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Academic Affairs. Division Of Lifelong Learning. Women's Resource Center (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-013-009

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and collected by the University of Maine Women’s Resource Center, but there are also photographic material, compact discs, audio cassettes, CD-ROMs, and Floppy Disks.

The record series Girls Will Be Girls? & Girl Fighting Project Records contains various items regarding the Girls Will Be Girls? Conferences which the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) sponsored and were held on the University of Maine campus. Includes: conference packs with information regarding the organization of the conference (with annotated notes) and promotional brochures and fliers for the conferences, copies of “Girls Will Be Girls?: Aggression, Sexuality, And Body Image - A Guide for Planning Change” “Girls’ Health: An Action Plan for Maine” and “Girl’s Health: A Maine Profile”. Also includes financial information regarding the University Scholar-in- Residence Grant which WRC received from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.

The series also contains various examples of Scholar-in-Residence Lynn Mikel Brown’s research into the ways girls’ subordination within the culture affects their relationships with each other and the work of Brown’s Girl Fighting project.

The record series Task Force on the Retention of Women Faculty Records contains various items regarding the work of the Task Force which WRC Director Sharon Barker was a member of. Includes: member rosters, reports, work plans, supporting materials, faculty survey results, reference material, and details of the Committee structure.

The record series UMaine STEM Female Faculty & Students in Engineering Projects Records contains details of two separate research project. The first on STEM female faculty and the second on engineering student experiences at UMaine. Includes: lists of female STEM faculty at the University of Maine, faculty and student survey responses, and correspondence regarding the research projects.

The record series Safe Campus Records contains details of the University of Maine project that looked at preventing sexual abuse and domestic violence. The project would eventually become the responsibility of the WRC. Includes: training material and handouts for the Relationship Abuse and the WorkPlace Policy Responder Training, correspondence regarding the training, training schedules, and attendee evaluations.

Also, includes various items regarding the grant funding Safe Campus received from the National Institute of Justice, project reports, publicly material for various events, details of work done on masculinity, reference material, Safe Campus Advisory Committee and staff meeting material, and correspondence regarding the staffing of Safe Campus and its eventual closure.

The series also contains records from the Interpersonal Violence in the Workplace Policy Committee (also known as the Relationship Abuse in the Workplace Policy Development & Implementation Committee) whose task it was to draft a policy on domestic violence in the workplace for the University of Maine. Includes lists of Committee members and meeting material.

The record series Women's Resource Center Administrative Records contains records regarding the WRC Advisory Committee, Communications Committee, Trustee Committee, Membership Committee, WRC staff meetings, and Support Staff Committee. Also includes items regarding the Maine Job Council's Women's Employment Issues Committee, New England Land Grant Women, and University of Maine Strategic Planning Committee which Sharon Barker was a member of. Includes: committee rosters, meeting material, correspondence regarding planning the work of the committees, scheduling meetings, and committee appointments, and copies of committee reports.

The series also includes details of the Support Staff Committee’s Outstanding Supervisor Award & Supervisor Workshop, the Advisory Committee’s survey of UMaine Women employees, and the creation of the Classified Employees Advisory Council.

The series also includes copies of WRC annual reports, strategic plans, and details of the formation of the WRC, financial support it received and threats to that support.

The record series Women's Resource Center Historical & Biographical Records contains papers on the history of the WRC, a printout of The Maine Campus article featuring an interview with Sharon Barker discussing the importance of the defunct WRC, Aand posters showing the timeline of the Center, and details of awards Director Sharon Barker received and her retirement from the WRC. Note, folders in other record series, particularly Administrative Records also outline key events in the history of the WRC, including its founding.

The record series Reference Material contains various reference material collected and curated by the WRC on a range of subjects related to its work, including: class, race, women in education and employment, feminism, health, rape, sexual and physical abuse against women, and reproduction rights. Includes newsletters from various organizations that WRC were members of, magazine and newspaper clippings, facsimiles and printouts of articles, and copies of various reports. Also, includes items regarding different women organizations, the UMaine Historic Preservation Plan, and material from the New England Institute on Women and Economic Development Conference.

