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Linda A. Bell papers

Identifier: W063

Scope and Content of the Papers

The Linda A. Bell papers document Bell's 34-year career at Georgia State University as a professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies. Correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings and other printed materials detail Bell's professional life at GSU from 1968-2004, including her involvement with various campus organizations and committees, teachings in the Philosophy Department, promotion and tenure, professional correspondence, and significant events around the campus during this time (Series II). The papers also document Bell's central role in establishing the Women's Studies program at GSU (Series III).

The papers include extensive correspondence and program files relating to Bell's activities in numerous professional organizations (IV), highlighting her involvement with academic, philosophical and women's associations such as the American Association of University Professors, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and the Women's Studies Group of the University Center of Georgia. In addition to information about Bell's professional career, there is a small amount of material relating to her personal life that includes information on her graduate and post-doctorate studies, personal correspondence and clippings (Series I).

Materials relating to Bell's research and writings (Series V) form a significant part of the papers. These files contain drafts, research notes and correspondence relating to her numerous papers, articles, and book chapters. Notably, the papers outline the development and creative process of Bell's five published manuscripts, Visions of Women, Sartre's Ethics of Authenticity, Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of Violence, Overcoming Racism and Sexism, and Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist Philosopher.

Various files on philosophy and women's topics are arranged alphabetically as subject files (Series VI). Audio-visual materials (Series VII) contain photographs and interviews recorded on audio cassettes. Two feminist t-shirts are grouped in textiles (Series VIII).


  • Creation: 1962-2004


Restrictions on Access.

Collection is open for research use.

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.

Biography of Linda A. Bell

Linda A. Bell, born in 1940, grew up in the Daytona, Florida area. Majoring in mathematics, Bell graduated from Emory University in 1962. She went on to Northwestern University, earning her M.A. in Philosophy in 1966, and she earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University in 1973.

Bell began teaching in Georgia State University's Philosophy Department in 1968 as a part-time instructor, becoming full-time in 1970, an Assistant Professor in 1973, an Associate Professor in 1978, and a full Professor in 1986. Bell worked to offer feminist philosophy classes and other women-centric courses at GSU as part of a larger goal to introduce a Women's Studies program at the university. This goal was realized in 1984 when GSU established the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies, a program Bell co-chaired from 1984-1989. In 1998, Bell became the director of the Women's Studies Institute at GSU where she remained until her retirement in 2004. As well as advocating for the creation of a Women's Studies program at GSU, Bell was vocal during the development of University and Board of Regent policies, and participated in numerous committees and campus organizations, including the University Senate and the Executive Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her service at Georgia State University, Bell served in numerous official capacities on committees, task forces, and associations pertaining to collegiate academia, philosophy and women's studies, including the American Association of University Professors, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and the Women's Studies Group of the University Center of Georgia. She participated as an advisor to several socio-political commissions and endeavors such as the Georgia Commission on Family Values and Initiative on Sexual and Intimate Violence. Bell has written an extensive number of articles, papers and essays, as well as book chapters on philosophical and women's topics. She published five books over the course of her career: Visions of Women (Humana Press, 1983), Sartre's Ethics of Authenticity (University of Alabama Press, 1989), Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of Violence (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1993), Overcoming Racism and Sexism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), and Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist Philosopher (State University of New York Press, 2003). Bell retired from GSU in 2004.


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Linda A. Bell, born in 1940, grew up in the Daytona, Florida area. Bell taught at Georgia State University from 1968 to 2004. The Linda A. Bell papers span Bell's 34-year career at Georgia State University as a professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies and document her teaching, administrative and research work.

Organization of the Papers

Organized into 8 series: I. Personal, II. Georgia State University (GSU) -- Professional, III. GSU -- Women's Studies, IV. Professional Associations and Programs, V. Research and Writings, VI. Subject Files, VII. Audio-Visual, VIII. Artifacts and Textiles.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda A. Bell, 1999, 2004.

Online Availability:

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

Separated Materials Note

During processing, printed material, including newsletters, pamphlets, and magazines, were separated to the Women's Printed Collections. For periodicals, see the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals finding aid or the library catalog for access. For pamphlets, see the Women's Printed collection: Pamphlets finding aid. For books, see the University Library Catalog for access.

