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The Papers of the ODU Women's Center

Historical Sketch

The Women’s Center opened in 1976 and is responsible for providing information and support to older and/or returning women students through courses, programs, conferences and support groups.  It also provides information on issues important to students, including sexual assault on campus.  In 1995, the Women in Leadership and Development (W.I.L.D.) program was started, which supports women aspiring to attain leadership roles by enhancing leadership skills, and creating a social network for like-minded women.

Scope and Contents

The papers of the Women’s Center date from 1978 through 2004.  The collection contains newsletters, event fliers, memos, a listing of courses offered each semester, course fliers, photographs, a newspaper clipping and a reference letter pertaining to Julie Dodd (also known as Julie White), director of the Women’s Center, as well as W.I.L.D. memos and brochures.

Series Descriptions

Series I. Administrative: This series relates to the administrative aspect of the Women’s Center. It includes correspondence in regards to Julie Dodd’s candidacy for Coordinator of the National Women’s Studies Association as well as an itinerary for a Women’s Day Forum where she spoke.  It includes pamphlets that provide general information on the Women’s Center.  It includes various newsletters published by the Women’s Center.   

Sub-series A: Women’s Center Director and General Information: This sub-series includes correspondence pertaining to Julie Dodd (itinerary for speaking engagement, 1980; reference letter, 1981; resume, 1977; newspaper clipping, 1984) as well as undated pamphlets that explain the general overview of the Women’s Center.

Sub-series B: Newsletters: This sub-series includes the Women’s Center newsletters from 1981 through 2002.  It is made up of The Women’s Center Newsletter, 1981-1988, Returning Women’s Newsletter, 1986 through 1988, The Returning Woman Newsletter, 1988, 1990, 1991, Prisms Newsletter, 1989 through 1992, and The Collegiate Woman, 1998-2002.

Series II. Courses, Programs, Seminars and Workshops: This series includes brochures that provide information on courses being offered during the semester, 1978 through 1987, and include the date and time of each.  It also includes fliers and pamphlets on the courses, as well as programs, seminars and workshops, late 1970s through 1980.  W.I.L.D. memos and brochures are also included, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Series III. Events: This series includes memos and letters on conferences and receptions, late 1970s through mid-1980s, brochures on lectures and discussions, 1979, and a flier and invitation of the tenth anniversary of the Women’s Center, 1986.  It also includes an undated flier for a personal support group, a brochure for co-sponsored event at Obici Hospital, 1990, and a report on the Hidden from History conference, 1978.

Series IV. Photographs: This series includes three photographs of women involved in Women’s Center activities.


The Women’s Center donated this material in 2009.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


1 Hollinger Box.

Collection Number

RG 7-9A

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Papers of the Women’s Center, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Container Listing

Series I. Administrative

Sub-series A: Women’s Center Director and General Information

Folder 1: Julie White aka Julie Dodd, Director of the Women’s Center, 1977, 1981, mid-1980s.
Folder 2: Pamphlets, n.d.

Sub-series B: Newsletters

Folder 3: The Women’s Center, 1981-1988.
Folder 4: Returning Women’s Newsletter, 1986-1988.
Folder 5: The Returning Woman, 1988, 1990, 1991.
Folder 6: The Women’s Center Prisms, 1989-1992.
Folder 7: The Collegiate Woman, 1998-2002.

Series II. Courses, Programs, Seminars and Workshops

Folder 8: Course Listing Brochures, 1978-1987.
Folder 9: Brochure for Women and Alcohol Program, 1979
Folder 10: Brochures for Business/Management for Women’s Programs, late 1970s, 1979, 1980.
Folder 11: Brochures for New/Alternative Careers for Teachers Programs, late 1970s, 1980.
Folder 12: Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.), 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004.

Series III. Events

Folder 13: Returning Women’s Reception letters and fliers, 1985.
Folder 14: The Returning Women’s Conference, 1981, 1985.
Folder 15: Flier for Conference on Women in Higher Education, 1976.
Folder 16: Brochure for Conference on Hidden from History, 1978.
Folder 17: Sexual Assault Awareness pamphlets and lectures, n.d., 1978, 1985.
Folder 18: Flier for Brown Bag Lunch/Lunchtime Discussion Series, n.d.
Folder 19: Brochure for Exploring Your “Women’s Intuition” and The Creative Woman, n.d.
Folder 20: 10th Anniversary of Women’s Center invitation, 1986
Folder 21: Flier to Join a Personal Support Group, n.d.
Folder 22: Co-sponsored Event Brochure, 1990.
Folder 23: Report of Conference Hidden from History, 1978.

Series IV. Photographs

Folder 24: Photographs, n.d.

Revised 11/05/09