The record series Women's Resource Center/UMaine Programming & Communication Records mainly contains records relate to WRC specific programming and projects. Note, some of WRC’s programming and projects have their own record series because of the quantity of materiel and to allow researchers to easily identify material on the same subject. Includes: posters, fliers, programs, contracts, correspondence regarding the organization of events, attendee lists, and session evaluations.

The record series also includes details of other UMaine department’s programming on subjects related to the WRC, for example, the New Dynamics consultant’s report looking at gender issues at UMaine.

The series also includes items concerning communicating the programming and work of the WRC. Including: mailing lists, contacts, publicity material and clippings regarding programs, WRC staff, and events, and copies of the WRC published Support Staff Newsletter and On Campus With Women which was a biannual information calendar of programs and events of interest to women.

The record series Maine Women's Fund Bangor & Aroostook Projects Records contains records regarding a grant from the Maine Women’s Fund to organize quarterly meetings of women in the Bangor Area. Includes: items regarding the grant funding, photographs and program from grant awards ceremonies, plans and reports, clippings, newsletters, and fliers regarding events, and Bangor Advisory Committee meeting material.

The series also includes details of a Maine Women's Fund collaboration with women and girls in Aroostook County around gender equity issues.

The record series Women's Resource Center Archive & Library Projects Records contains details of projects related to archives and libraries that the WRC participated in. Includes items regarding a Library Committee looking at the alternative press women's collection which the WRC maintained with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, lists of Fogler Library and serial subscriptions, correspondence and a prospectus regarding a proposed archival project to produce an archival index to the records of women's organizations in Central Maine project, and material from an archival workshop delivered by Pat Burdick for women’s organizations throughout Maine.

The record series President's Council on Women Records contains various items regarding the work of the Council which the WRC Director Sharon Barker was a member of. Barker also chaired the Council’s Subcommittee on the Student Environment. Includes: membership information, reports, reference material, meeting material and correspondence regarding the work of the Council, scheduling meetings, and Council appointments.

The record series Hope Festival Records contains details of the WRC’s participation in the University of Maine’s Hope Festival. Includes content from the WRC’s workshops, promotional posters for the Festival, and correspondence regarding the organization of the Festival.

The record series Totally Trades Conference Records contains details of the WRC’s participation in the Totally Trades Conference. Includes content from the WRC’s gender equity workshops for teachers, publicity material for the Conference, and correspondence regarding the organization of the Conference.

The record series Expanding Your Horizon Program Records contains details of the WRC program for middle school girls which included an annual event at the University of Maine. Includes: lists of presenters and attendees, publicity material, financial information, meeting material regarding the planning of the Program, feedback and evaluations of program sessions, and copies of Expanding Your Horizon planning and attendee packs.

The record series University Of Maine Student Women's Association Records contains records of the SWA which was based at the WRC. Includes: clippings, meeting material, financial information, copies of posters and signup sheets for various Student Women's Association (SWA), Office of Women Programs and Services, and Women’s Center meetings and events held on campus, photographs of SWA members, and reference material on subjects of interest to the Association.

The record series United Sisters Project Records contains details of the project which was a gender equity activist group of teenage girls organized through the Women’s Resource Center. Includes material from United Sisters conferences: lists of registrants, staff, and attendees, handouts, surveys, attendee’s writings, and conference evaluations. Also, includes items regarding the administration of the Project and the planning of its conferences including: planning manuals, publicity material, meeting material, contacts, budget and expense information, grant information, and reference material. Also, includes copies of the United Sisters’ Zine publication, annual reports, and mission statement.

The record series Math 4 Maine Program Records contains details of the Math 4ME Camp a week-long residential program combining workshops in gender equity, life skills and mathematics. Includes: application forms, publicity material, program development and planning manuals, schedules, financial information, manuals, workshop content, attendee packs and evaluations, and reference material.

