Women's Center Records, 1958-1997

Overview of the Collection

University of Idaho. Women's Center.
Women's Center Records
1958-1997 (inclusive)
1972-1980 (bulk)
1.5 cubic feet
Collection Number
UG 59
Included in the records are photographs, newspaper articles, lawsuits, a rape survey, budget and grant proposals, and various projects concerning the Women’s Center.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public, except for Series 3. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Women’s Center was founded in November 1972 to benefit the women of the University of Idaho and the community of Moscow. Its original goals were to increase the number of University women and decrease the dropout rates. Goals later expanded to include development and sponsorship of programs designed to increase awareness of the status, needs, and problems of Idaho women and to provide informative and educational resources.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of the Women’s Center span the years 1958 to 1997, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1972 to 1980. Included in the records are photographs, newspaper articles, lawsuits, a rape survey, budget and grant proposals, and various projects concerning the Women’s Center.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permission for use.

Preferred Citation

Women’s Center Records, UG 59, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Most of the content of this archival group was in labeled folders when received. Although many of the files have retained their original title, some were changed to clarify their contents. The organization of the files was rearranged to create a more coherent arrangement.

The first series consists of office files and provides an historical background for the Women’s Center. It includes publications, advertisements, projects, broadcasts, articles, photographs, videos, and annual records.

The second series is a collection of laws, rights, and statistics. It includes information on the Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, expense statements, Affirmative Action procedures, legal statutes, a UI rape survey of 1990, and various lawsuits pertaining to the Women’s Center.

The third series is restricted. The Head of Special Collections may grant permission for access. This box contains the original rape survey research forms, summaries of which are available in Box 2.

Location of Collection

Special Collections and Archives of the University of Idaho Library.

Acquisition Information

The Women’s Center transferred its records to the University of Idaho Library between 1998 and 2001.

Processing Note

Jessica Bowman processed the records in February 2007.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Office RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Women’s Caucus, 1972-1980
1 2
Beginnings, 1968-1972
1 3
History and Members, 1997
1 4
Women’s Center Logos, 1978-1994
1 5
25th Anniversary Contributions, 1997
1 6
Miscellaneous records, 1995-1997
1 7
Newspaper Articles, undated
1 8
Booklets, 1958-1972
1 9
Publicity and Blueprints, undated
1 10
Equal Rights Amendment Convention Photograph, undated
1 11
Women’s Center Quilt, 1997
1 12
Quilt Exhibit Photographs, 1997
1 13
Quilt Exhibit Photographs, 1997
1 14
READI, 1983-1985
1 15
Rural Women’s History Project, 1975-1976
1 16
Articles, aims, budget, 1973
1 17
Articles, poetry, 1974
1 18
“Half the Sky,” photographs, Survival Catalogue, 1975
1 19
Articles, broadcasts, grant proposal, 1976
1 20
Survival Catalogue, letter, pamphlet on women and law, 1977
1 21
Articles, letters, 1978
1 22
Articles, sexual harassment information, broadcasts, Women’s Center functions, 1979
1 23
Articles, Survival Catalogue, broadcasts, objectives, 1980
1 24
Articles, broadcasts, caucus survey, 1981
1 25
Articles, Survival Catalogue, 1982
1 26
Articles, Building Bridges booklet, 1983
1 27
Articles, broadcasts, famous quotes, 1984
1 28
Articles, broadcasts, 1985
1 29
Articles, photographs, letter, 1986
1 30
Articles, faculty newsletter, 1987
1 31
Articles, 1988
1 32
Articles, photographs, 1989
1 33
Articles, photographs, Elizabeth Zinser, 1990
1 34
Articles, 1991
1 35
Articles, student/faculty newsletter, 1992
1 36
Articles, open house, 1993
1 37
Articles, photograph, 1994
Video - Martin Luther King Jr. Promotion, 1987
Video - Oprah Winfrey “College Age Date Rape,” 1996

Series II:  Laws, Right, and StatisticsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 38
Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, 1985-1991
2 39
Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse workshop, audit, miscellaneous, 1989-1992
2 40
Alternatives to Violence By-Laws, 1984
2 41
Rape/sex survey statistics, 1988-1990
2 42
Rape education grant proposal, 1992-1993
2 43
Domestic violence media, 1995-1996
2 44
Women’s Caucus Conciliation Agreement, 1974
2 45
Lawsuit and related (Implications of Conciliation Agreement), 1972-1996
2 46
Laws: Idaho Statutes, Sexual Abuse Victim’s Rights and Compensation, 1985-1989
2 47
State vs. Gonzales, 1986-1988
2 48
State vs. Gonzales, 1986-1988

Series III:  Laws, Right, and StatisticsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 49-54
Rape survey original forms, some of which contains hand-written responses, 1990; statistics, 1990; and lawsuit proceedings, 1988-1994
Access is restricted. Consult repository for details.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Women college students.