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Brigham Young University. Women's Research Institute

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1978 - 2009

Administrative History

The Women's Research Institute (1978-2009) was created at Brigham Young University to provide resources and educate female students and facilities on women's issues and areas of research within.

The Women's Research Institute was established under the direction of university president Dallin H. Oaks and Marilyn Arnold, the president's assistant on women's issues, in 1978. The institute existed to educate female students regarding gender-related personal challenges; provide women throughout the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with opportunities to learn about and discuss women's issues particularly as they pertain to spiritual development; improve the professional life for female faculty members at Brigham Young University; and promote the scholarly study of women's development and contributions to families, communities, and societies. The institute was abolished in 2009.

Institute directors included Ida Smith (1978-1983), Mary Stovall (1983-88), Marie Cornwall (1989-93), Donna Lee Bowen and Carol Ward (co-directors, 1993-1994), and Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill (1994-2009).

Citation:
Frazier, K.P. Bibliography of social, scientific, historical and popular writings about women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1990: t.p. (Women's Research Institute, Brigham Young University)

BYU organizational history project, Oct. 22, 2011: Women's Research Institute (WRI; resources and educate female students, facilities, women's issues; President Oaks, Dr. Marilyn Arnold; 1978; educate female students regarding gender-related challenges; spiritual development; improve female faculty professional life; scholarly study of women's development and contributions; abolished 2009; funded through College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences; directors: Ida Smith (1978-1983), Mary Stovall (1983-88), Marie Cornwall (1989-93), Donna Lee Bowen and Carol Ward (co-directors, 1993-1994), and Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill (1994-2009))

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Office of the President correspondence with colleges, 1987-1988

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 1030 Series 8
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains correspondence with the undergraduate colleges of the university in addition to correspondence with the dean and director's council, the Western Athletic Conference, Continuing Education, Women's Research Institute, Monte L. Bean Museum, and Ezra Taft Benson Institute. Covers the individual college's missions and values, committee appointments, graduate programs, and planning and space needs. Also includes information on the planning and execution of various conferences and...
Dates: 1987-1988

Women's Research Institute audio-visual research collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5614
Scope and Contents

Contains DVDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and CDs with research material collected by the Women's Research Institute between 1981 and 2009. The material relates to women and their social, legal, economic, and educational statuses.

Dates: 1981-2009

Women's Research Institute correspondence, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 1: Series 1 [Barcode: 31197225547220]
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence related to the Women's Research Institute. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on health, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 6: Series 9 [Barcode: 31197225547279]
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files related to health issues, with a focus on women's health. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on Mormon women, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 5: Series 5; Series 6; Series 7; Series 8 [Barcode: 31197225547261], Folder: 1-9
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files on Mormon women and feminism. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on Relief Society, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 5: Series 5; Series 6; Series 7; Series 8 [Barcode: 31197225547261], Folder: 10-13
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files regarding the history and administration of the Relief Society. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on religion, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 4: Series 4 [Barcode: 31197225547253]
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files related to the finances, doctrines, and religious practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint doctrine.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on sex roles, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 7: Series 10 [Barcode: 31197225547287]
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 10
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files on sex roles and related issues. Materials dated from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on sister missionaries, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 5: Series 5; Series 6; Series 7; Series 8 [Barcode: 31197225547261], Folder: 17-20
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files related to sister missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on the Church and women, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton 3: Series 3 [Barcode: 31197225547246]
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains notes, correspondence, and other material related to the role of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997