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Old Dominion University Women's Caucus Records, 1972-2004, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Shalynn Phillips

Collection Overview

Title: Old Dominion University Women's Caucus Records, 1972-2004, undated

ID: 36/RG 36-4A

Primary Creator: Old Dominion University. Women's Caucus (1974-)

Extent: 3.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into four series: Series I: Women's Caucus Administration; Series II: Areas of Concern; Series III: Women's Caucus Events; and Series IV: Other Resources.

Date Acquired: 11/24/1998

Subjects: Equality, Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University--Faculty, Old Dominion University. Department of Women's Studies, Old Dominion University. Women's Caucus, Old Dominion University. Women's Center, Women's rights, Women--Societies and clubs

Languages: English


Old Dominion University Women’s Caucus (also known as the Faculty Women’s Caucus) is an active Old Dominion University organization for female faculty and administrators. This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, printed materials such as flyers and newsletters, minutes and agendas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, newsletters, minutes and agendas, and other records related to the Women's Caucus at Old Dominion University. Some of the issues presented in the collection include the disparity in pay between male and female faculty members, childcare, safety, and sexual harassment.

Collection Historical Note

The ODU Women’s Caucus (also known as the Faculty Women’s Caucus and the University Women’s Caucus) is an active ODU organization to this day but began on campus in 1974 as a group of women who gathered together to discuss issues surrounding the status of female faculty on campus. More specifically these women aid in affirmative action efforts to promote equality between male and female faculty, through salary, promotion, rank, retention and recruitment. From there the UWC ballooned into an organization that not only tackled salary discrepancies and promotion and retention, to one that attacked a wide array of gender issues on campus. These issues include, but are not limited to sexual harassment, discriminatory hiring/promotions practices, and representation of women on university committees.

On occasion the UWC will work on specific cases, working closely with university administrations and more specifically whoever held the office of University president at the time. Their major focus is to promote a woman’s position on campus as a whole. Issues the organization tackled were not always negative either, they also sought to uplift and raise awareness for women, both faculty and students alike through a number of conferences on a plethora of topics as well as holding small group meetings on women’s studies topics.  Some of the topics include sexual harassment, gender inequity, and women in athletics. Membership of the caucus is comprised mostly of female faculty and administrators. The major areas of and / or standing committees for the UWC were:

Gender Inequity: The UWC actively seeks the elimination of salary discrimination. They also work diligently at getting the administration to provide the UWC with data that allows them to examine the gender differences in salaries.

Recruitment/Tenure/Promotion/Retention: The UWC encouraged active recruitment and examination of women well qualified for recruitment, promotion, and retention procedures. Using affirmative action policies the UWC actively petitioned the ODU presidents to implement and continue fair promotion/retention/tenure practices.

Title IX/Affirmative Action: The UWC worked closely with the University’s AA/EO office that was established in the 1970s, to promote and ensure the rights granted to women under Title IX.

Sexual Harassment: The women of the UWC seek the implementation of new policies and procedures on handling the issue of harassment. These procedures and policies should align with Affirmative Action policies as they are endorsed by the UWC

Safety: The UWC wanted to establish a safe environment where women students, staff and faculty can have the same opportunities as men to use the ODU facilities such as computers, libraries and offices at night. Overall their major goal was to guarantee the safety of both faculty and students when walking around campus, particularly at night.

Childcare: For many years, members of the Caucus worked with faculty and administrators to provide more adequate childcare on campus and day care became available in the Child Development Center in the mid 1990's.

Race:  Worked in conjunction with other university organizations to aid in the elimination of racial discrimination of campus.

As a means of gathering information the caucus continuously sends out surveys on various topics. This way they can gain a better understanding of the issues women on campus deal with directly on a daily basis. Today the Faculty Women’s Caucus is an active member of the Old Dominion community where the members still sit on university committees and co-sponsor events with the Women’s Studies Department and the University Women’s Center.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University. Department of Women's Studies
Old Dominion University. Women's Caucus
Old Dominion University. Women's Center
Women's rights
Women--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: The collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Carolyn Rhodes

Acquisition Method: Gift of Carolyn Rhodes on 11/24/1998.

