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Office on the Education of Women, Yale University, records

 Collection
Call Number: RU 821

Scope and Contents

The records of Office on the Education of Women, including records of the Special Assistant to the President on the Education of Women, document all aspects of Yale University's transition to undergraduate coeducation. Operations and programs of Yale College and the residential colleges were most directly impacted by the change. Planning for incorporating women in undergraduate life, admissions, and the first undergraduate female students are particularly well documented. The records, arranged alphabetically by topic, include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, admission applications and other student data, and printed articles and news clippings. In addition to administrative files, the records include subject files related to women and women's issues maintained as a resouce by the Coeducation Office. Researchers interested in women at Yale, coeducation, and women in academe will find the records a rich resource.

Dates

  • 1968-1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is partially restricted. See the Collection Contents for details.

Some records in this finding aid have been redacted, as they include student names, donor names, and other restricted data. These records will not appear in the published finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Yale University is retained by Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the Yale University Office on the Education of Women, 1975 and by Elga Wasserman, 2006.

Arrangement

The records are arranged by accession and topically therein as received from the creating office.

Extent

21.5 Linear Feet (51 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ru.0821

Abstract

The records of Office on the Education of Women (formerly the Coeducation Office) document all aspects of Yale University's transition to undergraduate coeducation, as well as the status of women at Yale and women in academe. Planning for incorporating women in Yale College and the residential colleges, admissions, and the first undergraduate female students are particularly well documented. The records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, admission applications and other student data, and printed articles and news clippings, primarily maintained by the Special Assistant to the President on the Education of Women.

Biographical / Historical

Kingman Brewster, president of Yale University, announced in 1968 that Yale would admit 500 women into Yale College in the following Fall. The impact of coeducation at Yale was far reaching, in addition to the integration of female students into Yale College and the residential colleges, services and regulations such as housing, dining, parietal rules, and health services were examined and changed as necessary. Additionally, a small number of new services and programs were created, such as gynecological services, sex counseling, and courses on human sexuality. Coeducation brought other women's issues at Yale, including women faculty and women's studies, to the forefront.

Brewster appointed Elga Wasserman as Special Assistant to the President on the Education of Women to serve as advisor and to oversee the planning and implementation of coeducation in its undergraduate program. Wasserman chaired the Planning Committee on Coeducation (1968-1969), which oversaw every aspect of planning. In 1969, the University Committee on Coeducation was formed and was also chaired by Wasserman. The Committee continued to oversee the transition and facilitate integration of the female students. The Coeducation Office, headed by Wasserman, was also established to facilitate programs initiated by the Committee and to serve as a resource for the undergraduates, as well as graduate students, other women on campus, and administrators.

Wasserman left Yale in 1972. Mary Arnstein became Acting Special Assistant to the President and chair of the University Committee on Coeducation. The Committee voted to terminate the position of Special Assistant and the Coeducation Office and transfer responsibilities to existing offices and a reorganized University Committee on the Education of Women in 1973. Some functions of the Coeducation Office were assumed by the new Office on the Education of Women. The University Committee on the Education of Women served as an advisory group to the president on issues related to women at Yale until 1977. There was a separate University Council Committee on the Education of Women that was a Yale Corporation Committee.

Appraisal

Routine administrative and financial records are not maintained based on departmental policy.

General note

Forms part of Yale Record Group 2-B (YRG 2-B), Records of Yale presidential assistants.

General note

Former title: Elga Wasserman as Special Assistant to the President of Yale University for the Education of Women records.

Processing Information

Except as needed, materials were not refoldered. Folder titles appearing in the Collection Contents section of the finding aid are based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. When folder labels contained no or too little information, processing staff supplied titles based on a cursory examination of folder contents and appropriate national content standards. Additional processing may be done in the future if usage of the collection suggests that would be appropriate.

Title
Guide to the Office on the Education of Women, Yale University, Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Mary Caldera and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
July 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
(203) 432-1735
(203) 432-7441 (Fax)

Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours