Guide to the Feminist Theory Archive collection, 1840-2019

(bulk 1960-2019)


John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Published in 2019

Collection Overview

Title: Feminist Theory Archive collection
Date range: 1840-2019, (bulk 1960-2019)
Creator: Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.
Extent: 55 electronic record(s)
Abstract: The Feminist Theory Archive collection consists of links to the manuscript collections that are processed and available for research as part of the Feminist Theory Archive. The collection is arranged in one series, alphabetically by the last name of the donor to the Feminist Theory Archive. By clicking on the links included in this finding aid, researchers will be redirected to the corresponding online finding aids for individual collections.
Language of materials: English
Repository: John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Collection number: Ms.2017.016

Scope & content

Established in 2003 with the papers of the late Naomi Schor, the Feminist Theory Archive documents the work of influential feminist theorists and scholars of difference who have transformed the landscape of higher education through their writing, teaching, institution building, and activism. By establishing academic programs and institutes, organizing innovative conferences and publications, and introducing questions about women and gender to a range of disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences, these thinkers have transformed and diversified the very meaning of “feminist” research. The Feminist Theory Archive gathers, catalogs, and preserves evidence of this groundbreaking work in order to make it accessible to future scholars and students at the John Hay Library.

The Feminist Theory Archive collection consists of links to the manuscript collections that are processed and avaialble for research as part of the Feminist Theory Archive. The collection is arranged in one series, alphabetically by the last name of the donor to the Feminist Theory Archive. By clicking on the links included in this finding aid, researchers will be redirected to the corresponding online finding aids for individual collections.

To identify potential collections for research that are part of the Feminist Theory Archive or to locate information within individual Feminist Theory Archive collections, researchers are welcomed to contact the Nancy L. Buc '65, Pembroke Center Archivist at pembroke_archives@brown.edu.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series, alphabetically by the last name of the scholar whose papers contribute to the Feminist Theory Archive.

Biographical/Historical note

Feminist Theory is defined as an extension of feminism, which believes in the equality of the sexes, into a theoretical, sociological, or philosophical discourse. It is a scholarly persuit that aims to understand the nature of gender inequality and covers fields like pyshoanalysis, philosophy, anthropology, biology, literature, education, economics, and many other fields.

The Feminist Theory Archive was established in 2003 by Elizabeth Weed, Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University (2000-2010), in order to document the work of influential feminist theorists who had transformed the landscape of higher education through their writing, teaching, institution building, and activism. Scholars such as Brown University Professor Naomi Schor, whose papers served as the seed collection for the archive, were first in their fields to approach their research subjects through the lens of gender. As an example, Schor's academic background was in French Literature but she focused her research on subjects such as female fetishism, deconstruction in literature, the concept of details and ornamentation as effeminate, and universalism in an era of identity politics and difference. Beginning in the 1960s, Schor then taught courses on these subjects and along with other groundbreaking feminist theorists such as Judith Butler and Anne Fausto-Sterling, caused a paradigm shift in the way scholars and students studied all fields of higher education including English, History, Anthropology, and Biology, placing sex and gender at the center of theorectical study.

Upon Naomi Schor's untimely death in 2001, Elizabeth Weed and other leadership from the Pembroke Center realized that evidence of her life and scholarship did not have an appropriate archival home. As a result, Weed and others conceptualized the idea to develop an archive for the papers of feminist theorists at the Pembroke Center and to house the collections and provide access to them through the John Hay special collections library at Brown University.

Since 2003, the collection has grown and now includes the papers of theorists across discplines including feminist theorists and other scholars of difference with specializations in queer theory, Black feminist theory, global feminisms and affect theory related to gender and sexuality studies.

The Feminist Theory Archive is curated by the Nancy L. Buc '65, Pembroke Center Archivist, who works in close collaboration with the Director of the Pembroke Center, the Pembroke Center Faculty Board, and colleagues from the John Hay Library to select appropriate collections for inclusion. The principles that guide curatorial decision making for the Feminist Theory Archive are that scholars be senior in their fields or on a trajectory towards senior leadership and are groundbreakers -- theorists who have transformed and diversified the very meaning of “feminist” research through their lives and scholarship.

