Guide to the Bates College Women's Center Records | CA12.09

Summary Information

Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Bates College Women's Resource Center.
Bates College Women's Resource Center Records
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 2000-2004
Date [inclusive]
3.0 Boxes

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Historical Note

The Bates College Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was begun in 2000, with widespread support from students and other campus and community members, who felt that such a center would be valuable in light of widespread problems such as sexual assault, harassment, and eating disorders on college campuses. According to its constitution, the WRC aims to: create a safe space for women on campus; provide a space for the exchange of ideas outside of an academic setting; build a supportive community; generate dialog between women and men regarding women’s/gender issues; and to raise awareness of those issues -- all to “help create a campus free of sexism, discrimination and violence.”

By 2001 the WRC had established weekly meetings, regular hours, and a resource library including books, magazines and videos. The WRC continues to sponsor or co-sponsor monthly brown bag lunches, movie nights, speakers, and conferences, for topics including but not limited to: domestic violence, the effect of immigration laws on women worldwide, gender archetypes in the arts, sex and pop culture, breast cancer awareness/prevention, women’s history, student activism, and reproductive freedom.

In January of 2005 the Peci Family Trust made a large bequest to Bates College, which included a gift of $10,000 in the name of Vera Vivian von Peci (Bates ’42,) to establish a current use fund in support of WRC programs.

Collection Overview

This collection contains administrative records, programming materials, clippings, brochures, photographs, DVDs and posters documenting the history of the Bates College Women’s Resource Center. It also contains records pertaining to associated women's organizations, women's groups on other campuses, and assorted feminist issues.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into five series: Organizational Files, Programming, Associated Organizations, Informational Resources, and Special Formats. Only a minimal level of arrangement has been done within the series, with original order mostly maintained save for refoldering from binders and consolidation of previously loose materials.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

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Collection Inventory

Organizational files Circa 2000-2006 and undated 


Administrative/foundational circa 2000-2006 



Notes on administrative functioning 

2001 petitions in support 

2006 memo in re. $10,000 bequest 

Email correspondence 2004-2005 

Financial documents 2005 

Membership rosters and sign up lists Mostly undated 

Handouts from WRC office (brochures, etc.) April 2013 

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Materials from "Activities and Events Binder" (1) 2000 

Materials from "Activities and Events Binder" (2) 2001 

Materials from "Activities and Events Binder" (3) 2002 

Materials from "Activities and Events Binder" (4) 2003-2004 

One folder of unbindered programming-related materials Mostly undated 

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Associated Organizations 


Women's Action Coalition 1995 

Historical Note

The Women’s Action Coalition at Bates College was founded circa 1993, after a previous group called “Womyn’s Awareness” dissolved. The WAC was dedicated to “discussion, support, information and advocacy of and for women and women’s issues.” This group brought lecturers and performers to Bates, organized marches, and co-sponsored events with other campus groups. They also put out a newsletter called “Our Time of the Month."

WAC - Our Time of the Month newsletter, Dec. 1994/Jan. 1995 

Feminist Action Coalition 2005 

Historical Note

The Bates College Feminist Action Coalition was started in 2005, as a “non-sectarian, non-partisan, voluntary organization that utilizes resources made available by the Feminist Majority Foundation.” Its purpose was to empower women by advocating social, political and economic equality through political action and awareness of issues such as reproductive health, domestic abuse, and global women’s issues; and to provide leadership, education and community for feminists on campus. The FAC was founded because the Women's Resource Center was not meant to be an overtly political organization.

Feminist Majority 

Feminist Leadership Institute 2005 

Leadership Alliance 2005-2006 

Women Power Money Summit 2012 

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Informational Resources 


Materials from "National WRC Organizations Information" Binder 

One folder of information on other WRCs not originally contained in above binder 

Articles/clippings related to feminism 

Selected Bibliography for Integrating Research on Women's Experience in the Liberal Arts Curriculum (Schuster & Van Dyne, Smith College) 1988 

Change Happens. A Guide to Reforming Your Campus Sexual Assault Policy (by SAFER, Students Active for Ending Rape) 2003 

Vote, Run, Lead – Maine Go Vote Training in Augusta, cosponsored by the White House Project and Maine Women’s Fund August 14, 2004 

Take Back the Night Foundation Event Guidebook 2009 

Information about Maine Women’s Lobby 

Binder of information on history of women at Bates College 

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Special Formats 


Bates Students (newspaper) containing articles related to WRC. 9/26/2000, 9/18/2001, 9/25/2001, 1/22/2002. 2000-2002 


Photographs 2001-2004 


Two DVDs - A Voice for Choice, March for Women's Lives 2004 


Oversize Posters 


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