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Guide to the Women's Studies Department Records
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The Women's Studies Department Records (1966-2006) document the growth and development of the first women's studies department in the nation, including its formation, early relationship with the Center for Women's Studies and Services (CWSS), now named Center for Community Solutions, course development, student work, and interactions between students and faculty with local, national, and international women's groups.  It includes annual reports, self studies, syllabi, correspondence, reports, budgets, minutes, newsletters, course development materials, files from various events and organizations, and photographic slides.  The collection consists of four major series: Administrative Files (1970-2002), Curricular Files (1972-2004), Organization and Event Files (1966-1996), and Multimedia Materials (1975-2000).  The Administrative Files have two sub-series: Annual Reports and Self Studies and Department Office Files.  The Curricular Files are filed in three sub-series: Syllabi, Course Development Files, and New Views on Women Records.  The Organization and Event Files are divided in two sub-series: Special Events and Women's Organizations and Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering Files.
In 1969, students from SDSU's Women's Liberation Group, in cooperation with faculty and community women, formed an Ad Hoc Committee for Women's Studies. The committee collected signatures from over 600 students in support of establishing a Women's Studies Program at SDSU. In response, the university started an informal Women's Studies Program for the Spring 1970 semester. By the start of the Fall 1970 semester, SDSU had formally established a department of Women's Studies which offered 11 courses. It was the first such department in the United States.
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