Women's Union Collection

Aurora Silva
Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
800 North Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 607-3977
Email: specialcollections@claremont.edu
URL: https://library.claremont.edu/scl/
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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


Box 1, Folder 1

Association for Feminist Awareness: Sisters Protesting Ignorance Rape & Lies Publications 1988

Box 1, Folder 2

A Call to Action: Improving the Experience of Students of Color at Pomona College 1996

Box 1, Folder 3

Feminists Against Repression Notes 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 4

Interconnections Planning undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Interconnections Planning, Schedule & Budget 1988

Box 1, Folder 6

Interconnections Planning & Budget 1989

Box 1, Folder 7

Interconnections Surveys 1989

Box 1, Folder 8

Interconnections Posters 1989

Box 1, Folder 9

Interconnections Schedule, Budget & Notes 1990

Box 1, Folder 10

Interconnections Planning 1990-1991, 1993

Box 1, Folder 11

Interconnections Planning, Budget & Posters 1990-1991

Box 1, Folder 12

Interconnections Schedule, Planning & Budget 1991-1992

Box 1, Folder 13

Interconnections Surveys, Planning & Posters 1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 14

Interconnections Surveys & Posters 1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 15

Interconnections Planning, Schedule & Posters 1994

Box 1, Folder 16

Interconnections Event Summary 2000-2001

Box 1, Folder 17

Interconnections Planning 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 18

Masturbation Week Schedule & Information undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Re-view Statement of Purpose 1989

Box 1, Folder 20

Re-view Advertising circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 21

Re-view History of Coordinators, Notes, Memorandums & Layout Guide 1989, circa 1990, circa 1993

Box 1, Folder 22

Re-view Posters undated

Box 1, Folder 23

Re-view Social Issues 1989-1993

Box 1, Folder 24

Re-view Budget Requests & Advertisement Form 1989-1993

Box 1, Folder 25

Re-view Survey & Survey Results circa 1993

Box 1, Folder 26

Re-view Surveys 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 27

Re-view Meeting Notes & Layout 1995

Box 1, Folder 28

Re-view Planning Documents & Submissions 1995

Box 1, Folder 29

Re-view History & Budgeting 1996

Box 1, Folder 30

Re-view Meeting Notes & Planning 1996

Box 1, Folder 31

Re-view Submissions 1996

Box 1, Folder 32

Re-view Submissions Fall 1997

Box 1, Folder 33

Re-view Layout & Edits Fall 1997

Box 1, Folder 34

Re-view Submissions Spring 1997

Box 1, Folder 35

Re-view Submissions 1998

Box 1, Folder 36

Women's Union Alumni Contacts 1982-1983, 1997-1999, 2000-2001

Box 1, Folder 37

Women's Union Planning, Projects & Posters 2000-2001

Box 1, Folder 38

Women's Union Meeting Notes 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 39

Sexual Resources for the Claremont Colleges 2002

Box 1, Folder 40

Skill Share: Free Workshop Posters undated

Box 1, Folder 41

Vagina Week 2002

Box 1, Folder 42

Voices for Planned Parenthood, VOX 2001-2004

Box 1, Folder 43

Women of Color Social Collabrative Banner 2014

Box 1, Folder 44

Women's Union Statement of Purpose & Creation Planning circa 1981, 1982, 1983

Box 1, Folder 45

Women's Union Feminist Discussion Group 1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 46

Women's Union News & Budget 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 47

Take Back the Night circa 1983, 2001

Box 1, Folder 48

Women's Union Budget & Handbook 2002

Box 1, Folder 49

Women's Union Project Log & Originals circa 2003, 2004-2005,2009

Box 1, Folder 50

Women's Union Music 2003, 2009, 2013, 2014

Box 1, Folder 51

Women's Union Events & Flyers 2013

Box 1, Folder 52

Women's Union Events & Flyers 2014

Box 1, Folder 53

Weekly Women's Union Survey 2014

Box 1, Folder 54

Self defense tips undated

Box 1, Folder 55

Acquaintance rape undated

Box 1, Folder 56

Photographs 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 57

Memo from Richard Fass to Pomona College Students 1983

Box 1, Folder 58

Women's Union events 1981-1983

Box 1, Folder 59

News clippings about the Women's Union 1983

Box 1, Folder 60

Annual Report 1983

Box 2

Women's Union Photo Album undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Annual Inspiring Posters 2014

Box 3, Folder 2

WU projects assignment chart undated

Box 3

WU Retreat 2001

Box 4

Interconnections t-shirt 1988

Box 4

Interconnections t-shirt 1990