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Diane L. Fowlkes papers

Identifier: W018

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Diane L. Fowlkes papers document Dr. Fowlkes' 25-year career as a professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Georgia State University. The papers and manuscripts of the collection shed light on many facets of Dr. Fowlkes' career at Georgia State, including her promotions to Associate Professor in 1980 and Full Professor in 1992, her teaching activities, and her committee work (Series II). The collection highlights particularly Dr. Fowlkes' instrumental role in the development of the Women's Studies programs at the university, tracing the progression from the Women's Studies Group in 1974 to the founding of the Women's Studies Institute in 1994 (Series III).

In addition to the materials on Dr. Fowlkes' professional life at Georgia State, a small amount of biographical and personal information documents her life prior to her career as a professor (Series I). Included here are official documents, transcripts, and correspondence of a personal nature in the years leading up to 1973, the year she began her work as an Assistant Professor. The collection provides significant information on Fowlkes' wide-ranging professional activities (Series IV), including her work as a Fulbright Scholar at the Open University in London in 1985-1986, her service on numerous committees and task forces of national Political Science and Women's Studies societies, and her grants. Among the grants that are highlighted in the collection is the Women's Educational Equity Act grant program in 1979-1982. The collection also provides significant information on her professional activities on the Feminist Action Alliance (1974-1976), the American Political Science Association Task Force on Women and American Government (1981-1986), and the National Women's Studies Association's tenth anniversary project (1987).

Materials on Dr. Fowlkes' research and writings form a significant part of this collection (Series V). The collection contains drafts, research notes, and correspondence relating to her numerous papers, articles, and book chapters. Perhaps most significant are the drafts and research notes relating to her book, White Political Women: Paths from Privilege to Empowerment. Materials from the earliest drafts to the final draft are represented in this collection. A small group of artifacts are grouped in Series VI, including awards, business cards, and political and Equal Rights Amendment buttons. Also part of the collection are audio-visual materials (Series VII), including photographs, microfilms, and audio and videotapes relating to her research, writings, and teaching.


  • Creation: circa 1959-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1973 - 1994


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Some materials in Series II and Series III are closed to researchers. Consult Special Collections for access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Permission to publish items from living correspondents in Series II and Series III must be obtained prior to publication.

Biography of Diane L. Fowlkes

Diane Lowe Fowlkes, born in Memphis on October 30, 1939, spent most of her childhood and youth in the Memphis area. After graduating with a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1961, she worked as a secretary in the Adult Education Center and also for a short period in the college's Office of Development. In 1968 she came to Atlanta, where she worked as a secretary, first at The Atlanta Ballet and later in the Office of Research at Georgia State University. While she undertook graduate study in Political Science at Georgia State, she worked as an administrative assistant in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. She received her M.A. in Political Science from Georgia State in 1971, and continued her education at Emory University, graduating with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory in 1974.

Fowlkes began her 25-year career as a professor at Georgia State in 1973, rising through the ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor in 1980, and to full Professor in 1992. Throughout her distinguished career, she worked to establish courses and programs in Women's Studies. She was instrumental in the formation of the Women's Studies Group in 1974, in the establishment of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies in 1984, and above all, in the establishment of the Women's Studies Institute in 1994 and in the gaining of approval of the Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies in 1995. Dr. Fowlkes served as the Interim Director of Women's Studies from 1990 to 1994, and became the first Director of the Women's Studies Institute, serving from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, the year she retired from Georgia State, she was appointed Professor Emerita; during the spring commencement of that year, Dr. Fowlkes was honored with the University's Exceptional Service Award.

In addition to her service to Georgia State University, Professor Fowlkes served in numerous official capacities on committees, task forces, and associations in Political Science and Women's Studies, including the American Political Science Association, the Georgia Political Science Association, the Women's Caucus for Political Science, and the National Women's Studies Association. She directed several grants during her career, most notably a grant titled "A Model for Gender-Balancing the General Curriculum in Higher Education" (with Charlotte McClure) under the auspices of the Women's Educational Equity Act. Drs. Fowlkes and McClure edited a collection of essays from the project conference, Feminist Visions: Toward a Transformation of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1984). Fowlkes has made major contributions as a scholar, with fourteen published articles, four book chapters, and a book titled White Political Women: Paths from Privilege to Empowerment (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992). Since retiring from Georgia State, she has published an article and two book chapters and is at work on another book in feminist philosophy.


