E-resources include databases, websites, e-journals, and e-books that are accessed through OneSearch, the A-Z Databases List, Research Guides, etc.
Manuscript and archival collections
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of San Diego County Records, 1907-2008The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of San Diego County Records document the YWCA's growth and evolution as a service organization for women and families from its inception in 1907 through the early 2000s. The collection comprises approximately 67 linear feet of materials including the organization’s administrative records dating from 1907 to 2006, financial records dating from 1908 to 2006, legal documents, correspondence, publicity, photographs, 35mm color slides, negatives, scrapbooks, audio and video tapes, computer software, floppy disks, CDs, and artifacts. Some administrative records are in paper and audio format. There is an extensive amount of material which documents programs, events, and conferences. The collection includes an extensive amount of photographic material documenting many of the YWCA's most important activities, including photos from the 1910s-1920s. The collection consists of six series: Historical Files, Administrative Information, Buildings/Facilities, Programs and Services, Events and Conferences, and Media and Artifactual Materials.
National Organization for Women (NOW), San Diego Chapter Records, 1964-1984The collection documents local civil rights; commerce and manufacturing; higher education; special education; family life; local government and politics; state government and politics; national government and politics; health services; law and legal profession; organized labor; women-in business; women-in government and politics. It includes correspondence, minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors, reports, financial records, membership lists, legal documents, newspaper clippings, and newsletters.
Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records, 1914-1976The Travelers Aid Society of San Diego Records document the branch's activities and service to travelers arriving in and passing through San Diego via automobiles, trains, boats, and planes. Though there is steady coverage from 1914 through 1976, there is somewhat more material from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Materials from the early 1920s are somewhat lacking. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, promotional materials, correspondence, office records, reports, case histories, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Older Women's League, San Diego County Chapter Records, 1980-1998The collection includes publications, minutes, clippings, and scrapbooks. It is arranged in six series: Organizational Records, Issues and Concerns, Publications / Meetings / Conferences / Programs / Workshops, News Clippings / Photographs / Miscellaneous, and Scrapbooks.
Women's Studies Department Records, 1966-2006The Women's Studies Department Records (1966-2006) document the growth and development of the first women's studies department in the nation, including its formation, early relationship with the Center for Women's Studies and Services (CWSS), now named Center for Community Solutions, course development, student work, and interactions between students and faculty with local, national, and international women's groups. It includes annual reports, self studies, syllabi, correspondence, reports, budgets, minutes, newsletters, course development materials, files from various events and organizations, and photographic slides. The collection consists of four major series: Administrative Files (1970-2002), Curricular Files (1972-2004), Organization and Event Files (1966-1996), and Multimedia Materials (1975-2000). The Administrative Files have two sub-series: Annual Reports and Self Studies and Department Office Files. The Curricular Files are filed in three sub-series: Syllabi, Course Development Files, and New Views on Women Records. The Organization and Event Files are divided in two sub-series: Special Events and Women's Organizations and Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering Files.
Women's Association Collection, 1927-2000he Women's Association Collection dates from 1927-2000. It documents the activities and accomplishments of this important group over several decades. It consists solely of paper records, and includes member directories from 1940-2000, meeting minutes, the group's history and by-laws, and association newsletters. Also included are copies of the four cookbooks published by the group.
Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records, 1993-2011The Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records document the history of AChA at SDSU. Highlights include a copy of the 1993 newsletter for the organization's first annual high school conference, as well as original transparencies and positives of AChA's logo. The records highlight the group's formation, high school conferences and other events and activities. The collection is filed chronologically with the majority of the materials dating from the early 1990s. The records consist of albums, scrapbooks, newsletters, transparencies, and photographs.
Associated Women Students RecordsThe Associated Women Students Collection documents the growth and development of AWS at San Diego State, as well as many of the activities and lectures it organized on campus. Also documented are some of the controversies involving women on campus in the early 1970s. The collection includes two scrapbooks, correspondence, meeting minutes, flyers, and budget information, as well as copies of the ever-changing AWS constitution.
Women's Regional Planning Club Records, 1960-1963The collection consists of 51 scripts which document three years of aired programs. Topics covered include community histories, local industries, transit, military, medical and personal histories.
Papers of individual women
Marybelle S. Bigelow Collection, 1953-2001The Marybelle S. Bigelow Collection dates from 1953 to 2001. The collection is arranged in two series, personal and professional. In addition, there is an oversized section, which contains materials from both series. The collection includes correspondence, drafts and manuscripts, photographs, diaries, slides and other papers related to Bigelow's personal life and career as an art professor.
Tish Sommers Papers, 1970-1985The Tish Sommers Papers include speeches and working papers, extensive correspondence with legislators and women's movement activists from 1970 to 1985. It also includes: photographs, drafts of published and unpublished manuscripts and research papers, newspaper clippings and publicity materials, organizational papers (correspondence, reports, fund raising and financial records), audio-visual material, awards, personal items, books and periodicals, and other miscellaneous items.
