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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Records

Programs

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Women's Symposium records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Southern Methodist University Women's Symposium records
Inclusive Dates: 1966-ongoing
Abstract: The Southern Methodist University Women’s Symposium is the longest running women’s symposium in the nation and one of the largest. It was started by SMU Dean of Women Emmie V. Baine in 1966. Since then, SMU has brought prominent political, social, and economic personalities and experts to the SMU campus annually to participate in the symposium and discuss issues affecting the nation and women in particular. This collection contains the papers of the organizing committee and includes correspondence, attendance records, expenses, publicity, evaluations, reading materials, and programs.
Accession No: SMU 2006.0389
Extent: 21 boxes (10.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

In 1966 SMU celebrated its 50th anniversary with a wide variety of events that showcased the university. Then President Willis M. Tate and Graduate School Dean Claude Albritton casually suggested an event that did "something special for the ladies." Neither of the two men thought the event would produce the lasting legacy on the campus, city, and region that it has.

Dean of Women Emmie V. Baine did not take the small event "for the ladies" lightly. Instead she programmed a hard-hitting event that explored the role of women in society. She crafted a two day symposium entitled "The Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership." While not highly visible, there existed a latent Women’s Movement in Dallas at the time. Just a few years earlier Betty Friedan had published The Feminine Mystique and Dean Baine had brought her to campus. The interest of students was overwhelming and they gave her a standing ovation. Similarly, the first women’s symposium provided the needed space for the women of Dallas to voice their concerns. The response to the event was astounding; planned for 150 it drew more than 400 participants. The keynote speakers of the first symposium were Marietta Tree, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.; Dr. Carl N. Degler, professor of history at Vassar College; Dr. Helen V. McLean, psychiatrist at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago; Dr. Mary I. Bunting, president of Radcliffe College; and Viola H. Hymes, chairman of the governor’s Commission on the Status of Women for the state of Minnesota.

The momentum sprung from the 1966 symposium carried over into the next year. The second Women’s Symposium in 1967 built upon the initial impetus of the first symposium and further encouraged stronger relationships between women leaders and SMU students. The early symposiums were, as one woman described them, "a once-a-year intellectual feast" for the women of Dallas. In 1974 under the conference theme of "Can We Be Human Together?," men were welcomed to participate as workshop leaders and facilitators. Topic themes of later symposia emphasized women’s rights as issues of national and global importance. In issues like food scarcity, increasing national inequality, and student activism, women’s roles were seen as central. The depth and quality of the programs helped create an annual symposium that grew to be the longest running program in the nation.

Emmie Baine coordinated the Women’s Symposium until 1987 when she stepped down. Under Baine’s leadership the symposium covered topics that ranged from leadership to sexuality to politics. She brought respected guests such as Margaret Mead (1970), John Kenneth Galbraith (1979), Coretta Scott King (1983), and Maya Angelou (1987) to the SMU campus to interact with students and community members. SMU and Women’s Symposium alumna Sandra Tinkham took over the helm from Baine in 1988.

The change in leadership did not interrupt the momentum of the program and in 1990 the symposium celebrated its 25th anniversary. By 1990, after 24 years of programming, the Women’s Symposium had attracted at least 15,000 individual participants, 81 eminent scholars and writers, over 300 speakers and consultants, and hundreds more local Dallas volunteers.

The Women’s Symposium was the genesis for many other Dallas groups. Many organizations could trace their origins to the SMU Women’s Symposium like: Explore, an eight-week education program that helps women; The Women’s Center of Dallas, an organization that works to change society’s stereotypical expectations of women; Women’s Issues Network, an advocacy group supporting equality of opportunity; The Dallas Women’s Foundation, an inter-generational, multi-ethnic inclusive women’s organization that writes grants for innovative programs for women and children; the Dallas Chapter of the National Organization for Women; the Women’s Equity Action League; and the Women’s Political Caucus and the Women’s Coalition. As Vivian Castleberry described the symposium, it "began as a gentle breeze…" and became "a persistent tailwind that has challenged mindsets, disturbed comfort, and jarred complacency for a quarter of a century."

Sources:

Castleberry, Vivian. "A Forum for Challenge and Change," SMU Magazine, Winter 1990: 19-21. Found in Folder 2 Box 20.

Castleberry, Vivian. "Whatever Happened to the Women’s Movement?: An Eyewitness, uh, Her story of Three Decades of Progress for Dallas Women," D Magazine, 1987: 78-83. Found in Folder 5 Box 20.

Women’s Symposium, "1967 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes," Folder 10 Box 1.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains the programs, working notes, reading materials, publicity, correspondence, attendance records, expense reports, and directories of the SMU Women’s Symposium organizing committee. It is an ongoing collection, but the majority of the materials deal with the years from its inception in 1966 to the symposium’s 25th anniversary in 1990.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Records
Series 2: Programs

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Southern Methodist University -- Congresses.
Women's Symposium (Southern Methodist University)
Women -- Texas -- Dallas -- Congresses.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Intellectual life.
Programs.
Baine, Emmie V.

