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University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: UCSC Feminist Studies Department records
University of California, Santa Cruz. Feminist Studies Department
Identifier/Call Number: UA.097
Identifier/Call Number: 606
24.6 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1970-2014
Date (bulk): 1974-2013
Language of Material: English
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Inventory created in 2014 by Nicolette M. Czarrunchick, Academic Advisor in the Feminist Studies Department. Transferred to
University Archives in 2015.
This collection is arranged in six series:
- Series 1: Curriculum
- Series 2: Initiatives
- Series 3: Events
- Series 4: Administrative files
- Series 5: Subject files
- Series 6: Media
Materials within each series are arranged chronologically unless otherwise specified.
The UC Santa Cruz Feminist Studies Department is one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in the United States.
Founded in 1974 as the Women's Studies program by student and faculty initiative, it fosters the development of interdisciplinary,
transnational, and community-oriented scholarship on the UC Santa Cruz campus and beyond.
In 1972, 700 students signed a petition in support of the establishment of a Women's Studies program. The Women's Studies
Bachelor of Arts degree was approved in 1974, with its first class of students graduating in 1975. The Women's Studies Collective
was also established in 1974, whose members joined task forces to create policy for the program, communicate updates, and
organize activities in conjunction with the academic Women's Studies major. In 2005, the department name changed from Women's
Studies to Feminist Studies in order to "signal [their] commitment to new directions in feminist scholarship and [recognize
their] strengths and interests in feminism and transnationalism" (
The Wave, vol. VIII no. 1, 2005). In the fall of 2013, after nearly eighteen years of planning and preparation, the Feminist Studies
Department's first PhD cohort began their studies.
The Feminist Studies Department has actively supported many campus initiatives, including the establishment of the Institute
for Advanced Feminist Research (IAFR), the Focused Research Activity/Organized Research Activity (FRA/ORA) in Feminist Studies,
and the UC Santa Cruz Women's Center. It also has a long history of engagement in social justice initiatives on local, national,
and international scales. The Feminist Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz continues to serve as a model for similar programs
around the country.
||First Women's Studies course
Literature and Society: The Women's Movement offered at Merrill College
||700 students sign a petition endorsing the establishment of a Women's Studies program at UC Santa Cruz
||Academic Senate adopts proposal to establish a Coordinating Council for Women's Studies
||Women's Studies Office opens at Kresge College
||Women's Studies Bachelor of Arts degree approved
||Women's Studies Collective established
||First Women's Studies graduating class
||Restructuring of Women's Studies program by Helene Moglen, dean of humanities; funding increases and curriculum expands
||Bettina Aptheker appointed to teach WMST 1,
Introduction to Feminism
||Feminist Studies Focused Research Activity (FRA) established for faculty and graduate student research collaboration
||Helene Moglen becomes chair of Women's Studies program
||UCSC Women's Center established at Cardiff House
||Women's Studies awarded Committee status, i.e., approved for tenure-track faculty appointments
||"Parenthetical Notation" in Women's Studies approved by the Graduate Council
||First Annual Women of Color Film and Video Festival, founded by History of Consciousness graduate student Margaret Daniel
||Five concentrations in the Women's Studies major are established: Representations; Race, Class, and Ethnicity; Nations and
Cultures; Movements, Institutions, Policy, and Legal Studies; and Theory
||Women's Studies Library established at Kresge College
||First Women's Studies graduate course, WMST 205:
Feminism, Nationalism, and Sexuality in the Third World, taught by Emily Honig
||External review of Women's Studies program
||First issue of
The Wave newsletter published in June
||25th Anniversary celebration of Women's Studies at UC Santa Cruz
||Name of department changes to Feminist Studies
||Inaugural cohort of PhD students begin in Fall
UCSC Feminist Studies Department records. UA 97. University Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa
Processed by Alina Fernandez in the Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) with assistance from Alix Norton, 2017.
Most titles in this collection were derived from the original folder titles as received from the department.
The following publications created by or related to the Feminist Studies Department are available via the Library Catalog:
Scope and Content
This collection documents the administrative and curricular functions of the Feminist Studies (formerly Women's Studies) Department
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as events, initiatives, and lectures sponsored by the department. It
includes curriculum planning and advertising materials, staffing reports, professional correspondence, event advertisements,
lecture recordings, course syllabi, and collected files on the development of Women's Studies programs outside of UC Santa
Cruz. Major topics covered in these papers include the establishment of the department, development of the undergraduate curriculum
and PhD program, the Institute of Advanced Feminist Research (IAFR), the Focused Research Activity (FRA) in Women's/Feminist
Studies, and the development of similiar women's studies programs around the country.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Women's studies -- California -- Santa Cruz