This collection was established in 2009 with over 1,400 images selected from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbook items, and printed ephemera. Women from Washington State University and the surrounding community are the primary focus, including women students in the military, theater and dance, home economics, sororities, clubs, and other organizations. The collection also includes women in administrative and faculty positions at WSU, for example, faculty members Sue Durrant, who was a plaintiff in a 1978 court case arguing for equal opportunities for female athletes under Title IX, and Ruth Slonim, a poet and long-time WSU English professor.
"A Century of Women's Athletics at Washington State University," a digital collection created in 2007 with 380 images depicting WSU women athletes, was merged into this larger collection in 2009.
The Washington Women's History Consortium provided funding for the collection to make these images widely accessible, demonstrating the role of women in the history of WSU and the broader community.
This collection will increase over time, as we identify and digitize additional historical images of women at WSU.
Using the Database
To browse the entire collection: select "Browse this collection"
Keyword searching: enter a search term(s) in the text box
Results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed both forward and backward. To view the larger image and its corresponding data, click on the thumbnail or its title.
Creating the Database
Several WSU students and employees selected, scanned, and described the images during the initial project funded by the Washington Women's History Consortium (2008-2009): Lee Ann Hall, Torsten Homberger, Rhonda Anderson, Katy Fry, Nathan Roberts, and Amy Sabourin. Trevor Bond, Interim Head of MASC, and Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian, supervised the project. The images were captured as 600 dpi TIFF files on an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner, and JPEG files (100 dpi) were created for the CONTENTdm database. Alex Merrill, Systems/Operations Manager and Digital Initiatives Librarian, provided training and technical support for the project.