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Diane L. Fowlkes:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881


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Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Fowlkes, Diane L.
Title: Diane L. Fowlkes Papers
Dates: circa 1959-1998
Dates: 1973-1994
Quantity: 22.7 linear feet in 53 boxes
Abstract: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).
Identification: W018

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 philosophy.

Index Terms

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., 1939-
American Political Science Association.
Georgia State University--Women's Studies Institute.
Georgia State University--Faculty--Archives.
National Women's Studies Association.
Political science--Study and teaching.
Political scientists--Georgia--Atlanta.
Women in politics.
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 publication.

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.

Administrative Information


[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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Diane L. Fowlkes.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine D. de Catanzaro, June 2003; revised by Christine de Catanzaro, 2004, and by Morna Gerrard, 2006.

Related Material

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 Project.

Separated Material

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.

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