Archives and Research About Women at Yale

 

The Women’s Center Historical Archives

 

Overview and Access Information

Since its founding in 1980, the Yale Women’s Center has kept an archive of meeting notes, staffer journals, feminist publications, correspondences with administrators and other material related to women’s activism in its back filing cabinets. In 2014, the Women’s Center donated more than four linear feet of material to Yale’s Manuscripts and Archives Library for others to read and research. You can read more about the materials, titled ”Guide to the Women’s Center, Yale University, Records”, on its finding aid database page.

In compliance with the Yale Corporation’s Policy on Research Use of the Yale University Archives, University Archives restricted the records until January 1, 2049 from the general public’s view. Students and researchers can individually view the materials by requesting access through Manuscripts and Archives. Before making a request, please register your reading account with Manuscripts and Archives here. Once your account is registered, email mssa.assist@yale.edu to request access to the materials and include your name, affiliation with Yale (if any), and statement of purpose regarding the materials in the body of the email. If approved, you can then view the documents in Manuscripts and Archives, which is located in Sterling Memorial Library. You can find out more about the location of Manuscripts and Archives here, and see its schedule of weekly hours here.

Highlights of the Archives

Since its founding in 1980, the Yale Women’s Center has kept an archive of meeting notes, staffer journals, feminist publications, correspondences with administrators and other material related to women’s activism in its back filing cabinets. In 2014, the Women’s Center donated more than four linear feet of material to Yale’s Manuscripts and Archives Library for others to read and research. You can read more about the materials, titled ”Guide to the Women’s Center, Yale University, Records”, on its finding aid database page.

 

Other Archives and Research

 

Yale and New Haven Women in Manuscripts and Archives

Beyond the Women’s Center materials, there are a number of files available within Manuscripts and Archives for research about Yale and New Haven women. The following is a non-comprehensive list of public documents and archives available for reserving.

Yale Organizations and Administrative Files

Personal Collections

LGBTQ

  • Manuscripts and Archives (Repository) Sexuality Subject Guide includes links to records from Yale Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) organization, the LGBTQ Co-op, the New Haven and Connecticut Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection, and other collections about LGBTQ experiences in Yale and New Haven.

Other Organizations Fighting For Social Justice

 

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) was established at Yale in 1979 as the Women’s Studies program. Since its founding, the program has grown and evolved, changing its name twice—in 1998, to the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, and in 2004, to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program—to recognize the importance of the study of both gender and sexuality in the academy. A thorough history of the program, written in 2001 by Kirsten L. for her WGSS/History undergraduate senior thesis, is available here as a PDF: “Engendering an Intellectual Space: The Development of Women’s Studies at Yale University, 1969-2001”.

Senior essays like “Endangering an Intellectual Space,” including theses dating back to the program’s inception in 1979, are available as hard copies in the WGSS library. The WGSS Library is located at WLH (William L. Harkness Hall | 100 Wall St) in room 317, and is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM during the school year. Linda HaseSenior Administrative Assistant for WGSS and LGBT Studies, can assist in finding a particular essay. Other past senior essays about Yale and New Haven history include “The Women’s Liberation Movement in New Haven, Connecticut, 1969-1979” (1989), “The Making of ‘the Gay Ivy’: A History of Lesbian and Gay Student Organizing at Yale, 1969-1987” (2009), Private Universities, Public Policies: Spheres of Influence and Sexual Misconduct at Yale” (2015), and “Feminist Trailblazing and the University: A History of Women’s Activism and Alliances in Yale and New Haven, 1980-1989” (2016)Please note all essays must remain in the library and cannot be copied or scanned. You can find out more about the WGSS program on their website.

 

The Women Faculty Forum

The Women Faculty Forum (WFF) fosters gender equity throughout the University through policy initiatives and research and promotes scholarship by women and on women and gender across all schools of the University. Their historical archive of reports on gender equity and climate include reports that go all the way back to 1969, when Yale College first went co-ed, and continue up to the WFF’s most recent report on the status of faculty at Yale, Women, Men, and Yale University: The View From 2012They have numerous research articles online on the status of women at Yale that you can find on their resources webpage.

 

The Yale Daily News

The Yale Daily News, founded on January 28, 1878, is the oldest college daily newspaper published in the United States. The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of printed issues of the Yale Daily News, the student newspaper of Yale University. The full text of these issues is indexed and searchable through the web interface. The historical archive begins in 1878 and ends in 1995 and access to the digital content is open to the world, representing 20,623 issues (including some special issues and supplements). The Yale Daily News reported frequently on women’s issues starting around undergraduate co-education in 1969, although there was some reporting on women graduate students and faculty before then. You can learn more about the Yale Daily News Historical Archive here and search the collection here.