Guide to the Records of the Women's Center

Collection Title: Records of the Women's Center
Dates: 1986-1991
Identification: 5/8
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Women's Center
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The records of the Women's Center fill three boxes, spanning the years 1986 to 1991, and consist of general administration files, correspondence, program files, applications for grants, and flyers.
The administrative materials and correspondence span 1986 to 1990. The correspondence is general and specific. Grant proposals range from 1986 to 1989. The program files include the Campus Climate Project (CCP) and the Sexual Assault Education Program (SAEP). The CCP files, from 1986 to 1990, include administrative and organizational material, correspondence, scripts, grant proposals, workshop outlines, and audience transcripts for the CCP. The SAEP files range from 1986 to 1990. Four files of flyers, spanning 1986 to 1991, document activities and programs that were sponsored by the Women's Center.
These records are filed in chronological order.
Acquisition Information: These records were transferred to the University Archives by Becket Bessolo of the Women's Center on October 15, 1998 as Accession No. 98-192.
Processing Information: Margaret L. Baughman, April, 1999
Separated Materials: One inch of duplicate material was discarded. One-third of a cubic foot of records relating to the Program on Women was separated and added to the Records of the Program on Women, Series 8/2/10.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Until 1986, the Northwestern Women's Center existed as the Program on Women, a research program on gender-related studies which had been established in 1974 by Northwestern University faculty. The Women's Center was created September 1, 1986. The name change reflected a change in organizational focus and an increase in service capabilities. The original mission statement indicates a commitment to educational, professional, and personal equality for all women through programs to help women make successful choices and to advocate for increased access to health, economic stability, justice, and systemic equality for Northwestern and community women.

The four program components of the Women's Center are Educational Programming; Career, Professional and Personal Counseling; Referrals and Resources; and Advocacy. Two early Center projects were the Campus Climate Project (CCP) and the Sexual Assault Education Program (SAEP). Based on the hypothesis that theatrical performance can facilitate cultural change, the CCP examines sexism and racism through workshops and performances. The SAEP organized freshman orientations, counselor training programs, speakers, and workshops, and furnished reference materials. The Center's resources include the Women's Collection in the University Library's Special Collections department. The Women's Center is funded by the University and by grants.

The first director of the Women's Center, June Terpstra, was hired September 2, 1986.

Scope and Content

The records of the Women's Center fill three boxes, spanning the years 1986 to 1991, and consist of general administration files, correspondence, program files, applications for grants, and flyers.

The administrative materials and correspondence span 1986 to 1990. The correspondence is general and specific. Grant proposals range from 1986 to 1989. The program files include the Campus Climate Project (CCP) and the Sexual Assault Education Program (SAEP). The CCP files, from 1986 to 1990, include administrative and organizational material, correspondence, scripts, grant proposals, workshop outlines, and audience transcripts for the CCP. The SAEP files range from 1986 to 1990. Four files of flyers, spanning 1986 to 1991, document activities and programs that were sponsored by the Women's Center.

Arrangement of Materials

These records are filed in chronological order.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Women's Center

Subjects

Student aid

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • General Administrative Files
    • Interim Report and Statement of Needs, 1986Box 1, Folder 1
    • Job Descriptions, 1986Box 1, Folder 2
    • Press Releases, 1987-1990Box 1, Folder 3
    • Correspondence - General, 1986-1991Box 1, Folder 4
    • African Studies and Women's Center Joint Program, 1986Box 1, Folder 5
    • Speakers' Bureau, 1986Box 1, Folder 6
    • Imagination Theatre, 1986-1987Box 1, Folder 7
    • Women's Collection, 1986-1989Box 1, Folder 8
    • Evanston Shelter interview with June Terpstra, 1987Box 1, Folder 9
    • Organization of Women Faculty>, 1987Box 1, Folder 10
    • 1987-1988Box 1, Folder 11
    • Task Force on Undergraduate Education, 1988Box 1, Folder 12
    • Daily Northwestern interview, June Terpstra, 1988-1989Box 1, Folder 13
    • Residential Life, 1988-1989Box 1, Folder 14
    • Feminist Therapists Needs Assessment Survey, 1989Box 1, Folder 15
    • Bateson Visit, 1990Box 1, Folder 16
  • Grant Proposals
    • Drafts, n.d.Box 1, Folder 17
    • Alumnae of Northwestern, 1986-1987Box 1, Folder 18
    • Brunswick Public Charitable Foundation, 1987Box 1, Folder 19
    • Hummel Foundation, 1987Box 1, Folder 20
    • Chicago Foundation for Women, 1987-1988Box 1, Folder 21
    • Evanston Arts Council, 1987-1989Box 1, Folder 22
    • Kreeger-Wolf Professorship, 1987-1989Box 1, Folder 23
    • Sophia Fund, 1987-1989Box 1, Folder 24
    • Fel-Pro Mecklenberger Fdn, 1988Box 1, Folder 25
    • Illinois Arts Council, 1989Box 1, Folder 26
    • Dance Department of Northwestern, n.d.Box 1, Folder 27
  • Campus Climate Project
    • First Year Report, 1986-1987Box 1, Folder 28
    • Creating CCP and Interim Report, 1988Box 1, Folder 29
    • CCP -- General, 1987-1988Box 1, Folder 30
    • Correspondence, 1987-1989Box 2, Folder 1
    • Theatricalizing Racism and Sexism on Campus, 1988Box 2, Folder 2
    • Grant Proposal, Draft, n.d.Box 2, Folder 3
    • Grant Proposal - Alumnae of Northwestern, 1987-1989Box 2, Folder 4
    • Grant Proposal - Women's Educational Equity Act Prog., 1988Box 2, Folder 5
    • Evaluation Form, Completed Staff Evaluations, 1987-1988Box 2, Folder 6
    • Scripts, 1987-1988Box 2, Folder 7
    • Audience Discussion Transcripts, 1988Box 2, Folder 8
    • Workshops, 1988-1989Box 2, Folder 9
    • Independent Study paper, Working on the CCP, 1989Box 2, Folder 10
    • Manual, Chapter 5 - Audience Discussion, 1990Box 2, Folder 11
    • CCP - SAEP - General, Correspondence, 1986-1990Box 2, Folder 12
    • CCP - SAEP - Escort Service - Correspondence, 1987Box 2, Folder 13
  • Flyers
    • Flyers, 1986-1990Box 2, Folder 14
    • Flyers, part 1 of 2, 1987-1988Box 2, Folder 15
    • Flyers, part 2 of 2, 1987-1988Box 3, Folder 1
    • Flyers, 1988-1990Box 3, Folder 2
    • Flyers, 1990-1991Box 3, Folder 3