 faculty member and three students filed a lawsuit with the ACLU against CSULB, charging the University with violations of the First and Fourth Amendments.

Scope and Content

This collection contains files covering the Women's Studies Program at CSULB from its beginnings to a 1982 lawsuit against the university. Materials include memoranda, letters, reports, and newspaper clippings.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Women's Studies Program history
  2. Women's Resource Center
  3. Lawsuit against CSULB
Given the close relationship between the Program, the Resource Center and the lawsuit that emerged when both entities were facing dissolution, there is some slight overlap in the collection with certain press clippings or memoranda sometimes appearing more than once, in different series. For the most part these three series reflect the way the files were originally organized, though within each series documents have been ordered chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

California State University, Long Beach. Center for Women's Studies --Archives.
California State University, Long Beach. Women's Resource Center.
Women's studies --California --Long Beach --Archival resources.

Removed or Separated Material

Folder of payroll transaction forms removed.

Container List

 

Women's Studies Program history

Box 1, Folder 1

Program proposals and recommendations Ca. 1970-1972

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda and reports
Box 1, Folder 2

Women's Studies Association constitution, bylaws and charter Ca. 1972

Scope and Content Note

Mimeographed copies
Box 1, Folder 3

"Womenpeople" newsletters 1973-1977

Box 1, Folder 4

Committee Against Sexism in Employment (C.A.S.E.) written materials 1974

Scope and Content Note

Response to KTTV presentation on CSULB hiring issue, bill of demands, letter from Department of Health, Education and Welfare concerning alleged sex discrimination, fact sheet, directory and memoranda
Box 1, Folder 5

Betty Brooks dismissal 1974-1975

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, petition signatures, clippings, press releases concerning the dismissal of physical education instructor Betty Brooks. See also, series 3, box 4, folder 1 for additional materials re: her employment.
Box 1, Folder 6

Linda Shaw reappointment 1974-1975

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda concerning instructor Linda Shaw and her decision to exclude male students from a self- gynecological exam presentation.
Box 1, Folder 7

Memoranda concerning complaints 1974-1980

Scope and Content Note

Concerns complaints against the department as well as complaints by the department. Includes issues such as harassment of an instructor, exclusion of male students, use of pornography in a fraternity rush flyer.
Box 1, Folder 8

Affirmative Action materials 1975

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, newsletters, clippings, meeting minutes, letters and notes. Includes materials about Women's Studies College at SUNY, copy of interim affirmative action plan for CSULB, academic senate statement and a 1974 ethnic survey.
Box 1, Folder 9

Women's Studies College at SUNY Buffalo statements 1975

Scope and Content Note

Mimeographed statements by the Women's College re: their abolishment.
Box 1, Folder 10

Women's Studies minor approval 1975

Scope and Content Note

Chancellor's letter and academic planning memo regarding the creation of a Women's Studies minor at CSULB.
Box 1, Folder 11

Women's Studies special major checklist and written objectives 1976

Scope and Content Note

A student's files containing checksheets, a letter, and written objectives regarding the study of women and Christianity.
Box 1, Folder 12

Program self study reports 1976, 1984, 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 13

Announcements re: National Women's Studies Association founding convention in San Francisco 1977

Box 1, Folder 14

Evaluation materials 1977-1980

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, advisory board update, program review, faculty evaluation, external evaluation report, enrollment numbers for 1977-1979.
Box 1, Folder 15

Grant Proposal for campus wide support system for the non-traditional female student 1979

Box 1, Folder 16

University Women's Center memoranda and appraisal 1979-1982

Box 1, Folder 17

Pacific Southwest Women's Studies Association (PSWSA) publications and memorandum 1978-1982

Box 1, Folder 18

Research topics 1978-1979

Scope and Content Note

Research proposal, bibliography and call for papers.
Box 1, Folder 19

Meeting minutes 1979

Box 1, Folder 20

Memoranda re: Teaching Service Areas in Women's Studies 1980-1981

Box 2, Folder 1

Course offerings 1975-1995

Scope and Content Note

Syllabi, memoranda and approval request for courses. Also a proposal for bachelor of arts degree in Women's Studies.
Box 2, Folder 2

Course 102 course and administrative materials 1988-1999

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, approval requests, catalog description, syllabus, exam.
Box 2, Folder 3

Newsletters 1979-1985

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Friends of Women's Studies," " News from the Front," "Women's Studies Program: A Newsletter," and "West Coast Association of Women Historians."
Box 2, Folder 4

Press clippings 1979-1986

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings, photo-copied articles, editions of the "Daily Forty-Niner" and "Union Daily."
Box 2, Folder 5

