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Minnesota Women's Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ua01038


Collection contains the papers of the Minnesota Women's Center at the University of Minnesota.


  • 1960-2000


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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.

Historical Note

The Minnesota Plan for the Continuing Education of Women, the first program of its kind in the nation, was established in 1960 under a Carnegie Corporation grant. The focus of this program was to provide service and guidance to women during their academic careers at the University of Minnesota. In 1963, the grant was extended for two years, with the provision that at the end of the grant period the University of Minnesota would take full responsibility for funding the program. In 1966, the Minnesota Plan was renamed the Minnesota Planning and Counseling Center for Women. In 1971, the office became the Minnesota Women’s Center.

Beginning in the 1960s, the focus was on continuing higher education for women. The next decade brought a role in the national women’s rights movement. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Center provided counseling and resources to women students on campus and the staff offered campus awareness programs staff to educate the campus and public on sex and sexual harassment. The Minnesota Women’s Center continues its work of supporting women students at the University by offering scholarships, connections through various student groups and multicultural programs.


40 Cubic Feet (31 Paige boxes, 1 oversize)

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives from 1975 to 1988. Additional deposits were made by Dan Opitz on February 24, 2000, and by other staff in 2017.

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Processing Information

Processing is in progress.

Minnesota Women's Center records
In Progress
Karen Spilman
February 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • January 2017: Contents list added; additional accessions added

Collecting Area Details

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