The record series Theses & Student Work Records contains honors and masters’ theses and examples of students work both at the University of Maine and other academic institutions on topics related to women in STEM, rape, theatre, and topless dancing.

The record series Take Our Daughters To Work Day Records details the event which was established to provide a meaningful and productive experience for girls and their parents. Includes: examples of student artwork and planning material for the Day, including publicity material, reference material, planning notes, and correspondence regarding the organization of the event.

Dates

  • 1950's-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1991-2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and sensitive information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was established in 1991 with Sharon Barker hired as Director. The Goals of the WRC were to: • Provide educational and cultural opportunities that further women’s personal and professional development. • Promote a broader understanding of the diverse experiences of all women. • Increase women and girls participation in education and society.

From 1996 onwards the WRC was part of the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning. From 2006-2015 the WRC was based in 102 Fernald Hall. As the WRC grew additional staff and student workers were hired including: Faye Boyle as Administrative Assistant in 2002 and Carey Nason who in 2005 was appointed as the full-time coordinator for the UMaine Safe Campus Project.

Overseeing the governance of the WRC was the Women’s Resource Center Advisory Board. In 1992, the WRC also formed a Support Staff Committee to support staff at the University of Maine in the women’s movement. Other WRC committees included the Trusteeship Committee which gathered concerns and needs of women on campus, the Communications Committee, and Membership Committee.

The WRC established a number of projects including: • United Sisters (US) which was a gender equity activist group of teenage girls organized through the Women’s Resource Center. US began organizing in October 1996 as a result of concerns about the isolation experienced by girls who understand the importance of gender equity education and support. US delivered theater and educational workshops and conferences. • Girl Fighting which was formed in 2001 as part of Scholar-in-Residence Lynn Mikel Brown’s research into the ways girls’ subordination within the culture affects their relationships with each other. In 2002, the WRC hosted the first “Girls Will Be Girls?” Conference. • Maine Girls Collaborative which was formed to deliver events on encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM • Parents as Scholars • Wage Project

The WRC organized annual programs and events including the: • Take our Daughters to Work Day which was a national event established to provide a meaningful and productive experience for girls and their parents. • Expanding Your Horizons program for middle school girls. • Math 4ME Camp a week-long residential program combining workshops in gender equity, life skills and mathematics.

The WRC participated in a number of University of Maine campus-wide initiatives and events including the: • Women in Science and Engineering Initiative • Supervisory Awards presented by the Support Staff Committee to exemplary University supervisors. • Creation of the Classified Employees Advisory Council. • WRC Director Sharon Barker was a member of the: o University of Maine’s Strategic Planning Committee and chair of the Environment Subcommittee. o President’s Council on Women o Provost’s Gender Issues Advisory Committee and Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women Faculty. • Career Development Project for Professional Women on Campus. • Safe Campus Project, including the campus-wide training regarding Relationship Abuse in the Workplace and responder training. • Interpersonal Violence in the Workplace Policy Committee (also known as the Relationship Abuse in the Workplace Policy Development & Implementation Committee)who were tasked with drafting a policy on domestic violence in the workplace for the University of Maine. • Research on both STEM female faculty and also engineering student experiences at UMaine. • Partner Accommodation Project • Hope Festival which was a peace earth wide held at the University of Maine. • Turn Beauty Inside Out with the Cooperative Extension Service. • Hosting various University of Maine Student Women’s Association meetings and events including on reproduction rights.

Beginning in the 1992-1993 academic year the WRC published the Support Staff Newsletter and On Campus With Women which was a biannual information calendar of programs and events of interest to women.