Dr. Helen L. Prouty Papers, 1926-2004The Helen Prouty Papers document Prouty’s professional career as a professor of educational psychology at San Diego State University with focus on both her professional career and private practice. The documents date from approximately 1927 to 2004 with the bulk of the material from 1950 to 1989. The collection consists of correspondence, lecture materials, private research materials, and documents about the organizations she was affiliated with during her lifetime. The papers are organized into three series: Personal Records, Professional Records, and Photos.
Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection, 1956-1970The Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection dates from 1956-1970, with the majority of items undated. The collection documents Chater's own creative research and writing process. It consists of paper records, audio recordings, other items. Included in the collection is a manuscript copy of Chater's The Bridge and the Sepulchre. Also included are manuscripts by noted science fiction authors Suzette Haden Elgin and Joan D. Vinge that reveal changes made to works before publication. There is no filing order.
Lida Brodenova Papers, 1917-1992The collection includes correspondence, awards, travel accounts, opera and recital programs, clippings, photographs, diaries, postcards, reviews, scrapbooks, photo albums, tape and phono recordings. Much of the collection is in Czech, and is separated into personal and professional categories.
Darlene Gould Davies Collection, 1948-2000The Darlene Gould Davies Collection consists of documents, materials, and ephemera from the Old Globe Theatre as well as personal files and materials collected during her active career in the San Diego community. It contains correspondence, meeting minutes, article clippings, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, journals, flyers, mailings, advertisements, brochures, posters, pamphlets, playbills, invitations, photographs, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, scrapbooks, stationery, and commemorative artifacts.
Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers, 1930-2003The Colonel Filomena R. Manor, USAF Retired, Papers consist of nine boxes. The collection’s content focuses in part on the evolution of the United States Air Force (USAF), Biomedical and Dietary Science Corp food and diet programs developed from 1947 through 1983, and the related activities of Filomena Manor, who as an active-duty air force officer from 1950 until 1983, played a chief role in USAF dietetics. Manor, who retired from the USAF in 1983, began her military career in 1950. The USAF Biomedical and Dietetics Files from 1947 through 1983 reflect the development of the USAF food programs, while the Filomena Manor Files address the individual military career of Filomena Manor and her contributions to the USAF dietetics programs. While the collection contains general documents of the Biomedical Sciences Corps, two programs, the Cooked Therapeutic In-Flight Meals (CTIM) program implemented in 1968, and the establishment of the USAF Dietetic Internship program beginning in 1972, were ones with which Colonel Manor was involved.
Madeline Tabler Collection, 1963-1975The Madeline Tabler Collection documents the creative process behind writing children's and young adult literature. The collection dates from 1963-1975. The collection consists primarily of unpublished manuscripts and published articles. It has accordingly been divided into two series, Manuscripts and Articles.
Kathleen B. Jones Papers, 1977-2003The Kathleen B. Jones Papers document Jones’ professional career as a Professor, Associate Dean at San Diego State University and as activist-scholar within the greater community. This collection provides researchers with documentation of some of the activities and the contributions Jones made to the area of feminist scholarship. The papers date from 1977 to 2003, with the bulk of the documents created in the 1980s and 1990s. The collection consists of academic papers related to courses Jones instructed; materials from community-based projects, including video records; and papers documenting Jones’ international work in South Africa and at the University of Örebro, Sweden. The collection has been divided into two series, Academic Papers and Professional Papers. The Professional series contains three sub-series: Community Projects, Homicide Research, and Conference/Outreach. The collection contains a number of video recordings, photographs, and posters.
Enriqueta Chavez Papers, 1955-2000The Enriqueta Chavez Papers (1955-2000) document Chavez's work as a student activist, educator, counselor, and advocate for bilingual education. Highlights include materials relating to the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán's (MEChA) role in the operation and administration of the Mexican-American Studies Department. The majority of material dates from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s and primarily details Chavez's affiliation with MEChA, her tenure as a lecturer in the Mexican-American Studies Department, and her early activism. Her papers include correspondence, syllabi, articles, course files, handouts, newspapers, conference material, and reports. The collection is divided into three series: the Groups and Organizations Files (1965-2000), Education Files (1962-1980), and Publications (1955-1980).
Myrtle Elizabeth Johnson Papers, 1904-1928The collection consists of manuscript drafts for the book Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast, photographs, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are particularly noteworthy, and contain images of the 1915-1916 San Diego Exposition and other scenes of life in the early city. The photograph albums document Johnson's frequent participation in the annual Sierra Club outings to Yosemite and other national parks between 1914 and 1928, and include photographs of wilderness scenery, wildlife, and scenes from camp such as games, campfires, hikes, and meals with outing participants.
