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A. Lynn Bolles papers

 Collection 0503-MDHC

Dr. A. Lynn Bolles was a professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland from 1989 to 2015. Her scholarship centers around black feminist anthropology and black feminism in the United States and English-speaking Caribbean. She played a leading role in emphasizing the importance of intersectionality in academic feminism as early as the 1990s. This collection contains materials documenting Bolles' work as a scholar and includes academic papers, books, newsletters, correspondence, awards, and photographs.


  • 1950-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2016

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

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.


18 Linear Feet (14 Paige boxes and one 31"x23" flat box. )

Content Description

Dr. A. Lynn Bolles was a professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland from 1989 to 2015. This collection contains materials from her academic career and includes research materials, photographs, correspondence, speeches, scholarly articles, books, awards and certificates, newsletters, and conference materials.

Custodial History

The A. Lynn Bolles papers were donated to the Libraries directly from Dr. Bolles. The materials came to the Libraries in three separate donations between 2017 and 2019.

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed. Materials were left in their original folders; loose items were placed in new folders by subject. Please note that there may be overlap between subjects between the three accessions that constitute this collection.

Guide to the A. Lynn Bolles papers
Finding aid created by Duncan Griffin.
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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