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Valerie Fennell:

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
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

October 2004



Profile Description

Creation: Encoding information unknown
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Fennell, Valerie
Title: Valerie Fennell papers
Dates: 1973-1998; undated
Quantity: 1.25 linear ft. in 3 boxes
Abstract:The Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) was approved by the Georgia Board of Regents on July 14, 1994, and the Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies was approved on March 8, 1995. Valerie Fennell has long been an advocate for a Women's Studies program at GSU and to this end has taught classes, sat on various boards, and aided in publicizing the developing program. The Valerie Fennell papers document courses relating to women's issues taught in the 1970s through to the 1980s, when the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) with a Concentration in Women’s Studies was established.
Identification: W058
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Papers

Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope and Content of the Papers

The collection is particularly focused on the development and early years of the Women's Studies program at Georgia State University. It documents courses relating to women's issues taught in the 1970s through to the 1980s, when the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) with a Concentration in Women’s Studies was established. The collection contains very little information relating to the development of the masters program during the 1990s, although there is a file concerning the 1998 appointment of the second director of the WSI, Linda Bell. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence, committee notes, course packets, schedules, and publicity materials. It also includes a small number of files on other issues issues relating to women, such as sexual harassment.


Biography of Valerie Fennell

Valerie Fennell was born in1942 in Hony County, South Carolina. She received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and an MA in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute in 1992. An Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University since 1974, Fennell's research interests include: cultural anthropology, age and gender relations, gerontological anthropology psychological anthropology, women's studies, and the U.S. South. Her research on women and mediation and her masters degree in clinical psychology led her to become the GSU Faculty Ombudsperson. Fennell is a member of several anthropological organizations, including the American Anthropological Association; the Southern Anthropological Association; Society for Psychological Anthropology; and the Society for Anthropology and Humanism. She is also active in the National Women's Studies Association. Fennell has long been an advocate for a Women's Studies program at GSU and to this end has taught classes, sat on various boards, and aided in publicizing the developing program.


History of the Women's Studies Institute

The Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) was approved by the Georgia Board of Regents on July 14, 1994, and the Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies was approved on March 8, 1995. Previous to the formal establishment of the WSI, the Women’s Studies Group, composed of faculty interested in Women’s Studies, began meeting in 1974, offering presentations, lectures, discussions, and other programs on Women’s Studies and feminist issues, research, and pedagogy. The group also published a newsletter. Individual faculty members in the group developed Women’s Studies courses through their various departments. In 1984, an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies was established: the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) with a Concentration in Women’s Studies. In 2003, the Board of Regents approved a B.A. degree in Women’s Studies, which now offers an undergraduate major and minor. The M.A. degree in Women’s Studies was approved in 1995, and the WSI's first M.A. graduates received their degrees in 1998. (GSU Women's Studies Institute website.)


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.

Fennell, Valerie, 1942--Archives
Georgia State University--Women's Studies Institute
Georgia State University--Faculty--Archives
Women--Education (Higher)--Georgia
Women's studies

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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

Citation

[item], [folder title], Valerie Fennell papers, W058, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Valerie Fennell, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Angela Lefebvre, October 2004.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: In Special Collections, GSU: Women's Events Collection (W030), Georgia Women's Movement Project Collection (W016), Diane L. Fowlkes Papers (W018), and Linda Bell Papers (currently unprocessed).


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, printed material was separated to the Women's Printed Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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