22.7 Linear Feet (in 53 boxes)

Language of Materials



Fowlkes began her 25-year career as a professor at Georgia State in 1973, rising through the ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor in 1980, and to full Professor in 1992. The papers and manuscripts of the collection shed light on many facets of Dr. Fowlkes' career at Georgia State, including her promotions to Associate Professor in 1980 and Full Professor in 1992, her teaching activities, and her committee work (Series II).

Organization of the Papers

The papers are divided into seven series:

  • Series I. Biographical and personal
  • Series II. Georgia State University-Professional files
  • Series III. Georgia State University-Women's Studies
  • Series IV. Professional associations, awards and grants
  • Series V. Research and writings
  • Series VI. Artifacts
  • Series VII. Audio-visual materials

Oversize items in this collection are housed separately. The collection's approximately 150 books have been catalogued and added to the Women's Collection books. Catalog records for the books are available through the University Library's online catalog.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Diane L. Fowlkes.

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

During processing, printed material, including newsletters, pamphlets, books, and magazines, were separated to the Women's Printed Collections and the Special Collections Books.

Separated to Women's Periodicals Collection (See W-Periodicals for access)

  1. Action Agenda, Vol. 2/1 and 3, 1995
  2. Africana Women's Studies Newsletter (Clark Atlanta University), Vol. 1/1, 1995
  3. Atlanta Women's News, November 1984, May 1991
  4. Atlanta Working Women News, Vol. 1, No.1, 1981
  5. Branches (Newsletter of the Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women), Vol. 1-7, 1983-1991
  6. CAFS Center for Advanced Studies Newsletter (University of Minnesota), Vol. 6/3-14/2 also includes Annual Reports, 1989-1997
  7. CAFS Center for the American Woman and Politics Fact Sheet, 1989-1996
  8. Center for Women's Studies Newsletter (Wichita State University), 1991, 1993-1997
  9. Center News formerly The Newsletter, 8/2, 1990
  10. Centerline (Women's Studies Center, University of Cincinnati), Vols. 1/4, 2/4, 8/1-3, 9/2, 1989-1990, 1996-1997
  11. Connecting for the Center (The Women's Center for Self-Development), Vol. 5, 1992
  12. Connections (National Association of Women's Centers Newsletter), Vol. 4/1, May 1990
  13. Conscience: A Newsjournal of Prochoice Catholic Opinion, July/August-December 1991, Summer-Winter 1992, Winter-Summer 1993
  14. Counterbalance: A Women's Newsletter, Fall 1982
  15. Educational Equity Report, 1-3, 1993
  16. Eleanor Smeal Report, June-December 1983, January-May and July-October 1984
  17. Emily's List: Notes from Emily (A Political Network for Democratic Women), April 1993
  18. Emory Institute for Women's Studies Newsletter, Spring 1990-Spring 1995
  19. Equity (Marymount College, Tarrytown), Vol. 1/1-2, Vol. 3/1, May 1995, November 1995, Spring 1998
  20. Eye on Women: Keeping Up with Women of Metro Atlanta, Vols. 1/1, 1/4, 2/1, 2/4, 1995, 1996
  21. Feminist Majority Report, Vols. 3/3, 6/1-2, 8/3, July 1991, March 1994, Summer 1994, Fall 1996
  22. Feminists for Animal Rights Vols. 8/3-4, 10/1-2, Fall-Winter 1994-1995; Spring-Summer 1996
  23. Forum: A Women's Studies Periodical (University of Cincinnati), Vols. 16/2, 17/1-3, 18/1-2, 19/1, 20/1, 1990-1992, Winter 1993, Winter 1994
  24. Fight for Reproductive Freedom: A Newsletter for Student Activists, Vols. 9/1-2, 10/3, 11/1-3, Fall 1994, Winter 1995, Spring 1996-Spring 1997
  25. Fugitive Information, Nos. 1-10, 1989-1994
  26. Georgia Network against Domestic Violence, November 1988, February 1989, November 1989, August 1990
  27. Institute for Research on Women (IROW) News (University at Albany, State University of New York), Vols. 2/1-2, 3/1, November 1989, June 1990, February 1991
  28. Let the Other Half Speak: Newsletter of the Third World Women's Project, Vol. 1/2, Fall 1991
  29. Martha's Rag: Newsletter of the George Washington University Women's Studies Graduate Students, Winter 1994/1995-Spring 1997
