President's Commission on the Status of Women Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. President's Commission on the Status of Women.
Title: President's Commission on the Status of Women Records
Dates: 1972-2002 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.6 cubic feet (These records are housed in 2 cubic foot boxes.)
Collection Number: RG 159
Summary: These records were generated and collected by the President's Commission on the Status of Women and document the activities of the commission in its research and advisory role.
Repository: Oregon State University
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) was established in 1972 as an independent commission responsible to the President. Composed of both men and women from the student body, faculty, and university staff, PCOSW advises the President and other administrators on issues of concern to women at the University such as the availability of child care, lighting on campus and other safety issues, institutionalized sexism in the hiring process, and the retention and tenure of women faculty. In its role as advocate for women at OSU, PCOSW often responds publicly to developments and traditions on campus that are seen as sexist and demeaning to women. In the past, such controversies have included the continuation of the Ms. OSU Pageant and the portrayal of a rape on a T-shirt produced by a OSU fraternity for the annual Civil War game.

Content Description

Series I is primarily made up of correspondence and memoranda, but also includes reports. In addition to documenting the day-to-day administration of the Commission in areas such as membership selection and the organization of events and workshops, this series also reflects PCOSW's interaction with other OSU departments and programs.

Series II consists of records generated by PCOSW committees, subcommittees, and task forces and includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, questionnaire results, and reports. The issues addressed by these committees include: faculty child care needs, lack of women faculty, the prevalence of sexual harassment on campus, campus lighting and other safety issues, and gender disparities among the graduate student population. Minutes of monthly PCOSW meetings and memoranda on the meeting agendas constitute series III.

The reports and studies in series IV were generated or collected by PCOSW and relate to the general climate for women at OSU and elsewhere in academia. Subjects covered in these reports include: the status of women in the Oregon System of Higher Education, availability of child care, women and philanthropy, the salary gap between men and women in academia, OSU graduate assistantships, OSU staff morale, and the OSU Women's Center. Series V consists of membership lists. Brochures and announcements for PCOSW and events sponsored by the Commission constitute series VI. Also included in this series are posted announcements for OSU jobs.

Series VII contains organizational mission statements from PCOSW and the Women's Institute. Series VIII consists of newspaper clippings from The Barometer, The Oregonian and The Corvallis Gazette-Times. Subjects addressed in the articles include: the Ms. OSU Pageant, Playboy Magazine's recruitment of OSU students for its annual PAC-10 pictorial, fraternity t-shirt controversy, and the neglect of date rape cases.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

President's Commission on the Status of Women Records (RG 159), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records are organized into 8 series: I. Correspondence; II. Committees and Task Forces; III. Minutes and Agendas; IV. Reports and Studies; V. Membership Lists; VI. Brochures and Announcements; VII. Mission Statements; and VIII. Newspaper Clippings.

Related Materials :  

The Archives has other records that address and examine the climate for women students, faculty, and staff at OSU, particularly with regard to the recruitment and tenure of women faculty. These holdings include the Faculty Senate Records (RG 44) and the Student Affairs Records (RG 102). There are also PCOSW records in the record group for the President's Office (RG 13).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence, 1972-1997
1 General, 1972-1977, 1981-1996
1 Intercollegiate Athletics Department Controversy, 1996
1 Membership, 1995-1996
1 Survey Results: Questionnaire on the PCOSW, 1997
1 Workshop: Barriers to Mobility for Women-Achieving Parity for Women at OSU, 1995-1996

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Series II:  Committees and Task Forces, 1973-1998
1 Campus Life Subcommittee, 1991
1 Education Committee, 1973-1974
1 Employment Committee, 1973-1974
1 Faculty Concerns Subcommittee, 1990-1991
1 Faculty Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, 1993-1994
1 Family and Parental Concerns Subcommittee, 1994-1995
1 Graduate Student Subcommittee, 1994-1996
1 Institutional Services and Practices Committee, 1973
1 President's Commission on Hate Related Activities/Campus Climate, 1995-1998
1 Professional Development and Climate Issues Subcommittee, 1997
1 Recruitment and Retention of Women Faculty, 1989-1990
1 Research Assistant Unclassified Committee, 1984
1 Safety Committee, 1984-1988
1 Salary Equity Planning Committee, 1995
1 Sexual Harassment Task Force, 1984-1985
1 Staff Development Committee, 1990-1991
1 Staff Development Award Subcommittee, 1992-1996
3 folders
1 Student Issues Subcommittee, 1990-1991; 1997-1998
1 Task Force for Classified Female Employees, 1984-1985
1 Women in Science Task Force, 1985-1986
1 Women on Committees Task Force, undated
1 Women's Issues Task Force, 1986-1987
1 Women Studies Program Review Subcommittee, 1988
1 Women's Task Force on Long Range Planning, 1985-1986

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Series III:  Minutes and Agendas, 1973-1998
1 Fall Retreat Meetings, 1995-1997
1 Minutes and Agendas, 1973-1988/91
2 Minutes and Agendas, 1991/92-1997/98

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Series IV:  Reports and Studies, 1971-1999
2 Achieving Parity for Women at OSU, 1994
2 Annual Reports of the PCOSW, 1990-1991
2 Child Care Task Force Final Report, 1985
2 Concept Paper on Women and Philanthropy, 1993
2 Faculty Salary Study Preliminary Report, 1979
2 Graduate Assistantships at OSU, 1989
2 Headcount Study, 1986
2 Informational Materials on Parity Salary Research at Other Colleges/Universities, 1995-1999
2 Institutional Procedures and Criteria for Program Redirection, Reorganization, Reduction, and Termination, 1992
2 Institutional Self Study on Sex Equity, 1986
2 Office of Women's Studies: Interim Reports, 1973-1974
2 OSSHE (Oregon State System of Higher Ed.) Equity/Fairness Workshop Report, 1985
2 OSU Staff Survey: Comments for Improving Staff Morale, 1990
2 Promoting Women's Participation in Higher Ed.: The Status of Women in OSSHE, 1992
2 Promotion and Tenure Summary Reports, 1995-1996
2 The Status of Women Academic Staff at OSU, 1971
2 Women's Center Benton Annex: Strategic Plan, 1993-1994

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Series V:  Membership Lists, 1972-1996/97

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Series VI:  Brochures and Announcements, 1988-2002
2 Announcements to the OSU Community/Classified Staff, 2000-2002
2 General, 1988-1991, 1993-1995
2 OSU Job Postings, 1992-1993

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Series VII:  Mission Statements, 1972-1998
2 Mission Statements for the Commission, 1972-1998
2 The Women's Institute, Statement of Purpose and Bylaws, 1973

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Series VIII:  Newspaper Clippings, 1991-1996
2 General, 1992-1995
2 Intercollegiate Athletics Department Controversy, 1995-1996
2 Ms. OSU Pageant, 1991-1992
2 Playboy Magazine Pictorial Recruitment on Campus, 1993

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  • Corporate Names :
  • Ms. OSU Pageant.
  • Oregon State University. President's Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Sexual harassment in universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Women--Social conditions--Oregon--Corvallis.

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