Preliminary Guide to the Women's Center Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Women's Center.
Title: Women's Center Records
Dates: 1971-2011 ( inclusive )
1985-2010 ( bulk )
Quantity: 9.0 cubic feet, including 9 photographs and 5 videotapes (9 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: RG.243
Summary: The Women's Center Records document the Center's educational, research, and advocacy roles at Oregon State University. The collection includes reports and publications, correspondence, committee records, surveys, course records, conference and workshop records, subject files, photographs, and videotapes. The Women's Center was established at Oregon State University in 1973.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

The Women's Center Records document the Center's educational, research, and advocacy roles at Oregon State University. The collection consists primarily of reports and publications, correspondence, committee records, surveys, course records, conference and workshop materials, and subject files. The records also include brochures, calendars, handbooks, newsletters, newpaper clippings, notes, photographs, and videotapes.

The records provide information on a variety of topics, including child care resources; campus safety; sexual assault prevention; salary parity for women faculty and staff; equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; ethnic, cultural and racial diversity, and the campus climate.

The collection documents interactions between the Women's Center and other OSU offices and organizations, including the President's Commission on the Status of Women; Faculty Women's Network; Student Affairs; Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program; and Intercultural Student Services. Records of the Women's Center Advisory Board are part of the collection. The Center's administration of the Women of Achievement Awards for OSU are documented as well.

Materials pertaining to the Oregon Women in Higher Eduation (OWHE) and the OSU Women's Leadership Conferences are included.

The photographs include portraits of prominent OSU women that were exhibited in the Center; these include Jane Lubchenco, Jo Anne Trow, Phyllis Lee, and Helen Gilkey.

The records include reports and publications written by Jeanne Dost; a large component of the records were created or assembled during the time that Beth Rietveld was Executive Director of the Women's Center.

Historical Note

The Women's Center at Oregon State University began in 1972 as a study group of Oregon State faculty led by Economics Professor Jeanne Dost. In addition to teaching a course on contemporary women's issues, the group wanted to create a place on campus for the open study and discussion of feminist issues by students and outside speakers. The new Women's Center, which was established in 1973, offered counseling, support groups, tutoring, and developmental programs to both women and men. The Center began receiving University funding in 1974 as a program of the Memorial Union and Student Activities. The Women's Center is located in the Benton Annex, a small building constructed in 1892 as the Station Building, which was slated for destruction in the early 1970s.

Jeanne Dost (1973-1980), Nancy Vanderpool (1981-1993), and Beth Rietveld (1993-2011) served as Directors or Supervisors of the Women's Center since it's establishment.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Women's Center Records (RG 243), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records are arranged by accession until they are fully processed. The larger accessions are internally organized in preliminary series that include reports, correspondence, committee records, surveys, instruction, conferences and workshops, and subject files.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

Additional materials pertaining to the Women's Center are part of the President's Commission on the Status of Women (RG 159) and Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU, RG 011) Records as well as the Memorabilia Collection. The Special Collections & Archives Research Center holdings include many collections documenting women's roles as students, faculty, and administrators at Oregon State University, including the Associated Women Students Scrapbook, the Dean of Women's Records (RG 057) and Photographs (P 097); papers of women faculty; and records of women's organizations.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Acquisition Information :  

The bulk of the materials were transferred from the Women's Center; the records were received in multiple accessions from 1996 through 2011.


    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon State University. President's Commission on the Status of Women.
    • Oregon State University--Students.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Campus-based child care--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Gay college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Minority college students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Sexual harassment in universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographic prints.
    • Videotapes.
      • Other Creators :
      • Dost, Jeanne.
      • Rietveld, Elizabeth A.

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