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Women's Center Records

Call Number: UA156

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Tufts University Women's Center, including correspondence, office files, log books, newsletters, and slides and photographs.

There are also programming materials, presentations, event posters, and videotapes of events and speakers at the Women's Center, as well as the web crawls documenting the Women's Center's presence on the web. The collection also contains non-Tufts publications concerning the women's movement and women's issues more generally.


  • Majority of material found within 1970 -- 2010
  • 1964 -- 2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in December of 1972, the Women's Center was initially student-run and funded by the Tufts Community Union Senate. The Center spent its early years in the basements of Miller Hall and Curtis Hall, and the office changed locations several times before making its permanent home at 55 Talbot Avenue in 1988. In April, 1974 Gail Koplow was hired as Coordinator. In 1980, Peggy Barrett was hired as Health and Sexuality Counselor, and when the Center became an administrative office in 1985 Barrett was appointed part-time Director; she left this position in 2006. From 2006 Sue Gilbert served as Interim Director until 2008, when Steph Gauchel became Director. The Women's Center was instrumental in the development of numerous projects. In 1976 the Center established the Women's Community School to promote "non-traditional skills for women." Over the years, the Center offered events, orientation programs, counseling, and peer education programs aimed at raising awareness of women's and minority concerns and providing support for victims of sexual assault.

The Women's Center's mission statement follows: "The mission of the Tufts University Women's Center is to advance the personal growth and intellectual development of all students, and especially women, particularly on issues related to women and gender. We are committed to fostering student leadership and helping students identify and understand societal structures that relate to issues of power, privilege, and oppression as well as providing resources to graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni, and parents. In this pursuit, the center offers programming, advising, information, and resources about women, men, and gender that are informed by other aspects of identity such as race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and socioeconomic class."


22.63 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

1 Volumes

1 artifact

32 Digital Object(s)

1 web_sites

7 folders (7 oversized folders)

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This collection contains the records of the Tufts University Women's Center.


This collection is organized into six series: Office files; Log books; Publications, pamphlets, and women's organizations; Web crawls; Unprocessed accessions; and 2017 accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the Women's Center, 2011-2017.

Related Materials

Women's Studies Program Records, 1969-2011. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Processing Information

This collection is partially processed.

Web sites were crawled by Archive-It; web crawl information updated in finding aid annually.

2017 accessions were processed by Leah Edelman in 2017. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Received order was maintained. A box level inventory and series-level description were created and the finding aid was updated at the time of processing


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Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States