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals

  1. World Order, (Wilmette, Ill., etc., National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States), Vol. 9 No. 3, Spring 1975
  2. EnVisioning a feminist world, (Cambridge, MA : Woman of Power), Issue 2, Summer 1985
  3. National Women's Studies Association. Women's studies quarterly, (Old Westbury, N.Y. : Feminist Press), Vol. 19, Nos. 3-4, Fall/Winter 1986
  4. Institute of Women's Studies (St. Scholastica's College). Lila : Asia Pacific women's studies journal, (Manila, Philippines : Institute of Women's Studies), No.1, 1992
  5. TIME (Is Feminism Dead?), (New York, etc., Time Inc.), June 29, 1998
  6. The New Yorker (Women's Issue), (New York : F-R Pub. Corp.), February 26 and March 4, 1996
  7. Tamarack Press. ; Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition. Parabola, (Mt. Kisco, N.Y. : Tamarack Press), Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall 1980
  8. Feminist studies : FS., (College Park, Md. :; Feminist Studies), Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 1980
  9. Kalliope : a journal of women's art, (Jacksonville, Fla. : Jacksonville Women's Poetry Collective, Center for the Continuing Education of Women, Florida Junior College at Jacksonville), Vol. 10, Nos. 1 and 2, 1998
  10. Biles, Jack I. Studies in the literary imagination: The Female novelist in twentieth-century Britain, (Atlanta : Dept. of English, Georgia State University), Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall 1978
  11. Society for Health and Human Values. The Journal of medicine and philosophy: women and medicine, (Dordrecht [etc.]; Boston,; D. Reidel Pub. Co. [etc.] ), Vol. 7, No. 2, May 1982
  12. Davis, Barbara Hillyer. University of Oklahoma.; College of Education. Journal of thought: Feminist education, (Norman, Okla. : College of Education, University of Oklahoma), Vol. 20, No. 3 Fall 1985
  13. American Association of University Women. Outlook ( Washington, D.C. : American Association of University Women), Vol. 94, No. 1 Spring 2000

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Pamphlets

  1. What women and men should know about date rape (South Deerfield, MA : C.L. Bete Co.), 1986
  2. Rich, Adrienne Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence (Denver Co. : Antelope Publications ), 1982
  3. Stone, Mary, Marlene Cohn and Matthew Freeman. The women's vote : beyond the nineteenth amendment. (Washington, D.C.: League of Women Voters), 1983
  4. Statement on the equal rights amendment (Washington : The Commission : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.), 1978
  5. Newland, Kathleen. Worldwatch paper 37: Women, men, and the division of labor (Washington, D.C., USA : Worldwatch Institute), May 1980
  6. Zangwill, Rhonda. Study abroad you can get there from here: A guide for women and men (Institute of International Education), undated
  7. Sagaria, Mary Ann and Mary Margaret Fonow. On my own: A campus safety guide (State College, PN: OMO), 1990
  8. Equal rights for women, a call for action : the United Nations declaration on the elimination of discrimination against women (New York : United Nations Office of Public Information), 1975
  9. Butler, Johnnella E. Liberal learning and the women's studies major (College Park, Md. : National Women's Studies Association), 1991