  30. Murray Research Center News (Radcliffe College) also includes other Radcliffe publications, Spring 1994, Spring 1995
  31. National Women's Political Caucus, September 1994
  32. The NECWB National Education Center for Women in Business Source (Seton Hill College), Vols. 2/1-2, 3/3, January 1994, April 1994, Summer 1995
  33. Networc: News Exchange Through the Wo/Men on the Rutgers Campuses, 1990-1992
  34. The New Jersey Project: Integrating the Scholarship on Gender, No. 1, 1987
  35. New Women, New Church, Vols. 18/2, 19/2-3, Fall 1995, Spring 1996, Summer 1996
  36. Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Newsletter, Vols. 13/1-2, 17/2, Fall 1992, Spring 1993, Spring 1997
  37. News (SEWSA), Vols. 13-14, 17-18, 20/1, 1986-1989
  38. News: Southeastern Women's Studies Association, selected issues, 1977-1990
  39. News and Notes: The Wake Forest University Women's Studies Newsletter, Nos. 9, 11, Fall 1991, Fall 1992
  40. News and Views: Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, Vols. 6/1-2, 7/1-2, Fall 1995-Spring 1997
  41. News from Women's Studies, Winter 1994
  42. Newsletter, The, Vols. 4/1, 4/3, 5/3, 6/1, 1985-1987
  43. Newsletter: Jewish Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association, 1996-1997
  44. National Women's Studies Association Perspectives, Vols. 4/3-4, 5/1, 1986
  45. NWSAction: National Women's Studies Association, Vols. 1/1, 1/4, 2/1-4, 3/1-4, 4/1-3, 1988-1991
  46. On Our Minds: Towson State University Women's Studies Program, selected issues-Vols. 1-8, 1987-1995
  47. Outlook: American Association of University Women, Vol. 89/2, 91/1, Summer 1995, Spring 1997
  48. Platica de mujer Woman Talk (University of New Mexico Women Studies Program/UNM Women's Center), Vol. 1/1, Fall 1991
  49. Psychology of Women Newsletter, Vol. 22/4-24/2, Fall 1995-Spring 1997
  50. Re-Visions (Towson State University), Spring 1984-Fall 1985
  51. Response to the Victimization of Women and Children, Summer 1985
  52. Response to Violence in the Family, May-December 1983, January-June 1984
  53. Sarah Isom Center Newsletter (University of Mississippi), Nos. 15, 19, 21-22, 24, 25-31, 1989-1997
  54. SEWSA News Vols. 25/3, 26/3, Spring 1995, Spring 1996
  55. SIROW: Newsletter of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, Nos. 9-15, 17-20, 37-38, 40-45, 48-54, October 1981-March 1997
  56. Sister of the World, Vol. 3/4, 1997
  57. South African Women Journals: Agenda: Women and Gender, Speak, circa 1991
  58. Staying Abreast in Georgia, Vols. 2/2, 2/4, 3/1, Winter 1995, 1996, 1997
  59. Subscriber's Notes, September 1989; January and August 1990; May, August, and November 1991; May 1992; May and July 1993; June 1994
  60. THREADS: Office for Women's Research, University of Hawai'i at Manoa Newsletter, Vols. 1/1, 2/1, Spring and Fall 1992, Fall 1994, Spring 1995
  61. The Tide: Newsletter of the Women's Studies Program, Vols. 2/4, 3/1-3, 4/1-2, 1991-1993
  62. Toni Morrison Society Newsletter, Vols. 1/2, 2/1, July 1994, January 1995
  63. UCLA Center for the Study of Women Newsletter Fall/Winter 1992, Spring and Fall 1994, Winter and Spring 1995
  64. Uptake: A Journal for Ending Violence against Women, Nos. 3 and 5, January 1995, January 1996
  65. Voices: The Hawaii Women Newsjournal, Vol. 4/1-2, Spring-Fall 1990, Winter 1990-1991
  66. WAND Atlanta: Women's Action for New Directions Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 1994-Winter 1995
  67. WAND Bulletin: Women's Action for New Directions, Vol. 15/2-4, 1996
  68. WCPS Quarterly: Newsletter of the Women's Caucus for Political Science, Vol. 12/2-3, January-March 1995
  69. A Woman's place, May and June 1981
  70. Women at Work, Spring/Summer 1986, Fall-Spring 1987, Winter 1988, Fall 1989
  71. Women of Color Newsletter, Vol. 1/1, 1991
  72. Women Studies News, Vol. 2 No.3, Spring 1989
  73. Women's Political Times, Vol. 14 No.2, Vol. 15 No. 1-3, Vol.16 No.1-3, Vol.17 No.1-3, Vol. 18 No. 1, Vol. 19, 1989-1993, Spring, Fall-Winter 1994
  74. Women's Research Network News, Winter/Spring 1992, Spring 1993

