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Chatham College Coeducation Debate Collection

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Records regarding women’s colleges and the prospect of coeducation

Coeducation Files of President Rebecca Stafford, 1989-1991

Supplementary coeducation records



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Chatham College Coeducation Debate Collection, 1890-1990 | Chatham University Archives

By Molly Tighe

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Collection Overview

Title: Chatham College Coeducation Debate Collection, 1890-1990Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1989-1990

ID: MSS/2016.001

Primary Creator: Chatham University

Extent: 1.9 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series 1, Records regarding women’s colleges and the prospect of coeducation, 1890-1984, bulk 1967-1973

Series 2, Coeducation files of President Rebecca Stafford, 1989-1991

Series 3, Supplementary coeducation records, 1984-1991, bulk 1989-1990

Subjects: Chatham University, Coeducation, Pittsburgh Female College--Alumni and alumnae--History--Sources, Women's colleges—History, Women's colleges--United States—History—Sources, Women -- Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh, Women in education--Pennsylvania--History—Sources

Abstract

This artificial collection documents the process by which coeducation was proposed, researched, debated, and ultimately defeated in the late 1960s and in the early 1990s. The bulk of the records originate from the office of President Stafford.  Coeducation in graduate programs and move to coeducation in 2016 are not included in this collection.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the first formal consideration of coeducation at Chatham in the late 1960s and provides a historical context for the reinauguration of the debate in 1990.

The reference materials contained in this collection, primarily newspaper, correspondence, and magazine clippings, pertain to both the coeducation debate at Chatham, as well as similar debates taking place at other women’s colleges nationally. Reports document the work of various taskforces and committees created to manage and research a range of issues pertinent to the debate.

There are also supplementary materials that pertain to the resurgence of the coeducation debate in 1990.  Coeducation in graduate programs and move to coeducation in 2016 are not included in this collection.

Collection Historical Note

In the late 1960s, Chatham College explored options to improve the enrollment and financial stability of the school, which included a discussion of opening admission to men. A series of committees were assembled to analyze the potential for coeducation at Chatham. Research focused mainly on contemporary national debates regarding the future of women’s colleges and the trend towards coeducation. A vote on November 6, 1970 ruled in favor of remaining strictly a women’s college. On February 12, 1990, the Board of Trustees voted to consider major changes to the college, including coeducation. The vote came after Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Committee on the Future of the College, Louise Brown, recommended to the Board that the Charter of the College be amended to offer the B.A. and B.S. degrees to both women and men beginning in the 1991-1992 academic year. The vote initiated widespread debate among faculty, students, and alumnae, who were formally petitioned to share their opinions through both correspondence and public forums. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of preserving Chatham’s status as a college for women. Rebecca Stafford, Chatham president since 1983, officially resigned on June 30, 1991.

Subject/Index Terms

Chatham University
Coeducation
Pittsburgh Female College--Alumni and alumnae--History--Sources
Women's colleges—History
Women's colleges--United States—History—Sources
Women -- Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
Women in education--Pennsylvania--History—Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Chatham University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Related Materials: The Board of Trustees meeting minutes from the 1990s provide more information about the internal debate about coeducation, in particular Folder 242 (Executive Committee, 1/04/1990-8/29/1990).  Also, a pamphlet on coeducation found in this collection is also accessible in the online issue of the Alumnae Recorder, Spring 1971, accessible here: For more information please see http://www.archive.org/details/alumnaerec19661976chat.

Preferred Citation: Chatham College Coeducation Debate Collection, 1890-1990, MSS.2016.001, Chatham University Archives & Special Collections


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[Series 1: Records regarding women’s colleges and the prospect of coeducation, 1890-1984, bulk 1967-1973],
[Series 2: Coeducation Files of President Rebecca Stafford, 1989-1991],
[Series 3: Supplementary coeducation records, 1984-1991, bulk 1989-1990],
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Series 1: Records regarding women’s colleges and the prospect of coeducation, 1890-1984, bulk 1967-1973Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Study of the Future of Chatham and the Curriculum Revision, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Study of the Future of Chatham and the Curriculum Revision – StatisticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Women’s Education – CurriculumAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Future of the College Committee, November 1969-February 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Special Study Committee on the Education of Women, September 1972- March 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Policy Statement of the Board of TrusteesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Chatham Publications, 1967 and 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous, 1890 and 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publicity for Women’s Colleges, 1972-1984Add to your cart.
Series 2: Coeducation Files of President Rebecca Stafford, 1989-1991Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alumnae Reponses IAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Alumnae Responses IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Alumnae Responses II [duplicate]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Senior Staff Vision IdeasAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Co-Ed: Vision & Curriculum Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Co-Ed: Admissions & Marketing Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Co-Ed: Mailing Addresses of Task Force MembersAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Co-Ed: Co-Curricular (College Programs) Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Co-Ed: Co-Curricular Task Force Subcommittee: Athletics and FitnessAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Co-Ed: Faculty WorkshopAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Co-Ed: Finance & Facilities Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Co-Ed: Fundraising Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Co-Ed: Fundraising Tasking Force Subcommittee: Corporate FoundationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Co-Ed: Public Affairs Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Co-Ed: Public Relations Task ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Ada BrandegeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Fundraising Task Force Subcommittee: Individual GivingAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Dick ChaitAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Alumnae Workshop, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Board & CoeducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Chatham CoalitionAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Chatham Women’s CoalitionAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Consultants InterviewedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Faculty & Staff CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: MailingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Karen White’s Tutorial on Coeducation Draft. Dr. Stafford: TutorAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Alumnae CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Coeducation ConfidentialAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Woman’s College CoalitionAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Student CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Susan S. Co-Ed LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Other Women’s CollegesAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Dr. Stafford’s Speeches & RemarksAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: TravelAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Strategic Vision MapsAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Outreach CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Trustees CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Publicity, Clippings, News ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Supplementary coeducation records, 1984-1991, bulk 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Non-Alumnae Correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Alumnae Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Chatham Women’s Coalition Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Gateway Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Chatham Student Government, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Forum and Meeting Announcements, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Taskforce Materials, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Stafford Resignation, June 30, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: New York Alumnae Club, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Stafford’s Speeches and Report to Trustees, 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Reserve: Co-Ed – Board of Trustees/Chatham Info, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Reserve: Co-Ed – Women’s Colleges, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Reserve: Co-Ed – Women’s College Coalition, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Reserve: Co-Ed – President Stafford, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: News ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous, 1986-1991Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Records regarding women’s colleges and the prospect of coeducation, 1890-1984, bulk 1967-1973],
[Series 2: Coeducation Files of President Rebecca Stafford, 1989-1991],
[Series 3: Supplementary coeducation records, 1984-1991, bulk 1989-1990],
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