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Program for the Study of Women and Gender records

Identifier: CA-MS-00400

Scope and Contents

These records contain materials describing the history of the program as well as its publications and various classes and programs. Types of materials include agendas, budgets, class materials (syllabi, lecture notes, notes on classes), program meeting minutes, magazine and newspaper articles, notes on conferences, department newsletters, brochures, and publications, as well as material concerning the Junior Year in Women's Studies, and the Meridians journal.

Dates of Materials

  • 1895 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use with the following restrictions on access:

"Office Files," files of records created for the use of the administrative unit that created them, are closed to research for a period of 10 years following their creation.

Academic department meeting minutes are closed for a period of 25 years following their creation.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Professors Akelsberg, Schuster and Van Dyne have assigned the copyright of their works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by [creator], researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Building on its origins in women's studies, The Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender continues to examine the experiences, ideologies, works and actions of women in a variety of national, cultural, historical and political contexts. As an interdisciplinary endeavor, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender shows students how different academic disciplines view the operation of gender in the labor market, the family, political systems and cultural production. Research and theory emerge from these everyday realities and feminist theory, in turn, informs our analysis of political choices.


5.646 linear feet (6 containers)

141 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



This collection contains the records generated by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender from its founding through 2015. Materials describe the history of the program as well as its publications and various classes and programs.


This collection is organized into three series:

  1. Administration
  2. Faculty
  3. Curriculum


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

  1. Martha Ackelsberg, professor of Government and Studies of Women and Gender, 1988 - 1989, 2012 - 2013
  2. Marilyn Schuster, professor of French and Studies of Women and Gender, 1986 - 1987, Provost 2009 - 2014
  3. Susan Van Dyne, professor of English and Studies of Women and Gender and chair of the program, 1987 - 1988, 1989 - 1996, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2011

Processing Information

Elizabeth Carron; Kaitlin C. Hackbarth, Quigley Fellow for Program for the Study of Women and Gender

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2016-A-0073, Box 1 renumbered as Box 6

Finding aid to Program for the Study of Women and Gender records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Carron, Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 12/07/18: Finding aid updated to include barcodes, locations, notes
  • 2020-07-23: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063