Guide to the Women's Resource Center Records

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Guide to the Women's Resource Center Records 1974/1990

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Women's Resource Center Records
Dates: 1974-1990
Identification: MS-0484
Creator: Women's Resource Center
Physical Description: 0.63 linear ft
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) at San Diego State was established in 1974 by a coalition of women's organizations on campus. Intended to serve as a link between the campus and the larger San Diego community, the Center offered a variety of programs and services for women students, including lectures, films, and workshops on topics such as career building, nutrition, entrepreneurship, and family issues. It also served as a resource and referral center, connecting women students with health clinics, support organizations, help centers, bookstores, legal services, and cultural programs. Informal peer counseling and referral counseling was available for students in need on a regularly scheduled basis. The Center maintained a small library of materials written by and for women, as well as consulting files of pamphlets, brochures, and flyers from a variety of organizations for women. Funded by the Associated Students, the Center had a small paid staff in addition to interns and volunteers. In addition to a film festival for women, the Center ran an annual Women's Health Fair and Take Back the Night events, and coordinated a standing Rape Task Force on campus.
After a period of dormancy, the Women's Resource Center was reinvigorated and is now known as the Andrea O'Donnell Women's Resource Center in honor of a Women's Studies major and Resource Center student leader who was murdered by her boyfriend in 1995. The current goals of the WRC are: to provide a safe, nonsexist environment in which female students can study, relax, etc. while on campus; to provide free, accessible information, resources, and referrals regarding women's health, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, and other gender-related issues faced by students, faculty, and staff at SDSU; to raise awareness about sexism and its consequences, and work toward ending violence, abuse, and all forms of sexist oppression, and by organizing various educational and consciousness-raising events.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

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Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Women's Resource Center Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

I. Office Files
II. Program Files

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of two series. Series I: Office Files contains meeting minutes for the Women's Resource Center , as well the the daily transaction logs for the Center. These logs provide a clear picture of WRC daily activities, services, and referrals spanning several years. Also present are meeting minutes from the Feminist Union (a coalition of campus feminist organization), which cover the Union's involvement with issues like sexism in campus classrooms, health services on campus, and programming related to women on campus. Series II: Program Files contains flyers and planning documents for lectures, programs, and workshops organized by the WRC, as well as documents related to the Rape Awareness Task Force peer education program, including personal statements detailing incidents on campus and a petition to the Daily Aztec in 1986 regarding the publishing of certain advertisements.


Office Files 1974-1986

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1975-1981

Box 1, Folder 2

WRC Planning/ Constitution Renewal, 1985-1987

Box 1, Folder 3

Women's Resource Center Budget Proposal, 1986

Box 1, Folder 4

Budget Requests/ Verification, 1974-1980

Box 1, Folder 5

Phone Log, 1985-1987

Box 1, Folder 6

Daily Log, 1979

Box 1, Folder 7

Daily Log, 1983-1990

Box 1, Folder 8

WRC Job Descriptions

Box 1, Folder 9

Meeting Minutes, 1978-1987

Box 2, Folder 1

Feminist Union Meeting Minutes, 1975-1977


Programs Files 1979-1990

Box 2, Folder 2

Rape Awareness/ Task Force, 1978-1987

Box 2, Folder 3

Newsclippings (mostly from Daily Aztec), 1974-1980

Box 2, Folder 4

WRC Petition to Daily Aztec, 1986

Box 2, Folder 5

WRC Programs, 1980-1990