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Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

Emmie Baine papers, SMU 2005.0387

Southern Methodist University Commission on the Status of Women Records, SMU 2009.0419

Southern Methodist University Women’s Center Records, SMU 2005.0370

Southern Methodist University YWCA records, SMU 2005.0369

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Methodist University Women's Symposium records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Rebecca Bergstresser, 2005.

Processing Information

Please note that Series 2: Programs was originally accessioned as SMU2005.0359 as a gift from Rebecca Bergstresser in 2005. The decision was made to combine the box of programs into the SMU2006.0389 accession containing the bulk of the SMU Women’s Symposium records.

Finding aid written by

Aaron Sanchez, 2010.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Records
20 boxes

This series contains the programs, working notes, reading materials, publicity, correspondence, attendance records, expense reports, and directories of the SMU Women’s Symposium organizing committee. It is organized in chronological order.
Box Folder
1 1 1966 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1966 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
3 1966 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
4 1966 Women’s Symposium—Reading Material
5 1967 Women’s Symposium—Program
6 1967 Women’s Symposium—The Education of women for Social and Political Leadership, booklet
7 1967 Women’s Symposium—Registration
8 1967 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
9 1967 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
10 1967 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
11 1967 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
12 1967 Women’s Symposium—Directory
13 1968 Women’s Symposium—Program
14 1968 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
15 1968 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
16 1968 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
17 1968 Women’s Symposium—Workshop
18 1968 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
19 1968 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
20 1968 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Groups
21 1968 Women’s Symposium—Directory
22 1968 Women’s Symposium—Letter of Invitation
23 1968 Women’s Symposium—Registration
Box Folder
2 1 1969 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1969 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
3 1969 Women’s Symposium—Workshops
4 1969 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Groups
5 1969 Women’s Symposium—Panel
6 1969 Women’s Symposium—Directory
7 1969 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1969 Women’s Symposium—Evaluation
9 1969 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
10 1969 Women’s Symposium—Letter of Invitation
11 1969 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
12 1969 Women’s Symposium—Bibliography
13 1969 Women’s Symposium—Registration
14 1969 Women’s Symposium—Letters of Responses to Symposium
15 1970 Women’s Symposium—Program
16 1970 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
17 1970 Women’s Symposium—Letter of Invitation
18 1970 Women’s Symposium—CORE
19 1970 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
20 1970 Women’s Symposium—Panel
21 1970 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
22 1970 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
23 1970 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
24 1970 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
25 1970 Women’s Symposium—Directory
Box Folder
3 1 1971 Women’s Symposium—News Kit
2 1971 Women’s Symposium—Budget
3 1971 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials and Discussion Group
4 1971 Women’s Symposium—Letter of Invitation
5 1971 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
6 1971 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
7 1971 Women’s Symposium—Program
8 1971 Women’s Symposium—Registration
9 1971 Women’s Symposium—Directory
10 1971 Women’s Symposium—CORE
11 1971 Women’s Symposium—Panel
12 1971 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
13 1971 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
Box Folder
4 1 1972 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
2 1972 Women’s Symposium—Panel
3 1972 Women’s Symposium—CORE
4 1972 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1972 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
6 1972 Women’s Symposium—Program
7 1972 Women’s Symposium—Budget
8 1972 Women’s Symposium—Letter of Invitation
9 1972 Women’s Symposium—Directory
10 1972 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
11 1972 Women’s Symposium—Registration
12 1972 Women’s Symposium—General
13 1972 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
14 1972 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
Box Folder
5 1 1973 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
2 1973 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes and List
3 1973 Women’s Symposium—CORE
4 1973 Women’s Symposium—Registration
5 1973 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
6 1973 Women’s Symposium—Budget
7 1973 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Leaders
8 1973 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
9 1973 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
10 1973 Women’s Symposium—Letter of Invitation
11 1973 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
12 1973 Women’s Symposium—Program
13 1973 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
14 1974 Women’s Symposium—Program
15 1974 Women’s Symposium—Directory
16 1974 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
17 1974 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
18 1974 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
19 1974 Women’s Symposium—CORE
20 1974 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
21 1974 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
22 1974 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
23 1974 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
24 1974 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
Box Folder
6 1 1975 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1975 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1975 Women’s Symposium—Colleges and Notes
4 1975 Women’s Symposium—Expenses
5 1975 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
6 1975 Women’s Symposium—Directory
7 1975 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
8 1975 Women’s Symposium—CORE
9 1975 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
10 1975 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
11 1975 Women’s Symposium—Panel
12 1975 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
13 1975 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
14 1975 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
Box Folder
7 1 1976 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1976 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1976 Women’s Symposium—Colleges and Notes
4 1976 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
5 1976 Women’s Symposium—Directory
6 1976 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
7 1976 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
8 1976 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
9 1976 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
10 1977 Women’s Symposium—Program
11 1977 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
12 1977 Women’s Symposium—Student Delegates
13 1977 Women’s Symposium—Directory
14 1977 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
15 1977 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
16 1977 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
17 1977 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
18 1977 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
19 1977 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
Box Folder
8 1 1978 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1978 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1978 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1978 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1978 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
6 1978 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
7 1978 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
8 1978 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
9 1978 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
10 1979 Women’s Symposium—Program
11 1979 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
12 1979 Women’s Symposium—Directory
13 1979 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
14 1979 Women’s Symposium—CORE
15 1979 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
16 1979 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