Communications and press regarding controversy 1981-1985

Scope and Content Note

Letters, memoranda, press clippings concerning opposition from critics of the program including a complaint filed by Jessica Shaver
Box 2, Folder 6

Ad Hoc Committee memoranda and report 1982

Scope and Content Note

From Ad Hoc Committee on School Programs and Structures concerning recommendations re: Women's Studies Program.
Box 2, Folder 7

Drafts of Women's Studies Constitution 1982-1983

Scope and Content Note

Includes drafts of constitution, memoranda and May 4, 1982 edition of "Union Daily."
Box 2, Folder 8

Staffing issues and employee relations 1982-1983

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda re: tenure track positions, academic freedom, staffing for Fall 1982. Also, copy of policies from scheduling office.
Box 2, Folder 9

"At Home" calendar of events 1983

Scope and Content Note

"At Home" was a celebration of feminist art in Southern California from 1970-1983
Box 2, Folder 10

Center for Continuing Education of Women (C.C.E.W.) 1983-1985

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, summary of goals and activities, flyer, calendar, copy of "CSULB Network" newsletter, edition of "Forty Niner". Includes Women's Studies Student Association's letter of no support.
Box 2, Folder 11

Flyers and announcements 1983-2008

Scope and Content Note

For various events including a large selection of flyers for the annual Women's Recognition Banquet
Box 2, Folder 12

Communications re: support for CSULB Women's Studies 1984

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, letters and mailers. Includes resolutions from the Associated Students Senate and materials related to the formation of "Friends of Women's Studies."
Box 3, Folder 1

Copy of poems from "Of Power and Dreams" Women's Studies poetry reading 1988 December

Box 3, Folder 2

Self-study report guidelines 1997

Box 3, Folder 3

Copy of university institution codes Undated

 

Women's Resource Center

Box 3, Folder 4

Questionnaires Ca. 1974-1977

Scope and Content Note

Questionnaires for academic programs, subsector planning and women's center workshop.
Box 3, Folder 5

Women's Resource Center staff training materials Ca. 1975-1976

Scope and Content Note

Workshop schedules and agendas, job descriptions.
Box 3, Folder 6

Friends of Women's Referral Center 1976-1977

Scope and Content Note

Notes, organization application form, memoranda, pre-application for federal assistance, letters, outline of the program, steering committee update.
Box 3, Folder 7

Research materials 1976-1977

Scope and Content Note

Career Planning Center brochures, press clipping on self-examination, mailing re: Tay-Sachs disease, flyer for "Voice of the People" performance for United Farm Workers, announcement re: state conference, list of fellowships.
Box 3, Folder 8

Goals and activities 1976-1980

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, proposals, and outlines of goals and activities.
Box 3, Folder 9

Women's Center and Women's Referral Center organization and structure 1976-1982

Scope and Content Note

Letters and memoranda. Note: Women's Center and Women's Referral Center were two separate entities and one proposal was to merge them.
Box 3, Folder 10

Press clippings 1976-1984

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, photocopies of articles and edition of "University Review."
Box 3, Folder 11

Program review for Center for Women's Studies 1978

Box 3, Folder 12

University Women's Center Reports 1979-1982

Box 3, Folder 13

Meeting minutes and agendas 1982

Scope and Content Note

Minutes and agendas for organizations like University Women's Center Advisory Board Meeting and Student Academic Services.
Box 3, Folder 14

Pamphlets and programs 1982

Scope and Content Note

Includes "University Women's Center: Final Edition," issued before close of the Women's Center in 1982.
Box 3, Folder 15

Staff evaluations 1982

Scope and Content Note

Memorandum and letter.
Box 3, Folder 16

Constitution for Center of Women's Studies Undated

Box 3, Folder 17

Handwritten notes and photographs Undated

 

Lawsuit against CSULB

Box 4, Folder 1

Betty Brooks teaching appointment materials 1976-1984

Scope and Content Note

Evaluations, copies of curriculum vita, recommendation letters, teaching appointment and copy of grievance filed by Brooks
Box 4, Folder 2

Legal files Ca. 1982-1986

Scope and Content Note

Includes complaints, order of dismissal, arbitrator's opinion and reward, post-hearing brief.
Box 4, Folder 3

Memoranda and announcements 1982-1987

Scope and Content Note

Includes arbitration decision re: Betty Brooks, requests for contributions to defense fund, flyers and CSULB memoranda re: conflict with Women's Studies Department. Also, CSULB memorandum and report for response phase of program review.
Box 4, Folder 4

Press clippings 1982-1991