News from the Archives

Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive: The Pembroke Center videotaped an oral history with four of the founders of Sojourner House, a domestic violence agency based in Providence. In 1975 a group of Brown undergraduate and graduate women students regularly gathered to study gender, race, and class at the Sarah Doyle Women's Center. This group became the "Socialist Feminist Caucus" and took action to help women who were filing restraining orders against their husbands and boyfriends. Their work led to the founding of Sojourner House in 1976. Oral history participants included Christina Crosby, Ph.D. '82, Tracy Fitzpatrick '76, Linda Kramer '77, and Cathy Lewis '75. The oral history was moderated by Elizabeth Weed, Ph.D., AM '66, PHD '73, former director of both the Sarah Doyle Women's Center and the Pembroke Center.

Feminist Theory Archive: Members of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) have committed their papers to the Feminist Theory Archive and the Center has mounted an online exhibit about the grass-roots organization of feminist philosophers. The journal Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy was borne out of SWIP in 1982.

Feminist Theory Archive: The Center has launched the Out of the Archive series, featuring scholars who have contributed materials to the Feminist Theory Archive. The inaugural event was on April 6, 2016 with a reading by Christina Crosby, Ph.D.'82 who read from her memoir, A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain. Download the event poster here.

Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive: New alumnae interviews are available on Brown Women Speak , including Anna Rena Hass '17, Helen Elizabeth Butts '28, Katherine May Hazard '33, and Elizabeth Jackson '45.  Among other topics, Elizabeth "Betty" Jackson discusses segregation, race relations, and what life was like for minority students at Brown in the 1940s.  Betty is known as Pembroke College's first black student, as she was the first admitted after the name change in 1928 from the Women's College in Brown University to Pembroke College in Brown University.  The streaming audio of her interview is available at

Feminist Theory Archive: Check out the new LibGuide for the FTA on the Brown Library website:

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Funding Opportunity: The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium offers $5,000 research grants that can be used to consult collections in the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive and the Feminist Theory Archive, both housed at Brown's John Hay Library. Application deadline: Feburary 1, 2016. More information is available at

Feminist Theory Archive: View a selection of documents exhibited during the May 2, 2014 symposium "Feminism, Feminist Theory, and Science," which honored Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling.


Feminist Theory Archive: Please join us on October 25, 2013 for the "Material Encounters in the Archive" symposium, featuring presentations by Anjali Arondekar, Ariella Azoulay, Kate Eichhorn, and Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg. More information...

Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive: The May/June issue of the Brown Alumni Magazine contains a retrospective on student fashion and a slideshow of Pembrokers in varieties of smart garb. Among the photographs is Christine Dunlap herself, measuring the hemline of her classmate Joyce Kent. Read the article here. May 2, 2013.

Feminist Theory Archive: On April 4, 2003, the Pembroke Center inaugurated the Feminist Theory Archive with a reception to accept the papers of the late Naomi Schor. We commemorate our tenth anniversary with a special web feature and slideshow. April 4, 2013.

Feminist Theory Archive: Several scholars have recently signed letters indicating their intent to donate material to the Feminist Theory Archive.  We look forward to receiving collections from: Christina Crosby (Wesleyan University);  Carolyn Korsmeyer  (University at Buffalo);  Constance Penley  (UCSB); and Kristin Ross (New York University). Feb. 13, 2013.

Brown Women Speak: Six new alumnae interviews have been added to our oral history website, including one from Gladys Paine Johnson, class of 1913. At age 94, Gladys began working on a book of memoirs and reflections, Notions After Ninety. Her interview can be streamed online here. Jan. 31, 2013.

Feminist Theory Archive: A collection received from Linda J. Nicholson, the Susan E. and William P. Stiritz Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, is now processed and available for researchers at the John Hay Library. Nicholson's papers contain drafts of her most recent book, Identity Before Identity Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and documents from her term as the Director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Wash. U. A finding aid for this collection can be viewed through RIAMCO, Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online. Jan. 18, 2013.