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The Papers of Women's Studies Collection

Historical Sketch

The Women's Studies program began in 1977 with a grant and was the first Women's Studies program in Virginia. Carolyn Rhodes was the coordinator of the pilot program which offered six courses relating to Women's influences in society. It grew and expanded under the leadership of Nancy Topping Bazin (Women's Studies Director, 1978-1985). In 1995, it became the first state-assisted school in the commonwealth to offer a B.A. and a B.S. in Women's Studies. The program also offers a minor in Women's Studies. Additionally, students may obtain a graduate certificate in Women's Studies or an M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis on Women's Studies through the Institute of Humanities. The Women's Studies Program became the Women's Studies Department in 2002. It offers scholarships to students, as well as hosting programs and events related to women and society.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Women's Studies date from 1978-2005. The collection contains administrative and financial documents, course descriptions, and department sponsored event flyers and brochures. The bulk of the collection features Women's Studies News, events, and courses offered throughout its duration.

Series Descriptions

This collection is divided into the following series: I. Administrative; II. Course Descriptions; and III. Events.

Series I. Administrative: This series relates to the business and administrative aspects of the Women's Studies program. It is divided into seven sub-series.

Sub-series A: Women's Studies Program. This sub-series includes materials specific to the Women's Studies Program itself, including its description and history, brochures, and certificates offered. Most of the material in this sub-series is not dated.

Sub-series B: Correspondence. This sub-series includes correspondence in the form of interdepartmental memos on topics such as meetings, speakers, social events, and getting the word out about Women's Studies. Material is arranged chronologically and is dated from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Sub-series C: Financial. This sub-series includes information on grants, trust funds, and scholarships. It includes the proposal for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant that was used to start the Women's Studies program. Material is arranged alphabetically.

Sub-series D: Meetings. This sub-series contains materials related to Women's Studies meetings. Included are meetings of the Pilot Design Group that developed the Women's Studies program and sought out the NEH Grant that started the program; the Women's Studies Advisory Council; and the newsletter committee.

Sub-series E: Newsletters. This sub-series includes Women's Studies newsletters from 1978 to 1996. Material is arranged chronologically.

Sub-series F: Surveys and Reports. This sub-series includes the final report on the Women's Studies program to the National Endowment for the Humanities and a survey to evaluate non-participant attitudes about the ODU Women's Studies program. Both of these are from 1978.

Sub-series G: Resources: This sub-series includes articles, lists, bibliographies, directories, news clippings, and other resources related to women and feminism. Material is arranged alphabetically and dates from 1976 to 2005.

Series II: Course Descriptions: This series is divided into three sub-series of course listings and descriptions.

Sub-series A: Booklets: The sub-series contains booklets relating to Women's Studies courses from 1979 to 1983. These include degree and certificate requirements, courses, required text, and other general information. Material is arranged chronologically.

Sub-series B: Brochures: This sub-series contains brochures dating from 1977-1999. They advertise the Women's Studies Department and course offerings by the academic year. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series C: Course Flyers: This sub-series contains flyers about courses offered by the Women's Studies Department at ODU, their descriptions, prerequisites, and what to expect from the course. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1978 to 1999.

Series III: Events: This series documents the many events and programs held by the Department of Women's Studies at Old Dominion University. This series is broken into eight sub-series.

Sub-series A: Concerts. This sub-series contains flyers, programs, news clippings, and other materials for musical performances sponsored by Women's Studies. Materials date from 1979 to 1987 and are arranged alphabetically by the name of the band or musician.

Sub-series B: Conferences and Festivals. This sub-series contains flyers, programs, registration forms and other materials related to conferences and festivals. Material dates from 1978 to 1994 and is arranged chronologically.

Sub-series C: Invitations. This sub-series contains invitations to Women's Studies events. Materials date from 1980-1989.

Sub-series D: Lectures and Speakers Series. This sub-series contains flyers, posters, schedules, registration forms and other materials for Women's Studies lectures and speakers' series. Material dates from 1979 to 2000 and is arranged alphabetically.

Sub-series E: Men's Events (sponsored by Women's Studies). This sub-series contains programs, flyers, and other materials for men's events sponsored by the Women's Center. Materials date from 1982 to 1983 and are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series F: Returning Women's Events. This sub-series contains flyers, invitations, and other materials related to social and scholarly events for older women who are starting college for the first time or who are returning to school later in life. Material dates from the 1980s to the 2000s and is arranged chronologically.

Sub-series G: Women's Weeks and Months. This sub-series contains flyers and programs for weeks and months devoted to women, such as Women's History Month. Material is arranged alphabetically and dates from 1982-2004.

Sub-series H: Various. This sub-series contains flyers for miscellaneous Women's Studies events from the 1970s to the 2000s. These include both social and scholarly events. Material is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically if applicable.


