WACO, Texas (March 16, 2018) – The Baylor Libraries, Institute for Oral History, and Women’s and Gender Studies program are excited to announce a new research resource spotlighting women’s collections at Baylor University. The site was launched at an event on March 15 and is located at baylor.edu/genderstudies/womenscollections.
In celebration of the launch and Women’s History Month, the Baylor Libraries hosted "Sharing Her Story," a panel discussion and reception featuring Deirdre Fulton, Department of Religion; Rachel Risk, University Scholar; Mattie Mae McKee, Congressional Staff, 1968-1989; and Adrienne Cain, Institute for Oral History. The panel, which was held in the Armstrong Browning Library, highlighted the stories of women featured in Baylor's collections and reflected on the importance of preserving women's stories.
"Creating the Women's Collection website has taught us so much about the women in our special collections and the Institute of Oral History," said Amie Oliver, associate director of The Texas Collection. "These women broke boundaries to provide a path to those who came after them. Our collections are a powerful reminder of their accomplishments, and we are excited to provide greater access to their stories."
This resource enables users to quickly search and discover women's collections held by Baylor University. The site contains featured content from the collections, search functionality to quickly pinpoint relevant collections, stories that highlight achievements of women, new additions to the women’s collections and topics of high interest.
"Our oral history collection contains the histories of women who vary in race, religion, and socioeconomic status. Together, these stories shed light on the broad experiences of women and the journey of women's rights throughout the 20th and 21st centuries," said Adrienne Cain, Assistant Director of the Institute for Oral History. "I am excited about the launch of this website in collaboration with Baylor Libraries because it provides a new channel for us to highlight the resources available in all of our collections."
To explore these research collections that feature the inspiring and engaging stories of women, visit baylor.edu/genderstudies/womenscollections.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR ORAL HISTORY
Through dynamic, recorded interviews, oral history preserves the stories of individuals who helped create the fabric of history and whose lives, in turn, were shaped by the people, places, events, and ideas of their day. The Institute for Oral History at Baylor University has recorded and preserved oral histories since 1970, earning along the way a strong reputation for multidisciplinary outreach to both academic scholars and community historians by providing professional leadership, educational tools, and research opportunities. The Institute for Oral History has and will continue to document memories representing the diversity of American society and encompassing varied topics of social and historical significance.
WOMENS AND GENDER STUDIES
Women's and Gender Studies(WGS) are the interdisciplinary studies of the human experience that places women and gender at the center of scholarly inquiry. The WGS program emphasizes the intellectual, artistic, political, social, economic, and spiritual contributions of women, which traditional scholarship long overlooked or denigrated. WGS uses the lens of gender to extend this analysis to a broader range of issues, including the social and cultural meanings of masculinity, femininity, and identity construction. WGS also explores the way that race, class, nationality, religion, sexuality, and other social categories influence gender roles.
In WGS, students learn about Women’s contributions to history, culture, and politics, the difference between sex and gender, the social construction of gender, the variations in women’s and men’s experiences across nations, cultures, religions, social classes, and race, and gendered constructions of knowledge and social institutions.