Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Records, 1976-1988

Descriptive Identification

Unit ID
ua685
Repository
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Extent
22 cubic ft.
creator
State University of New York at Albany. Center for Women in Government
Location
The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language
English
Abstract
The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) was established in 1978 to elimination of sex discrimination in New York State government employment. The Center part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and receives both public and private funding.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Records, 1976-1988. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Records).

Administrative History

The Center for Women in Government & Civic Society (CWG) was established in 1978 to elimination of sex discrimination in New York State government employment. This mission is addressed through research to identify and develop methods to remove structural barriers to advancement; training of women and their organizations on leadership, management, and career planning; networking. [CWG Bylaws, 1983, p.1] The Center functioned as part of the Comparative Studies Center, subsequently the Institute for Government and Policy Studies (1981-86) of the Graduate School of Public Affairs, Rockefeller College, State University of New York at Albany. In 1987 the Center became an independent unit of the Graduate School of Public Affairs. The Center receives both public and private funding with its financial management performed by SUNYA and the Research Foundation. [CWG Bylaws, 1983, p.1]

The Center was co-founded by Nancy Perlman, who served as director until 1986, and Linda Tarr-Whelan, administrative director of the New York State Department of Labor Tarr-Whelan served as President of the Center's Board of Directors until the fall of 1979.

The CWG was initially governed by the Executive - Ad Hoc Advisory Committee whose members served on and chose the remaining members of the permanent Board of Directors. [CWG Draft Interim Bylaws, p.1] The CWG is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors made up of individuals or representatives of organizations interested and involved in the elimination of sex discrimination in the public sector. The Board meets four times annually or at the request of one-half of the Board or two-thirds of the Executive Committee. The Board is responsible for setting overall Center policy, financial planning, and staffing. The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board President, Secretary and five Board members. It too meets four times a year or at the request of one-half the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee has the power to make decisions of the Board when necessary subject to ratification by the Board. Nominations of new members to the Board of Directors are made by the Executive Committee. [CWG Bylaws, 1983] The day to day operations of the CWG are controlled by the Executive Director, formerly the Director, of the CWG.

The CWG extended its work to include programs within New York City in 1980 and offers technical assistance to groups and organizations within the state. The Center also contracts outside the State of New York to conduct studies on barriers to the advancement of women. [The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Bulletin, p. 45]

Scope and Contents

The records of the Center for Women in Government include agendas and minutes, quarterly reports, publications, correspondence, memoranda, and project proposals relating to the mission of the CWG to "identify and remove the barriers to equal employment opportunities for women." These records date from 1976 just prior to the Center's establishment through 1988.

The records of the CWG are divided into five series: Board of Directors (Governance), 1977-1983; Board President Records, 1976-79; Correspondence, Dec. 1977, 1978-86; Executive Director's Subject Files, 1976-87; and Publications, 1979-88. The Board of Director series was divided into four subseries: Board Members, 1977-83; Board of Directors Meeting Reports, 1977-83; Executive Committee, 1978-81; and Board Correspondence, 1978-86. These records were created and maintained by the Administrative Office of the CWG for Center and Board operations. The Board President Records are the records retained by the CWG of the first Board President and co-founder Linda Tarr-Whelan. They contain material predating the Center's establishment. The Correspondence series contain the day files of the CWG arranged chronologically by year, month and day. These day files were kept because there are no correspondence files New Director of the Center for Women in Government for the period 1977-1986. The records of the Director were interfiled with general correspondence of the Center. The general correspondence (day files) are the primary source of administrative information for that period. The Publications series includes all publications of the CWG printed by contract and in-house.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is only partially processed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

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Components List

  • Board of Directors Governance File, 1977-1983

    Unit ID
    1
    Extent
    1 cubic ft.
    Arrangement

    This series is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

    Scope and Contents

    This series consists of records of the Board of Directors relating to the governing of the CWG and is arranged in four subseries: Board Members, Executive Committee, Board of Directors Meeting Reports, and Board Correspondence. These records were created and maintained by the Administrative Office of the CWG for Center and Board operations.

    • Board Members, 1977-1983

      Unit ID
      1.1
      Extent
      0.35 cubic ft.
      Arrangement

      Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

      Scope and Contents

      This subseries consists primarily of letters of election and acceptance to the members of the Board of Directors of CWG. More substantive correspondence and some newsclippings on topics such as the establishment of the CWG, CWG training programs, workshops and research issues on comparable worth, career mobility and career ladders in State Government, discrimination, and Day Care Centers for State employees can be found in the following Board Member files: Karen Burnstein, Frances Berko, William McGowan, Robert E. Quinn, Delores Schmidt, Aldo Baaklini, Linda Tarr-Whelan, Pamela Tate and Anne Nelson. These files contain both correspondence to and from these Board members.

