A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Bell, Linda A.
Linda A. Bell papers
18 linear ft. (in
Linda A. Bell, born in 1940, grew up in
the Daytona, Florida area. Bell taught at Georgia State University from 1968 to
2004. The Linda A. Bell papers span Bell’s 34-year career at Georgia
State University as a professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies and
document her teaching, administrative and research work.
Organization of the Papers
Organized into 8 series:
II. Georgia State University (GSU) -- Professional
III. GSU -- Women's Studies
IV. Professional Associations and Programs
V. Research and Writings
VI. Subject Files
VIII. Artifacts and Textiles
Oversize items in this collection are housed separately. The
collection's approximately 49 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 Linda A. Bell papers document Bell’s 34-year career at
Georgia State University as a professor of Philosophy and Women’s
Studies. Correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings and other printed
materials detail Bell’s professional life at GSU from 1968-2004,
including her involvement with various campus organizations and committees,
teachings in the Philosophy Department, promotion and tenure, professional
correspondence, and significant events around the campus during this time
(Series II). The papers also document Bell’s central role in
establishing the Women’s Studies program at GSU (Series III).
The papers include extensive correspondence and program files relating
to Bell’s activities in numerous professional organizations (IV),
highlighting her involvement with academic, philosophical and women’s
associations such as the American Association of University Professors, the
Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and the Women’s
Studies Group of the University Center of Georgia. In addition to information
about Bell’s professional career, there is a small amount of material
relating to her personal life that includes information on her graduate and
post-doctorate studies, personal correspondence and clippings (Series I).
Materials relating to Bell's research and writings (Series V) form a
significant part of the papers. These files contain drafts, research notes and
correspondence relating to her numerous papers, articles, and book chapters.
Notably, the papers outline the development and creative process of
Bell’s five published manuscripts, Visions of
Women, Sartre’s Ethics of
Authenticity, Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of
Violence, Overcoming Racism and Sexism, and
Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist
Various files on philosophy and women’s topics are arranged
alphabetically as subject files (Series VI). Audio-visual materials (Series
VII) contain photographs and interviews recorded on audio cassettes. Two
feminist t-shirts are grouped in textiles (Series VIII).
Biography of Linda A. Bell
Linda A. Bell, born in 1940, grew up in the Daytona, Florida area.
Majoring in mathematics, Bell graduated from Emory University in 1962. She went
on to Northwestern University, earning her M.A. in Philosophy in 1966, and she
earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University in 1973.
Bell began teaching in Georgia State University’s Philosophy
Department in 1968 as a part-time instructor, becoming full-time in 1970, an
Assistant Professor in 1973, an Associate Professor in 1978, and a full
Professor in 1986. Bell worked to offer feminist philosophy classes and other
women-centric courses at GSU as part of a larger goal to introduce a
Women’s Studies program at the university. This goal was realized in
1984 when GSU established the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a
concentration in Women's Studies, a program Bell co-chaired from 1984-1989. In
1998, Bell became the director of the Women’s Studies Institute at GSU
where she remained until her retirement in 2004. As well as advocating for the
creation of a Women’s Studies program at GSU, Bell was vocal during the
development of University and Board of Regent policies, and participated in
numerous committees and campus organizations, including the University Senate
and the Executive Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to her service at Georgia State University, Bell served in
numerous official capacities on committees, task forces, and associations
pertaining to collegiate academia, philosophy and women's studies, including
the American Association of University Professors, the Society for
Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and the Women’s Studies Group
of the University Center of Georgia. She participated as an advisor to several
socio-political commissions and endeavors such as the Georgia Commission on
Family Values and Initiative on Sexual and Intimate Violence. Bell has written
an extensive number of articles, papers and essays, as well as book chapters on
philosophical and women’s topics. She published five books over the
course of her career: Visions of Women (Humana
Press, 1983), Sartre’s Ethics of
Authenticity (University of Alabama Press, 1989), Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of Violence (Rowman &
Littlefield Publishers, 1993), Overcoming Racism and
Sexism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), and Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist
Philosopher (State University of New York Press, 2003). Bell retired
from GSU in 2004.
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.
Bell, Linda A.--Archives
American Association of
University--Women's Studies Institute.
National Women's Studies
Society for Phenomenology
and Existential Philosophy.
Philosophy-- Study and
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[item], [folder title], [series title], Linda A. Bell papers, W063,
Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Gift of Linda A. Bell, 2004.
Processed by Amanda Brown, 2006.
Related materials in this repository: The
Diane L. Fowlkes papers (W018).
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.