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Inventory of the California Commission on the Status of Women Records
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Series Descriptions

R214.001, Box 1, folder 1 - Box 2, folder 5

Series 1 Meeting Files 1965-2003

Physical Description: 27 file folders, 2 VHS tapes

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

Meeting Files pertain to the meetings held by the Commission between 1965 and 2003. These files are not comprehensive, with records of meetings missing from 1969, 1981-1995, 1997-2000, and 2002. Files include agendas, minutes, memoranda, notes, press releases, transcripts, publications, correspondence, public testimony, background information, news clippings, and articles. The meetings cover numerous topics of concern to the Commission such as the establishment of the Advisory Commission and the Advisory Committee, the Equal Rights Amendment, maternity leave, child support, community property, agricultural workers, Title IX, and prisoners. These meetings were held by a variety of Commission Committees including the Executive, Education, Employment, Child Care, Community Involvement, Public Information, and Criminal Justice committees.
Audio/videotapes have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included within the file folders to indicate this.
R214.002, Box 2, folders 6 - 9

Series 2 Meeting Minutes 1970-2001

Physical Description: 4 file folders, 2 mini audio cassettes

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

The Meeting Minutes document the meetings held by the Commission between 1970 and 2001. These files may not comprehensively record every meeting held by the Commission. Files include agendas, minutes, agendas, and meeting notices. The meetings discussed such topics as the Equal Rights Amendment and domestic violence.
Audio/videotapes have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included within the file folders to indicate this.
R214.003, Box 2, folders 10-25

Series 3 Business Meeting Files 2000-2003

Physical Description: 16 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

The Business Meeting Files document the business meetings held by the Commission. These files may not include all meetings held by the Commission. Files include agendas, minutes, memoranda, correspondence, publications, testimony, by-laws, press releases, background information, reports, news clippings, and articles. The meetings covered such issues as homeless women, sexual assault, faculty merit salary increases, pay equity, prisoners, and gender equity in education.
R214.004, Box 3, folder 1 - Box 4, folder 8

Series 4 Conference and Hearing Transcripts 1966-1981

Physical Description: 29 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date.

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts pertain to the conferences and hearings held by the Commission between 1966 and 1981, which were recorded and transcribed. Legislative bodies involved in the hearings include the Joint Committee on Legal Equality, Social Welfare Committee, Judiciary Committee, and Criminal Justice Committee. The transcripts document topics such as day care, rape, community property, credit, employment, Labor Code, medical rights, and comparable worth.
R214.005, Box 4, folders 9 - 19

Series 5 Hearing Files 1966-1999

Physical Description: 11 file folders, 2 VHS tapes

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by hearing date.

Scope and Content Note

The Hearing Files pertain to the public hearings held by the Commission between 1966 and 1999. Files include agendas, memoranda, notes, correspondence, pamphlets, public testimony, background information, news clippings, and articles. The hearings focused on such issues as adolescent mental health, improving child care, and employment.
Audio/videotapes have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included within the file folders to indicate this.
R214.006, Box 4, folder 20 - Box 8, folder 12

Series 6 Chronological Correspondence 1982-1988

Physical Description: 90 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date.

Scope and Content Note

The chronological correspondence of the Commission contains primarily outgoing mail from the office of the Executive Director. Files include agendas, minutes, memoranda, mailing lists, background information, news clippings, and requests for information. The correspondence reflects the wide variety of subjects that the Commission dealt with on a daily basis: the newsletter, meetings, administration of the staff and commissioners, legislative opinions, Miller vs. CSW, incest, comparable worth, poverty, homemaker's rights, community property, affirmative action, Women's History Month, and the Sexual Harassment in Employment (S.H.E.) Project.
R214.007, Box 8, folder 13 - Box 9, folder 36

Series 7 Commission Publications 1966-2010

Physical Description: 68 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Scope and Content Note

This record series contains the publications produced by the Commission alone or in conjunction with another organization. These files may not include all publications created by the Commission. Files include directories, annual reports, hearings, studies, manuals, conferences, profiles, conventions, retreats, and pamphlets. Significant topics include farm workers, sexual harassment, comparable worth, the Equal Rights Amendment, child custody, displaced homemakers, disabilities, and sex equity in education.
Researchers should note that two specific Commission-created publications are found in their own separate series: the newsletter and Laws Affecting Women. Also, Commission-created publications that were "reports to the legislature" are found in their own series by that same name.
R214.008, Box 9, folder 37 - Box 10, folder 15

