Career Action Center-Resource Center for Women Records, 1972-2002: A Guide M1654

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Morton and Joseph Geller
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305-6064
Repository URL http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html
Repository email: speccollref@stanford.edu
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Career Action Center-Resource Center for Women Records
Collection number: M1654
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Collection size: 17.0 Linear feet (29 manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes)
Dates: 1972-2002
Abstract: The collection contains materials related to the founding and history of the Career Action Center-Resource Center for Women, a job resource center active on the San Francisco Peninsula between 1973-2002.
Creator: Career Action Center.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Career Action Center-Resource Center for Women Records, M1654, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series:
Series I. History
Series II. Administrative Records
Series III. Financial Records and Fund Development
Series IV. Programs and Publications
Series V. Audio/Visual Materials

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection includes administrative records, financial records, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, program materials, video and audio tapes related to the founding and history of the Career Action Center-Resource Center for Women, a job resource center active on the San Francisco Peninsula between 1973 – 2002.

Organizational History

The Resource Center for Women (1973-2002, name changed to Career Action Center in 1988) was founded in 1972 by five women, Eleanor Shelling, Mary Morley Perez, Peggy Kelly Larsen, Marylyn Morrell, and Martha Faust Hargadon, who met at a career planning workshop called “the Next Step” sponsored by the Stanford Faculty Women’s Club. The nonprofit center began with a staff of volunteers and the goal of providing guidance to a variety of women in transition, including well-educated women, women re-entering the work force, women with children, widowed and divorced women, and women active in their communities as volunteers. It was supported by individual and corporate donations, membership subscriptions, and grants. The center’s original mission statement read: “The Center will serve women who wish to make informed choices about the direction of their lives. It will be an active link between clients who want to use their talents more fully and the educational, volunteer, and salaried work opportunities on the San Francisco Peninsula.” Its first newspaper ad read “WOMEN interested in professional part-time or short term work send resumes to Resource Center for Women, 1176 Emerson, P.A;” and its first workshop, held at Foothill College January 1973, was entitled “Focus on Choice: Women in Transition.” Over two thousand women contacted the center in its first year for employment assistance, education programs, counseling, referrals, and use of the center library.
Bertha Bodek Kalson served as the center librarian from 1974 to 1989, starting with a shoe box of clippings and developing a collection that became a model for local organizations. The collection included college catalogs, statistical surveys, career guides, materials on women’s organizations, subject files and video tapes. By 2000 membership was down and the center was struggling to survive as a low-cost career services provider. After exploring merger possibilities the center closed in 2002. Its library was donated to the North Valley Job Training Consortium and a fund for career development was established through the Women’s Foundation.
Career Action Center Directors
Eleanor R. Shelling, 1974-1979
Judith Ousterhout, Executive Director, 1979-1984
Gail Stypula, Executive Director, 1984-1988
Diane Pelosi Saign, Executive Director, 1990-1998
Sharon Bray, Chief Executive Officer, 1998-2000
Emily Mora, Chief Executive Officer, 2000-2001

Acquisition Information

Accession number: 2008-339. The Career Action Center Records were given to Stanford University for the Department of Special Collections by Marylyn Morrell in March 2008.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Career Action Center.

 

Series I. HISTORY

Scope and Content

This series includes original plans for the center, information about events and course offerings, materials from the 1977 time capsule, special events materials, posters and photographs, and scrapbooks.
Box 1

History, 1972

Box 1

History, 1972-1973

Box 1

History, 1973

Box 1

History, 1974 (3 folders)

Box 2

History, 1975 (2 folders)

Box 2

History, 1976 (2 folders)

Box 2

History 1977 (2 folders)

Box 2

History, 1978 (2 folders)

Box 2

History, 1979 (2 folders)

Box 3

History, 1980-1989 (2 folders)

Box 3

History, 1990-1999 (2 folders)

Box 3

History, 2000-2002

Box 3

Resource Center for Women proposal, circa 1972-1978 (3 folders)