Separated to the Women's Pamphlets Collection (The subject heading under which each pamphlet is filed in W-Pamphlets is indicated in square brackets after the title and publisher information.)

  1. "The 1972 Virginia Slims American Women's Opinion Poll." 1972. [Women in politics]
  2. "Absent from the Majority: Working Class Women in America." Seifer, Nancy. New York: National Project on Ethnic America, 1973. [????]
  3. "American Women on the Move." National Women's Conference, Houston, Texas. November 18-21, 1977. [Conferences]
  4. Bookviews Vol. 1/12 (August 1978). (articles on Erica Jong and "By and For Women") [Women and journalism]
  5. "Battered Women and the New Law." Coote, Anna and Tess Gill. London: Inter-Action Inprint, National Council for Civil Liberties, 1979. (Interaction Guide 1) [Wife abuse--Great Britain]
  6. “‘Black Friday’ and Violence Against Women in the Suffragette Movement." Morrell, Caroline. London, 1981 [Suffragists--Great Britain]
  7. "Communism and the Family." Kollontai, Alexandra. London: Socialist Workers Party, 1984. [?????]
  8. "Counter-planning From the Kitchen: Wages for Housework, a Perspective on Capital and the Left." Fox, Nicole and Silvia Federici. Brooklyn, N.Y., 1976. [Wages--Housewives]
  9. "Democratic Women are Wonderful: A History of Women at Democratic National Conventions." National Women's Political Caucus, 1980. [Women in politics]
  10. Eve's Rib No. 1 (Spring 1986). (Feminist arts journal of Barnard College.) [Feminism in literature]
  11. Extensions (Spring 1995). (Issue on women in the US Congress.) [Women in politics]
  12. "Feminism in the 80's: Facing Down the Right." Bunch, Charlotte. Denver, CO: Inkling Press, 1981. [Feminism--United States]
  13. "Feminist Practice: Notes from the Tenth Year!: Theoretically Speaking." London: In Theory Press, 1979. [Feminism--Great Britain]
  14. "Free Space: A Perspective on the Small Group in Women's Liberation." Allen, Pamela. New York, N.Y: Times Change Press, 1970. [Feminism--United States]
  15. "Going Public With Our Vision." Bunch, Charlotte. Denver, CO: Antelope Publications, 1983. [Feminism--United States]
  16. "Handbook on Child Support Enforcement." US Department of Health and Human Services. [Women--Legal status, laws, etc.]
  17. Home and Country Vol. 88/4-5 (April-May 1986). (Magazine of the Women's Institute.) [Women--Societies and clubs]
  18. "Indiana State Meeting Report: International Women's Year 1977." [Conferences]
  19. "The Housewife and Marxist Class Analysis." Silveira, Jeanette. Seattle, The author, 1976. [????]
  20. "Inspiration and Drudgery: Notes on Literature and Domestic Labour in the Nineteenth Century." Elbert, Sarah and Marion Glastonbury. London: Women's Research and Resources Centre Publications, 1978. [Women and literature--History]
  21. "Judging Women: A Study of Attitudes that Rule Our Legal System." Pattullo, Polly. London: NCCL Rights for Women Unit, 1983. [Women's Rights--Great Britain]
  22. "Lay Advocate Training Manual: A guide to Assist Rape Victims. Chicago Legal Action for Women. Chicago: CLAW, 1974. [Rape victims--Services for]
  23. "The Legal Status of Homemakers in Georgia." January 1977. (Contains annotations by Diane L. Fowlkes.) [Women--Legal status, laws, etc.]
  24. “Marxism and the Family: Selected Contributions from a Discussion in Marxism Today.” Small, Rosemary. London: Communist Party of Great Britain. [???]
  25. Modern Maturity (April-May 1988). [Widowhood]
  26. “The Moon for Dinner: Changing Relations...Women in China." O'Sullivan, Sue. London: Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, 1975. [Women and socialism--China]
  27. "Moral Politics and Victorian Values." Marshall, Kate. London: Junius, 1985. [????]
  28. "Native American Women: A Bibliography." 1981. [Women--Native Americans]
