Pembroke Study Committee Records, 1968-1970

John Hay Library , Special Collections
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Published in 2013

Collection Overview

Title:Pembroke Study Committee records
Date range:1968-1970
Creator:Brown University. Corporation.
Extent:0.5 Linear feet
Language of materials:English
Repository:John Hay Library , Special Collections
Collection number:OF.1B.5zp

Scope & content

The records of the Pembroke Study Committee consist of Chair Elizabeth LeDuc's correspondence with the committee and people at Brown and other universities, letters of appointment to the committee, mailings to the committee and material distributed during meetings, and resource material collected from other colleges and universities. The mailings distributed material include minutes, correspondence with and reports from Pembroke College and Brown University offices and faculty, correspondence with and reports from other universities, and drafts of a questionnaire. The records not only document a crucial stage in the decision to make Brown a coeducational undergraduate institution, but also provide a snapshot of Pembroke College's administrative structure and how it functioned. There is also information about how other institutions were handling pressure to merge, or to otherwise become coeducational, particularly Radcliffe College, Stanford University, and Princeton University.


The collection is organized in one series: I. General files, 1968-1970.

Historical Note

Acting President Merton P. Stoltz, under the authorization of the Brown University Corporation, established the Pembroke Study Committee in November 1969. The committee's charge was to "look into all facets of University life affecting the education of women at Brown University; to examine the effectiveness of the coordinate model as it exists here and at other institutions and alternative models, and to make recommendations to the President and the Corporation for such modifications in the present organization of education for women as it deems desirable."

Comprised of three faculty members, three corporation members, three students, the Pembroke College Dean, the presidents of the Alumnae Association and the Pembroke Council, and Acting President Stoltz (ex-officio), the committee read, heard, and discussed reports from Pembroke College administrative offices and faculty, from Brown University offices and faculty, and from other universities, many of which had held or were holding similar discussions about coeducation and mergers. Chaired by Professor of Biology Elizabeth H. LeDuc, the committee issued a "Majority Report" and a "Minority Report," on May 8, 1970. Among the majority's recommendations to the Corporation was that Pembroke College's administrative functions merge with those of Brown University's, and that women fill positions at all levels of the merged administration. The minority stressed a need for further study. Both groups recommended a center for women be established. On November 12, 1970, the Advisory and Executive Committee of the Corporation effectively decided to merge the undergraduate women's and men's administrations, with full approval from the corporation as a whole coming on January 8, 1971.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection 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: All researchers seeking to publish materials from the collections of the John Hay Library are requested to complete a Notice of Intent to Publish, prior to reproducing, quoting, or otherwise publishing any portion or extract from this collection. Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it may not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation:Pembroke Study Committee Records, OF.1B.5zp, Brown University Archives.
Contact information: John Hay Library , Special Collections
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Former member of the Pembroke Study Committee Sophie (Schaffer) Blistein donated her resource material to Brown University in the late 1980s; other records and correspondence were kept by Chair Elizabeth LeDuc.
Author:Finding aid prepared by Kim Brookes.
Encoding:This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013 January 11
Descriptive rules:Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Sponsor:Processing funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Additional Information

Related material: For the reports, see the University Archives Classified file: Pembroke Study Committee Majority and Minority Reports; or the folder in this collection. For reactions to the reports and to the merger, see the Brown Daily Herald, Brown Alumni Monthly, and Pembroke Alumna


I. General files

Box 1Acting President Merton Stoltz
Contents Note: Copies of letter of appointment

Box 1Chair Elizabeth LeDuc
Contents Note: Letters from

1969-1970 February
Box 1Chair Elizabeth LeDuc
Contents Note: Letters from

1970 March-June
Box 1Chair Elizabeth LeDuc
Contents Note: Letters to

Box 1Mailings to the committee
Contents Note: Correspondence, reports, minutes

1969-1970 January
Box 1Mailings to the committee, meeting hand-outs
Contents Note: Reports, minutes, correspondence

1970 February
Box 1Mailings to the committee, meeting hand-outs
Contents Note: Reports, minutes, correspondence

1970 March 6-11
Box 1Mailings to the committee
Contents Note: Minutes, report, correspondence

1970 March 18
Box 1Mailings to the committee
Contents Note: Minutes, reports, correspondence

1970 April
Box 1Mailings to the committee
Contents Note: Minutes, reports, correspondence. Includes majority and minority reports sent to president's office.

1970 May
Box 1Sophie (Schaffer) Blistein
Contents Note: Resource material collected by Blistein. Includes report by Ruth Bert Ekstrom (1953), reports re: Radcliffe College and its alumnae association, clippings.

Box 1Majority and minority reports, comment re: progress
Box 1Stanford University. Education of Women at Stanford University
Contents Note: Printed report by Alberta E. Siegel. Reprinted from The Study of Education at Stanford.

Box 1Radcliffe Institute pamphlets
Contents Note: Printed pamphlets

Box 1Princeton University reports
Contents Note: Two printed reports: The Education of Women at Princeton: A Special Report (Princeton Alumni Weekly), and "The Education of undergraduate Women at Princeton: An Examination of Coordinate Versus Coeducational Patterns."