A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Fowlkes, Diane L.
Diane L. Fowlkes Papers
22.7 linear feet in 53 boxes
Fowlkes began her
25-year career as a professor at Georgia State in 1973, rising through the
ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor in 1980, and to full Professor in
1992. The papers and manuscripts of the collection shed light on many facets of
Dr. Fowlkes' career at Georgia State, including her promotions to Associate
Professor in 1980 and Full Professor in 1992, her teaching activities, and her
committee work (Series II).
Organization of the Papers
The papers are divided into seven series:
Series I. Biographical and personal
Series II. Georgia State University-Professional files
Series III. Georgia State University-Women's Studies
Series IV. Professional associations, awards and grants
Series V. Research and writings
Series VI. Artifacts
Series VII. Audio-visual materials
Oversize items in this collection are housed separately. The
collection's approximately 150 books have been catalogued and added to the
Women's Collection books. Catalog records for the books are available through
the University Library's online catalog.
Scope and Content of the Papers
The Diane L. Fowlkes papers document Dr. Fowlkes' 25-year career as a
professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Georgia State University.
The papers and manuscripts of the collection shed light on many facets of Dr.
Fowlkes' career at Georgia State, including her promotions to Associate
Professor in 1980 and Full Professor in 1992, her teaching activities, and her
committee work (Series II). The collection highlights particularly Dr. Fowlkes'
instrumental role in the development of the Women's Studies programs at the
university, tracing the progression from the Women's Studies Group in 1974 to
the founding of the Women's Studies Institute in 1994 (Series III).
In addition to the materials on Dr. Fowlkes' professional life at
Georgia State, a small amount of biographical and personal information
documents her life prior to her career as a professor (Series I). Included here
are official documents, transcripts, and correspondence of a personal nature in
the years leading up to 1973, the year she began her work as an Assistant
Professor. The collection provides significant information on Fowlkes'
wide-ranging professional activities (Series IV), including her work as a
Fulbright Scholar at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England in
1985-1986, her service on numerous committees and task forces of national
Political Science and Women's Studies societies, and her grants. Among the
grants that are highlighted in the collection is the Women's Educational Equity
Act grant program in 1979-1982. The collection also provides significant
information on her professional activities on the Feminist Action Alliance
(1974-1976), the American Political Science Association Task Force on Women and
American Government (1981-1986), and the National Women's Studies Association's
tenth-anniversary project (1987).
Materials on Dr. Fowlkes' research and writings form a significant
part of this collection (Series V). The collection contains drafts, research
notes, and correspondence relating to her numerous papers, articles, and book
chapters. Perhaps most significant are the drafts and research notes relating
to her book, White Political Women: Paths from Privilege
to Empowerment. Materials from the earliest drafts to the final draft
are represented in this collection. A small group of artifacts are grouped in
Series VI, including awards, business cards, and political and Equal Rights
Amendment buttons. Also included in the collection are audio-visual materials
(Series VII), comprised of photographs, microfilms, and audio and videotapes
relating to her research, writings, and teaching.
Biography of Diane L. Fowlkes
Diane Lowe Fowlkes, born in Memphis in 1939, spent most of her
childhood and youth in the Memphis area. After graduating with a B.A. in French
Language and Literature from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in
1961, she worked as a secretary in the Adult Education Center and also for a
short period in the college's Office of Development. In 1968 she came to
Atlanta, where she worked as a secretary, first at The Atlanta Ballet and later
in the Vice President for Academic Affiairs Office of Research at Georgia State
University. While she undertook graduate study in Political Science at Georgia
State, she worked as an administrative assistant in the Bureau of Business and
Economic Research. She received her M.A. in Political Science from Georgia
State in 1971, and continued her education at Emory University, graduating with
a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory in 1974.
Fowlkes began her 25-year career as a professor at Georgia State in
1973, rising through the ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor in 1980,
and to full Professor in 1992. Throughout her distinguished career, she worked
to establish courses and programs in Women's Studies. She was instrumental in
the formation of the Women's Studies Group in 1974, in the establishment of the
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies
in 1984, and above all, in the establishment of the Women's Studies Institute
in 1994 and in the gaining of approval of the Master of Arts degree in Women's
Studies in 1995. Dr. Fowlkes served as the Interim Director of Women's Studies
from 1990 to 1994, and became the founding Director of the Women's Studies
Institute, serving from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, the year she retired from
Georgia State, she was appointed Professor Emerita; during the spring
commencement of that year, Dr. Fowlkes was honored with the University's
Exceptional Service Award.
In addition to her service to Georgia State University, Professor
Fowlkes served in numerous official capacities on committees, task forces, and
associations in Political Science and Women's Studies, including the American
Political Science Association, the Georgia Political Science Association, the
Women's Caucus for Political Science, and the National Women's Studies
Association. She directed several grants during her career, most notably a
grant titled "A Model for Gender-Balancing the General Curriculum in Higher
Education" (with Charlotte McClure) under the auspices of the U.S. Department
of Education (U.S.D.O.E.)Women's Educational Equity Act. Drs. Fowlkes and
McClure edited a collection of essays from the project conference,
Feminist Visions: Toward a Transformation of the Liberal
Arts Curriculum (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1984). Fowlkes
has made major contributions as a scholar, with fourteen published articles,
four book chapters, and a book titled White Political
Women: Paths from Privilege to Empowerment (Knoxville: University of
Tennessee Press, 1992). Since retiring from Georgia State, she has published an
article and two book chapters and is at work on another book in feminist
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Fowlkes, Diane L.,
Georgia State University--Women's
National Women's Studies
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access, except for a few materials in Series II and
Series III that are closed to researchers. Permission to publish items from
living correspondents in Series II and Series III must be obtained prior to
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to
limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
[item], [folder title], [series title], Diane L. Fowlkes Papers, W018,
Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement Archives. Special Collections and
Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Gift of Diane L. Fowlkes.
Processed by Christine D. de Catanzaro, June 2003; revised by
Christine de Catanzaro, 2004, and by Morna Gerrard, 2006.
Related materials in this repository: In
the University Archives in the Special Collections Department at Georgia State
University Library, six boxes (Boxes 8, 10, and 11 through 14) of the Political
Science Collection (G1984-16) include project and conference planning and
management files relating to "A Fabric of Our Own Making," the U.S.D.O.E.
Women's Educational Equity Act project entitled "A Model for Gender-Balancing
the General Curriculum in Higher Education" directed by Diane L. Fowlkes and
Charlotte McClure (in this inventory, Box 30). The book manuscript for
Feminist Visions, the collection of essays from
the "Fabric" conference, is included in G1984-16, Boxes 8 and 10.
In the Women's Collection in Special Collections, see also the Diane
L. Fowlkes oral history interview in the Georgia Women's Movement Oral History
Collection (Manuscript Number W008). In addition, Series C: Women in the
Legislature of the Georgia Government Documentation Project in Special
Collections contains a series of eight interviews conducted by Diane L. Fowlkes
between 1987 and 1989. Transcripts of most of these interviews, which include
prominent Georgia women legislators such as Virgina Shapard and Cathey
Steinberg, are available in Box C-1 of the Georgia Government Documentation
Separated material: During processing,
printed material, including newsletters, pamphlets, and magazines, were
separated to the Women's Printed Collections. See List of Separated Material
following Detailed Description of the Collection.