    • Executive Committee, 1978-1981

      Unit ID
      1.2
      Extent
      0.175 cubic ft.
      Arrangement

      Semi-chronological arrangement.

      Scope and Contents

      This subseries consists of correspondence, agendas, and minutes of the Executive Committee of the CWG Board of Directors. The major topics included are bylaws, nominations to the Board, funding, the CWG New York City project (1980-81), and pay equity study (1979-81), and training programs.

    • Board of Directors Meeting Reports, 1977-1983

      Unit ID
      1.3
      Extent
      0.35 cubic ft.
      Arrangement

      Arranged chronologically

      Scope and Contents

      This subseries consists of quarterly reports of the Board of Directors which include agendas and minutes, the Director's Report to the BD, and the Financial Report. Some contain bylaws, but no financial report. Minutes are those of the previous meeting. Missing are the reports for March, 1979 and September, 1983. Topics covered in these reports include comparable worth/pay equity (1979-83), career mobility (1979-83), sexual harassment (1980-83), affirmative action, office technology, race and sex discrimination, and; CWG staffing, training programs, public education/networking and fund raising. This subseries also includes Board Lists for 1980, 1981 and 1982.

    • Board Correspondence, 1978-1982

      Unit ID
      1.4
      Extent
      0.175 cubic ft.
      Scope and Contents

      This subseries consists of correspondence - letters and memoranda sent to the members of the Board. Topics covered include changes in the CWG Board, BM conflicts of interest, CWG mission, nominations/elections to the Board, grants and donations, and issues such as career ladders, pay equity, rape legislation, and NYC Advisor Program. This subseries also includes the records of the Executive - Ad Hoc Advisory Committee consisting of memoranda and letters on funding and the establishment of the CWG and lists of members of the Committee and Board.

  • Board President Records, 1976-1979

    Unit ID
    2
    Extent
    0.25 cubic ft.
    Arrangement

    This series is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

    Scope and Contents

    This series contains the retained records of the first President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the CWG, Linda Tarr-Whelan and consists of correspondence (letters and memoranda's for 1977-6/79), agendas, proposal notes, photocopies of news clippings, Board and other reports. Topics 'included are sex discrimination in public employment, career mobility, and establishment of the CWG, affirmative action, funding and career planning. Some of the information contained in these files predate the founding of the CWG in 1978.

  • Correspondence (Day Files), 1977-1986

    Unit ID
    3
    Extent
    3.5 cubic ft.
    Arrangement

    Arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Contents

    Contains 1979-83 day files preceded by general incoming and outgoing correspondence files. This series consists of the central day files of the CWG. It includes letters, form letters, memoranda, project proposals, and project updates. Topics covered in this series includes career ladders, career mobility (1979-85), sex discrimination and discrimination of the handicapped, women and minority advancement, comparable worth/pay equity 1979-86), child care, and sexual harassment (1979-83), as well as Center training programs, and funding.

  • Executive Director's Subject Files, 1976-1988

    Unit ID
    4
    Extent
    1 cubic ft.
    Scope and Contents

    The series includes documents relating to the creation of the center, by-laws, Board of Director notices, minutes and agendas, and the Director's report to the Board. Also included are the Executive Committee agenda minutes and notices, budgets, financial records, fellowship programs, conferences held and activity summaries. Also included are proposals for reports, studies, and programs; bibliographies, brochures from Center programs, a news release file and news articles relating to the Center.

    • Bibliographies, 1978-1987
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      1
    • Board of Directors notices, meetings and minutes, 1978-1979
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      2
    • Board of Directors minutes and reports, 1978-1985
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      3
    • Board of Directors minutes and reports, 1978-1979
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      4
    • Brochures, 1977-1987
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      5
    • Budget and Finance, 1978-1980
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      6
    • By-Laws, 1976
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      7
    • Career Planning handbook news coverage, 1979-1981
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      8
    • Conferences held, 1983
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      9
    • Director's report to the board, 1978-1982
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      10
    • Executive Committee minutes and agenda, 1982-1985
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      11
    • Fellowships, 1983-1987
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      12
    • Goals and priorities, 1978-1979
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      13
    • History, 1978 1988
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      14
    • Memos and notices, 1980-1984
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      15
    • News articles, 1980-1984
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      16
    • News releases, 1980-1981
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      17
    • News on Women in Government, 1982-1987
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      18
    • Program-Managerial Access Project, 1982
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      19
    • Program-Preparing for a Change, 1985
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      20
    • Program-Managing a Changing Workforce, 1982
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      21
    • Program-Underdeveloped Women Working for New York State Government, 1980
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      22
    • Proposal-Comparable Worth, 1982
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      23
    • Proposal-Continuing Education in State Government, 1978
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      24
    • Proposal for Establishing a New York City Program for Women in State Government, 1979
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      25
    • Proposal-Women as Managers, 1979
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      26
    • Proposal for Center, 1976
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      27
    • Publication lists, 1976-1987
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      28
    • Publications, 1979-1987
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      29
    • Speeches/Transcripts, 1976
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      30
    • Summary of activities, 1985
      Box
      1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)
      Folder
      31
  • Publications, 1979-1987

    Unit ID
    5
    Scope and Contents

    This series includes the working papers and reports published by the CWG.

