The Rare Books Collection contains many historical items related to the subject of Women's History. The holdings document a wide variety of topics, including: international feminism, minority women, women artists, women and religion, sexual identity, female health, and body image. General keyword searches for the PAC Advanced Keyword Search include: "women's rights," "suffrage," "fem*" (for female, feminist, etc.), "girl*,""wom*n,""lad*," and "mother." " Remember to limit your location to "Special Collections."
Many books in Special Collections are related to Second-Wave Feminism, particularly donations by Bonnie Zimmerman. Specific topics include: patriarchy, lesbianism, class and feminism, and women's writing. Use the PAC Advanced Keyword Search, use subject terms "lesbianism," "feminism," "gender" "sexism," or "sex role," while limiting the location to “Special Collections.”
University Archives Periodicals
The University Archives Periodicals includes several campus newsletters related to women's studies topics such as: women in academia, women in administration, child care, and on-campus women's groups. Ask in Special Collections for help finding these resources.
Many San Diego State University Masters' Theses relate to social work, sexism in language, and analyses of the portrayal of women in literature and art. Using the PAC Advanced Keyword Search, input the subject term "women's studies" and limiting the location to "Special Collections" will pull up the entire collection of Masters Theses from the SDSU Women's Studies Department. Of particular note is Sara Beth Foulkes' 2007 thesis entitled "Coalitions, Collaborations, and Conflicts: the History of Women's Studies at San Diego State University from 1969-1974," which documents the development of the SDSU Women's Studies Department.