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Women's and Gender Studies Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-032

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the records of the Ball State University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1972 to 2017. The records include committee notes and minutes, correspondence regarding program’s academic requirements, lectures series and Women’s Week. The collection also includes information regarding multiple other women’s studies programs across the country and publications related to Women’s History.


  • 1970 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Administrative History

Ball State University offered its first Women's Studies Course, ID 210 Women's Studies, during the spring semester of 1972. The interdisciplinary course was taught by Betty Newcomb, Sharon Seager, and Marie Vogel. By 1974, other departments on campus began to create Women's Studies courses and a Women's Studies Committee had been informally established. The following year the committee was given official status and the mission to create a minor in Women's Studies. The minor was approved by the Ball State University Board of Trustees in 1980. In 2004, a major in Women's Studies was approved.


2.2 Cubic Feet (6 archival letter boxes,1 thin archival letter box, and 1 small oversize archival box)

235 Megabytes (73 digital files)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a records transfer.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid completed 2009-08-11 by L.Posey. Reprocessed completed 2020-08 by Sarah M. Allison.

UA Restructuring

UA.032 was formerly RG.14.22.01.

  • Documents Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Education Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Physical objects Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Publications Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Women Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Women's and Gender Studies Program records
Sarah Allison
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA