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Preliminary Guide to the Duke University/University of North Carolina Center for Research on Women Records, 1982 - 1992

Abstract

The Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women was founded in 1982 as a collaborative endeavor between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to promote Women's Studies scholarship, research, and curriculum development in the South. The project was originally named the Duke-UNC Women's Studies Research Center, but changed its name to the Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women in 1987. The Center operated with support from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, smaller grants from local foundations, and institutional backing from Duke and UNC. The records contain correspondence, reports, grant documents, audiotapes, a videotape, and other materials relating to the Center for Research on Women. Major subjects include women's studies curriculum development and research, pay equity, and the relationships between race, class, and gender. Materials range in date from 1982 to 1992.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Duke University/University of North Carolina Center for Research on Women records 1982 - 1992
Creator
Duke University/University of North Carolina Center for Research on Women.
Extent
30.5 Linear Feet , 20,500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The records of the Duke University/University of North Carolina Center for Research on Women contain correspondence, reports, grant documents, audiotapes, a videotape, and other materials relating to the Center for Research on Women. Major subjects include women's studies curriculum development and research, pay equity, and the relationships between race, class, and gender. Materials range in date from 1982 to 1992.

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Contents of the Collection

Course pack
[3 folders]
Box 1
Incorporating Women's Studies into Secondary and Post-Secondary Education in N.C., 1986
Box 1
What Difference Does Difference Make? -- Printed matter, 1992
Box 1
What's Fair: Pay Equity / Comparable Worth in North Carolina, April 1987
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1
Program info. on Gender Conference
Box 1
Ford -- Minority Women's Studies
Box 1
Gender and Public School Teaching
Box 1
Curriculum Development -- Miscellaneous
Box 1
Family Violence for Teens
Box 1
Bias in Textbooks
Box 1
Classroom Climate -- Chilly for Women
Box 1
N. C. Public School Texts
Box 1
Women's Curriculum Materials
[4 folders]
Box 1
TABS
Box 1
Curriculum Development Resource Catalogues and Flyers
Box 1
Evaluation Materials (Models e.g. SIROW)
Box 1
High School - College Collaboration
Box 1
Correspondence, 1984-85
Box 1
Faculty Planning, 1985-1986
Box 1
Fall Workshops, 1984
[4 folders]
Box 1
Ideas of 1985
Box 1
Materials sent to participants, 1985
Box 1
Newspaper Articles, 1984-1985
Box 1
Newspaper Articles, 1985-1986
Box 1
Participants, 1984-1985
Box 1
Participants' Journals 1984-1985
Box 1
Participants' Journals, 1985-86
Box 1
Project Recruitment, 1985
Box 1
Publicity, 1985-1986
Box 1
First Fall Workshop Questionnaires, 9/27/84
Box 2
Entrance Evaluations, 1984
Box 2
RSI Evaluations - Exit
Box 2
Rockefeller S. I. Daily Evaluations, Rockefeller Attendance Faculty Meetings, 1984
Box 2
Jarred Rockefeller Durham City Schools
Box 2
Rockefeller CEU Info. (Continuing Education Units), 1984-85
Box 2
Rockefeller Grant - Agreement with UNC (Duke and UNC) - Curriculum Development
Box 2
Rockefeller Curriculum Development Order List, 1984-1985
Box 2
Rockefeller - Public Schools
Box 2
Rockefeller - Faculty Notes
Box 2
Rockefeller Proposal - Lynne's Copy
Box 2
Rockefeller: Administration
Box 2
Rockefeller Project - Participants, 1984-1986
Box 2
Rockefeller Annual Report, 1984
Box 2
Rockefeller - Colleges
Box 2
Common Differences
[7 folders]
Box 2
Facilitators
Box 2
Rejections
Box 2
SEWSA [Southern Women's Studies Assoc.]
[11 folders]
Box 2
Correspondence with Dean (UNC-CH)
Box 2
Duke-UNC CROW - Advisory Board
Box 2
October 4th Reception
Box 2
Rockefeller Correspondence, 1985-1986
Box 2
Copies of Participants Letter to Rockefeller - Plus feedback
Box 2
Rockefeller Participants - Miscellaneous Schools, 1985-1986
Box 2
Rockefeller Final Report, 1985-1986
Box 2
Rockefeller Forms and Originals, 1985-1986
Box 3
Rockefeller Evaluations
[3 folders]
Box 3
Rockefeller CEU Info. (Continuing Education Units), 1985-1986
Box 3
Rockefeller Fall Workshop, 1985
[2 folders]
Box 3
Rockefeller Project - Conference, April 5, 1986
Box 3
Rockefeller Curriculum Development Project, 1985
[8 folders]
Box 3
Rockefeller Summer Institute, 1985
[2 folders]
Box 3
SEWSA [Southern Women's Studies Assoc.]
[5 folders]
Box 3
Rockefeller Requests, 1989-1990
Box 3
Dialogues [Dialogues Between Black and White Women]
[19 folders]
Box 3
Seminar Series, 1982-1984
[5 folders]
Box 3
Seminar Series, Spring and Fall 1984
Box 4
Correspondence, 1986
[2 folders]
Box 4
Seminar Series, Spring 1985
Box 4
Rockefeller, Miscellaneous Applications, 1990-1991
Box 4
Rockefeller, Requests, 1990-1991
Box 4
Mailing lists
Box 4
Miscellaneous
Box 4
Equity and Excellence: A Conference on Women's Studies and the Humanities, 1983
Box 4
NEH
[4 folders]
Box 4
Working papers
Box 5
Correspondence
Box 5
Resources [bibliographies and lists]
Box 5
Board meeting minutes
Box 5
Curriculum development project
Box 5
N.C. Pay Equity records
Box 5
Misc. projects and program files
Box 5
N.C. Pay Equity
Box 6
Speakers, 1986-1988
Box 6
Women and War project
Box 6
Affiliated scholars
Box 6
Conference records [Women's history week and month]
Box 6
Statement of purpose of WSRC [Women's Studies Research Center]
Box 6
Budgetary records
Box 6
Conference planning records
Box 7
N.C. Pay Equity
Box 7
N.C. Women's Narratives Celebration files
Box 7
On Track Off Track project: finances, arrangements
Box 8
Seminars: Carolina Crow and Gender, Race and History
Box 8
CROW board meeting minutes
Box 8
Grant proposals
Box 8
CROW background information
Box 8
Speakers files
Box 8
WSRC general correspondence
Box 8
NWSA [National Women's Studies Assoc.] files
Box 9
Board meeting minutes
Box 9
Conference files: SEWSA, Virginia Women's, NCROW, conferences not put on by CROW
Box 9
Women and Work Collaborative Task Force
Box 9
CROW correspondence
Box 9
Duke activities
Box 9
Feminist Academic Cooperative proposals
Box 9
Curriculum development files
Box 9
On Track Off Track materials
Box 9
Annual Reports, 1985-1987
Box 10-11
Correspondence
Box 10-11
Sign
Box 10-11
Ford files, 1982
Box 10-11
Proposals
Box 10-11
Fundraising, 1983-1992
Box 10-11
Ford files
Box 12
Rockefeller files
Box 12
Mailing lists
Box 12
Subject files
Box 12
Ford Files [Curriculum Development, 1985-1989]
Box 13-14
Subject files
Box 13-14
Finances and budgets, 1985-1989
Box 13-14
Correspondence
Box 13-14
Personnel files
Box 13-14
Program files
Box 15-16
Subject files
Box 15-16
Correspondence
Box 15-16
Proposals
Box 15-16
Annual reports
Box 15-16
Ford files
Box 15-16
CROW Board Members Mailing List
Box 17
Duke and UNC Women's Studies faculty mailing lists
Box 17
Ford Curriculum Development Evaluation (form), 1987
Box 17
NCrow Correspondence
Box 17
Project assistant -- Duke grad student
Box 17
General correspondence, 1989-1990
Box 17
Rockefeller Humanist-in-Residence, 1988-1989
Box 17
Correspondence, 1987-1988
Box 17
Black women's leadership
Box 17
Audiotapes

