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Carolyn Rhodes Papers, 1924-1926, 1965-2019, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Kelly C. Barbour, April 2006; revised by Mel Frizzell, March 2008; revised by Kathleen Smith, May 2014

Collection Overview

Title: Carolyn Rhodes Papers, 1924-1926, 1965-2019, undated

ID: 17/RG 17-28B1

Primary Creator: Rhodes, Carolyn H. (1925-)

Extent: 2.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Dr. Carolyn Rhodes. This series contains materials specific to Dr. Carolyn Rhodes including a biographical sketch and her academic resume. Material dates from 1965 to 1990, and is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series II: Women's Caucus. This series contains speeches made by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes at Women's Caucus events and her personal notes on the Caucus. Material dates from the early 1990s and is arranged chronologically.

Series III: Women's Studies. This series is broken into six sub-series: A. Course Materials; B. Faculty; C. Grants and Scholarships; D. Events; E. Promotional Materials; and F. Studies and Reports.

Sub-series A: Course Materials. This sub-series contains materials from Women's Studies courses including course descriptions, syllabi, coursepaks, and reading lists. Material is arranged alphabetically by course name.

Sub-series B: Faculty. This sub-series contains information on Women's Studies faculty. Currently there is only one faculty member represented, Dr. Ellen Lewin, Director of Women's Studies in 1988.

Sub-series C: Grants and Scholarships. This sub-series contains information on grants and scholarships related to Women's Studies. Included are materials on the Women's Studies scholarships in honor of Carolyn Rhodes and Nancy Bazin, and the National Endowment for the Humanities grant that helped establish the first Women's Studies courses at ODU. Materials are arranged chronologically, and date from 1976 to 2003.

Sub-series D: Events. This sub-series contains materials related to Women's Studies events. Included are lectures and lecture series; conferences; and other informational events related to women and Women's Studies. Materials are arranged chronologically and date from 1979 to 1997.

Sub-series E: Promotional Materials. This sub-series contains brochures, flyers, and announcements. These are mainly related to courses and course offerings. Materials are arranged alphabetically and date from 1980-1997.

Sub-series F: Studies and Reports. This sub-series contains studies and reports relating to Women's Studies and to Women's Status at ODU. Material is arranged chronologically, and is dated from 1974 to 1978.

Series IV: Other Courses. Series IV relates to courses other than Women's Studies. It is composed of four sub-series: A. Asian Studies; B. English; C. Utopian Studies; and D. Various.

Sub-series A: Asian Studies. This sub-series contains materials related to the Asian Studies Department. Included are materials related to position openings in this department in 1987-88, and a program where eleven faculty members, including Dr. Carolyn Rhodes, went to East Asia for a study tour. Material dates from 1987 to 1989, and is arranged chronologically.

Sub-series B: English. This sub-series contains materials related to English courses that Dr. Carolyn Rhodes taught. Material is arranged chronologically, and dates from 1972 to 1984.

Sub-series C: Utopian Studies. This sub-series contains materials related to Utopian Studies courses at ODU. Included is information on credit and non-credit courses, as well as a conference held in the Fall of 1985. Materials are arranged chronologically, and date from

Sub-series D: Various. This sub-series contains materials related to a Humanities course, "On Death and Dying," taught by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes in 1977 and 1978.

Series V: Speeches and Presentations. This series contains speeches and presentations given by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes at various workshops and events. Speeches relate to mainly to women's topics. Materials date from 1978 to 1995, and are arranged chronologically.

Series VI: Publications. This series is broken into seven sub-series: A. Published Material by Carolyn Rhodes; B. Annotated Books; C. Journals; D. Newsletters; E. Newspaper Articles; F. Unpublished Papers; and G. Other Publications.

Sub-series A: Published Material by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes. This sub-series contains book chapters written by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes, as well as information on books she edited. Materials are arranged chronologically, and date from 1971 to 1984, though most of the materials are from the 1980s.

Sub-series B: Annotated Books. This sub-series contains books annotated with notes written by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes. Books are arranged alphabetically by title.

Sub-series C: Journals. This sub-series contains journals related to Women's Studies and Related to Utopian Studies. Material is arranged alphabetically by title.

Sub-series D: Newsletters. This sub-series contains Women's Studies newsletters from the 1970s and 1980s. Material is arranged alphabetically by title.

Sub-series E: Newspaper Articles. This sub-series contains newspaper articles related to Carolyn Rhodes; the Title IX sex bias hearings; the Affirmative Action office; the Women's Center; the Women's Studies program; and science fiction courses and lectures at ODU. Material is arranged chronologically and dates fro 1966 to 1995.