Georgia C. Amsden Papers, 1917-1974The collection primarily documents Amsden's work with the American Red Cross and the Federal Department of Vocational Education in France between 1918 and 1919, as well as her later work at the San Diego State College of Business teaching stenography and shorthand. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, resumes, work reports, speeches, photographs, a scrapbook, and various artifacts including patches, pins, buttons and a bracelet, and souvenir and guide books. Highlights include detailed correspondence about Amsden's experience in war-torn France. Of particular interest is a letter detailing Armistice Day in Paris
Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997The Maria Garcia Papers (1968-1997) document the establishment of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County and Garcia's work in education. Of particular interest are early Chicano Federation records, including Federation newsletters and documents relating to the Federation's Leadership Training Program. In addition, the collection contains an extensive collection of Chicano newspapers and newsletters dating from 1968 to 1977, including La Verdad and La Voz del Pueblo. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, conference papers, newsletters, and newspapers. The majority of materials date from 1968 to 1980.
Beatrice S. Levy Papers, 1912-1968The collection encompasses a variety of document types related to the professional life of Beatrice Levy. There is active correspondence, most of which pertains to exhibition activities throughout her career. Newspaper clippings in the collection primarily document exhibition showings or awards from a variety of sources for Ms. Levy’s work. General ephemera include invitations, program and award announcements, and the like. Personal documents include several versions of her artist’s professional resume.
Evelyn Lockman Papers, 1929-1973The Evelyn Lockman Papers document the career of an internationally recognized modern, jazz, and world dance performer and teacher.
Sybil Eliza Jones Papers, 1900-1948The small collection consists of plays that Jones wrote for students in the Drama Department and Speech Arts Department while at San Diego State, musical compositions (presumably also performed at SDSU), and course materials for music theory and drama classes.
Effie May Power Collection, 1909-1927The Effie May Power Collection documents Power's time in nursing school at San Diego County Hospital, and her time working as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Prescott, Arizona. Highlights include correspondence in which Power refers to construction and rennovations taking place at San Diego County Hospital, and working with Dr. Charlotte Baker, San Diego's first female doctor, as well as course notes and the red cross armband Power made for herself. The collection consists of correspondence, press clippings, photographs and course notes.
Rachel Harris Campbell Papers, 1937-1966The collection contains personal newsletters, entited Au Courant, written and published by Campbell from her home in Fayetteville, Arkansas at her Rose Dragon Press. These newsletters include personal reminiscences, book reviews, local news, weather, and current events. Also included is a copy of This Day Came, a collection of poetry written by Campbell and published by the Gamma Psi Literary Fraternity at San Diego State College in 1937.
Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection, 1877-1922The Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection documents both Black and his presidency, and includes correspondence, financial records, annual reports, Pauline Black's diaries, and a scrapbook of the trip Mr. Black and his daughter took around the world
Rare Books Collection
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 in OneSearch include: "women's rights," "suffrage," "fem*" (for female, feminist, etc.), "girl*,""wom*n,""lad*," and "mother." " Once you have results, look under "Tweak my results" and 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 advanced search in OneSearch, with subject terms "lesbianism," "feminism," "gender" "sexism," or "sex role," while limiting the location to “Special Collections” once you have results.
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 advanced search in OneSearch, input the subject term "women's studies" and limiting the location to "Special Collections" once you have results 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.
John and Jane Adams Trade Card CollectionA variety of products are advertised in the collection. All trade cards in the collection are American except two French cards which can be found in the "Miscellaneous Products" folder. This collection has been digitized: http://ibase.sdsu.edu/index.php?a=ViewItem&i=531
Louise Patterson Scrapbook, 1915-1925This scrapbook was created by Miss Louise Patterson, daughter of Mrs. Louise Hillard Patterson and student at Coronado High School. Originally from Baltimore, this mother and daughter resided at Coronado Beach and were both prominent local socialites. Miss Patterson's scrapbook documents life in high society from 1915 to 1925, and includes numerous invitations to bridge teas and other social functions from other San Diego socialites of the time. A large number of elaborate invitations to costume balls, dances, suppers, and teas from "the management of the Hotel del Coronado" are present, including invitations to the 1917 Black and White Ball and the 1917 Ball of the Arabian Nights. Other items include theatre programs from the Isis, Strand, Spreckels, and Cabrillo Theatres, programs from events at the Point Loma Theosophical Headquarters, calling cards, photographs, and tickets to Expositions. Nearly every item is annotated with attendees' names or short descriptions.
Shen Yo ScrapbookNamed for the Chinese poet, the Shen Yo sorority held its first meeting 21 December 1921 at the home of Elsie Corrin, and was the first sorority at San Diego State College. The group initially consisted of twelve members who sought to provide “inspiration of achievement” and find “joy in friendship” by forming the sorority. Their colors were Chinese red and blue. By the 1930s, Shen Yo consisted of over eighty members and included an alumni chapter. The sorority held numerous dances, parties, teas, bridge games, and dinners.
Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection, 1966-2013This collection covers social issues of the late 1960s to mid 1970s in the United States, especially as manifested on the San Diego State University (College) campus and in San Diego County. These issues include women's rights, civil rights, Marxism, Socialism, Vietnam war protests and other issues related to military conflicts, prisoners' rights, and counter-culture or alternative lifestyles.