Series 8 Publications 1975-2007

Physical Description: 26 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Scope and Content Note

The Publications document directories, studies, reports, manuals, conferences, law reviews, and dissertations which were not produced by the Commission. The creators of these publications include the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Women's Education Fund, the California State Employee's Association, the California Women Legislators Caucus, the Institute for Women's Research Policy, the California Attorney General's Office, the California Coalition for Women, and the California Center for Research on Women and Families. Publication topics include domestic violence, racism, and child support.
R214.009, Box 10, folders 16 - 39

Series 9 Reports to the Legislature 1967-1999

Physical Description: 24 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Scope and Content Note

This record series contains the Commission-created publications that were formal reports to the California Legislature. These files may not include all reports to the Legislature created by the Commission. Subjects of reports include pay inequities, the Displaced Homemaker's Emergency Loan Act (DHELA) program, child care, and adolescent mental health.
R214.010, Box 10, folders 40 - 46

Series 10 Commission Newsletters 1968-2001

Physical Description: 7 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Scope and Content Note

The newsletter produced by the Commission was titled California Women for most of its history. These files may not include all newsletters produced by the Commission. The newsletters provide an encapsulated glance into matters of interest to the Commission and women at given points in time. Topics include the Equal Rights Amendment, comparable worth, homemakers, credit, insurance, child care, Title IX, domestic violence, reproductive rights, Proposition 13 (1978), and breast cancer.
R214.011, Box 11, folders 1 - 5

Series 11 Sex Equity in Education (SEEA) Regulation Files 1987-2001

Physical Description: 5 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date.

Scope and Content Note

The Sex Equity in Education (SEEA) Regulations Files contain to the information accumulated by the Commission between 1987 and 2001 regarding these regulations. Files include memoranda, correspondence, testimony, court documents, proposed legislation, news clippings, and pamphlets. The regulations surround such topics as California Community Colleges, the California State University, the university of California, K-12, discrimination, access to resources, and teacher credentialing.
R214.012, Box 11, folders 6 - 9

Series 12 Staff Files 1980-2000

Physical Description: 4 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by last name of staff member.

Scope and Content Note

The Staff Files contain information on many Commission members and Executive Directors. Files include correspondence, oaths of office, biographies, photographs, letters of resignation, job duty statements, press releases, and news clippings.
R214.013, Box 11, folder 10 - Box 13, folder 14

Series 13 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Files 1970-1987

Physical Description: 61 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Files document the Commission's involvement in the state and national attempts to pass this controversial federal constitutional legislation. Files include agendas, minutes, memoranda, court documents, correspondence, testimony, promotional materials, background information, reports, news clippings, and articles. Topics of interest to ERA general research include labor, employment, marriage, the draft, homosexuality, rescission, referendums, religion, and the history of the ratification efforts in California. Those researching the Commission, specifically, may be interested in the legal case brought against the Commission, Miller v. CSW.
R214.014, Box 13, folders 15 - 18

Series 14 Laws Affecting Women 1973-1998

Physical Description: 4 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Scope and Content Note

Laws Affecting Women was an annually published report of the Commission. The report summarizes the California laws chaptered in the previous legislative session that impact women. Notable topics include family law, health access and coverage, equality, violence, education, and child care.
R214.015, Box 13, folders 19 - 31

Series 15 Publicity Files 1988-1997

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Publicity Files consist of the photographs, promotional materials, and information regarding Women's History Month and other Commission events. Files include photographs, correspondence, memoranda, flyers, speeches, notes, and proclamations. Photographs include images of Commissioners, staff, and political leaders. Women's History Month records are from 1988 to 1993 and include many proclamations from both the Governor of California as well as various municipalities.
Oversized items have been moved to oversized storage and separation sheets are included within the file folders to indicate this.
R214.016, Box 13, folder 32 - Box 14, folder 24

Series 16 Subject Files 1985-2005

Physical Description: 28 file folders, 1 VHS tape

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Subject Files document a variety of topics of interest to the Commission. Files include reports, correspondence, promotional materials, news clippings, articles, memoranda, notes, court documents, and proposed legislation. Significant topics include the California's Elected Women's Association for education and research (CEWAER), the commission history, conferences, conventions, retreats, the executive committee, domestic violence, Notable Women, rape, Title IX, athletics, and the Women's Appointment Project.
Audio/videotapes have been removed to cold storage and separation sheets are included within the file folders to indicate this.