The WRC collaborated with other groups in Maine and helped organize local meetings for women group including: • Using a grant from the Maine Women’s Fund to organize quarterly meetings of women in the Bangor Area. • Collaboration with women and girls in Aroostook County around gender equity issues. • Archival indexing to the records of women's organizations in central Maine project. • Totally Trades Conference

At the state level Sharon Barker chaired the Women’s Employment Issues Committee of the Maine Jobs Council which produced the Working Women In Maine reports. The WRC also organized activities to support national initiative including on working women’s issues, Vision 2000, National Girls Collaborative, and American Association of University Women Collaborative.

During Sharon Barker’s tenure she received a number of individual awards including the American Association of University Women’s 2009 Achievement Citation Award for Maine, Steve Gould Award for Service to the University, and Maine Women’s Hall of Fame Award. Following Barker’s retirement in the 2014-2015 academic year the WRC was run by graduate students part-time, until in the summer of 2015 when the WRC was closed.

In the summer of 2017 a Women's Resource Center was established by a group of UMaine students, but this WRC doesn't have the same level of responsibilities as the previous incarnation.

Extent

21 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The Records Group is broken down intellectually into subseries: 1. Girls Will Be Girls? & Girl Fighting Project Records, 2. Task Force On The Retention Of Women Faculty Records, 3. UMaine STEM Female Faculty & Students In Engineering Projects Records, 4. Safe Campus Project Records, 5. Women's Resource Center Administrative records, 6. Women's Resource Center Historical & Biographical Records, 7. Reference Material, 8. Women's Resource Center/UMaine Programming & Communication Records, 9. Maine Women's Fund Bangor & Aroostook Projects Records, 10. Women's Resource Center Archive & Library Projects Records, 11. President's Council On Women Records, 12. Hope Festival Records, 13. Totally Trades Conference Records, 14. Expanding Your Horizon Program Records, 15. University Of Maine Student Women's Association Records, 16. United Sisters Project Records, 17. Math 4 Maine Program Records, 18. Theses & Student Work Records, and 19. Take Our Daughters To Work Day Records.

Physically the records are arranged by subject and then by year. Loose and unlabeled items were filed and labelled. Content on the same subject and/or record type were merged where appropriate, but some subjects have items spread across multiple boxes.

Many folders were unlabeled so folder names and dates were added. Some existing folder names were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors. Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. Lettered folders contain material that was in subfolders which were separated into individual folders. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Custodial History

Folders in Boxes # 2, 4, 5, 7, and 11 came from the office of Sharom Barker, Director of the Women's Resource Center.

Folders in Box #6 came from the office of Faye Boyle, Administrative Assistant at the Women's Resource Center.

Folders 2, 3, and 4 in Box #12 came from binders with Willow Wetherall’s name on it. Wetherall was the coordinator of the University of Maine Student Women's Association.

Box 13 Folder 28 “Women's Resource Center -- Gender Equity Staff Meeting Notes” are notes taken by Charley Martin.

Folders in Boxes # 3, 14, and 15 are from the Safe Campus Project Team.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Boxes 1-15 were transferred to Special Collections by Sharon Barker, Director of the Women’s Resource Center as part of Accession # 2014-0828a.

Boxes 16-21 were transferred to Special Collections by Joan Perkins, Rising Tide Center as part of accession # 2016-1130. Box 16 Folder 10 "Women's Resource Center -- Maine Campus Article Re. Importance Of Defunct Women's Resource Center" was added to the record group by processing archivist Matthew Revitt on 2016-01229.

Appraisal

There was extensive duplication of material across the record group. Where identified duplicate copies of items were disposed of by the processing archivist (see deaccessions note for details).

Accruals

Accruals from the University of Maine Women's Resource Center are not anticipated because the Center closed in 2015 and its records have been transferred to Special Collections.

Bibliography

"Former director explains importance of defunct Women's Resource Center", The Maine Campus, http://mainecampus.com (accessed November 2016).

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, December 2016, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused in appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled added using information from ArchivesSpace.

Title
University of Maine. Women's Resource Center Records
Status
Completed
Author
Matthew Revitt
Date
December 28, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

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