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Academic Affairs. Dean, College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences. Women in the Curriculum Program (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-003-025

Scope and Contents

The records contains mostly textual information created and curated by the University of Maine’s Women in the Curriculum Program, but there are also cassette tapes containing audio recordings of lectures.

The record series Administrative Records includes information about the WIC office itself, such as administrative records (memoranda), information on how to develop an office of this nature (fundraising techniques), and information that was used to develop curriculum/programs to be administered by the WIC office. Also in this series are WIC annual reports which detail the background of the program, its aims, and activities for the academic year; information on grants awarded by the WIC to University of Maine faculty, grant proposals, letters of acceptance, grant reports, and supporting material; and information related to the WIC Advisory Committee including: pending items, policies, meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting material, and member lists.

The record series Subject Records includes information on women in various occupations, career development, and specific syllabi for Women's Studies courses, how women are portrayed/treated in educational settings, general information concerning women in the political sphere, sports, women's health issues, and a broad range of social issues concerning women.

The record series Universities And College Program Information Records includes program information sent out by other universities and colleges including pamphlets, newsletters, information on how a particular school has addressed the inclusion of women in their curriculum.

The record series Lecture Records includes correspondence regarding the organization of the brown bag lunch series, fliers, questionnaire responses from attendees, articles, and information regarding the presenters. Also, in this series are recordings of various lectures given at the University of Maine as part of WIC lecture series and conferences and recordings of lectures given at state and national conferences which the Committee of Women and the Curriculum (CWC) helped UMaine faculty to travel to. The recordings were made available to others.

The record series Event Records includes material collected by WIC faculty from various conference attended and also material on events held on the University of Maine campus.

The record series Newsletter includes copies of both the Women in the Curriculum newsletter and the University of Maine’s Women’s Resource Center newsletter.

The record series National Women's Studies Association Records includes material collected by WIC faculty from various NWSA conference attended, various reports and publications, and lists of members.

The record series President’s Council on Women Records includes reference material, reports, correspondence, notes, and meeting material. Also, includes similar information on the related Task Force on Retention of Women Faculty, Task Force on Special Educational Needs of Women, Status of Women at UMaine, Subcommittee on Climate, and Project on the Status and Education of Women.

The record series Title IX Training Records contains a copy of an application from the University of Maine to the Department of Education for Federal assistance in providing Title IX training and copies of workshop session outlines produced by the University of Maine's Women Development Program for implementing Title IX at elementary-secondary schools.

Dates

  • 1911-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2012

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the Library.

Administrative History of WIC (Women in the Curriculum)

The Women in the Curriculum program (WIC) evolved from a pilot project which began in the fall of 1980. Headed by JoAnn Fritsche, Director of Equal Opportunity and Women's Development at the University of Maine, the Women in Curriculum Advisory Committee developed strategies for the inclusion of women's experiences and perspectives in the educational process. Fritsche was the first director of the University’s Equal Opportunity Office which helped pave the way for growing awareness of the importance of gender on campus.

In his inaugural address on February 2, 1981, University of Maine (UMaine) President Paul H. Silverman announced that he was appointing an eight-member women and the curriculum committee “to study needs and aspirations of women students, make recommendations on curriculum content concerning women, and consider the appropriateness of the traditional modes of delivery of educational and support services, particularly in the light of the new scholarship on women.”

In practical terms the pilot project looked at solutions for integrating women’s material into the curriculum of the University of Maine and looking at addressing sexist hiring practices for educational administrators generally and for graduates specifically. The pilot looked at four disciplines Humanities, Social Science, Education, and Science with different faculty members responsible for each discipline project.

In the fall of 1981, WIC secured a $203,000 grant from the Leadership in Educational Equity Project (LEEP) in the Department of Education to field test a model for other colleges and universities within New England hoping to implement similar curriculum transformation projects. The chair of the WIC Committee was UMaine English professor Nancy MacKnight. MacKnight would be one of the first of many UMaine faculty to receive a WIC grant from the Committee of Women and the Curriculum (CWC) to support individual department curriculum work, including travel to learn about fresh approaches to their discipline.

In September 1981, the WIC held the first of its brown bag lunch series for people interested in the WIC to gather and discuss the project and related issues. Over the years the lunches would grow in size and feature lectures from UMaine faculty and visiting scholars. WIC also organized and hosted a number of conference, symposiums, and workshops on campus. The CWC also kept the community aware of their efforts by publishing a newsletter for faculty, staff, and students.

In 1983, after the termination of the two-year grant, WIC was institutionalized with funding for permanent staff and operating expenses. In 1985, WIC became independent of the Equal Opportunity Office and the program was formally acknowledged with the name Women in Curriculum/Women's Development Program and Jodi Wetzel hired as director.

WIC were also instrumental in the development of the UMaine’s Women’s Studies Program under Evie Newlyn (1987-1988). In 1990, WIC's organizational make-up changed, installing senior, tenured faculty members as directors of the program on a release time basis. During the fall of 1991 the WIC office moved from its original location at Shibles Hall, to 101 Fernald Hall where it would share space with the newly established Women's Resource Center. The Women's Resource Center (led by Sharon Barker) would also take over some of WIC's non-curriculum related responsibilities.

