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Guide to the Women's Resource Center Records, University of California, Irvine
AS-015  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Separation Note
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Women's Resource Center records, University of California, Irvine
    Date: 1969-1994
    Collection Number: AS-015
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Women's Resource Center
    Extent: 6.8 linear feet (17 boxes)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection documents the activities and interests of the Women's Resource Center, an organization focused on the welfare of women at the University of California, Irvine. Materials include by-laws, minutes, reports, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, flyers and brochures, articles, videotapes, photos and news clippings. Represented issues in this collection include affirmative action, feminism, child care, rape prevention, sexual harassment and cultural understanding.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    Women's Resource Center Records, University of California, Irvine. AS-015. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred, 1993-1998.

    Processing History

    Initial processing by Lee Johnson in 1997. Processing completed by Mary Ellen Goddard in 2000. Finding aid updated by Carrie Lee in 2002.

    Historical Background

    The Women's Center at the University of California, Irvine opened in the 1973/1974 academic year and was staffed by five volunteer coordinators and other volunteers. Supported by the Associated Students of UCI, the Center's goal was to become the umbrella organization for all women's programs on campus. Its activities and services included a library, a calendar of activities, and several committees. The Center also offered a reading group, self-defense classes, consciousness-raising groups, day care, and information on health services.
    The Women's Resource Center (WRC) was established in September 1977 to serve as the umbrella organization for campus women's programs, including the Women's Center. The WRC also housed a library and reference service and provided a meeting place where campus women could discuss their issues and concerns. Originally located on the third floor of Gateway Commons, the Center relocated its offices to the first floor of that building in 1981.
    A representative of the WRC served on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women beginning in February 1979. WRC representatives also served on various chancellor's committees such as the Affirmative Action Committee and the Think Tank on Diversity, as well as on the board of the UCI chapter of California Women in Higher Education.
    In addition to serving as an umbrella organization, the WRC organized a number of its own projects. These included child care, annual women's leadership retreats, rape prevention education, sexual harassment projects, and tackling concerns like campus lighting and mature women returning students.
    Funding for women's programs on campus was allocated by the Women's Program Board, which was created in October 1975 to provide a vehicle for the ongoing and cooperative involvement of campus women's groups in the design and implementation of women's programs for students. Each organization was to send one representative to vote on all matters of funding and policy that the board considered. Organizations not represented at each meeting would forfeit their vote on the issues presented. A member of the Assistant Dean of Students' office and from the Women's Center served on this board. Beginning in 1979 the WRC also had a representative.
    California Women in Higher Education (CWHE) was a statewide organization begun in 1972 to advocate, protect and promote the status of faculty, administrators, staff, and students in higher education. The UCI chapter of this organization was established in 1974 and was housed at the WRC.
    In the fall of 1994 the Women's Resource Center became the Center for Women and Gender Education. In the fall of 2001, the Center was renamed the Center for Women and Men. Supported by the Office of Student Affairs, the Center offers programs concerning gender issues for both women and men, while continuing to address the special needs and interests of women.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection documents the activities and interests of the Women's Resource Center, an organization focused on the welfare of women at the University of California, Irvine. Materials include by-laws, minutes, reports, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, flyers and brochures, articles, videotapes, photos and news clippings. Represented issues in this collection include affirmative action, feminism, child care, rape prevention, sexual harassment and cultural understanding.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 4 series.
    • Series 1. Women's Resource Center records, 1969-1994. 4.0 linear feet
    • Series 2. Women's Program Board, 1974-1982. 0.2 linear feet
    • Series 3. Representatives to Chancellor's committees files, 1970-1990. 1.1 linear feet
    • Series 4. California Women in Higher Education, 1975-1982. 1.5 linear feet

    Separation Note

    The following publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives:
    • Seven 3/4 inch videotapes, numbered VTQ205-211, and six Betamax videotapes, numbered VO212-217, have been transferred to AS-020, Media Service Department Videotapes.
    • Photographs from this collection have been removed and housed in AS-061, Communications Office Photographs.
    • The videos and the photographs are described in this finding aid, with notes about their removal.

    Related Collections

    Related publications can be found in the following collections:
    • Publications by the Women's Resource Center are cataloged in ANTPAC under the author heading University of California, Irvine. Women's Resource Center.
    • Additional publications can be found in the University Archives vertical file folder "Women's Resource Center."

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    University of California, Irvine. Women's Resource Center -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine. Women's Program Board -- Archives.
    Chancellor's Affirmative Action Council (University of California, Irvine) -- Archives.
    Affirmative action programs -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.
    Feminism -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.
    Child care -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.
    Rape -- Prevention -- Archives.
    Sexual harassment -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.
    Women in education -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.
    Women college students -- California -- Irvine -- Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Ephemera -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Letters -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Reports -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Newsletters -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Videotapes -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
    Photographic prints -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.

    Contributors

    California Women in Higher Education.
    University of California, Irvine. Chancellor's Affirmative Action Council.
    University of California, Irvine. Women's Program Board.