    • Reports, 1978-1986

      Unit ID
      5.1
      Scope and Contents

      This series includes published and unpublished reports used in seminars and self-help programs. The reports cover such problems as discrimination, pay equity, understanding affirmative action, bridge jobs in New York State government and hiring policies in New York City.

      • The New York State Pay Equity Study: A Research Report, 1986
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        1
      • Alternative Routes for Managerial Promotion in New York State: A Research Report, 1984
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        2
      • Occupational Segregation and Its Impact on working Women: Report of a Conference (Sponsored by the Ford Foundation), 1982
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        3
      • Hiring Policies in the New York City Uniformed Services, 1986
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        4
      • The Effects of Personnel Practices on Female Employees on the NYS Unified Court System, 1986
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        5
      • Ergonomics: The Changing Office, 1987
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        6
      • Managerial Access Project, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        7
      • Alternative Routes of Promotion, 1981, 1981
        Box
        2 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        1
      • Alternative Routes for Managerial Promotion in New York State: An Analysis of Their Differential Use on the Basis of Sex and Minority Status, 1984
        Box
        2 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        2
      • Bridge Jobs in New York State Government, 1978
        Box
        2 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        3
      • Improving the Status of Women and Minorities, 1986
        Box
        2 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        4
      • Office Automation; A Survey of Government Employees, 1987
        Box
        2 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        5
      • Understanding and Utilizing Affirmative Action: A program for Managers and Supervisors, 1985
        Box
        2 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        6
    • Working Papers, 1979-1986

      Unit ID
      5.2
      Scope and Contents

      Working papers are developed to support a specific area of concern and are then used in seminars and special forum programs by which the center can help educate women. They report on admission of women in medical school, comparable worth, pay equity and sex-segregated career ladders.

      • Sex-Segregated Career Ladders in New York State Government Employment: A structural Analysis of Inequality in Employment, 1979
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        1
      • Summary of Working Papers #1, 1979
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        2
      • Preliminary Memorandum on pay Equity, 1980
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        3
      • Women, Unions and Equal Employment Opportunity, 1981
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        4
      • The Employment Effects of Comparable Worth Policy for Women, 1982
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        5
      • Labor Market Inequality and Equal Employment Policy for Women: Across National Comparison, 1979
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        6
      • Statistics on Women and Minorities in Public Employment, 1983
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        7
      • Summary of Working Papers #6, 1984
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        8
      • Managerial Promotions in the Public Sector: The Impact of Eligibility Requirements on Women and Minorities, 1982
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        9
      • The Admission of Women and Minorities to Medical School, 1982
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        10
      • Hard Truths for Strategic Change; Dilemmas for Implementing Affirmative Action, 1982
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        11
      • Testimony of the Center for Women in Government before the United States House of Representatives, 1982
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        12
      • A Want of Harmony; Perspectives on Wage Discrimination and Comparable Worth, 1983
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        13
      • New Directions of Equal Employment Policy; Training Women for Non-Traditional Occupations, 1984
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        14
      • Comparable Worth and Wage Discrimination, 1984
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        15
      • Equitable Compensation; Methodological Criteria for Comparable Worth, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        16
      • Minorities and Pay Equity in New York State Government Employment, 1986
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        17
    • Curricula, 1979-1987

      Unit ID
      5.3
      Scope and Contents

      Curricula are used as a teaching tool in seminars and training sessions.

      • Ergonomics; The Changing Office, 1987
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        1
      • Next Step, 1979-1980
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        2
      • Sexual Harassment: Preventive Intervention for New York State, 1980
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        3
    • Guidebooks, 1980-1985

      Unit ID
      5.4
      Scope and Contents

      These guidebooks are used to help women deal with workplace problems and changes in the problem areas.

      • Preventing Sexual Harassment, 1980
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        1
      • Sexual Harassment; Landmark Cases, 1981
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        2
      • Managing Sexual Harassment Problems, 1981
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        3
      • Non-Traditional Jobs for Women, 1984
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        4
      • Women in Uniform Services, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        5
    • Executive Development Institute, 1985

      Unit ID
      5.5
      Scope and Contents

      The Institute is held across the state to educate women in areas of concern such as comparable worth and discrimination.

      • Institute program papers, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        1
      • Comparable Worth Project, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        2
      • Discrimination, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        3
      • Participants of Executive Development Institute, 1985
        Box
        1 (5-Publications)
        Folder
        4
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    Unit ID
    6
    Extent
    771 captures
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