Related Materials: Old Dominion University Women's Center Records (RG 7-9A); Carolyn Rhodes Papers (RG 17-28B1)

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Old Dominion University Women's Caucus Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The collection was processed and the finding aid was created by Shalynn Phillips.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration, 1974-2004, undated],
[Series II: Areas of Concern, 1972-1996, undated],
[Series III: Women’s Caucus Events, 1974-1994, undated],
[Series IV: Other Resources, 1977-1988],

Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration, 1974-2004, undated
This series contains the administrative records of the Women's Caucus including meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and historical information on the organization.
Sub-Series A: History and Administration, 1974-1994, undated
This sub-series includes folders containing historical records such as mission statements and list of caucus accomplishments, but it also holds information dealing directly with the caucus administration. Information in these folders contains bylaws, presidential and financial reports and any other important documents pertinent to the daily functions of the caucus.
Box 1
Folder 1: Bylaws, 1975
Folder 2: Bylaws, undated
Folder 3: Caucus Presidents, 1974-1994
Folder 4: Financial Reports, 1976-1994, undated
Folder 5: History and Accomplishments, 1978-1993
Folder 6: Mission Statements, undated
Folder 7: Officer Election/Nominations, 1981-1986, 1991
Folder 8: Presidential Reports, 1977-1978
Sub-Series B: Meetings, 1974-1999, undated
This sub-series contains meeting notes, minutes, and agendas.
Box 1
Folder 9: Meetings, 1974-1975
Folder 10: Meetings, 1975-1976
Folder 11: Meetings, 1976-1977
Folder 12: Meetings, 1977-1978
Folder 13: Meetings, 1979-1980
Folder 14: Meetings, 1980-1981
Folder 15: Meetings, 1981-1982
Folder 16: Meetings, 1982-1983
Folder 17: Meetings, 1983-1984
Folder 18: Meetings, 1985-1986
Folder 19: Meetings, 1986-1987
Folder 20: Meetings, 1987-1988
Folder 21: Meetings, 1988-1989
Folder 22: Meetings, 1989-1990
Folder 23: Meetings, 1990-1991
Folder 24: Meetings, 1991-1992
Folder 25: Meetings, 1993-1994
Folder 26: Meetings, 1994-1995
Folder 27: Meetings, 1995-1996
Folder 28: Meetings, 1998-1999
Folder 29: Meetings, undated
Sub-Series C: Memos and Correspondence, 1974-1994, undated
This sub-series contains memos and correspondence not directly pertaining to goals and objectives of the caucus. Surveys can also be found in this sub-series.
Box 2
Folder 1: Memos and Correspondence, 1974-1980
Folder 2: Memos and Correspondence, 1981-1985
Folder 3: Memos and Correspondence, 1986-1989
Folder 4: Memos and Correspondence, 1990-1994
Folder 5: Memos and Correspondence, undated
Folder 6: Surveys, undated
Sub-Series D: Newsletters and Mailers, 1974-2004
This sub-series contains various newsletters of the caucus. Included in the sub-series are copies of the ODU Women’s View, the Caucus Newsletters, and the UWC Bulletin, as well as miscellaneous mailers.
Box 2
Folder 7: Mailers, 1988-1989
Folder 8: Mailers, 2003-2004
Folder 9: Women’s Caucus Newsletter, 1974-1975
Folder 10: ODU Women’s View, 1975-1976
Folder 11: ODU Women’s View, 1976-1977
Folder 12: ODU Women’s View, 1977-1978
Folder 13: ODU Women’s View, 1978-1979
Folder 14: Caucus Newsletters, 1985-1986
Folder 15: Caucus Newsletters, 1986-1987
Folder 16: Caucus Newsletters, 1987-1988
Folder 17: UWC Bulletin, 1988-1989
Sub-Series E: Membership, 1977-1997, undated
This sub-series is broken down into rosters and membership lists, as well as committee membership lists and goals, phone trees and contact lists.
Box 2
Folder 18: Rosters, 1977-1983, 1987-1988, 1990-1993, 1997
Folder 19: Membership and Dues, 1980-1982, 1990
Folder 20: Committees and Goals, 1978-1979, 1987-1991, 1993-1994, undated
Folder 21: Networking Committee, 1991, undated
Folder 22: Publicity Committee, 1984-1988
Folder 23: Phone Trees/Contact List, 1984-1986, undated
Sub-Series F: Men’s Auxiliary, 1986-1987
This sub-series includes correspondence between the men’s auxiliary and the Women's Caucus. The men's auxiliary championed the issues of the caucus on their behalf.
Box 3
Folder 1: Men’s Auxiliary, 1986-1987
Sub-Series G: Notes, undated
This sub-series contains miscellaneous notes and speeches.
Box 3
Folder 1: Speeches, undated
Folder 2: Notes, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Women’s Caucus Administration, 1974-2004, undated],
[Series II: Areas of Concern, 1972-1996, undated],
[Series III: Women’s Caucus Events, 1974-1994, undated],
[Series IV: Other Resources, 1977-1988],

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