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Bringing Women's Studies to Puget Sound

This digital teaching collection focuses on the beginning of the Women's Studies program at the University of Puget Sound.

Bringing Women’s Studies to Puget Sound

Black and white photo of women sitting in chairs and on the floor

Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary field of research and study that emerged from and was influenced by the student, civil rights, New Left, peace, and women’s movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Described by Florence Howe, founder of the Feminist Press, in 1979 as the “academic arm of the women’s movement,” at its inception, women’s studies sought to bring  the social and political concerns of the era, such as employment and professional advancement, pay equity, questions of marriage and family, sexual politics, and more into university curriculums. By placing women’s lives, experiences, and contributions at the center of academic study, activists and scholars hoped to counter the lack of content focusing on women’s history and issues in higher education and challenge male-dominated fields of study and male-centric bodies of knowledge. To read the complete essay, visit the Overview Essay tab of this guide.

How to Use this Digital Teaching Collection

There are many components of this Digital Teaching Collection for you to explore!

  1. The Gallery: Browse the gallery of images below to get a glimpse of our digital source set. Click on the image to be taken to a digital database where you'll find a larger version of the object, more details about it, and be able to download a copy to use for research.
  2. Overview Essay: Want to understand how these archival items work together? Read our overview essay to better understand the greater context of the objects and the histories that surround them. 
  3. List of Sources: Visit the list of primary sources to read descriptive text that our librarians have written. These descriptions will help you better understand the object and will jumpstart your research. Click on the image to be taken to a digital database where you'll find a larger version of the object, more details about it, and be able to download a copy to use for research.
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  5. Additional Resources: The search for primary sources does not stop with one institution! We've listed other digital collections and repositories that have archival sources relevant to this topic as well as tips for continuing your research.

The Gallery

In this rotating gallery, you'll get a glimpse of some the items from this digital teaching collection. Click on the image to be taken to a digital database where you'll find a larger version of the object, more details about it, and be able to download a copy to use for research. To see the entire set of sources, visit the List of Sources

The Gallery

Drawing of the Statue of Liberty

The Trail, December 3, 1971, Women’s liberation issue, pg. 8-15

This selection of articles on women’s liberation was published in the December 3, 1971 special issue of The Trail, the student newspaper of the University of Puget Sound.

Black and white photo of five women setting on the ground next to one another

Tamanawas yearbook, 1975-1976, Feminist Student’s Union, pg. 168

This image of the Feminist Student’s Union appears in the 1975-76 volume of Tamanawas, the yearbook for the University of Puget Sound, which was published annually from 1920 to 2016. In general, Tamanawas documented student life, academics, athletics, and other activities on campus throughout the academic year. 

Typed words on green background

Women’s Studies flyer, 1974

This flyer provides information about course offerings in Women’s Studies for the academic year 1974-75. When examining this document, note the topics represented in each course and their disciplinary focus, in addition to how Women’s Studies courses fulfill curriculum requirements at the university.

Image of two column newspaper article

“Women’s Studies Program Successful,” pg. 10

The first article, “Goals of FSU Examined,” appeared in the April 28, 1983 issue of The Trail, the student newspaper at the University of Puget Sound, and describes the activities and goals of the Feminist Student Union. 

Printed questionnaire filled out in blue pen

Women’s Studies Advisory Council (WSAC) Planning Questionnaire, October 7, 1987

This item is a planning questionnaire form prepared by the Women’s Studies Advisory Council (WSAC) and filled out by respondent Stefanie Novacek, dated October 7, 1987.

Seal of National Endowment for the HumanitiersThis digital teaching collection has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this digital collection do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.