Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs records
The Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs was established by University of Maryland Chancellor Charles E. Bishop on December 3, 1973, to address the needs and concerns of women on the University of Maryland campus. Among the commission's goals were to maintain systematic contact with organizations on campus concerned with women's affairs and to identify unique problems faced by women at the university, including safety, implementation of Title IX in women's athletics, and the needs of campus working women. The commission's records include correspondence, minutes, administrative materials, commission-sponsored publications, and newsletters.
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Chancellor Charles E. Bishop established the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs on December 3, 1973, to address the needs and concerns of women on the University of Maryland, College Park, campus. The Commission, consisting of appointed faculty members, professional staff, classified staff, and graduate and undergraduate students, had the following goals:
- 1. To maintain systematic contact with organizations on the campus concerned with women's affairs to reduce overlap in their functions and encourage discussion among them.
- 2. To serve as a point of contact between the campus and external organizations concerned with women's affairs.
- 3. To identify unique problems faced by women on the College Park campus and propose solutions to them.
While retaining these early goals, the Commission's purpose expanded to include such issues as campus safety, implementation of Title IX in women's athletics, and meeting the needs of working women and women of color in a university environment. The Commission served as a voice for women and women's issues in the university community, advocating equality of rights and representation for all.
The Commission established subcommittees to concentrate efforts on specific issues such as personnel practices, professional growth, needs of returning women students, sexual harassment, child care, and elder care.
Among the major accomplishments of the Commission were the establishment of a day care center on campus, development and enforcement of a sexual harassment policy, and a major study of inequity in faculty salaries on campus. In addition, the Commission sought to insure that non-sexist language was used in all university publications. From 1986 to 1994, the Commission published annual reports regarding the status of women on campus.
All Commission members served in a voluntary capacity. Original members of the Commission included Dr. Virginia Beauchamp, Dr. Vivian Boyd, Dr. Richard Jaquith, and Dr. Margaret Bonz, who served as the first Chairperson. A full list of chairpersons of the commission is appended.
In 1987, the Commission changed its name to the President's Commission on Women's Affairs, and in 1996 it became the President's Commission on Women's Issues. According to a 2001 essay on the Commission's history, "The change from Chancellor to President mirrored a University evolution in language, and the change from affairs to issues resulted from a Commission decision. We weren't having affairs,' explained former Commission Secretary Mary Shipley. Shipley remembered good old boys who asked, Well, are you women having many affairs?'"
Today, the primary mission of the President's Commission on Women's Issues is to advocate for the interests of the entire community of women at the University of Maryland, following closely in the footsteps of the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs.
Chairpersons of the Commission
- Margaret Bonz, 1973-1975
- Judy Sorum, 1975-1977
- Ann Wylie, 19771978
- Bonnie Tyler, 19781981
- Vicki Freimuth, 1981-1984
- Carol Pearson, 1984-1985
- Diana Jackson, 1985-1987
- Virginia Beauchamp, 1987-1990
- Josephine Withers, 1990-1993
- Maggi Bridwell, 1993-1994
- Javaune Adams-Gaston, 1994-1996
- Nancy Struna, 1996-1998
- Laura G. Slavin, 19982000
- Larissa Grunig, 20002003
- Laura Nichols, 2003-2005
- Cynthia Hale, 2005-2007
- Donna Wiseman, 2007-present
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Materials in the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs records date from 1971 to 1988, with the years 1974 to 1984 most heavily represented. Meeting minutes and agendas, dating from August 1974 to November 1981, comprise the bulk of the collection. Subcommittee reports, discussions of actions taken, correspondence, and organizational matters are documented in the minutes. Internal memos, organizational and administrative materials, and mass mailings are also included in the collection, as is incoming and outgoing correspondence. Finally, the records contain publications sponsored or used as information sources by the Commission, as well as reports and news clippings about subjects relevant to the Commission's goals.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
Dr. Virginia Beauchamp donated the records of the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1987. Dr. Beauchamp donated additional materials in 1988. In 2004, Pat Johnson, Coordinator of Health Education, also donated Commission records. In 2009, Marsha Guenzler Stevens, from the Office of Campus Programs, donated additional Commission records.
Mary A. Stevanus, July 1988. Addenda incorporated and guide revised by Patricia A. McCracken, September 1988. Addenda incorporated and guide revised by: Julie Sager, November 2007. Addenda incorporated and guide revised by: Gail Cinoski, July 2009.
Materials were separated by document type and arranged chronologically. Exact duplicates were removed and discarded. Metal paperclips and staples were removed from items, and they were refoldered in acid-free folders and reboxed. The following accessions were incorporated into the processed collection: 89-46; 91-268; 2004-148; and 2009-189.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, April 2006. Additional markup Grant Hamming, July 2008. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, December 2008. Edited by Gail Cinoski, July 2009.
