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A Guide to the Irene Thompson Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dina Benson and John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2004


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thompson, Irene
Title: Irene Thompson Papers
Dates: 1964-1985
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, and other papers primarily related to Irene Thompson's academic work at the University of Florida, particularly with women's issues.
Extent: 5 Linear feet. 12 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 16
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Irene Thompson was born March 30, 1919 in New York. She received a BA degree in English and Philosophy from Adelphi College in 1939 and a MA degree in English from New York University in 1955. She began teaching English at the University of Florida in 1966 after teaching high school English. In 1971, Thompson taught the University's first women's studies course, and went on to become the first director of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research in addition to her role as a founding member. Before her retirement in 1986, she also served as chairperson of the President's Committee on the Status of Women at the University and contributed her wisdom and time to the salary equity tribunals held in the 1970s. Her publications include articles on widowhood and feminist critical theory, as well as two books published by the Modern Language Association on the topic of women in academia. She is Associate Professor Emerita of the English department at the University of Florida.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, publications. The majority of the collection consists of files related to Thompson's academic work at the University of Florida, particularly with women's issues. In addition to material pertaining to the College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department, there are numerous general files, committee files, and files concerning the Women's Studies program. This last group is especially valuable because it documents the founding, early administration, and curriculum of the program. Of particular interest in the general and committee files are those materials pertaining to her work reviewing salary inequities between men and women faculty and the files related to the status of women at UF.

In addition to the numerous university files, there are several files that reveal her activities as a member of professional organizations including the Modern Language Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. There are also a small number of personal and professional files that primarily document her writings, addresses, and other work related to women's issues.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

See also Series 6 in the University of Florida Archives, records of the Office of Academic Affairs related to minorities and women's affairs. This series contains numerous files created by Thompson during her tenure as Academic Equity Officer and Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Irene Thompson Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Organizations and Associations, 1968-1981


Box
1 American Association of University Professors (1 of 4). 1968-1972
1 American Association of University Professors (2 of 4). 1972-1973
1 American Association of University Professors (3 of 4). 1973-1975
1 American Association of University Professors (4 of 4). n.d.
1 Modern Language Association (1 of 4). 1974-1977
1 Modern Language Association (2 of 4). 1977-1979
1 Modern Language Association (3 of 4). 1979-1980
1 Modern Language Association (4 of 4). n.d.
2 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (1 of 9). 1971-1977
2 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (2 of 9). 1977-1978
2 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (3 of 9). 1978
2 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (4 of 9). 1978
2 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (5 of 9). 1978-1979
2 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (6 of 9). 1979-1980
3 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (7 of 9). 1980
3 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (8 of 9). n.d.
3 Modern Language Association - Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (9 of 9). n.d.
3 Modern Language Association - Concerns Newsletter (1 of 2). 1975-1977
3 Modern Language Association - Concerns Newsletter (2 of 2). 1978-1979
3 Modern Language Association - Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages. 1975-1978
3 Modern Language Association - Women's Caucus Conference on Aging (1977). 1977-1979
3 National Women's Studies Association. 1972-1981
4 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (1 of 2). 1972-1975
4 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (2 of 2). 1975-1980
4 Southeastern Women's Studies Association. 1977-1980


Personal and Professional Files, 1971-1982 and n.d.


Box
4 Essays on Religion. n.d.
4 Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women. n.d.
4 Other Publications. n.d.
4 Popular Culture Conference. 1971-1973
4 Public Talks on Women. 1972-1975
4 Report V Program. n.d.
4 Southeastern American Studies Association Conference. 1973-1974
4 Vita and Salary Equity Papers. 1972-1976
5 Woman as Outsider in the Cavalier Southern University. 1975-1977
5 Womanspirit Rising Conference. 1982
5 Women as Victims. n.d.


University of Florida College of Arts and Sciences, 1970-1985


Box
5 American Studies. 1972-1985
5 College Assembly Meeting. 1972-1978
5 General Files (1 of 3). 1971-1973
5 General Files (2 of 3). 1973-1975
5 General Files (3 of 3). 1981-1985
5 Interdisciplinary Studies. 1970-1983


University of Florida Department of English, 1972-1985


Box
5 American Literature. 1981-1983
5 Appointments Committee. 1980-1984
6 General Files (1 of 2). 1972-1983
6 General Files (2 of 2). 1984-1985


University of Florida General Files, 1964-1985


Box
6 Academic Affairs. 1973-1974
6 Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (1 of 3). 1974-1975
6 Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (2 of 3). 1975-1978
6 Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (3 of 3). n.d.
6 Affirmative Action Plan (1 of 2). 1970-1974
7 Affirmative Action Plan (2 of 2). n.d.
7 Alumni Affairs. 1971-1976
7 American Institutes for Research Site Visit. 1981
7 Association of Women Faculty. 1980-1981
7 Board of Regents. 1974-1975
7 Council of Academic Deans. 1973
7 Course Offerings. 1980-1985
7 Credit Union. 1972
7 Faculty Educational Policy Group (1 of 3). 1964-1975 (bulk 1975)
7 Faculty Educational Policy Group (2 of 3). 1975-1977
8 Faculty Educational Policy Group (3 of 3). 1977
8 Faculty Evaluation Letters. 1977-1983
8 Faculty Resource Committee. 1973
8 Faculty/Student Complaints and Comments. 1971-1972
8 Female Professors. 1974-1977
8 Florida Blue Key. 1971
8 Frontiers of the Mind. 1977-1978
8 Graduate Faculty. 1983-1985
8 Legislative Weekend. 1974
8 Maternity Leave Policy. 1970-1972
8 Miscellaneous. 1968-1981
8 Salary Equity Tribunals - Allen. 1974-1976
8 Salary Equity Tribunals - Damico. 1974-1976
8 Salary Equity Tribunals - Longstreth. 1976
8 Salary Equity Tribunals - Maple. 1974-1976
8 Salary for UF Faculty. 1978-1979
8 Sex Equity Study. 1978-1980
9 Status of Women Committee (1 of 5). 1970-1971
9 Status of Women Committee (2 of 5). 1971
9 Status of Women Committee (3 of 5). 1972
9 Status of Women Committee (4 of 5). 1972-1973
9 Status of Women Committee (5 of 5). 1973-1974
9 Surveys. 1979
9 University College. 1971-1973


University of Florida Women's Studies, 1967-1985


Box
9 Advisors/Advisees. 1977-1979
9 Bibliography. n.d.
9 Budget and Materials Requests (1 of 4). 1974-1975
10 Budget and Materials Requests (2 of 4). 1975
10 Budget and Materials Requests (3 of 4). 1979-1984
10 Budget and Materials Requests (4 of 4). 1984-1985
10 Certificate Program Files. 1978-1985
10 Certificate Program - Report to LAS Committee. 1984
10 Correspondence (1 of 5). 1971-1975
11 Correspondence (2 of 5). 1975-1976
11 Correspondence (3 of 5). 1977-1978
11 Correspondence (4 of 5). 1979-1980
11 Correspondence (5 of 5). 1981-1985
11 Course Information (1 of 4). 1972-1977
11 Course Information (2 of 4). 1977-1981
11 Course Information (3 of 4). 1981-1984
12 Course Information (4 of 4). n.d.
12 Miscellaneous. n.d.
12 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. 1975-1976
12 Other Institutions' Programs and Courses. 1972-1979
12 Other Publications. 1970-1979
12 Press Clippings. 1967-1985
12 Program Proposal. 1975
12 Savant Project on the Status of Women. 1973
12 Steering Committee. 1975-1979



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