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Collection Number: 05104

Collection Title: Margaret Anne O'Connor Papers, 1972-1989

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Size About 500 items (1.0 linear feet)
Abstract Margaret Anne O'Connor taught the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's first course on Women in Literature in the spring of 1972 and helped form the Women's Studies curriculum. Throughout her career she continued to teach courses relating to women at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The collection includes files on organizations with which Margaret O'Connor was involved and publications relating to women's organizations and issues. Organizational materials are letters, minutes of meetings, brochures, and other materials from organizations supporting women faculty, affirmative action, and related course work. Organizations include the Faculty Council's Status of Women Committee and Women's Studies Advisory Board; the Association for Women Faculty; University Women for Affirmative Action; the Women's Forum, an advisory board to the Association of Women Students, publisher of the She newsletter; and the American Association of University Professors, for which O'Connor chaired Committee W for several years. Much of the material is about efforts to create a Women's Studies program on campus and contains letters, surveys, course descriptions, and other items. Printed materials include newspaper clippings about national and local Chapel Hill, N.C., events; the She newsletter; and other publications.
Creator O'Connor, Margaret Anne.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Margaret Anne O'Connor Papers #5104, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Margaret Anne O'Connor of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in October 2002 (Acc. 99339).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Margaret Anne O'Connor taught the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's first course on Women in Literature in the spring of 1972. She later regularly taught classes in Women in American Literature, American Expatriate Women Writers, and Southern Women Writers at the undergraduate level as Women's Studies courses cross-listed with both English and American Studies. At the graduate level, she taught Reconstructing American Literature in the mid-1980s. She was a member of the Faculty Council's Status of Women Committee and Women's Studies Advisory Board; University Women for Affirmative Action; the Association for Women Faculty; and the Women's Forum, an advisory board to the Association of Women Students. Outside the University, she was active in professional women's organizations; in the South Atlantic Modern Language Association; the American Association of University Professors, for which she chaired Committee W for several years in the 1970s; and the Modern Language Association.

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The collection includes files on organizations with which University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English professor Margaret O'Connor was involved and publications relating to women's organizations and issues. Organizational materials are letters, minutes of meetings, brochures, and other materials from organizations supporting women faculty, affirmative action, and related course work. Organizations include the Faculty Council's Status of Women Committee and Women's Studies Advisory Board; the Association for Women Faculty; University Women for Affirmative Action; the Women's Forum, an advisory board to the Association of Women Students, publisher of the She newsletter; and the American Association of University Professors, for which O'Connor chaired Committee W for several years. Much of the material is about efforts to create a Women's Studies program on campus and contains letters, surveys, course descriptions, and other items. Printed materials include newspaper clippings about national and local Chapel Hill, N.C., events; the She newsletter; and other publications.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989.

About 400 items.

Materials relating to women's organizations that supported women faculty, affirmative action, and related coursework with which Margaret O'Connor was involved. Organizations include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council's Status of Women Committee and Women's Studies Advisory Board; the Association for Women Faculty; University Women for Affirmative Action; the Women's Forum, an advisory board to the Association of Women Students, publisher of the She newsletter; and the American Association of University Professors, for which O'Connor chaired Committee W for several years. Much of the material is about efforts to create a Women's Studies program on campus and contains letters, surveys, course descriptions, and other items.

Folder 1

American Association of University Professors (Committee W), 1973-1977 and undated #05104, Series: "1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989." Folder 1

Folder 2-4

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Association for Women Faculty, 1980-1985 #05104, Series: "1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989." Folder 2-4

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Status of Women Committee, 1973-1977 and undated #05104, Series: "1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989." Folder 5-7

Folder 8

University Women for Affirmative Action, 1972-1976 #05104, Series: "1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989." Folder 8

Folder 9-12

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Women's Forum, 1973-1980 and undated #05104, Series: "1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989." Folder 9-12

Folder 13-20

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Women's Studies Advisory Board, 1973-1989 #05104, Series: "1. Organizational Materials, 1972-1989." Folder 13-20

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Newspaper clippings about both national and local Chapel Hill, N.C., events; the She newsletter, published by the Association of Women Students, for women on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus; and other publications by women's organizations and about women's issues.

Folder 21

Clippings, 1972-1984 and undated #05104, Series: "2. Printed Materials, 1972-1984 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

She newsletter, 1973-1978 #05104, Series: "2. Printed Materials, 1972-1984 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Miscellaneous publications, 1973 #05104, Series: "2. Printed Materials, 1972-1984 and undated." Folder 23

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