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Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Records

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives

Inclusive Date: 1976-1988

State University of New York at Albany. Center for Women in Government

22 cubic ft.

English

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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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]

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.

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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).

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series 1: Board of Directors Governance File

Inclusive Date: 1977-1983

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.

Subseries 1.1: Board Members

Inclusive Date: 1977-1983

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.

Subseries 1.2: Executive Committee

Inclusive Date: 1978-1981

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.

Subseries 1.3: Board of Directors Meeting Reports

Inclusive Date: 1977-1983

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.

Subseries 1.4: Board Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1978-1982

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.

Series 2: Board President Records

Inclusive Date: 1976-1979

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.

Series 3: Correspondence (Day Files)

Inclusive Date: 1977-1986

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.

Series 4: Executive Director's Subject Files

Inclusive Date: 1976-1988

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

Inclusive Date: 1978-1987

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 1

Board of Directors notices, meetings and minutes

Inclusive Date: 1978-1979

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 2

Board of Directors minutes and reports

Inclusive Date: 1978-1985

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 3

Board of Directors minutes and reports

Inclusive Date: 1978-1979

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 4

Brochures

Inclusive Date: 1977-1987

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 5

Budget and Finance

Inclusive Date: 1978-1980

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 6

By-Laws

Inclusive Date: 1976

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 7

Career Planning handbook news coverage

Inclusive Date: 1979-1981

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 8

Conferences held

Inclusive Date: 1983

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 9

Director's report to the board

Inclusive Date: 1978-1982

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 10

Executive Committee minutes and agenda

Inclusive Date: 1982-1985

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 11

Fellowships

Inclusive Date: 1983-1987

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 12

Goals and priorities

Inclusive Date: 1978-1979

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 13

History

Inclusive Date: 1978

Inclusive Date: 1988

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 14

Memos and notices

Inclusive Date: 1980-1984

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 15

News articles

Inclusive Date: 1980-1984

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 16

News releases

Inclusive Date: 1980-1981

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 17

News on Women in Government

Inclusive Date: 1982-1987

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 18

Program-Managerial Access Project

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 19

Program-Preparing for a Change

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 20

Program-Managing a Changing Workforce

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 21

Program-Underdeveloped Women Working for New York State Government

Inclusive Date: 1980

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 22

Proposal-Comparable Worth

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 23

Proposal-Continuing Education in State Government

Inclusive Date: 1978

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 24

Proposal for Establishing a New York City Program for Women in State Government

Inclusive Date: 1979

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 25

Proposal-Women as Managers

Inclusive Date: 1979

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 26

Proposal for Center

Inclusive Date: 1976

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 27

Publication lists

Inclusive Date: 1976-1987

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 28

Publications

Inclusive Date: 1979-1987

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 29

Speeches/Transcripts

Inclusive Date: 1976

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 30

Summary of activities

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (4-Executive Director's Subject Files)

Folder: 31

Series 5: Publications

Inclusive Date: 1979-1987

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

Subseries 5.1: Reports

Inclusive Date: 1978-1986

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

Inclusive Date: 1986

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 1

Alternative Routes for Managerial Promotion in New York State: A Research Report

Inclusive Date: 1984

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 2

Occupational Segregation and Its Impact on working Women: Report of a Conference (Sponsored by the Ford Foundation)

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 3

Hiring Policies in the New York City Uniformed Services

Inclusive Date: 1986

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 4

The Effects of Personnel Practices on Female Employees on the NYS Unified Court System

Inclusive Date: 1986

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 5

Ergonomics: The Changing Office

Inclusive Date: 1987

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 6

Managerial Access Project

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 7

Alternative Routes of Promotion, 1981

Inclusive Date: 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

Inclusive Date: 1984

Box: 2 (5-Publications)

Folder: 2

Bridge Jobs in New York State Government

Inclusive Date: 1978

Box: 2 (5-Publications)

Folder: 3

Improving the Status of Women and Minorities

Inclusive Date: 1986

Box: 2 (5-Publications)

Folder: 4

Office Automation; A Survey of Government Employees

Inclusive Date: 1987

Box: 2 (5-Publications)

Folder: 5

Understanding and Utilizing Affirmative Action: A program for Managers and Supervisors

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 2 (5-Publications)

Folder: 6

Subseries 5.2: Working Papers

Inclusive Date: 1979-1986

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

Inclusive Date: 1979

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 1

Summary of Working Papers #1

Inclusive Date: 1979

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 2

Preliminary Memorandum on pay Equity

Inclusive Date: 1980

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 3

Women, Unions and Equal Employment Opportunity

Inclusive Date: 1981

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 4

The Employment Effects of Comparable Worth Policy for Women

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 5

Labor Market Inequality and Equal Employment Policy for Women: Across National Comparison

Inclusive Date: 1979

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 6

Statistics on Women and Minorities in Public Employment

Inclusive Date: 1983

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 7

Summary of Working Papers #6

Inclusive Date: 1984

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 8

Managerial Promotions in the Public Sector: The Impact of Eligibility Requirements on Women and Minorities

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 9

The Admission of Women and Minorities to Medical School

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 10

Hard Truths for Strategic Change; Dilemmas for Implementing Affirmative Action

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 11

Testimony of the Center for Women in Government before the United States House of Representatives

Inclusive Date: 1982

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 12

A Want of Harmony; Perspectives on Wage Discrimination and Comparable Worth

Inclusive Date: 1983

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 13

New Directions of Equal Employment Policy; Training Women for Non-Traditional Occupations

Inclusive Date: 1984

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 14

Comparable Worth and Wage Discrimination

Inclusive Date: 1984

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 15

Equitable Compensation; Methodological Criteria for Comparable Worth

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 16

Minorities and Pay Equity in New York State Government Employment

Inclusive Date: 1986

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 17

Subseries 5.3: Curricula

Inclusive Date: 1979-1987

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

Ergonomics; The Changing Office

Inclusive Date: 1987

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 1

Next Step

Inclusive Date: 1979-1980

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 2

Sexual Harassment: Preventive Intervention for New York State

Inclusive Date: 1980

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 3

Subseries 5.4: Guidebooks

Inclusive Date: 1980-1985

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

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Inclusive Date: 1980

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 1

Sexual Harassment; Landmark Cases

Inclusive Date: 1981

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 2

Managing Sexual Harassment Problems

Inclusive Date: 1981

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 3

Non-Traditional Jobs for Women

Inclusive Date: 1984

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 4

Women in Uniform Services

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 5

Subseries 5.5: Executive Development Institute

Inclusive Date: 1985

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

Institute program papers

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 1

Comparable Worth Project

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 2

Discrimination

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 3

Participants of Executive Development Institute

Inclusive Date: 1985

Box: 1 (5-Publications)

Folder: 4

Series 6: Web Archives

Inclusive Date: 2010 February 18-2016 September 18

http://www.albany.edu/womeningov/ - University Archives collection

Inclusive Date: 2013 May 8-2016 September 18

Web-archive: 1

WARC file for http://www.albany.edu/womeningov/, (please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_ARChive for more details)

Inclusive Date: 2013 May 8-2016 September 18

Warc: 1

http://www.albany.edu/womeningov/ - Internet Archive collection

Inclusive Date: 2010 February 18-2016 September 18

Web-archive: 2