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Women's Studies pamphlet collection

 Collection 0274-MDHC

The Women's Studies pamphlet collection was assembled by two librarians at the University of Maryland at College Park and consists of working papers, reports, brochures, and newsletters. The items are arranged under 71 subject headings covering a wide range of issues including abortion; the Equal Rights Amendment; Maryland women; women around the world; and homeworkers. The collection also provides insight into the women's movement, particularly during the 1970s.


  • 1846-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1970s

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


13.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The materials in this collection date from 1846 to 1987; the bulk of the items cover the years 1972 through 1982. This pamphlet collection consists of items that would be of use to resarchers interested in women's issues. Much of the documents collected are "working," unpublished papers; also included are reports, brochures and newsletters. The collection is arranged into 71 subject headings covering a wide range of issues and topics, such as abortion, equal rights, homeworkers, Maryland women, returning students, Title IX, and women around the world, and provide an interesting perspective into the women's movement, particularly during the 1970s.

Administrative History

The Women's Studies pamphlet collection was established by Susan Cardinale, Associate Librarian for Special Collections, in the early 1970s. When Cardinale transferred to a reference position in McKeldin Library, the pamphlet collection moved with her from Special Collections.

In 1985 Cardinale resigned from the University of Maryland Libraries, and Betty Day, reference librarian and bibliographer in McKeldin Library, assumed responsibility for development of the pamphlet collection. While Cardinale had gathered most of the materials at conferences and at similar meetings, Day primarily added gift items to the collection; substantial donations came from the Project for Educational Equity (PEER) and from the files of Dr. Jean Grambs, professor of Education at the University of Maryland.

In 1991, the collection was transferred back to the Archives and Manuscripts department of the Libraries.


The collection is arranged as one series.

  1. Series 1: Pamphlets

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Women's Studies pamphlet collection was developed for the University of Maryland, College Park, by Susan Cardinale in the early 1970s. Additional gift items were added to the collection by Betty Day.

Related Material

Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries holds the following related collections: Women in Development, a grouping of materials documenting women and issues of concern in third world and developing nations.

Processing Information

In preparing this collection for patron use, the list of subject headings was updated and cross references were established. The collection was placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Paper clips, staples and other metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips; items too thick to be clipped have been filed between sheets of acid-free bond paper. Lastly, the guide was written.

Guide to the Women's Studies pamphlet collection
Processed by Sharon Groves, April 1991. Revised by Maureen Cech, May 2010. Revised by Allison Heinbaugh, April 2011.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742