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Women's Studies Program Records

Call Number: UA220

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the Women's Studies Program's curriculum committee notes, program board minutes, faculty committee agendas and minutes, course syllabi and fliers, publications, photographs, and conference materials from 1981-2010. It comprises physical records, audio and video material, and digital records.


  • 1969 -- 2011
  • Majority of material found within 1985 -- 2000


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

University records are closed for 20 years from the date of their creation. Records older than 20 years that do not pertain to student education, staff and faculty employment and Board of Trustees records are open for research.

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

The Women's Studies program grew out of the Experimental College in the 1970s and shared many resources with the Women's Center. It officially offered a minor in 1983-1984. In 1985, they organized the first "Beyond the Classroom" forum for students to present their work. Initially there were two committees overseeing the program: the Curriculum Committee which developed the department's curriculum, and the Program Board which oversaw events and program development. Following an external review of the department in 1997, Women's Studies restructured. It consolidated the committees into one Faculty Committee with several sub-committees and was encouraged to break its structural ties with the Women's Center. Beginning in 1999, Women's Studies offered an interdisciplinary major. In 2005, they hosted the first International Women's Day to celebrate the achievements of women. Additionally, they host a yearly Research Colloquium Series that brings in speakers to talk on topics relating to women and gender.

Women's Studies Program, records, 1981-2010. UA220. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.


6.0 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

46 Digital Object(s)


This collection is organized into two series: Program and curriculum development; and Workshops and conferences.

Processing Information

These boxes were first stabilized by removing materials from binders and hanging file folders, and condensing the number of boxes to 5. If hanging folder was named, made note on folder title. Items arrived with no apparent original order. Digital stabilization included transferring files from 3.5 floppy disks, .zip disks, CDs and creating preservation copies. Decided not to break information on disks into two series. If one disk contained material in both series, it was cataloged in series 1 and a note was made as to its intellectual association. Decided on two series: Program and Curriculum Development, and Workshop and Conferences. While arranging, tried to keep material that was grouped in hanging folders together.

Weeded for destruction: transitory financial documentation, excess copies of flyers, copies of published articles, student evaluations, empty 3.5 floppy disks, .zip disks "My Docs (main computer) 12/12/00-9/13/01" and "My Docs 02/11/00-9/16/02" because material was duplicated on other disks, staff performance review, commercial film entitled "Not Yet Rain," audiocassette of answering machine phone messages. Weeded to be returned to department/creator: faculty Rosemary Taylor's files, petty cash, current financial documentation, and student work including senior papers and videos. Weeded because not related to collection: "Culpepper Proposal" transferred to new collection UA223, "Chemistry" photographs transferred to new collection UA224, video and audio relating to CIS (Center for Interdisciplinary Studies) to UA207 for processing.

Processed by Erin Faulder from June 27, 2011 to August 5, 2011. Decisions made in consultation with Veronica Martzahl, Records Archivist.

Processing status

This collection is processed.


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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