As of 2017, the Feminist Theory Archive continues to grow and places special collecting focus on first generation feminist theorists and on the next generation of feminist theorists who studied under the "founding mothers" of the field.

For more information about the Feminist Theory Archive, please see its website.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: There are no restrictions on access, except for specifically noted material within individual collections. Feminist Theory Archive collections can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.
Use of the materials: Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it does not claim literary rights. Researchers should note that compliance with copyright law is their responsibility. Researchers must determine the owners of the literary rights and obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation: Feminist Theory Archive collection, MS.2017.016, Brown University Library.
Contact information: John Hay Library, University Archives and Manuscripts
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: Manuscripts: 401-863-3723; University Archives: 401-863-2148
Email: Manuscripts: hay@brown.edu; University Archives: archives@brown.edu

Administrative Information

ABOUT THE COLLECTION  
Acquisition: Gift of the Pembroke Center beginning in 2003.
ABOUT THE FINDING AID  
Author: Finding aid prepared by Mary Murphy on behalf of the Pembroke Center for the Teaching and Research on Women and the Brown University Library.
Encoding: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2019-10-31
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Sponsor: Curatorial work and processing provided by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women on behalf of the Brown University Library.

Additional Information

Inventory


othertype MS.2010.040 Linda Martin Alcoff papers re: feminist philosophy
1986-2010
othertype MS.2016.014 Mieke Bal papers re: feminist visual arts and film
1957-2011
othertype MS.2015.003 Tani E. Barlow papers re: Asian women's studies, girlhood, marriage, and Chinese feminism
1941-2017
othertype MS.2010.044 Sandra Lee Bartky papers re: feminist philosophy; includes debates with Christina Hoff Sommers about gender and feminism
1965-2004
othertype MS.2010.045 Seyla Benhabib papers re: women in higher education and the status of women at Harvard University
1970-2005
othertype MS.2011.027 Jessica Benjamin papers re: psychoanalysis and themes of domination and submission in human relationships
1972-2007
othertype MS.2015.009 Lauren Berlant papers re: queer theory, power, and boundary drawing between public and private spheres.
1840-2015
othertype MS.2010.041 Jacqueline Bhabha papers re: transnational feminism, child trafficking, refugees, and migrants
1987-2006
othertype MS.2009.014 Teresa Brennan papers re: affect theory and trauma
1965-2002
othertype MS.2010.007 Karen Brodkin papers re: feminist anthropology relating to gender, race, and Jewish identity
1960-2010
othertype MS.2014.019 Miriam Cooke papers re: Arabic women's literature and war
1980-2008
othertype MS.2011.020 Mary Ann Doane papers re: feminist film studies
1966-2009
othertype MS.2016.013 Ann duCille papers re: African-American literature and Black feminist cultural studies
1986-2010
othertype MS.2011.022 Zillah Eisenstein papers re: global and socialist feminism, race and ethnicity studies, and neoliberal criticism
1972-2011
othertype MS.2011.039 Jean Bathke Elshtain papers re: women and politics and moral and political philosophy
1969-2011
othertype MS.92.9 Anne Fausto-Sterling papers re: women and science, Marxist feminism, and the Women's Movement
1961-2019
othertype MS.2017.023 Silvia Federici papers re: International Feminist Collective and Wages for Housework campaign; capitalism and domestic and reproductive labor; capital punishment; and academic freedom in Africa
1922-2019
othertype MS.2019.012 Jane Flax papers re: psychoanalysis, feminist theories and postmodern philosophies
1990-2015
othertype MS.2018.016 Inderpal Grewal papers re:South Asian studies, global feminism, transnationality, and identity
1990-2018
othertype MS.2017.002 Sandra G. Harding papers re: feminism and science, the philosophy of science, and political correctness
1971-2016
othertype MS.2010.006 Nancy C.M. Hartsock papers re: women in politics, Marxist feminism, and power
1960-2009
othertype MS.2015.012 Virginia Held papers re: feminist philosophy and the ethics of care
1965-2016
othertype MS.2016.010 Jean E. Howard papers re: Shakespeare, desire, and Early Modern rape as portrayed in Modern drama
