Guide to the Sara M. Evans Papers, 1959-2005
Sara M. Evans is a Regents Professor Emeritus in the history department at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in American social and women's history of the 20th century. Collection consists of subject files, course materials, research files, publication materials, lectures, correspondence, project documentation, student course work and student activist work accumulated by Evans during her career as first a student, then a professor and historian, of women's history. Topics include feminism, minority women, religion, violence, civil rights, labor activism at Duke University, lesbianism, motherhood, feminist theology, employment, socialist feminism, Christian feminism, National Organization for Women, Organization of American Historians, and student activism. Collection contains materials used in the preparation of her publications, including Personal Politics. There are also lectures, academic correspondence, and administrative materials from her tenure at the University of Minnesota. Audiocassette tapes from a series of interviews conducted by Evans in her research for Personal Politics, as well as a slide show from a feminist organization are also included. Originals of the audio cassette tapes are closed to use. Patrons must request use copies to access the content of this material. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
- Collection Number
- Sara M. Evans papers
- Evans, Sara M. (Sara Margaret), 1943-
- 26.7 Linear Feet, 16,688 items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The material in this collection includes subject files, course materials, research files, lectures, conference materials, professional correspondence, publication materials, project documentation, student course work, student activist work, and academic administrative documents. It was accumulated by Evans during her career as first a student, then a professor and historian of women's history. Materials range in date from 1959 through 2005.
Topics in the Subject Files and Course Materials series include feminism, minority women, religion, violence, civil rights, lesbianism, motherhood, employment, and socialist feminism. There are course outlines and syllabi from women's history courses Evans taught at the University of Minnesota dating from the 1970s through the 1990s. There are also materials docmenting student activist work by Evans while at Duke University. It includes petitions, newsletters, and other printed material supporting the activities of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees of the AFL-CIO at Duke University. The Publications series contains materials accumulated by Evans during the research for and the publication of her books. These materials include research notes, publicity, reviews, and illustrations. Most significantly, it includes interview transcripts, chapter notes, and a name index of feminist leaders for Evans' book Personal Politics. The Audiocassettes series contains interviews Evans recorded during her research for Personal Politics. It also contains research interviews Evans conducted in the early 1980s, as well as interviews with Evans. The Lectures series contains notes and transcripts from lectures Evans gave outside the University of Minnesota. The Correspondence, Projects, Feminist Theology, and Miscellany series contains professional correspondence, documentation of grant-funded projects, feminist theology conference materials, and Evans' early course work, including her dissertation and notes from a history class at Duke taught by Anne Firor Scott. Also notable are documentation of the University of Chicago's Vietnam War draft policies, and papers outlining Students for a Democratic Society policies from 1962-1963. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Originals of the audio cassette tapes are closed to use.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research. However, original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Sara M. Evans Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
The materials in this series consist mostly of subject and research files accumulated by Evans during her career as a professor and historian of women's history. Subjects include feminism, minority women, religion, violence, civil rights, lesbianism, motherhood, socialist feminism, and employment. Other items include course and curricular materials, printed materials and publications, conference information, and some correspondence. This series includes a slide show from a feminist organization.
For the most part, Evans' original arrangement and folder titles have been retained.
Contains notes, interview transcripts, reviews, research, correspondence and other materials relating to Evans' publications, including Personal Politics, Born for Liberty, and Wage Justice.
Contains taped interviews Evans recorded during her research for Personal Politics in the 1970s. It also contains a group of interviews Evans conducted in the early 1980s for her books Free Spaces and Wage Justice. At the end are a group of miscellaneous interviews and discussions, including several interviews with Evans.
This series contains Evans' lectures given outside the University of Minnesota, retained in their original order, organized alphabetically by the place they were given.
This series contains professional correspondence, project files, materials relating to Christian feminism, Evans' student papers, student activist documentation, and miscellaneous files
Sara Evans was born in South Carolina in 1943, and lived in Texas before receiving her bachelor's degree in history from Duke University in 1966. She earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago, and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a doctorate in American history. She spent her academic career teaching and researching women's history at the University of Minnesota from 1976 until her retirement in 2008. Her books include Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left (1979, 1980); Free Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change in America (1986); Born for Liberty: A History of American Women (1989); Wage Justice: Comparable Worth and the Paradox of Technocratic Reform (1989); Journeys That Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements (2003), and Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End (2003).
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- Duke University -- Student life
- Evans, Sara M. (Sara Margaret), 1943-
- Evans, Sara M. (Sara Margaret), 1943-
- Evans, Sara M. (Sara Margaret), 1943- -- Personal Politics
- National Organization for Women
- Organization of American Historians
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
- University of Minnesota
- Civil rights -- United States
- Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Feminism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Feminism -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
- Feminist theology
- Lesbian feminism
- Minorities -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Student movements -- United States -- History
- Women -- Violence against
- Women's history -- United States
- Women's rights -- United States
The Sara M. Evans Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2008 and 2009, as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Processed by Megan E. Lewis, March, 2010
Encoded by Meghan Lyon and Megan E. Lewis, March, 2010
Accessions 2008-0133, 2009-0063 and 2009-0224 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.