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MC 752; Vt-243

Trebilcot, Joyce. Papers of Joyce Trebilcot, 1935-2009 (inclusive), 1965-1995 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 752; Vt-243
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Joyce Trebilcot
Title: Papers of Joyce Trebilcot, 1935-2009 (inclusive), 1965-1995 (bulk)
Date(s): 1935-2009
Date(s): 1965-1995
Quantity: 12.3 linear feet (29 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 3 photograph folders, 3 videotapes, 3 objects, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of writer, feminist philosopher, and lesbian activist Joyce Trebilcot contain school papers; correspondence; writings on philosophy, feminism, and lesbianism; class lecture notes, syllabi, reviews of teaching; and presentations and lectures.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2011-M225
The papers of Joyce Trebilcot were given to the Schlesinger Library by Janet Crites in December 2011.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 2013
By: Stacey Flatt, with assistance of Emily Underwood.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Joyce Trebilcot is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Joyce Trebilcot Papers, 1935-2009; item description, dates. MC 752, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SEPARATION RECORD

Donors: Janet Crites
Accession number: 2011-M225
Processed by: Stacey Flatt
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection (pending review by curator):
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library's Women's newsletter and periodical collection (Pr-4):

BIOGRAPHY

A pioneer in women's studies and feminist philosophy, Joyce Trebilcot was born in San Diego, California, in 1933 to William and Angeline Dameral Trebilcot. She grew up in Oakland, California, graduated from Fremont High School (1951), and attended University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1955). From 1957 to 1961, Trebilcot lived in Mexico City in an artistic literary expatriate community, eventually moving back to the United States to study philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D., 1970). She joined Washington University in St. Louis in 1970 as assistant professor of philosophy, and became the first woman to receive tenure in the philosophy department in 1977. Trebilcot played an integral role in developing the women's studies program at Washington University. The program started as a special major and later developed into an interdisciplinary program; Trebilcot served as coordinator from 1980 to 1992. She retired as Professor Emerita of both Women's Studies and Philosophy Departments in 1995. Trebilcot also served as visiting professor in Women's Studies as well as Philosophy at other institutions, including the University of New Mexico, Wheaton College, and elsewhere.
Trebilcot also wrote and edited for several feminist, lesbian and philosophical publications. She was the editor for the book Mothering: Essays in Feminist Theory (1980), and in 1994 published Dyke Ideas, Process, Politics, and Daily Life, which was considered a significant contribution to lesbian philosophy, taking examples from her own life to illustrate points: craziness, guilt, ethics, competition, sex and lesbian values, etc. Trebilcot also wrote articles using dialogue between two fictional characters, "Hortense" and "Gladys," who represented opposing philosophical viewpoints, with subjects such as sex, money, spirit, couples, etc. The Hortense and Gladys dialogues were written as articles for publications as well as chapters in Dyke Ideas.
Her interests in philosophy, women's studies, and lesbian rights led Trebilcot to a variety of professional organizations; she was a member of the National Women's Studies Association, the National Lesbian Feminist Organization, and was a founding member of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, where she also served on the editorial board. She was also a speaker at the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. In 1985 she began a partnership with Jan Crites, which lasted until Trebilcot's death in 2009.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in five series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Collection includes school papers; correspondence; writings on philosophy, feminism, and lesbianism; class lecture notes, syllabi, reviews of teaching; and presentations and lectures. Trebilcot's papers document the life of a radical feminist philosopher, following her development in philosophy through her college course papers and into her own teaching with syllabi and lecture notes. Correspondence between Trebilcot and former students, as well as colleagues in the women's studies and feminist philosophy fields during the 1970s through early 1990s show the progress of the women's studies programs at various schools, as well as the evolution of the teaching of feminism and philosophy by others throughout the United States as well as internationally. All material that came foldered in the collection was transferred to acid-free folders. Original folder titles appear in quotation marks in the inventory. