New Collection Guide for Women's Center Records Now Available to Researchers

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Flyers for events sponsored by NCSU's Women's CenterFlyers for events sponsored by NCSU's Women's Center

The NCSU Women's Center has been a vital component of the campus community since its founding in 1991.  The Special Collections Research Center proudly presents a new collection guide that enhances access to records documenting the Center's history.

The newly processed collection includes flyers, pamphlets, announcements, memoranda, news clippings, scrapbooks, slides, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, and artifacts that document the activities of the center and its programs from the 1990s to 2014.  Some documents, including the Proposal for a Women's Resource Center at NC State, pre-date the founding of the Center in 1991. These include materials on meetings, councils, and polls that led up to the creation of the Center. Topics covered by the collection include the signature programs of the Women's Center, such as the Chocolate Festivals, productions of The Vagina Monologues, Take Back the Night marches and rallies, Alternative Service Breaks, and the Sisterhood Dinners.

The North Carolina State University Women's Center was founded in order to provide services to the women students, faculty and staff on campus. The Center celebrates women through support, empowerment, education, and leadership development, and it challenges and motivates both women and men to achieve inclusivity and gender equity.  The Center's stated mission is to build and create a community of authentic and engaged allies and leaders to pursue gender equity and social justice; enhancing the campus climate through education, advocacy, support and leadership development.

Every year, the Women's Center sponsors a performance of Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues,  exploring topics of sexual empowerment, sexual violence, and relationships.  The collection includes videocassettes, photographs, and programs from these performances by students, faculty, and staff.

Vagina Monologues programs from 2003.  The annual performances began around 2003.

 

Another signature program is Take Back the Night, a national movement against sexual and domestic violence.  The Women's Center organizes a rally and a march, and it creates t-shirts for the movement for Sexual Assault Awareness month.  

Take Back the Night Flyer from 2013Take Back the Night T-ShirtsA bookmark from Luna Fest in 2008.  Luna Fest celebrated short films by and for women.

The Women's Center Records is a complex collection from a processing standpoint.  There are a variety of formats, from paper files to scrapbooks, t-shirts, slides, posters, and plaques - items that do not fit in standard archival boxes.  In this case archivists deployed flatboxes, cartons, slideboxes, and other creative solutions, as seen in the image below.

The Women's Center Records housed in various archival boxes

The Records also have a large series of CD-ROMs, DVDs, and floppy disks, known in archival practice as Born Digital materials.  This collection provided plenty of material for Special Collection's Born Digital workflow, with selected disks being ingested into permanent digital storage. In these cases, researchers will be able to request and view the files on a secure laptop in the Special Collections Reading Room.  The disks contain image files, logos, and flyers, among other files.  Special Collections is also archiving the Women's Center's website as part of our Web Archiving initiative.   Captures of the Women's Center website are available through the Internet Archive from 2000 to present.

For more information or to request access to the records, use our online request form.