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Amy K. Kaminsky Papers

Identifier: uarc 2015-48

Scope and Content

The collection consists of curriculum, administrative documents, professional organization files, grant files, newsletters, publications, conference and workshop materials and some notes and correspondence. The majority of the collection is the curriculum materials which include syllabi, course descriptions, readings, notes from lectures and materials specifically related to teaching assistants; their courses, evaluations and meetings. As part of curriculum, there are also files pertaining to national and international approaches to Women's Studies programs with other institutions' syllabi, publications, and correspondence. Professional organization files, other than those specifically related to the Women's Studies department, mainly involve the Women's Caucus for Modern Languages (WCML).


  • 1984-2014


Language of Materials

Collection material in English, with some Spanish

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Amy Kaminsky (b. 19 )

Amy K. Kaminsky was born in .... She earned her B.A. in Spanish in 1967 from Queens College, The City University of New York, attending the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, University of Granada, Spain from 1965-1966. In 1969 Kaminsky obtained her M.A. in Spanish from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and in 1975 earned her Ph.D. in Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University with her dissertation: "Marta Lynch: The Expanding Political Consciousness of an Argentine Woman Writer.” Her teaching career before University of Minnesota included being a Lecturer for the Department of Modern Languages at Bucknell University (1969-74), an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the State University of New York, College at Oswego (1976-1982), Women's Studies Program Coordinator at SUNY-Oswego (1980) and a Foreign Lecturer in the Department of English (1982-84) and Research Associate in the Department of Literature (1983) at the University of Umeå. She began her career at the University of Minnesota in 1984 as a Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, tenured in 1988 and then promoted in 1995. She has been Chair of the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies many times: 1992-1995, 1999-2000 (acting), 2001-2004, 2005-06 (acting), spring 2008 (acting). Kaminsky was also the Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota from 1997 until 1999. At the University of Minnesota she also has had teaching appointments in the departments of Global Studies (appointed 2002), Jewish Studies (appointed 2006), Spanish and Portuguese (appointed 1993) and Feminist Studies (appointed 1998).

Kaminsky's particular research interests include Spanish and Latin American literature, feminist literary theory and criticism, Latin American film, Exile and national identity in Latin America, Jewish writing and film in Argentina, and race, gender, and sexuality. She was an American Council of Learned Socieites Fellow from September 2004 until August 2005 and received a McKnight Research Award. Kaminsky has written three books of which she is the sole author: Argentina: Stories for a Nation (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), After Exile: Writing the Latin American Diaspora (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), Reading the Body Politic: Latin American Women Writers and Feminist Criticism (University of Minnesota Press, 1992), and has assisted in editing and introductions of others including: Water Lilies/Flores del agua: Anthology of Spanish Women Writers from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century and Is Academic Feminism Dead?: Theory in Practice.

Kaminsky retired from the University of Minnesota in Spring of 2015


5 boxes (5 cubic feet)


Collection contains the papers of Amy K. Kaminsky, former professor and Chair of the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies


The original order of materials was maintained except for the merging of directly related items and the removal of duplicate materials.

Source of acquisition

Materials were donated by Amy K. Kaminsky in July of 2015.

Related Materials in University Archives

Department of Women's Studies papers

Information Files: Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Department of

Information Files: Women's Studies Program

Information Files: Kaminsky, Amy K.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Karen Obermeyer-Kolb

Amy K. Kaminsky papers, 1970s-2015
Karen Obermeyer-Kolb
September 2015
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English

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