Separated Women's Printed Collection: Books

  1. Backhouse, Connie et al. Fighting sexual harassment: an advocacy. (Boston: co-published by Alyson Publications and the Alliance Against Sexual Coercion, 1981)
  2. Balbo, Laura and Yasmine Ergas. How trade unions, the women's movement, and the university have produced women's studies in Italy. ( New York: The Feminist Press, 1982)
  3. Beard, Mary Ritter. Mary Ritter Beard: a source book. (New York: Schocken Books, 1977)
  4. Bell, Susan Groag and Karen M. Offen (eds). Women, the family, and freedom: the debate in documents. (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1983)
  5. Bridenthal Renate and Claudia Koonz (eds). Becoming visible: women in European history. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977)
  6. Byerly, Carolyn M. The mother's book : how to survive the incest of your child. 1985
  7. Cross, Dolores E. Breaking through the wall: a marathoner's story. (Chicago: Third World Press, 2000)
  8. Deaux, Kay. The behavior of women and men. (Monterey, Calif.: Brooks/Cole Pub. Co., 1976)
  9. Dillon, Millicent. A little original sin: the life and work of Jane Bowles. (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981)
  10. Donchin, Anne and Laura M. Purdy (eds). Embodying bioethics: recent feminist advances. (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999)
  11. Dreifus, Claudia (ed). Seizing our bodies: the politics of women's health. (New York: Vintage Books, 1978, 1977)
  12. Duban, Jeffrey M. Ancient and modern images of Sappho: translations and studies in archaic Greek love lyric. (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983)
  13. Ehrenreich, Barbara. Complaints and disorders: the sexual politics of sickness. (Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press‚ 1973)
  14. English , Jane (ed). Sex equality. (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1977)
  15. First, Ruth. Olive Schreiner. (New York: Schocken Books, 1980)
  16. French, Stanley G. et al. (eds). Violence against women: philosophical perspectives. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998)
  17. Friedman, Jean E. Our American sisters: women in American life and thought. (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1977)
  18. George, Carol V. R. (ed). "Remember the ladies": New perspectives on women in American history: essays in honor of Nelson Manfred Blake. (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1975)
  19. Gluck , Sherna (ed). From parlor to prison: five American suffragists talk about their lives. (New York: Vintage Books, 1976)
  20. Gold, Michael Evan. A dialogue on comparable worth. (Ithaca, N.Y.: ILR Press: New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1983)
  21. Gould, Carol C. Beyond domination: new perspectives on women and philosophy. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Allanheld, 1984, 1983)
  22. Greer, Germaine. The obstacle race: the fortunes of women painters and their work. (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979)
  23. Hardesty, Nancy. Women called to witness: evangelical feminism in the 19th century. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984)
  24. Hippel, Theodor Gottlieb von. On Improving the status of women. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1979)
  25. Holley, Marietta. Samantha rastles the woman question. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1983)
  26. Jaggar, Alison M. and Paula Rothenberg Struhl (eds). Feminist frameworks: alternative theoretical accounts of the relations between women and men. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978)
  27. Janeway, Elizabeth. Man's world, woman's place: a study in social mythology. (New York: Dell Pub. Co.‚ 1971)
  28. Janeway, Elizabeth. Powers of the weak. (New York: Knopf, 1980)
  29. Lowe, Marian and Ruth Hubbard (eds). Woman's nature: rationalizations of inequality. (New York: Pergamon Press, 1983)
  30. Millman, Marcia. Such a pretty face: being fat in America. (New York: Norton, 1980)
  31. Moore, Lynda L. Not as far as you think: the realities of working women. (Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1986)
  32. Osborne, Martha Lee. Genuine risk: a dialogue on woman. (Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co., 1981)
  33. Poulain de La Barre, Francois, The woman as good as the man, or, The equality of both sexes. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1988)
  34. Reed, Evelyn. Sexism & science. (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1978)
  35. Reynolds, Kimberley. Girls only?: gender and popular children's fiction in Britain in Britain, 1880-1910. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990)
  36. Rossi, Alice S. The feminist papers: from Adams to de Beauvoir. (New York: Bantam Books, 1974)
  37. Rowbotham, Sheila. Woman's consciousness, man's world. (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973)
  38. Russ, Joanna. How to suppress women's writing. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983)
  39. Sedwick, Judith and Ruth Edmonds Hill. Women of courage : an exhibition of photographs. (Cambridge, MA : Radcliffe College, 1984)
  40. Stan, Adele M. (ed). Debating sexual correctness: pornography, sexual harassment, date rape and the politics of sexual equality. (New York: Delta, 1995)
  41. Stannard, Una. Mrs Man. (San Francisco: Germainbooks, 1977)
  42. Sterba, James P. (ed). Controversies in feminism. (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001)
  43. Sullerot, Evelyne. Woman, society, and change. (New York: McGraw-Hill‚ 1971)
  44. Tavris, Carol. The longest war: sex differences in perspective. (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977)
  45. Thorne, Barrie and Nancy Henley (eds). Language and sex: difference and dominance. (Rowley, Mass.: Newbury House Publishers, 1975)
  46. Walzer , Judith. Women and health in America: historical readings. (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984)
  47. Warren, Mary Anne. The nature of woman: an encyclopedia & guide to the literature. (Inverness, Calif.: Edgepress, 1980)
  48. Wolgast, Elizabeth Hankins. Equality and the rights of women. ( Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1980)
  49. Wood, Julia T. Gendered lives: communication, gender, and culture. (Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Pub., 1994)

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Processed by Amanda Brown at the item level, 2006; oversized items added to inventory, 2021.

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