Women At Vanderbilt Collection

Identifier: MSS.0527

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Scope and Content Note

This is a small collection (0.42 linear feet) in two half size Hollinger boxes consisting primarily of papers written by women students in a history class taught by Professor Barbara Weinstein in Fall 1981 called Women at Vanderbilt. Altogether there are 13 research papers. This collection also includes a course syllabus and selected readings for the class, as well as newspaper articles relevant to the topics studied.


  • 1981

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Historical Note

Professor Barbara Weinstein of the History department offered course 295/2 called Women at Vanderbilt in Fall 1981:

“This course is, first and foremost, a research seminar which will allow us to investigate the broader question of women and higher education in America in terms of the specific case at hand — Vanderbilt University. The research and discussions will span the entire period of Vanderbilt’s existence, beginning with the decision to become a co-educational institution, and ending with the present era of affirmative action. The objective of this course will be, not simply to reconstruct the history of women at this university, but to ascertain and analyze those historical forces which have affected the position of women at Vanderbilt, and how this relates to the changing position of women in America from 1876 to the present.

The major requirement for the course was to produce a research paper using primary source materials from the Vanderbilt archives with the results being the thirteen papers which make up this collection.


.42 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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