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The Women's Archives

During WWII the Navy established a training site for the Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) at Oklahoma A&M College. This photo is from the WAVES collection, part of the Women's Archives at OSU.

The Need

The Women's Archives at Oklahoma State University was established to collect, preserve and recognize the contributions women in Oklahoma make to family and community, science and culture, as well as business and government. Major Women's Archives collections include the Angie Debo Collection, the Jessie Thatcher Bost Collection, the Hannah Atkins Collection, and the WAVES Collection.

The Women's Archives Endowment was established in September 1997 through the generosity of an anonymous donor. A recently completed challenge grant from this same donor helped raise over $250,000 for the Endowment and a related work scholarship in the Women's Archives.

Recent activities of the Women's Archives include support of the Women's Film Festival at OSU, collaborative efforts with the Women's Studies Program at OSU, and reprinting of rare Oklahoma documents such as "The Memorial of the Women of Oklahoma and Indian Territory to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention."

One prime example of the kind of work the Women's Archives undertakes is the recent Women in the Dustbowl project. Much had been documented concerning the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, but the vast majority of this material was from the point of view of men. The Women's Archives undertook an extensive oral history project where staff members traveled the state interviewing women who had lived through this era of the state history. The stories of over ninety women were documented. Tapes of these interviews have been transcribed; the next step is to design an online presentation of this rare material.

The Opportunity

The Women's Archives Endowment supports the costs associated with acquiring, processing, preserving and promoting materials for the Archives. Although income from the Women's Archives Endowment is able to support several ongoing projects, additional funds are needed for collection acquisition and for making existing collections available to scholars and the public via the Web.

Every gift to the Women's Archives makes a difference. Donations of any size can be made directly to the Women's Archives and will be used to support the Archives' mission. Interested donors can also underwrite an entire project. There are many potential projects, including more oral history projects like the Women in the Dust Bowl Project, that require additional funding to initiate or complete. If you would like more information about the Women's Archives, check the box on the form from the last page of Perspectives and return it to the Library.

Contact

For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp, Senior Director of Development, at tropp@OSUgiving.com or 405-385-5664.