1977-2013
othertype MS.2017.025 Barbara Johnson papers re: literary criticism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and queer theory
1971-2009
othertype MS.2012.027 Claire Kahane papers re: feminist literary theory, trauma theory, and Holocaust literature
1960-2010
othertype MS.2015.013 Coppelia Kahn papers re: Shakespeare and feminist literary theory
1971-2013
othertype MS.2017.014 Peggy Kamuf papers re: literary criticism, deconstruction and Jacques Derida, and feminist theory relating to jealousy, sexual difference, and desire
1963-2016
othertype MS.2019.006 Dorothy Ko papers re: gender, the body, technology and art in early modern China
1979-2018
othertype MS.2017.003 Carolyn Korsmeyer papers re: feminist philosophy and emotion theory
1978-1988
othertype MS.2019.005 Salmá al-Ḥaffār Kuzbarī papers re: women and equal rights in the Arab world
1923-2006
othertype MS.2016.011 Louise Lamphere papers re: feminist anthropology, Navajo culture, women and work, and sex discrimination
1925-2013
othertype MS.2019.016 Catherine Lutz papers re: military, war and society; automobility and inequality; and United States twentieth century history and ethnography
1973-2016
othertype MS.2020.004 Sharon Marcus papers re: nineteenth-century British and French culture, gender, and sexuality
1989-2016
othertype MS.2007.003 Elaine Marks papers re: French feminism, French literature and Colette, and the Holocaust
1893-2001
othertype MS.2010.043 Diane Middlebrook papers re: women writers, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, and transgenderism and Billy Tipton
1946-2008
othertype MS.2015.002 Nancy K. Miller papers re: French women writers, feminist literary criticism, and women's studies in higher education
1957-2017
othertype MS.2011.040 Karen Newman papers re: the representation of gender in early modern cultures and texts, and the visualization of science on fetal politics and abortion
1971-2009
othertype MS.2010.042 Linda J. Nicholson papers re: identity politics and women's studies in higher education
1999-2010
othertype MS.2016.016 Carole Pateman papers re: feminist polical theory, women, motherhood, war, and citizenship
1973-2010
othertype MS.2017.001 Mary Poovey papers re: feminist literary criticsm, British cultural studies relating to gender, and psychotherapy
1976-2000
othertype MS.2017.022 Denise Riley papers re: feminist philosophy, lyric, and literary history in poetry and prose
1970-1992
othertype MS.2006.02 Naomi Schor papers re: feminist theory, French literature, deconstruction, and women scholars in Ivy League institutions
1950-2002
othertype MS.2018.015 Christina Sharpe papers re: slavery, literature and Black feminist cultural studies
1989-2018
othertype MS.2010.039 Barbara Herrnstein Smith papers re: women in higher education and political correctness controversies
1973-2010
othertype MS.2015.014 Society for Women in Philosophy collection re: feminist philosophy, women in higher education and scholarly organizations for women
1970-2013
othertype MS.2019.013 Hortense J. Spillers papers re: psychoanalysis and race, race in literature, and Black literature and criticism
1966-1995
othertype MS.2012.022 Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg papers re:Italian studies, poststructuralist Marxism, psychoanalytic theory, and women in higher eduation
1919-2016
othertype MS.2008.023 Louise A. Tilly papers re: women and work, women's history, and the effect of European social movements on women
1960-1998
othertype MS.2015.010 Judith R. Walkowitz papers re: British women's history, London nightlife and culture, and Jack the Ripper, gendered violence and sexuality
1980-2014
othertype MS.2016.009 Elizabeth Weed papers (subject files only) re: feminist theorists in the academy; includes correspondence with Teresa Brennan, Judith Butler, Rey Chow, Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Kate Millet
1977-2003
othertype MS.2019.007 Faith Wilding papers re: feminist art and cyberfeminism
1969-2014
othertype MS.2015.011 Linda Williams papers re: feminist film and pornography studies
1945-2010
othertype MS.2017.020 Alison Wylie papers re:feminist archaeology, philosophy, gender equity for women professors, and social justice issues affecting women
1984-2017
othertype MS.2017.017 Patricia Yaeger papers re: women and gender studies in the American south, trauma, and environmental humanities
othertype MS.2014.017 Ewa Plonowska Ziarek papers re: feminism and modernity and feminist ethics
1996-2013