Sub-series F: Unpublished Papers. This sub-series contains notes, abstracts, and other papers written by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes that aren't published in books or journals. These include the abstract for her dissertation and feminist arguments and critiques. Materials are arranged chronologically, and date from 1965 to 1990.

Sub-series G: Other Publications. This sub-series contains other publications and articles related to Women's Studies and women at ODU. Included are a theatrical play, yearbook excerpt, and a historical booklet on women at ODU. Material is arranged alphabetically by title.

Series VII: Correspondence. This series contains correspondence written by or to Dr. Carolyn Rhodes. Much of the material is related to furthering women's status at ODU. One notable letter is from the noted American psychologist B.F. Skinner regarding Carolyn Rhodes dissertation. Material is arranged chronologically, and dates from 1966 to 1988.

Series VIII: Title IX. This series contains material related to the Title IX sex discrimination hearings at ODU during the 1970s, including statistics on salary and tenure differences between women and men at ODU. Material is arranged chronologically, and dates from 1975 to 1980.

Series IX: Multimedia. This series is broken into two sub-series: A. Photos and B. VHS Tapes.

Sub-series A: Photos. This series contains photos of Dr. Carolyn Rhodes. Material is from the 1980s and 1990s, and is arranged chronologically.

Sub-series B: VHS Tapes. This series contains VHS tapes of lectures on women's concerns. Material is from the 1980s and is arranged chronologically.

Series X: Awards. This series contains awards bestowed upon Dr. Carolyn Rhodes for her service to ODU and the community. Materials are arranged chronologically, and date from 1989 to 1991.

Series XI: Miscellaneous Women's Events. This series contains materials related to women's events and lectures that were sponsored by organizations other than ODU Women's Studies, though Women's Studies was likely to have supported and attended these events. Material is from the 1980s, and is arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 10/30/2003. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Old Dominion University--Dept. of English, Old Dominion University--Women's Studies, Old Dominon University--Women's Caucus, Rhodes, Carolyn H.

Languages: English

Abstract

Dr. Rhodes was an English and Women's Studies professor at Old Dominion University. The documents include course descriptions, grant reports, meeting minutes from various women's groups, information pertaining to the Title IX hearings, books, journal articles, newspaper clippings, newsletters and pictures. Other items include award plaques and posters.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Papers of Dr. Carolyn H. Rhodes date from 1965 to 2003 and contain documents from Dr. Rhodes' academic and professional career. Most of the materials in the collection relate to Dr. Rhodes career at Old Dominion University in the English and Women's Studies departments, as well as her continuing activism on behalf of women and their status at ODU. Oral Histories of Dr. Rhodes' time at Old Dominion University can be found in the ODU Libraries Digital Collection's Oral Histories in Perry Library collection.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Carolyn H. Rhodes was born Carolyn Hodgson on May 16, 1925 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her parents were Lester Rhodes Hodgson and Dolly Griffin Hodgson. Dr. Rhodes has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Alabama, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in English in 1965 from the University of Kentucky. While in college, Dr. Rhodes administered psychometric tests for the Veterans Administration in Lexington, Kentucky and worked as an Editorial Assistant for Railway Age Magazine. She was a Haggin teaching fellow for nine semesters, from 1957-1963, and an instructor of English Language Orientation for Indonesian students from 1964-1965.

Dr. Rhodes moved to Virginia and began as an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University (then Old Dominion College) in 1965. She became an Associate Professor in 1969 and a Professor of English in 1978. During her tenure at Old Dominion University, Dr. Rhodes worked as the Principle Investigator for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Pilot Grant in Women's Studies. The grant, which ran from May 1977 to August 1978, helped establish the Women's Studies program at ODU, the first of its kind in Virginia. Dr. Rhodes was also a co-founder of the Friends of Women's Studies organization, established in 1985 to provide monetary support to keep Women's Studies alive. From September 1982 to July 1983, Dr. Rhodes was a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She received a second Fulbright to lecturer in American Literature at Peking University in Bejing, from September 1986 to August 1987

Dr. Rhodes passed away in March of 2019 and had two children, Richard (b. 1949) and Babette (b. 1951).

