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  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Women's Union Collection
    Dates: 1981-2014
    Collection number: PC.0041
    Creator: Women's Union
    Extent: 3.4 Linear Feet (1 record carton, 1 flat storage box, 2 oversized flat storage boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: This collection contains planning documents, correspondence, copies of the Re-View newsletter, photographs, artwork, budget proposals, and meeting minutes related to the Pomona College Women's Union.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in collection: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identificaiton of item] Women's Union Collection (PC-0041). Pomona College Archives, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Karen May, 2014; Gift of Christina Orci, 2014; Transfer from Women's Union, Pomona College, 2014.


    Additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Aurora Silva in 2014.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Women's Union was founded in 1983 by Feminists Against Repression (FAR) in response to an increase of hate speech, including sexist and racist remarks toward minority groups on campus. Organized in 1978, FAR fought to establish stricter rules regarding sexual assault and violence against women and created the Women's Union (WU) as a safe space for women. Its initial purpose was to enable its members to reclaim feminism against typical stereotypes and provide resources, such as counseling services and crisis hotlines. The second floor of Walker Lounge was chosen as the permanent space for FAR and other Women's Union activities.
    Among the first activities at the WU were Thursday lunch talks which were held for faculty, professionals, graduate students, and others to come and discuss a topic of their choice related to the WU's mission. In addition, Interconnections, a women's retreat, was established to bring female faculty and students together for mutual support. From this retreat, it was suggested that women at Pomona College should have an ongoing outlet to voice their feminist beliefs. From this meeting, the feminist publication Re-View was born. Its goal was to create an opportunity for the women of the Claremont Colleges to be seen and heard more professionally.
    The Women's Union continues to be a safe space for students and aims to harbor community engagement along with community support.

    Women's Union Timeline

    1978 Creation of Feminists Against Repression, working with the Gay Student Union.
    1981 Colleen O'Neil writes a letter ot the Pomona College administration regarding the need for a safe space for women.
    1983 The Women's Union is established in collaboration with Toni Clark and Pomona students.
      First Women's Union Thursday Noon Discussion is held in the Women's Union.
    1984 Lesbian Student Union began holding meetings in the Women's Union.
    1988 First Interconnections takes place.
    1989 The Re-View begins publication.
    1993 The Closet, or the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Resource Center opens in Walker Lounge.
    1996 The Women's Union, along with Student Liberation and Action Movement (SLAM), create the "Call to Action", which was intended to address instances of hate speech and intolerance on campus.
    2001 A chapter of Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX) is created to raise awareness to the Claremont Colleges community about contraceptives and family planning options.
    2004 The Women's Union and SLAM revise the "Call to Action" in order to improve the campus climate for students who had been made to feel marginalized.
    2013 First Women of Color Social in the Women's Union.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Women's Union Collection contains budgets, founding and planning documents, and project proposals. There are also copies of Women's Union publications, photographs, and artwork created at Women's Union events.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Folders are primarily arranged alphabetically by file name within the collection.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subject Terms

    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
    College students
    Women -- Societies and clubs
    Women's Union

    Genre and Form of Materials