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Women's Center Records

Identifier: HCA-04-001

Scope and Contents

The Women's Center Records contains 14 document boxes containing files dating from 1972 to 1994 and cover finances, events, correspondence and newsletters pertaining to, and originating from, the Women's Center. The center served as a resource and network to support and connect all women. This organization was ran by coordinatior Nannette Sawyer from 1980 to 1994.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1972 - 1994

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research with the exception of Series I: Office Files,Box 11. Permission from ... is required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish text or images from this collection must be obtained from the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Hampshire College Womens Center formed in 1973 by a group of women students and faculty. These individuals committed to the women's movement and feminist studies and wanted a location where women could meet and establish a resource center. Anne Hackler a recent alumni in the 70's acted as a coordinator for the Women's center until 1981. It was then that, Nannette Sawyer another alumni of Hampshire College, was hired as the official coordinator and helped the Women's Center evolve though 1994. Nannette obtained new office space for the center twice during her employment. First in the 80's she relocated the center from an obscure and unknown part of campus to the first floor of the Harold Johnson Library. In 1993, Nanette moved the center to have its own space, within the Enfield mods where it is located today. The Women's Center often held events such as movie nights, Unity and Diversity Conferences, Seminars on feminist thinking, awareness of sexual and relationship violence and Women's Self Defense classes. They also provided spaces for female minority writers to present their work as well as support groups for lesbians, sexual violence survivors, and men who wanted to learn more. The center has been associated with and provided support for other related groups, among them the Counselor Advocates, the Feminist Studies Network, and the Lesbian Alliance. The Women's Center was renamed to "Center for Feminisms" and works as a department of community advocacy and student life which works to strive for an anti-sexist campus.


5.63 Linear Feet (14 document boxes)

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This collection was complied by Nannette Sawyer. It contains correspondence, funding proposals and budget information, mailings, Office logs, posters of sponsered events and newsletters created and distributed by the Hampshire College Womens Center from 1970's to 90's.


This collection contains two series- I:Office Files; II:Coordinators Files. Series are arranged in chronological order.

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Repository Details

Part of the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections Repository