Chronology

Date of Birth: May 16, 1925

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Alabama: 1945

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Alabama: 1945

Master of Arts in Psychology, Columbia University: 1947

Master of Arts in English, University of Kentucky: 1959

Doctorate in English, University of Kentucky: 1965

Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University: 1965

Associate Professor, Old Dominion University: 1969

Principle Investigator, NEH Pilot Grant, Women's Studies: 1977-1978

Professor of English, Old Dominion University: 1978

Fulbright Lecturer, Romania: 1982-1983

Co-founder, Friends of Women's Studies: 1985

Fulbright Lecturer, Bejing: 1986-1987

Date of Death: March 24, 2019

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University--Dept. of English
Old Dominion University--Women's Studies
Old Dominon University--Women's Caucus
Rhodes, Carolyn H.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: An addition to the collection was received on 10/22/2004.

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: 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: Dr. Carolyn H. Rhodes

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Related Materials:

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Carolyn H. Rhodes, Part 1

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Carolyn H. Rhodes, Part 2

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Carolyn H. Rhodes, Part 3

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Carolyn H. Rhodes, Part 4

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Carolyn H. Rhodes, Part 5

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Carolyn H. Rhodes, Part 6

Related Publications: Oral History Interview with Carolyn H. Rhoades, Bibliography

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Carolyn Rhodes Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


