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Women's and Gender Studies Collection

Identifier: EUA096


This collection contains documents and information relating to the Women's and Gender Studies academic program at Elon University. For detailed information about the program, please consult the section below titled "Historical Note." For more information about what is in the collection, please see the section below titled "Detailed Description of the Collection."


  • 1985 - ongoing

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Please note that this section was written by Jennifer Smith, Belk Library staff member. A minor in Women’s Studies was first offered at Elon in the Fall of 1988 after having been approved during a February 1988 faculty meeting. In the mid-1980s Elon professors, Dr. Seena Granowsky and Dr. Martha Smith attended a conference on Women’s Studies programs at Duke University and were inspired to create a program at Elon. The two worked together to create the minor and the program of Women’s Studies in order to expose students to women’s issues through courses in English, History, Philosophy, Economics, and other related fields. Some examples of early course titles included Introduction to Women’s Studies, Feminist Approaches to Literature, and History of Women in the United States. Dr. Martha Smith became the first coordinator of the program and held that position until 1994. Smith started working at Elon in 1963 as an English professor and retired in 1994. When asked about creating the minor Smith said that “We weren’t doing this because somebody up there said you should go out and do this; we did it because we wanted to do it, and because the students responded to it.” In 2013, the Elon’s Women’s and Gender Studies program offers classes that help students analyze gender, inequality, and sexuality taught by faculty that are highly distinguished in their fields of study. Although a minor, there have also been students that have chosen an Independent Major focusing on Women’s/Gender Studies. The program has developed strong ties to the newly formed Gender and LGBTQIA Center; working with the center’s director to create programs and other learning opportunities that explore the study of gender identities and feminism at the university. The program brings speakers to campus, helps to support a feminist student group (EFFECT), and also sponsors programs such The Vagina Monologues and a film series.


2.0 Linear Feet (5 archival boxes)

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The collection is arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by type of material.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.

Related Materials

Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, December, 2013

Encoded by Katie Nash, January, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

100 Campus Drive
2550 Campus Box
Elon North Carolina 27244 USA