Evans, Sara M. Papers

Span Dates: 1959-2005
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 26.7 Linear Feet


Collection consists of subject files, course materials, research files, publication materials, lectures, correspondence, project documentation, student course work and student activist work accumulated by Evans during her career as first a student, then a professor and historian, of women's history. Topics include feminism, minority women, religion, violence, civil rights, labor activism at Duke University, lesbianism, motherhood, feminist theology, employment, socialist feminism, Christian feminism, National Organization for Women, Organization of American Historians, and student activism. Collection contains materials used in the preparation of her publications, including Personal Politics. There are also lectures, academic correspondence, and administrative materials from her tenure at the University of Minnesota. Audiocassette tapes from a series of interviews conducted by Evans in her research for Personal Politics, as well as a slide show from a feminist organization are also included. Originals of the audio cassette tapes are closed to use. Patrons must request use copies to access the content of this material. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Hist/Bio Note

Sara M. Evans is a Regents Professor Emeritus in the history department at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in American social and women's history of the 20th century. She has also worked as the editor of Feminist Studies and a consulting editor of the Journal of American History. She received her B.A. from Duke University in 1966 and her M.A. from Duke University in 1968. She later received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976 and began teaching at the University of Minnesota that year. Her parents were a Methodist minister and a mother she describes as "a radical egalitarian in her bones.

Finding Aid

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This collection is housed at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.


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