17 1979 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
18 1979 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
Box Folder
9 1 1980 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1980 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1980 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1980 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1980 Women’s Symposium—Panelists
6 1980 Women’s Symposium—CORE
7 1980 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
8 1980 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
9 1980 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
10 1980 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
11 1980 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
Box Folder
10 1 1981 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1981 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1981 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1981 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1981 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1981 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1981 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1981 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
9 1981 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
10 1981 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
11 1981 Women’s Symposium—Opinionnaire on Working Partnerships
12 1981 Women’s Symposium—Information on Past Symposia
Box Folder
11 1 1982 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1982 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1982 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1982 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1982 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1982 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1982 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1982 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
9 1982 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
10 1982 Women’s Symposium—Panelists
11 1982 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
Box Folder
12 1 1983 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1983 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1983 Women’s Symposium—Publicity Committee
4 1983 Women’s Symposium—Directory
5 1983 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
6 1983 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
7 1983 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
8 1983 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
9 1983 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
10 1983 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
11 1983 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
13 1 1984 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1984 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1984 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1984 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1984 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1984 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1984 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
8 1984 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
9 1984 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
10 1984 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
11 1984 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
12 1984 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
14 1 1985 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1985 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1985 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1985 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1985 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1985 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1985 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1985 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
9 1985 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
10 1985 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
11 1985 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
12 1985 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
15 1 1986 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1986 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1986 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1986 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1986 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
6 1986 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
7 1986 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
8 1986 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
9 1986 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
10 1986 Women’s Symposium—Information on Past Symposia
11 1986 Women’s Symposium—Photographs
12 1986 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
13 1986 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
16 1 1987 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1987 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1987 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1987 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1987 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1987 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1987 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1987 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
9 1987 Women’s Symposium—Expenses and Arrangements
10 1987 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
11 1987 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
12 1987 Women’s Symposium—Panelists
13 1987 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
17 1 1988 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1988 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1988 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1988 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1988 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1988 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1988 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1988 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
9 1988 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
10 1988 Women’s Symposium—Expenses
11 1988 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
12 1988 Women’s Symposium—Information on Past Symposia
13 1988 Women’s Symposium—Panelists
14 1988 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
15 1988 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
18 1 1989 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1989 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1989 Women’s Symposium—Directory
4 1989 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
5 1989 Women’s Symposium—CORE
6 1989 Women’s Symposium—Evaluations
7 1989 Women’s Symposium—Reading Materials
8 1989 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
9 1989 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements
Box Folder
19 1 1989 Women’s Symposium—Expenses
2 1989 Women’s Symposium—Registration and Attendance
3 1989 Women’s Symposium—Panelists
4 1989 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
5 1989 Women’s Symposium—Information on Past Symposia
6 1989 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
Box Folder
20 1 1990 Women’s Symposium—Program
2 1990 Women’s Symposium—Publicity
3 1990 Women’s Symposium—Discussion Group
4 1990 Women’s Symposium—CORE
5 1990 Women’s Symposium—Reading Material
6 1990 Women’s Symposium—Working Notes
7 1990 Women’s Symposium—Arrangements and Expenses
8 1990 Women’s Symposium—Attendance and Registration
9 1990 Women’s Symposium—Panelists
10 1990 Women’s Symposium—Correspondence
11 1990 Women’s Symposium—Information on Past Symposia
12 1990 Women’s Symposium—Annual Report
13 1990 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
14 2000 Women’s Symposium—Misc.
15 2010 Women’s Symposium—Program
16 Women’s Symposium—Undated

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Series 2:
Programs
1 box

This series contains all the programs from past symposiums from 1966 to 2005, with the exception of 1973 (which is missing) and one folder of unidentified photographs.
Box Folder
21 1 1966 Symposium
2 1967 Symposium
3 1968 Symposium
4 1969 Symposium
5 1970 Symposium
6 1971 Symposium
7 1972 Symposium
8 1974 Symposium
9 1975 Symposium
10 1976 Symposium
11 1977 Symposium
12 1978 Symposium
13 1979 Symposium
14 1980 Symposium
15 1981 Symposium
16 1982 Symposium
17 1983 Symposium
18 1984 Symposium
19 1985 Symposium
20 1986 Symposium
21 1987 Symposium
22 1988 Symposium
23 1989 Symposium
24 1990 Symposium
25 1991 Symposium
26 1992 Symposium
27 1993 Symposium
28 1994 Symposium
29 1995 Symposium
30 1996 Symposium
31 1997 Symposium
32 1998 Symposium
33 1999 Symposium
34 2000 Symposium
35 2001 Symposium
36 2002 Symposium
37 2003 Symposium
38 2004 Symposium
39 2005 Symposium
40 Unidentified Photographs

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