Includes "Dialogues Between Black and White Women: Women and Work" by Donna Benson and Rhonda Zingraff, Nov. 9, 1985, and "What's Fair: Pay Equity/Comparable Worth in North Carolina" by Claudia Wayne, Julianne Malveaux, and Jean Ross, May 8, 1987.

NOTE: University Archives staff may need to reformat audio tapes before use. Please contact Archives staff.

Box 17
Videocassette: "Dialogues Between Black and White Women: Family and Community Bonds" by Carol Stack and Audrey Johnson, Dec. 3, 1985

NOTE: University Archives staff may need to reformat video tapes before use. Please contact Archives staff.

Box 17
Ford Curriculum Development Program ca. 1986-1990 - applications
Box 18
"What's Fair" - report
Box 18
Memphis reports
Box 18
Rockefeller final report, 1989-1990
Box 18
Reports
Box 19
Audio tapes

Includes "Making a Difference" Conference recordings.

NOTE: University Archives staff may need to reformat audio tapes before use. Please contact Archives staff.

Box 19
Signs proposal
Box 20
Printed matter
Box 20
Reports
Box 20

Historical Note

The Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women (CROW) was founded in 1982 as a collaborative endeavor between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to promote Women's Studies scholarship, research, and curriculum development in the South. With support from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, smaller grants from local foundations, and institutional backing from both Duke and UNC-CH, the Center aimed to create a network among scholars and others in the region who were interested in the new scholarship on women.