  29. "Neither Bread Nor Roses: Utopian Feminists and the English Working Class, 1800-1850." Malmgreen, Gail. Brighton, 1978. [Women and socialism--Great Britain]
  30. "On Racism and Sexism. Seeley, Alison. Birmingham, 1982 (Occasional Papers / AFFOR; no.1) [Sexism--Great Britain]
  31. "Peace & Power: A Handbook of Feminist Process. Wheeler, Charlene Eldridge and Peggy L. Chinn. Buffalo, N,Y,: Margaret Daughters, 1984. [Feminism--United States]
  32. "The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community." Dalla Costa, Mariarosa and Selma James. Bristol, Eng.: Falling Wall Press, 1973, 1972. [Feminism--Italy]
  33. "Prevent an Assault." The Women's Center, Mankato State University. September 1985. [Rape]
  34. "Prison Letters to Sopie Liebknecht." Luxemburg, Rosa, et al. London, Independent Labout Party, 1972. [????]
  35. "The Rape Controversy." NCCL Rights for Women Unit. London, 1983. [Rape]
  36. "Reproductive Wrongs: Male Power and the New Reproductive Technologies." Feminist International Network on the New Reproductive Technologies. London: FINNRET, 1984. [????]
  37. "Republican Women are Wonderful: A History of Women at Republican National Conventions." National Women's Political Caucus, 1980. [Women in politics]
  38. Spare Rib Magazine Issue 221 (March 1991). [Women and journalism]
  39. "Theory of Sexism." Bedard, Rachel and Celia Castle. Philadelphia, PA, 1976. [Sexism--United States]
  40. Trouble and Strife: The radical feminist magazine No. 20. [Women and journalism]
  41. "Towards an Anti-racist Feminism." Bourne, Jenny. London: Institute of Race Relations, 1984. [Feminism--Great Britain]
  42. "Wage Withholding for Child Support: An Employer's Guide." US Department of Health and Human Services, Pub. No. 103. [Women--Legal status, laws, etc.]
  43. "What's in a Name?" Coussins, Jean. London: National Council for Civil Liberties, 1978. [Women's rights--Great Britain]
  44. "Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers." Ehrenreich, Barbara and Deirdre English. London: Compendium, 1974. [Women in medicine--History]
  45. "Woman: 1977 The Status of American Women." (Enclosed in "American Women on the Move" conference schedule.) [Conferences]
  46. "Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering: An Update." National Science Foundation, January 1992. [Women in science]
  47. "Women in the Global Factory." Fuentes, Annette and Barbara Ehrenreich. New York, N.Y.: Institute for New Communications, 1983. [Women--Employment--Developing countries]
  48. "Women Workers Struggle for Their Rights." Kollontai, Alexandra. Bristol: Falling Wall Press, 1973. [Women labor union members--Europe]
  49. "Woman's Lot: Political Purdah and the Labour Party." Eldergill, Anselm. Nottingham: Spokesman for the Institute of Workers' Control, 1985. [Women in politics--Great Britain]
  50. "Women and the Constitution: A Bicentennial Perspective." (Speeches and addresses from the February 1988 conference, Atlanta, Georgia.) [Women in politics]
  51. "Women at W.A.R.: Women Against Rape." London, Bristol: Falling Wall Press, 1978. [Rape]
  52. Women's Studies programs (various; includes brochures from colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Britain) [Women--Study and teaching]

Separated to the Special Collections Books (See Catalog for access)

  1. Bunch, Charlotte and Nancy Myron. Class and Feminism: A Collection of Essays from the Furies (Baltimore: Diana Press, 1974)
  2. Glasgow Women's Studies Group. Uncharted Lives: Extracts From Scottish Women's Experiences, 1850-1982 (Glassgow: Pressgang, 1983)
  3. Phillips, Anne. Hidden Hands: Women and Economic Policies (London: Pluto Press, 1983)
  4. White, Doris. D for Doris, V for Victory (Milton Keynes: Oakleaf Books, 1981)

Processing Information

Processed by Christine D. de Catanzaro at the file level, June 2003; revised by Christine de Catanzaro, 2004, and by Morna Gerrard, 2006.

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