University of Idaho Athena records, 1987-2014

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Idaho Athena
Title
University of Idaho Athena records
Dates
1987-2014 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
UG 68
Summary
The University of Idaho Athena organization began in 1987 as a women's group for promoting the equitable climate for women, and providing professional development for campus women. This collection includes the records from the University of Idaho Athena organization spanning from 1987 to 2014. These include member lists, meeting minute notes, bylaws, newsletters, documents from the Women’s Leadership Conferences and Women in Higher Education Roundtable events, correspondence, treasurer’s reports, and research conducted by Athena.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 2088850845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions, except on Series 8 which will require review before materials are made available.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Joan M. West, a professor in Foreign Languages, founded the University of Idaho Athena organization in 1987, after five University of Idaho female faculty members went to the National Endowment for the Humanities conference in 1986. These women were able to get together and discuss the issues female professionals experienced in the work place. They continued to meet together informally and discuss these issues, inviting other women join They turned it into a formal organization on campus called Athena.

The organization promotes an inclusive and equitable climate for women, women’s leadership and networking and seeks to improve the campus climate for the female professionals at the University of Idaho. They also provide professional women at the University of Idaho with an opportunity to become acquainted with each other, to raise mutual interests and concerns, to further the growth and effectiveness of university women through professional programs, and to support the educational effort of women through stipends and/or scholarships.

Throughout Athena’s existence, their aim has been to support professional women. They have since awarded a scholarship called the Athena Opportunity Scholarship, and established the Women of the Year (WOTY) Award in 2002. Other events include the Women’s Leadership Conference and support programs of interest to other women on campus

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes the records from the University of Idaho Athena organization spanning from 1987 to 2014. These include member lists, meeting minute notes, bylaws, newsletters, documents from the Women’s Leadership Conferences and Women in Higher Education Roundtable events, correspondence, treasurer’s reports, and research conducted by Athena. The four versions of the bylaws in the collection were amended 1987, 1988, 1998, and 2007. Documents from events organized and attended by Athena members such as the Women’s Leadership Conference , the Women in Higher Education Roundtable (WHER) , and other workshops. The research conducted by Athena concerns campus climate and pay equity at the University of Idaho.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

No restrictions.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Materials in this collection were arranged based on different functions of documents used by Athena. Where possible the material was sorted in chronological order within the folders. Folders were sorted alphabetically by title. Materials under the subseries of Women in Higher Education Roundtable and the Women’s Leadership Conference, the order and original folder titles were preserved.

Acquisition Information

Materials recieved from the Universtiy of Idaho Athena organization in 1995 (MA 1995-05), 2008 (UA 2008-015), and 2014 (MA 2014-24, MA 2014-34, MA 2014-39, MA 2014-40).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Administrative materialReturn to Top

Documents supporting the function of the Athena organization.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Athena Board Report
1990-1991
1 2
Athena Web Pages
circa 1990-1991
1 3
Bylaws
circa 1990-1991
1 4
Forms
circa 1994-2009
1 5
Athena Web Pages
circa 1990-1991
1 6
Forums and Newsletters
1995-1998
1 7
Forums and Newsletters
1997-1998
1 8
Members, officers, and committee lists
1987-1999
1 9
Members, officers, and committee lists
2001-2002
1 10
Members, officers, and committee lists
2002-2009
1 11
Mission and History materials
circa 2004-2014
1 12
Miscellaneous notes and pamphlets
circa 2002-2008
1 13
Secretary notes
circa 1996-2000
1 14
Statement in Opposition of Proposition One
circa 1994
1 15
Task lists
1 16
Women's caucus documentation
Documentation related to a request sent to the Idaho Human Rights Commission about the University’s Compliance with the 1974 Conciliation Agreement.
2003

Series 2:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Correspondence in Athena is usually between the officers about event and meeting planning, or between officers and other members on the same topics. Occasionally some correspondence is between board members and people outside the organization to ask research questions or ask for their presentations at future events.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 17
Correspondence
1994-2001
1 18
Correspondence
2002-2006
1 19
Athena Web Pages
2007-2009

Series 3:  Meeting Minutes and AgendasReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 20
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
1994-1999
1 21
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2000-2001
1 22
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2005-2014

Series 4:  Research ProjectsReturn to Top

Research conducted by Athena includes pay equity of males and females, both current and retired faculty of the University of Idaho. Campus Climate research often includes male and female student count of all the different programs at the University of Idaho.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 24
Campus Climate Reports and Files
1993–1997
1 25
Campus Climate Reports and Files
1998
1 26
Pay Equity Reports and Files
1990
1 27
Pay Equity Reports and Files
1991-1992
1 28
Pay Equity Reports and Files
2000-2001
1 29
Subject Files: Campus Climate and Pay Equity
circa 1993-1995
1 30
Subject Files: Electing a New President
circa 1998-1995

Series 5:  Financial RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 31
Account books
1989-2000
1 32
Budget Plans, Treasurer Reports, and Other Financial Records
1998-2006

Series 6:  Programs and EventsReturn to Top

These documents are from the variety of events Athena both organizes and attends. Athena attends the Women in Higher Education Roundtable (WHER) and those documents include workshop descriptions, meeting minutes, research, and a mentoring program. Athena hosts the Women’s Leadership Conference on occasion, which includes a variety of workshops to improve women professional leadership.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 33
Flyers and Event Announcements
1994-1999
1 34
Flyers and Event Announcements
2000-2006
1 35
Flyers and Event Announcements
2008-2013
1 36
Gender Communication Workshop
circa 1995-2001
1 37
NSF Grant proposals
Program grant proposal to the National Science Foundation for improving the number of women faculty in science and engineering fields to improve campus climate.
circa 2001-2008
Subseries 1: Women in Higher Education Roudtable (WHER)
Box Folder
1 38
WHER Meeting Notes and Agendas
1990-2000
1 39
WHER Mentor Program
1995-2002
2 40
WHER EEOC Data Project
circa 1993-2004
3 42
WHER and Athena
2001-2003
2 42
WHER documents
2003-2004
2 43
WHER Administration
2005
Subseries 2: Women's Leadership Conference (WLC)
Box Folder
2 44
Women's Leadership Conference
1995
2 45
Women's Leadership Conference
2007
2 46
Women's Leadership Conference
2008
2 47
Women's Leadership Conference
2010
Box Folder
2 48
Woman of the Year Award (WOTY)
2001-2010

Series 7:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 49
Athena Gender Communication Conference Photographs
1995
2 50
Woman of the Year Award Photographs
2002

Series 8:  Digital MaterialsReturn to Top

Materials will require review before they are made available.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • University of Idaho Athena