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Women's and Gender Studies Program Records

Identifier: UA 004.29

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the Women's and Gender Studies Program from 1972-2009. These records contain materials related to staff meetings, committee correspondence, annual reports, self study reports, correspondence with affiliates, newsletters, information about courses and other general topics including but not limited to the Women's and Gender Studies name change, the Initiative for Girls program, and the orginial Women's and Gender Studies program proposal in 1973.


  • 1972 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is one of the oldest programs in the United States having been founded during the Women's Movement of the 1970s.

In 1972, Vice-Chancellor Jones recommended that a faculty-student committee be created to examine women's studies in a larger academic context, define objectives of a women's studies program, and to make recommendations on what type of form a program might take at UNCG.

In response, Chancellor James S. Ferguson appointed five faculty members and four students to take on the task. The committee's findings would eventually lead to the establishment of a Women's Studies Program.

The Women's Studies Program began to offer classes in 1974; it was to be an interdisciplinary program.

A year later, in 1975, the Women's and Gender Program began offering a minor concentration.

It was not until 1994, that the Women's Studies Program began graduating students with a major concentration.

In the Spring of 2003, the Program changed its name from Women's Studies to Women's and Gender Studies to reflect a growing trend in women's studies programs across the country. The new name also more accurately represented the Programs growing scope of focus and study.


3.60 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

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The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNCG is one of the oldest in the country and is an interdisciplinary program founded in 1972.

The records of the Women's and Gender Studies Program include annual reports, memoranda, letters, email correspondence, committee meeting minutes, newsletters, and resolutions documenting the activities of the program from 1972-2009.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into three series. Folders in series one are arranged alphabetically while folders in series two and three are organized chronologically. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1972-2015 Series 2: Annual Reports, 1973-2006 Series 3: Newsletters, 1986-2009

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Women's and Gender Studies Program by Jessica Rolland in September 2005 and from Kimberly Heinz in February 2009.

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Processing Information

Processed by Paris E. McCollough, October, 2009. Updated in September 2013. Encoded by Sean A. Mulligan, October, 2009

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US