Evelyn Newlyn also served on the President's Council on Women which was established in 1990 in response to the recommendation of the Task Force on the Status of Women. The Council looked at a number of issues related to gender and cultural diversity on campus and creating a better climate for women.

During the 1994-1995 school year, WIC officially changed its name to Women in the Curriculum/Women's Studies Program (WIC/WST), to more accurately describe its function. Because of university reorganization in 1997 the WIC/WST program was housed within the newly developed College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but later that summer moved to the College of Arts and Humanities.

In 2009 UMaine received a 3.2 million five-year Institutional Transformation “Advance” grant from the National Science Foundation Grant to support women faculty members in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. This new program, the Advance Rising Tide Center, assumed the role of providing grants and for offering faculty development symposia on topics of interest to all women faculty. In 2010 the WGS program stopped its grants program.

In 2014 the Women in the Curriculum and women’s studies program became the “Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies” program.

Extent

15 boxes

4 boxes (cassette size boxes)

2 boxes (Half size boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains information about the WIC office itself, such as administrative records (memoranda) and information on how to develop an office of this nature (fundraising techniques). This includes information on women in various occupations, career development, specific syllabi for Women's Studies courses, how women are portrayed/treated in educational settings, general information concerning women in the political sphere, women's health issues, and a broad range of social issues concerning women.

Arrangement of the Records

The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Administrative Records, 2. Subject Records, 3. Universities And College Program Information Records, 4. Lecture Records, 5. Event Records, 6. Newsletters, 7. National Women's Studies Association Records, 8. President's Council On Women Records, and 9. Title IX Training Records.

Physically the Administrative records are arranged by material type and then secondary by year in chronological order. The Subject Records are arranged physically by subject: Education, Occupations, Political Issues, and Social Issues. The Universities and College Program Information Records are arranged in alphabetical order by name of university or college. The Lecture Records Series records are arranged by material type and then secondary by year in chronological order. The Event Records, Newsletters, National Women's Studies Association Records, President's Council On Women Records, and Title IX Training Records are arranged by subject.

Some file names were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors. Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. Material were rehoused into archival quality storage where necessary.

Some box numbers have changed:

  1. Old Box #757 (New Box 1)
  2. Old Box #758 (New Box 2)
  3. Old Box #759 (New Box 3)
  4. Old Box #760 (New Box 4)
  5. Old Box #761 (New Box 5)
  6. Old Box #762 (New Box 6)
  7. Old Box #763 (New Box 7)

Custodial History

Boxes 1-7 were a gift of the Women in the Curriculum.

Boxes 8-10 & 19 were transferred to Special Collections as Accession # 2017-0807 by Laurie Cartier, Administative Specialist at The Rising Tide Center, Department of Sociology, and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Boxes 11-14 were transferred to Special Collections as Accession #2013-0828 by UMaine faculty member Dr. Ann Schonberger and former director of both WIC and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Boxes 15-18 and files 1-15 in Box 19 were transferred to Special Collections as Accession #2017-0616 by UMaine faculty member Dr. Mazie Hough who now teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and was formerly part of the Women in the Curriculum.

Folders 16-17b in Box 19 were transferred to the Special Collections' Annex from the office of Richard Hollinger, Head of Special Collections in February 2018 having previously been transferred to Special Collections from the Women in the Curriculum library.

File 18 in Box 19 was transferred by Katrina Wynn from the office files of the Maine Folk Life Center as was the 2002-2003 newsletter in and Box 11 Folder 1.

Folders 19 and 20 in Box 19 were transferred to Special Collections as part of accession #2019-0819 by by UMaine faculty member Dr. Mazie Hough who now teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and was formerly part of the Women in the Curriculum.

Appraisal

Duplicate copies of annual reports and newsletter were destroyed.

Related Materials

The record group Women's Resource Center Records, UA RG 0006.013.009 also contains information regarding the Women in the Curriculum (WIC) Program.

The record group Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) Program, UA RG 0006-003-027 includes records regarding the WIC in particular the Maryann Hartman Award which was established by the WIC, but is now organized by WGS.

Raymond H. Fogler Library holds the following material related to the WIC:

"WIC Newsletters", 1995/1996 - 2010/2011, UPub 6.3.25-4

"WIC Newsletters", 1981, Pamp 3871

"WIC Annual Reports", UPub 6.3.25-1 AR

"Introductory Bibliography for Curriculum Transformation. Women in the Curriculum Series [microform]" by Coulter, Sara (1997), Fiche ED432955. "Selected Project Materials, 1980-1983 of the Women in the Curriculum Program and the Leadership for", Fritsche, JoAnn M., Comp (1984), Fiche ED249153.

Fogler Library also holds material on Women in the Curriculum programs across the U.S.

Separated Materials

The Maryann Hartman Award was established by the Women in the Curriculum Program, but would later be co-organized with the Women’s Studies Program which would become the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Therefore the processing archivist made the decision to include the Maryann Hartman Award Records in the record group Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, UA RG 0006-003-027.

General

Formerly SpC MS 0588.
Title
University of Maine. Women in the Curriculum Program Records
Status
Completed
Author
Matthew Revitt
Date
January 2002
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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