Arrangement of Collection
This collection is organized as three series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1971-1988 and undated (0.50 linear feet)
This series includes materials relating to the internal workings and structure of the Chancellor's Commission, such as meeting minutes, agendas, internal memoranda, staff information, membership listings, purpose statements, goal lists, and surveys, newsletters, and other mass mailings produced by the Commission. The materials are arranged chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Administrative Files, 1971-1974||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Administrative Files, 1975||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Administrative Files, 1976||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Administrative Files, 1977||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Administrative Files, 1978-1988||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Administrative Files, undated||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1984 (1 linear inch)
Letters from Commission members and to the Commission on such topics as campus safety, filing sexual harassment grievances, and Title IX are included here, arranged chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Correspondence, 1974-1985||series 2||box 1||folder 7|
Series 3: Publications, 1974-1981 and undated (1 linear inch)
Documents from the Commission reading file and miscellaneous handouts are contained in this series along with publications produced by Commission members or sponsored by the Commission. Items in this series include reports, newspaper and magazine clippings, statistical information, budgets, and newsletters. Topics discussed in this series include Title IX, sexual harassment, the needs of returning women students, desegregation, women working on campus, student grievance procedures, sexism in university environments, campus safety, and comparable worth.
Major publications in this series include:
Women Faculty in Higher Education. Dr. Anne Ingram. Department of Physical Education
Characteristics and Work Attitudes of Working Women on Campus. Alice A. Handley and William E. Sedlacek. Research Report #5-76. Included here is the final report along with three prepublication versions dated May 3, 1976, May 20, 1976, and August 30, 1976.
Sex discrimination Against the Woman Ph.D.: How Does It Happen? Dr. Anne Ingram. Department of Physical Education.
Beliefs of Women Faculty About Discrimination. Dr. Anne Ingram. Department of Physical Education.
Covert Discrimination and Women in the Sciences: The Individual and the Institution. Elske V.P. Smith.
A Study of Possible Sex Bias in Faculty Salaries: University of Maryland, College Park. Nancy S. Anderson, Department of Psychology; Virginia W. Beauchamp, Department of English; George A. Snow, Department of Physics. Subcommittee on Faculty Salaries, Chancellors Commission on Womens Affairs. October 27, 1975.
Report of the Committee to Investigate Discrimination in Athletics With Regard to Title IX. Yvonne Zitta, chairperson. November 24, 1975.
Final Report: Title IX Subcommittee of the Chancellors Commission on Womens Affairs. 1976.
Study of Classified Staff, University of Maryland, College Park. Jean B. Crabill. Department of Physics and Astronomy. September 8, 1978.
An Analysis of the State of Maryland Work Force on the Basis of Sex. AFSCME Research Department. April 1983.
The University of Maryland: An Analysis of the Work Force on the Basis of Sex. AFSCME Research Department. May 1983.
The Elimination of Sexism In University Environments. Linda Forrest, Ph.D.; Kathy Hotelling, Ph.D.; Linda Kuk, Ph.D. June 1984.
Complying With Title IX: Implementing Institutional Self-Evaluation. Martha Matthews and Shirley McCune. Resource Center on Sex Roles in Education, National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. 1975.
The materials are arranged chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Publications, 1974-1975||series 3||box 1||folder 1|
|Publications, 1976-1978||series 3||box 1||folder 2|
|Publications, 1980-1983||series 3||box 1||folder 3|
|Publications, 1984||series 3||box 1||folder 4|
|Publications, 1985-1987||series 3||box 1||folder 5|
|Publications, undated||series 3||box 1||folder 6|
Additional materials related to the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs can be located under the following headings in the university publications collection of the Archives and Manuscripts Department:
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. Newsletter. UPUB T1.
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. "Office Reporter." UPUB T1.
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. "Choices and Challenges." UPUB T1
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. "Personnel practices committee report on secretarial/clerical inequities, University of Maryland, College Park Campus." Prepared by Carole A. Cook. UPUB T1.080.
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. "Status of Women Students." UPUB T1.
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. "Women's Directory." September 1982. UPUB T1.
- Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. Status of Women Students. UPUB T1.
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. Returning Students Committee. Report of Committee on Returning Students of the Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. UPUB T1.061
- Task Forces and Committees. Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. Subcommittee on Undergraduate Women's Education. The education of women students at the University of Maryland College Park: issues and opportunities: a report of the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Women's Education, Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs. UPUB T1.069
- The University of Maryland also hold the Records of the President's Commission on Women's Affairs (Acc. 2006-33) and the Records of the President's Commission on Women's Issues (Acc. 98-67), the successors to the Chancellor's Commission.
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- University of Maryland, College Park -- Chancellor's Commission on Women's Affairs -- Archives
- Women -- Maryland -- College Park -- Social conditions
- Women -- Services for -- Maryland -- College Park