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1935-2009 (#1.1-3.3, F+D.1, PD.1-PD.3, Mem.1-Mem.3) includes brief biographies used for publications; college class notes and papers organized by subject matter from Trebilcot's days as a student; her obituary; photographs; and vitae. Trebilcot's interest and development in her field of philosophy is evident within her various school papers, her vitae, and even her interest in women's music festivals. Files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1965-2008 (#3.4-13.5) includes responses to writings (Trebilcot's own and her criticism of others' writings); planning for meetings; strategies for publications on themes of philosophy and feminism; guidance on teaching practices; etc. This series illustrates the sharing of ideas that took place between Trebilcot and colleagues in feminist philosophy and women's studies programs within institutions throughout the country; as well as with former students, eventually becoming colleagues themselves. Trebilcot often wrote notes on the outside of her folders; in these cases, parts of the original folders were retained with the material. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent's last name or subject. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series III, WRITING, 1966-2008 (#13.6-23.2) includes drafts, notes, and research related to Trebilcot's dissertation from University of California, Santa Barbara; articles; books; chapter contributions; and letters to the editor written by Trebilcot. Most of the writings tackle variations on the theme of feminism and sexuality in philosophy. The subject files contain notes, clippings, and correspondence accumulated by Trebilcot on topics she had either wished to write about or had written. If known, folder titles include the publication date/month in parentheses following the title of the writing. The series is arranged with alphabetical files on articles and books followed by general and subject files. Files on Trebilcot's book Dyke Ideas are listed by chapter title. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series IV, TEACHING, 1969-2007 (#23.3-27.4) includes classes taught by Trebilcot with syllabi, lecture notes, comments on papers, reading lists, and evaluations. The class files are arranged in chronological order; followed by lecture notes from unknown classes and presentations, arranged alphabetically by subject; and ending with general files from the colleges where Trebilcot had taught. General files include tenure information, history and notes on the founding of Washington University's Women's Studies Department, appointment letters, research grant applications, material on Trebilcot's retirement party, etc. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series V, GENERAL PROFESSIONAL, 1967-2003 (#27.5-30.6, Vt-243.1 - Vt-243.3) includes Hypatia work files; organizations and societies affiliated with Trebilcot; job application files; and presentations by Trebilcot. The Hypatia files include correspondence of editor Linda Lopez McAlister and associate editor Trebilcot as well as files related to the search for new editors, reader reports for manuscripts, special edition ideas, and annual reports. Trebilcot's involvement at the International Women's Year's National Women's Conferences in Houston and Missouri is documented in this series, while correspondence and conference material indicates her connection with the National Lesbian Feminist Organization, National Women's Studies Association, and Society for Women Philosophers as well. Speeches, notes, and programs from appearances and talks given by Trebilcot at conferences, schools, and organizations are also found in this series. Files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Bibliographies
Buttons
College teachers--Missouri--Saint Louis
Editors--United States
Electronic records
Fan Mail
Feminism--United States
Feminist theory--United States
Feminists--United States
International Women's Year, 1977--Missouri--Saint Louis
International Women's Year, 1977--Texas--Houston
Lecture Notes
Lesbians--United States
Letters to the editor
Manuscripts for publication
National Women's Conference
Patriarchy--United States
Philosophers--United States
Photographs
Radicalism--United States
School records
Syllabi
T-shirts
Videotapes
Women college teachers--United States
Women philosophers--United States
Women's music
Women's studies--United States
al-Hibri, Azizah, 1943-
Allen, Jeffner, 1947-
Card, Claudia
Daly, Mary, 1928-2010
Echelmeier, Susan A., 1955-
Hypatia Press
National Lesbian Feminist Organization (U.S.)
National Women's Studies Association
Palmeri, Ann
Simons, Margaret A.
Society for Women in Philosophy (U.S.)
University of New Mexico--Faculty
Vadas, Melinda
Vetterling-Braggin, Mary
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Arts and Sciences. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.)--Faculty
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Philosophy Department
Waters, Anne
Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.). Department of Women's Studies
Wylie, Alison
Zita, Jacquelyn N.

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