All materials were donated by Dr. Carolyn H. Rhodes.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


3 Hollinger Document Cases

Collection Number


Container Listing

Series I. Administrative

Box 1

Sub-series A: Women's Studies Program

Folder 1: Graduate Women's Studies Program Description
Folder 2: Women's Studies Brochures
Folder 3: Women's Studies Certificate (Candidate Form)
Folder 4: Women's Studies Certificate (Blank Certificate)
Folder 5: Women's Studies History, 1973-1983

Sub-series B: Correspondence

Folder 6: Memorandums 1970s
Folder 7: Memorandums 1980s
Folder 8: Memorandums 1990s

Sub-series C: Financial

Folder 9: The Feminist Education Trust Fund
Folder 10: National Endowment for the Humanities Proposal, 1977
Folder 11: Scholarships and Awards, 1980-1997

Sub-series D: Meetings

Folder 12: Newsletter Meeting [n.d.]
Folder 13: Women's Studies Advisory Council Meeting, August 30, 1979
Folder 14: Women's Studies - Pilot Design Group, 1976-1977

Sub-series E: Newsletters

Folder 15: Women's Studies at ODU newsletter, 1978
Folder 16: Women's Studies News Vol. I, 1979-1980
Folder 17: Women's Studies News Vol. II, 1980-1981
Folder 18: Women's Studies News Vol. III, 1981-1982
Folder 19: ODU Women's Studies Vol. I No.1, Fall 1996

Sub-series F: Surveys and Reports

Folder 20: Undergraduate Women's Studies Program: Final Report, 1978
Folder 21: Women's Studies Evaluation Workshop, 1978

Box 2

Sub-series G: Resources

Folder 1: College of Arts & Letters New Faculty List, 1988
Folder 2: College of William and Mary Project Plus, 1979
Folder 3: Compiled Bibliographies of Women's Studies Resources, 1978-1980
Folder 4: Feminism Articles, 1980
Folder 5: News Clippings regarding Feminism, 1980
Folder 6: Project on the Status and Education of Women, 1980-1981
Folder 7: Tidewater Women's Studies Directory, 1977
Folder 8: Virginia Council on the Status of Women, 2005
Folder 9: "Women's Studies Is", 1976

Series II: Course Descriptions

Sub-series A: Booklets

Folder 10: Course Booklets, 1979
Folder 11: Course Booklets, 1980
Folder 12: Course Booklets, 1981
Folder 13: Course Booklets, 1982
Folder 14: Course Booklets, 1983

Sub-series B: Brochures

Folder 15: Course Brochures, 1977-1979
Folder 16: Course Brochures, 1980-1989
Folder 17: Course Brochures, 1990-1999
Folder 18: Sample Layout-Spring Brochure, 1985

Sub-series C: Course Flyers

Folder 19: Course Flyers, 1978-1979
Folder 20: Course Flyers, 1980-1989
Folder 21: Course Flyers, 1990-1999

Box 3

Series III: Events

Sub-series A: Concerts

Folder 1: Kristen Lems Concert, 1979
Folder 2: Mermaids in the Basement Concert [n.d.]
Folder 3: Musica Femina, 1987

Sub-series B: Conferences and Festivals

Folder 4: Every Woman's Festival 1980s
Folder 5: Southeastern Women's Studies Association, 1978
Folder 6: Technology and Reproduction, 1988
Folder 7: Virginia Women's Studies Association, 1994
Folder 8: Virginia Women: Unfolding the Cultural Heritage, 1985
Folder 9: Women's Spiritual Quest, 1982
Folder 10: Women's Studies Development Conference, 1979-1984
Folder 11: Work in Progress, 1993-1999
Folder 12: Miscellaneous Conferences

Sub-series C: Invitations

Folder 13: Invitations, 1980-1989

Sub-series D: Lectures and Speakers Series

Folder 14: Reflections of Women Lecture Series, 1979
Folder 15: Women's Studies Series Poster, 1980
Folder 16: Women's Studies Series Schedules, 1978-2000

Sub-series E: Men's Events (sponsored by Women's Studies)

Folder 17: Men: Roles in Transition: 1st Annual Men's Conference, January 23, 1982
Folder 18: Male-Female Relationships, 2nd Annual Men's Conference, March 5, 1983
Folder 19: Masculinity & Male Sexuality Speakers [n.d.]

Sub-series F: Returning Women's Events

Folder 20: Returning Women's Events 1980s-1990s
Folder 21: Returning Women's Events 2000s

Sub-series G: Women's Weeks and Months

Folder 22: National Business Women's Week, 1982
Folder 23: Sexual Assault Awareness Week, 1999-2004
Folder 24: Women's History Month 1991-2001

Sub-series H: Various

Folder 25: Crossing the Gender Divide, 1987
Folder 26: Events, 1977-1989
Folder 27: Events, 1990-1999
Folder 28: Events, 2000-2009
Folder 29: Feminist Perspective Student Group, 1980s
Folder 30: History, Herstory, Ourstory, 1980
Folder 31: Women's Perspectives in History, 1982

Revised 2/8/11