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Women's Studies Program Collection

 Collection — other: Box 1
Identifier: 100-UnivRec 532

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of student essays describing in short biographical form the lives of older female relatives of the student writers. Most of the women thus described lived in the Appalachian region during the first half of the 20th century. The socioeconomic background of these women ranged from severe rural poverty to the educated, comfortable middle class. A total of 76 individuals are subjects of these essays. Most of the papers were written from memory and from family stories.

The papers in this collection were written by students as part of their coursework for the Women's Studies course "Introduction to Women's Studies" (WMST-2010) taught by Patricia Buck at ETSU during Spring semester 1999, Fall semester 2000, and Spring semester 2001. The papers addressed the topic of describing what life was like for the individual student's oldest female relative or family friend.


  • 1999-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.


0.20 linear feet

1.00 Boxes


The papers are arranged in three folders in order of the date of the course; within each folder, papers are filed alphabetically by the author's surname.

Method of Acquisition

The Women's Studies Collection was donated to University Archives by instructor Patricia Buck on March 2, 1999, November 28, 2000, and May 13, 2001.

Processing Information

Ned Irwin completed processing of the collection in May 2001.
Ned Irwin
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA