Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Women’s Studies Community Connection:

An Inventory of Their Records, 1996-2011, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Women's Studies Community Connection
Title: Women's Studies Community Connection Records,
Dates: 1996-2011
Abstract: The records of the Women’s Studies Community Connection consist of correspondence, financial, newspaper, photographs, and printed material.
Collection # S 1795.1
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

In the fall of 1996, Gwen Sorell, Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, shared her long-standing dream of creating a bridge between campus and community women with a group of her friends at a weekly lunch gathering. Her idea resonated with this group that included businesswomen, directors and board members of local non-profit organizations, and civic and political activists. A few weeks later, a newly-formed steering committee met with Dr. Sorell and Chancellor John Montford to announce, at a joint press conference, the creation of the Women’s Studies Community Connection (WSCC).

Dr. Sorell’s vision of bridge-building was carried out in a number of different ways in the following years. Fall and Spring receptions provided opportunities for campus and community women to meet one another informally. Members were encouraged to attend the Women’s Studies annual All University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education and were frequently invited to serve as panelists at conference sessions. WSCC’s membership also contributed to scholarship endowments created for the benefit of the Women’s Studies Program as well as providing cash awards for the outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research submissions for the annual conference.

A year after its formation, WSCC provided an invaluable resource to the Women’s Studies Program and Texas Tech by inaugurating a mentoring program to match women students with community professional women. The program, which enabled young women to explore the realities of their career goals and learn directly from women making a living in those fields, drew attention to and served as an entry point into the Women’s Studies undergraduate minor and later it’s graduate certificate program, and provided Lubbock businesswomen a chance they might not otherwise have had to interact with campus women and a better understanding of the university’s academic programs.

Since its founding, WSCC has drawn the attention of the Lubbock community to the accomplishments of local women by honoring an outstanding woman at each of its biannual receptions. Among the honorees have been Marjorie Kastman, Carolyn Thompson, Tina Fuentes, Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, Elizabeth Sasses Skidmore, Elizabeth “Bess” Haley, Louise Cummins, Gwen Sorell, Windy Sitton, Lahib Jaddo, Ruth Lauer, Marsha Sharp, Betty Wheeler, Lou Diekemper, Jane Prince Jones, and Freda McVay.

Circa 2013, the organization steering community voted to change its name to Women’s Community Connection in acknowledgement of an increase in interest and support from women throughout the TTU System.

Scope and Content

The records of the Women’s Studies Community Connection consist of correspondence, financial, newspaper, photographs, and printed material related to their relationship with the Texas Tech University Women’s Studies program, and in particular events held by or shared between the two.



The records are organized alphabetically by category, then by folder title.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Montford, John T., 1943-
Sorell, Gwen
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University. Women's Studies Program
Women’s Studies Community Connection
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock, (Tex.)
Feminism--Sociological aspects
Women’s studies
Women’s studies--Congresses
Women’s studies--Philosophy
Women’s studies--Research

Related Material

American Association of University Women Records, 1969-1977 and undated

The Courtship and Sexuality Student Oral History Projects Supervised by Dr. Julie Willet, 2007-2012

Women's Studies Council Records, 1981-2001 and undated

Women's Studies Program Records, 1980-2006

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Women's Studies Community Connection Records, 1996-2011, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2013

Processed by

Jeramey Gillilan, 2013

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Emails and Letters, 1999-2004
2 Letters, 1996-2012


Financial Materials

box folder
1 3 Financial Receipts, 2000-2010



box folder
1 4 Newspaper Clippings, undated



box folder
1 5 Membership Party, October 2000


Printed Material

box folder
1 6 Brief History, undated
7 Freda’s P/R File, 2009
8 Member Lists, 1998-2010
9 Memo’s and Minutes, 2004-2010
10 Mentoring, 1997-2006
11 Newsletter, Membership Roster, Prospects, History, 1999-2008
12 “Often Used Info”, Committee Meetings, Reception Invitations, Reception Details, WSCC Brochure, 2003-2009
13 Pamphlets and fliers (misc.), undated
14 Parties, 2000-2009
15 “WSCC, 2004-2005” 2010
16 1st Year, 1996-1999