The Center's regular activities included a post-doctoral humanist-in-residence fellowship program; the publication of a working papers series: Southern Women: The Intersection of Race Class and Gender, a joint effort with the Memphis State University Center for Research on Women; the publication of a biannual newsletter, Branches, which informed scholars and other interested individuals in the region about conferences, job opportunities, grants and the new scholarship on women; and a wide range of conferences, seminars and community events.

The Center also sponsored statewide and regional conferences on topics such as Pay Equity in North Carolina, Women and Work in the South, and Dialogues Between Black and White Women. Other activities included high school and college curriculum transformation projects, including the Ford funded project, "Incorporating Women of Color Into the Undergraduate Curriculum" ; women's studies summer institutes; the 1988 annual Southeastern Women's Studies Association (SEWSA) meeting; and the 1991 Southern Association of Women Historians Conference. From 1985-1990 the Research Center was home to Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, one of the leading feminist scholarly journals in the country. The central purpose of the Center was to underline the dynamics of gender, race, and class as central themes upon which to base understanding of women's and men's experiences in the South.

The Center's Advisory Board included both Duke and UNC-CH faculty: Dorothy Browne (School of Public Health, UNC); William H. Chafe (History, Duke); Peter Filene (History, UNC); Barbara Harris (Women's Studies/History, UNC); Iris Hill ( Center for Documentary Studies, Duke); Soyini Madison (Speech Communications, UNC); Micheline Malson (Inst. for Public Policy, Duke); Jean O'Barr (Women's Studies, Duke); Margaret O'Connor (English, UNC); Angela O'Rand (Sociology, Duke); Naomi Quinn (Anthropology, Duke); Janice Radway (Literature, Duke); Anne Firor Scott (History, Duke); Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (History, UNC) was the Academic Director and Christina Greene was the Project Director.

The Center's primary projects included:

  • Curriculum Transformation: grants from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation to work with faculty in the region to create or revise courses in the humanities and social sciences to reflect the new scholarship in women's studies with particular attention to issues of race and class. The Center's first Ford grant in 1982 provided support for the Duke and UNC-CH Women's Studies Program Directors to develop the Introduction to Women's Studies Course on each campus. In 1989-1992, Ford funded the project Incorporating Women of Color Into the Undergraduate Curriculum to work with Duke and UNC-CH faculty in four target departments: History, English, Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Research: Ford provided funding in 1982 for 11 faculty and 28 graduate students from Duke and UNC-CH whose work addressed the Center's focus on gender, race and class.
  • Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society: In 1985, the Center won a national competition to become the host (1985-1991) to the leading scholarly feminist journal. Many of the Center's Advisory Board members served as editors for the journal.
  • Rockefeller Humanist-In-Residence Fellowship Program: From 1987-1992, the Center received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation to bring scholars to the Center for a year to work on a book-length manuscript on race, class, and gender. These funds provided support for 11 scholars (mostly junior scholars), all of whom were able to turn dissertations into books or make substantial progress on completing a second book.
  • What Difference Does Difference Make: The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender: Ford and Rockefeller Foundation grants provided funds for a national conference to explore the state of the current scholarship on diversity. The conference, held May 1992, brought together scholars in women's, racial, ethnic and critical legal studies to explore some of the current debates surrounding work on diversity, including the controversies over "political correctness" and multiculturalism, affirmative action and the Columbus quincentennial.
  • Pay Equity in North Carolina: The Center received funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to promote pay equity (based on gender and race equity) in North Carolina through a statewide conference and a pay equity study/project which would serve as a model for similar efforts throughout the state. The Center completed the second phase of the project in the fall of 1992, and Orange County became the first public entity in North Carolina to conduct a pay equity study and make pay adjustments in accordance with its findings.
  • Visiting Lectureship Series: (funded largely through UNC-CH) brought nationally acclaimed scholars including Kate Young, Joyce Ladner, Gerda Lerner, Frances Fox Pivens, Annette Kolodny, Johnella Butler, Alison Jaggar, Rosalind Petchesky, Ethel Klein, Grace Baruch, and bell hooks to both Duke and UNC-CH for several days to conduct small seminars for faculty and graduate students and to deliver public lectures on both campuses.
  • Branches: published quarterly and then biannually, the Center's newsletter reached any scholars and interested persons in the Southeast with information about conferences, jobs, funding opportunities and the new scholarship on women.
  • The Center also sponsored a wide-range of other grant funded projects such as Dialogues Between Black and White Women; Common Differences Between Black and White Women and hosted both the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference and the Second Southern Conference in Women's History.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Women's Studies Program Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Women's Center Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • What's Fair: A Conference Report on Pay Equity/Comparable Worth in North Carolina. (University Archives, Duke University)
  • The Second Southern Conference on Women's History...June 7-8, 1991 [program] (Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture; David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Duke University/University of North Carolina Center for Research on Women Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Duke University/University of North Carolina Center for Research on Women Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Daniel Daily, completed 1996. Branches newsletters separated and housed with University Publications, 2003.

Encoded by Jill Katte, October 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.