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[Series V: Speeches and Presentations, 1978-1997],
[Series VI: Publications, 1924-1926, 1965-1995],
[Series VII: Correspondence, 1966-1988],
[Series VIII: Title IX, 1975-1980],
[Series IX: Multimedia, 1983-1999],
[Series X: Awards, 1989-1991],
[Series XI: Miscellaneous Women's Events, 1980-1988, undated],
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Series VI: Publications, 1924-1926, 1965-1995
This series is broken into seven sub-series.
Sub-Series A: Published Material by Carolyn Rhodes, 1971-1984
This sub-series contains book chapters written by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes, as well as information on books she edited.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 2
Folder 17: Intelligence Testing in Utopia in Extrapolation: A Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 1971
Folder 18: First Person Female American, 1980
Folder 19: New Women at Old Dominion in Stepping Off the Pedastal, 1982
Folder 20: Method in Her Madness in Women and Utopia, 1983
Folder 21: Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light in Aurora: Beyond Equality, 1983
Folder 22: Gail Godwin and the Ideal of Southern Womanhood in Women Writers of the Contemporary South, 1984
Sub-Series B: Annotated Books, 1926, 1971-1992
This sub-series contains books annotated with notes written by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title
Box 3
Folder 1: Encounters with Chinese Writers, 1984
Folder 2: First Person Singular, 1973
Folder 3: Gail Godwin's Stories (translated into Chinese), 1992
Folder 4: Herland: A Lost Feminist Utopian Novel, 1979
Folder 5: Idylls of the King, 1926
Folder 6: The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You, 1971
Box 4
Folder 1: Lilies and Other Stories, 1985
Folder 2: Love Must Not Be Forgotten, 1987
Folder 3: Peaceable Kingdoms: An Anthology of Utopian Writings, 1971
Folder 4: The United States and China, 1976
Folder 5: We, 1924
Sub-Series C: Journals, 1981-1990
This sub-series contains journals related to Women's Studies and Related to Utopian Studies.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title
Box 5
Folder 1: Synthesis, Published by the University of Pittsburgh, Women's Center, 1981-1982
Folder 2: Utopian Studies, 1990
Sub-Series D: Newsletters, 1970-1989?
This sub-series contains Women's Studies newsletters from the 1970s and 1980s.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title
Box 5
Folder 3: Iris: Women's Studies Newsletter, University of Virginia, 1970-1989
Folder 4: Women's Studies Newsletter, A Publication of the Feminist Press and the National Women's Studies Association, 1977
Sub-Series E: Newspaper Articles, 1966-1995
This sub-series contains newspaper articles related to Carolyn Rhodes; the Title IX sex bias hearings; the Affirmative Action office; the Women's Center; the Women's Studies program; and science fiction courses and lectures at ODU.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 5
Folder 5: Poetry Program Planned (Dr. Carolyn Meyers), Mace and Crown, 4 November 1966
Folder 6: ODU Course on Women, Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 17 February 1972
Folder 7: SF and Computers to be Topic of Next Lecture, Unews, 13 April 1973
Folder 8: ODU  Professor's Life Work to be Published (Ernest Rhodes), Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 7 March 1973
Folder 9: Rhodes Publishes Triumph, Unews, 9 March 1973
Folder 10: Old-Time Etiquette: Avoid Show of Knowledge, Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 13 March 1975
Folder 11: Science Fiction Goes to College, Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 14 August 1975
Folder 12: Salary and Tenure Compared by Sex, Unews, 20 February 1976
Folder 13: Survey of Sex Discrimination in Academe Begun, Unews, 18 June 1976
Folder 14: Hearings on Sex Bias Set, Unews, 2 July 1976
Folder 15: Is the Question Whether or How Much? (Title X), Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 15 July 1976
Folder 16: Sex Bias Hearings Continue, Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 16 July 1976
Folder 17: President Speaks to Faculty, Outlines Priorities, Unews, 26 August 1976
Folder 18: Title IX Hearings Move into Final Week, Mace and Crown, 27 September 1976
Folder 19: ODU Workshop Focuses on Women in Education, The Compass, 8 October 1976
Folder 20: Women's Center, Faculty Club Sponsor Conference on Women, Unews, 8 October 1976
Folder 21: Center Opens to Answer Social Needs, Unews, 15 October 1976
Folder 22: Discrimination at ODU, Mace and Crown, 25 October 1976
Folder 23: Women's Numbers Increase, Unews, 13 January 1977
Folder 24: Salary Averages Listed, Unews, 18 March 1977
Folder 25: Curry Named Director of Affirmative Action, Unews, 3 June 1977
Folder 26: Dr. Reuben, Consultant for NEH, and Dr. Rhodes Discuss the Newly Created Woman's Studies Program, Unews, 1 August 1977
Folder 27: Science Fiction Caters to All, Mace and Crown, 12 September 1977
Folder 28: Arts Reunion Attracts 2,000 for Programs, Unews, 6 October 1977
Folder 29: Curry Aims to Make Equality a Reality, Unews, 21 October 1977
Folder 30: Women's Dream Realized (NEH Pilot Grant for Women's Studies), Unews, 2 December 1977
Folder 31: Faculty Promotions Given, (Carolyn Rhodes), Unews, 28 April 1978
Folder 32: Women's Center Strives to Help Women Advance, Unews, 27 October 1978
Folder 33: Autobiography Subject of Tome (First Person Female American), Unews, 26 October 1980
Folder 34: Capturing a Heroine (A Review of The Scapegoat), Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 16 November 1980
Folder 35: English Professors find Romanian Studies "'Hungry' for Knowledge," ODU Courier & "ODU Scholar Finds 'Data Hunger," Thirst for Knowledege in Romania," ODU News Release, January 27, 1984
Folder 36: Southern Feminist (Carolyn Rhodes), Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 10 March 1985
Folder 37: Professors Relate Teaching Abroad, Mace and Crown, 22 October 1987
Folder 38: "They Were There...In Tinanamen Square," ODU Courier, September 8, 1989
Folder 39: Exhibit Traces the Career of Local Art Giant Zetlin, Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, 24 December 1995
Folder 40: Need for ODU Day Care Cited, Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star, undated
Sub-Series F: Unpublished Papers, 1965-1990
This sub-series contains notes, abstracts, and other papers written by Dr. Carolyn Rhodes that aren't published in books or journals. These include the abstract for her dissertation and feminist arguments and critiques.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 5
Folder 41: Dissertation Abstract and Bibliography, 1965
Folder 42: Feminist Criticism of Science Fiction, 1971-1976
Folder 43: The Case for Women's Studies in Higher Education, 1990
Folder 44: Feminism and Feminist Criticism, a Very Partial Reading List, For Beginners, undated
Sub-Series G: Other Publications, 1973-1988
This sub-series contains other publications and articles related to Women's Studies and women at ODU. Included are a theatrical play, yearbook excerpt, and a historical booklet on women at ODU.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title
Box 5
Folder 45: "A Dozen Improvments in the Status of Women at Old Dominion University, 1973-1978," Pat Hyer, 1979
Folder 46: In Celebration: Women at Old Dominion University, 1973-1983
Folder 47: Women's Studies Celebrates 10th Anniversary, The Laureate, 1987-1988
Folder 48: "Feminism"-Feminism: Our Purpose and Our Prospects; Miscellany of Terms Related to Feminist Issues, 1986-1987; Schooled for Submission: Myths Limiting Women's Potential
Folder 49: People are Women Too (Theatrical Play), undated
Folder 50: Miscellaneous Poetry: About the Saturdays; Hungry Ghosts

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[Series VI: Publications, 1924-1926, 1965-1995],
[Series VII: Correspondence, 1966-1988],
[Series VIII: Title IX, 1975-1980],
[Series IX: Multimedia, 1983-1999],
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