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Women’s Resource Center Records

Identifier: WUA-01-wua00114

The collection includes scrapbooks chronicling the history of the Women’s Resource Center from 1973 – 2002, Women’s Resource Center group journals with both personal and business notes, Washington University newsletters and course listings, reel to reel, photograph and video recordings of events, independently-published publications, popular publications, and academic and government publications.


  • 1970-2015

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


27.50 linear feet

Historical Information

The Washington University Women’s Resource Center (WRC) was created in January 1976 by the Feminist Coalition of Washington University. The space was created to serve as a library, a lounge, and a meeting and informational space for individuals interested in women’s activities both on and off campus. The WRC moved locations several times throughout its 27 year history, as it was first housed on the third floor of the Women’s Building from 1976 to 1981. The WRC then moved to Umrath Hall room 157 in 1981 to be more accessible to students, moved again in 1986 to Prince Hall, and moved back to Umrath Hall in 1991 after a flood destroyed many of the WRC’s resources.

Throughout its history, various women’s groups maintained and staffed the WRC. After the Feminist Coalition and the Women’s Programming Board shared responsibility in the 1970s, the Women’s Resource Project took over in the 1980s. The WRC did not function from 1989-1991 after the flood in Prince Hall and was restarted in 1991 by the Women’s Resource Center Committee (WRCC), a group focused solely on the WRC.

The activities of the WRC throughout its history included coffee hours with professors, panel discussions, writing letters to the editor and editorial for the Washington University student newspaper, Student Life, supporting a women’s film series and later a traveling film series called Women in the Director’s Chair, writing a newsletter in the 1990s entitled WRC News, printing a calendar of women student leaders at Washington University entitled In Her Own Way from 1994 – 1997, handing out information and free birth control, sponsoring speakers, plays, and musicians on campus, collecting independent and popular publications for use in the WRC, and creating annual scrapbooks entitled HerStory and group journals to chronicle the WRC’s activities.  As of 2008, the WRC is no longer operational on campus.


This collection is divided into five series as follows:

Series 01: Resource Center Scrapbooks, Journals and Miscellaneous (arranged by type, then chronologically)

Series 02: Materials about Washington University Activities Related to Women (arranged by type, then alphabetically)

Series 03: Independent Publications (arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically)

Series 04: Publications in Popular Media (arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically)

Series 05: Academic and Government Publications (arranged by type, then alphabetically)

Series 06: Publications Donated by the LGBT Center of St. Louis (arranged by type, then chronologically)

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Washington University’s Women’s Resource Center on November 6, 2007. Additional materials were donated by the LGBT Center of St. Louis on March 3, 2016 (WUA2016-015b).

Accruals and Additions

Accurals are interfiled within collection.

Location of Original

Audiovisual media located in Film and Media vault.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding-aid compiled by Lydia Anderson–Dana, Miranda Rectenwald and Sonya Rooney in January – March 2008. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in Summer 2016.

Women’s Resource Center Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 25: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495