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Georgia State University Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies records

 Collection
Identifier: W125

Scope and Contents of the Records

The records, 1984-2011 [bulk 1992-2005], of the Georgia State University Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies include material such as manuscripts, invitations and programs, correspondence, flyers, audio recordings, and artifacts that documenting the history and activities of the institute.

Dates

  • 1984-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1992 - 2005

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to certain files is restricted. The restricted files are noted in the inventory but are not present in the corresponding boxes. Consult archivist for more information.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Historical Note about the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Founded in 1994 as the Women's Studies Institute, the Institute for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Georgia State University has played integral roles in creating knowledge about the workings of gender in social, political, and economic spheres locally and globally, contributing to the intellectual development of feminists in Atlanta and the world. As WGSS has grown to include five core faculty and over forty affiliate faculty across the University, it has developed a depth of expertise in the interrelated areas of sexuality studies, social change, and globalization. They have also developed wide-ranging expertise in an array of fields, from British literature to criminal justice, media studies to social work, and religious studies to educational studies.

The Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies was realized after 20 years of dedicated struggle by a group of faculty committed to the project of establishing WGSS at Georgia State University. Among this group were its first two Directors. The founding Director, Diane L. Fowlkes, led the development of the Master's of Arts in 1995. Since that time, WGSS master's graduates have continued on to prestigious doctoral programs, law school, non-profit work, and careers in government and private industry.

Though students had developed undergraduate concentrations in WGSS since 1984, the Institute's second Director, Linda A. Bell, led the establishment of the Bachelor of Arts in 2003, enabling WGSS to offer an undergraduate major and minor. With demand for the knowledge and critical thinking women's, gender, and sexuality studies offers, the program has created significant relationships not only with local feminist organizations, academics, and activists but also with feminists in universities, non-governmental organizations, arts and cultural alliances, and communities around the world. The Institute for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is recognized as a site for cutting-edge theoretical analyses and applications of feminist and womanist knowledges.

Around the period of WGSS's inception in 1995, Georgia State University also became the home for the Georgia Women's Movement Project. GSU publicly announced that the initial goal of the project was to preserve the history of the second U.S. women's movement in Georgia (1964-1982) through the development of the Donna Novak Coles Women's Movement Archives and the Lucy Hargrett Draper U.S. Equal Rights Amendment Collection (1923-1982), while continuing to study and pursue equality and progress through the Women's Movement Program in the Women's Studies Institute. This collaboration between the Unviersity Library and the Women's Studies Institute flourished to include of 40 collections in the ever-expanding Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives and more than 50 oral histories in the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History Project.

Extent

5.63 Linear Feet (in 11 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Founded in 1994, the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) was realized after 20 years of dedicated struggle by a group of faculty committed to the project of establishing WGSS at Georgia State University. The founding director, Diane L. Fowlkes led the development of the Master of Arts program in 1995. The Institute's second director, Linda A. Bell, led the establishment of the Bachelor of Arts in 2003, enabling WGSS to offer an undergraduate major and minor. Today, the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is recognized as a site for cutting-edge theoretical analyses and applications of feminist and womanist knowledges. The collection includes materials such as manuscript materials, invitations and programs, correspondence, flyers, audio recordings, and artifacts that document the history and activities of the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to Special Collections via Andy Reisinger, July 2013.

Related Archival Materials

Separated Materials

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Spec Books, see online catalog for access

  1. Aghdasifar, Tahereh, Neoliberalization of Space: Negotiating Female Homosociality in Tehran, Masters Thesis, 2011

Processing Information

Processed by Alex McGee at the file level, October 2014.
Title
Georgia State University Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Date
October 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
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