M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

Finding Aid for the
CENTER FOR WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT
Records, 1976-1988

(UA-685)

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Administrative History

Scope and content note

Series descriptions

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Center for Women in Government
Administrative History

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The Center for Women in Government (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.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.2

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.3 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.4 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.5

Executive Directors


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1. CWG Bylaws, 1983, p.1.
2. Ibid.
3. CWG Draft Interim Bylaws, p.1.
4. CWG Bylaws, 1983.
5. The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Bulletin, p. 45.


Center for Women in Government
Scope & Content Note

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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.

Photographs related to the Center for Women in Government from the University Archives Photograph Collection are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.


Center for Women in Government
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Board of Directors Governance File, 1977-83. 1.0 cubic foot.

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.

Series 2: Board President Records, 1976-79. 0.25 cubic feet. No specific arrangement.

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), December 1977, 1978-86. 3.5 cubic feet. Arranged chronologically.

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, 1976-88.

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.

Series 5: Publications, 1979-87.

This series includes the working papers and reports published by the CWG. The series is divided into five subseries: Reports; Working Papers; Curricula; Guidebooks; and Executive Development Institute.


Center for Women in Government
Box and Folder List

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Series 4: Executive Director's Subject Files, 1976-88

Box 1

Bibliographies, 1978-87
Board of Directors notices, meetings and minutes, 1978-79
Board of Directors minutes and reports, 1978-85
Board of Directors minutes and reports, 1978-79
Brochures, 1977-87
Budget and Finance, 1978-80
By-Laws, 1976
Career Planning handbook news coverage, 1979-81
Conferences held, 1983
Director's report to the board, 1978-82
Executive Committee minutes and agenda, 1982-85
Fellowships, 1983-87
Goals and priorities, 1978-79
History, 1978, 1988
Memos and notices, 1980-84
News articles, 1980-84
News releases, 1980-81
News on Women in Government, 1982-87
Program-Managerial Access Project, 1982
Program-Preparing for a Change, 1985
Program-Managing a Changing Workforce, 1982
Program-Underdeveloped Women Working for New York State Government, 1980
Proposal-Comparable Worth, 1982
Proposal-Continuing Education in State Government, 1978
Proposal for Establishing a New York City Program for Women in State Government, 1979
Proposal-Women as Managers, 1979
Proposal for Center, 1976
Publication lists, 1976-87
Publications, 1979-87
Speeches/Transcripts, 1976
Summary of activities, 1985


Center for Women in Government
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Series 5: Publications, 1979-87

Subseries 5.1: Reports, 1978-86

Box 1

The New York State Pay Equity Study: A Research Report, 1986
Alternative Routes for Managerial Promotion in New York State: A Research Report, 1984
Occupational Segregation and Its Impact on working Women: Report of a Conference

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, 1982

Hiring Policies in the New York City Uniformed Services, 1986
The Effects of Personnel Practices on Female Employees on the NYS Unified Court System, 1986
Ergonomics: The Changing Office, 1987
Managerial Access Project, 1985

Box 2

Alternative Routes of Promotion, 1981
Alternative Routes for Managerial Promotion in New York State; An Analysis

of Their Differential Use on the Basis of Sex and Minority Status, 1984

Bridge Jobs in New York State Government, 1978
Improving the Status of Women and Minorities, 1986
Office Automation; A Survey of Government Employees, 1987
Understanding and Utilizing Affirmative Action: A program for Managers and Supervisors, 1985


Center for Women in Government
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Subseries 5.2: Working Papers, 1979-86

Box 1

#1 Sex-Segregated Career Ladders in New York State Government Employment;

A structural Analysis of Inequality in Employment, 1979

#lA Summary of Working Papers #1, 1979
#2 Preliminary Memorandum on pay Equity, 1980
#3 Women, Unions and Equal Employment Opportunity, 1981
#4 The Employment Effects of Comparable Worth Policy for Women, 1982
#5 Labor Market Inequality and Equal Employment Policy for Women;
Across National Comparison, 1979

#6 Statistics on Women and Minorities in Public Employment, 1983
#6A Summary of Working Papers #6, 1984
#7 Managerial Promotions in the Public Sector; The Impact of Eligibility
Requirements on Women and Minorities, 1982

#8 The Admission of Women and Minorities to Medical School, 1982
#9 Hard Truths for Strategic Change; Dilemmas for Implementing Affirmative Action, 1982
#11 Testimony of the Center for Women in Government before the
United States House of Representatives, 1982

#12 A Want of Harmony; Perspectives on Wage Discrimination and Comparable Worth, 1983
#13 New Directions of Equal Employment Policy; Training Women for
Non-Traditional Occupations, 1984

#15 Comparable Worth and Wage Discrimination, 1984
#16 Equitable Compensation; Methodological Criteria for Comparable Worth, 1985
#17 Minorities and Pay Equity in New York State Government Employment, 1986


Center for Women in Government
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Subseries 5.3: Curricula, 1979-80, 1987

Box 1

Ergonomics; The Changing Office, 1987
Next Step, 1979-80
Sexual Harassment: Preventive Intervention for New York State, 1980


Center for Women in Government
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Subseries 5.4: Guidebooks, 1980-81,1984-85

Box 1

Preventing Sexual Harassment, 1980
Sexual Harassment; Landmark Cases, 1981
Managing Sexual Harassment Problems, 1981
Non-Traditional Jobs for Women, 1984
Women in Uniform Services, 1985


Center for Women in Government
Box and Folder List

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Subseries 5.5: Executive Development Institute, 1985

Box 1

Institute program papers, 1985
Comparable Worth Project, 1985
Discrimination, 1985
Participants of Executive Development Institute, 1985


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