Box 4

Grants and fundraising, 1972-1973

Box 4

Letters of endorsement, 1972-1973

Flat-box 6

Five founders photo, 1973

Box 5

Scrapbook, Bertha Kalson, 1973-1989

Box 4

Time capsule, 1977 (5 folders)

Flat-box 6

Time capsule, 1977

Box 7

History steering committee, 1992

Box 7

Twentieth anniversary, 1993

Flat-box 6

Twentieth anniversary photo collage, 1993

Box 7

Goodbye Sherman St. party, 1996

Box 7

Twenty-fifth anniversary, 1998

Box 7

Funny file

Box 7

Closure, 2002

Flat-box 6

Posters and awards

Flat-box 6

Shirt

Flat-box 6

Scrapbook, clippings

Flat-box 8

Scrapbook, Pinnacle, 1995-1996

Flat-box 8

Scrapbook, opening day, 1996

Flat-box 8

Scrapbook

Flat-box 8

Guest register

Flat-box 8

Lapel pins

Box 9

Miscellaneous history (5 folders)

Box 10

Publicity photos

Box 10

Photos, twentieth anniversary, 1993

Box 10

Photos, holiday party, 1994

Box 10

Photos, volunteer luncheon, 1996

Box 10

Photos, open house, 1996

Box 10

Photos, Women of Vision, 1996

Box 10

Photos, Kahn party, 1997

Box 10

Photos, Women of Vision, 1999

Box 10

Miscellaneous photos (11 folders)

 

Series II. ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS

Scope and Content

This series includes original funding proposal, articles of incorporation and by-laws, organizational planning materials and annual reports, board of directors meeting minutes and handbook, statistics, personnel, volunteers, and materials related to closure.
Box 11

Articles of incorporation and by-laws

Box 11

Funding proposal, 1973

Box 11

Annual reports, 1973-1979

Box 11

Annual reports, 1980-1989

Box 11

Annual reports, 1990-1999

Box 11

Planning, 1972-1973

Box 11

Planning, 1976-1977

Box 11

Planning, 1977-1978

Box 11

Planning, 1984-1989

Box 12

Planning, 1992-1993

Box 12

Planning, 2000

Box 12

Board of directors, 1978

Box 12

Board of directors, 1979

Box 12

Board of directors, 1980

Box 12

Board of directors, 1981

Box 12

Board of directors, 1982

Box 12

Board of directors, 1983

Box 13

Board of directors, 1984

Box 13

Board of directors, 1985

Box 13

Board of directors, 1986

Box 13

Board of directors, 1987

Box 13

Board of directors, 1988

Box 13

Board of directors, 1990

Box 13

Board of directors, 1991

Box 13

Board of directors, 1992

Box 14

Board of directors, 1993

Box 14

Board of directors, 1994

Box 14

Board of directors, 1995

Box 14

Board of directors, 1996

Box 14

Board of directors, 1997

Box 14

Board of directors, 1998

Box 14

Board of directors, 1999

Box 15

Board of directors, 2000-2001 (3 folders)

Box 15

Board of directors, 2002 (2 folders)

Box 16

Board of directors’ book, 1982-1983

Box 16

Board of directors’ book, 1986-1987

Box 16

Board of directors’ book, 1996-1998

Box 16

Board of directors’ book, 1999-2000

Box 16

Business advisory committee

Box 17

Merger proposal, UCSC Extension, 2001

Box 17

Merger proposal, Center for Training and Careers, 2001

Box 17

Organizational charts

Box 17

Personnel

Box 17

Statistics, 1980-1985

Box 17

Statistics, 1994-1998

Box 17

Statistics, 1999

Box 17

Statistics, 2000 (2 folders)

Box 18

Statistics, 2001

Box 18

Statistics, volunteers

 

Series III. FINANCIAL RECORDS

Scope and Contents note

This series includes financial records, such as budget reports, and materials related to fund development activities, such as the Pinnacle and Circle of Friends luncheons.
Box 18

Financial records, 1973-1980

Box 18

Financial records, 1980-1988

Box 18

Financial records, 1990-1996

Box 18

Financial records, 1997-1999 (2 folders)

Box 18

Financial records, 2000-2002

Box 19

Fund development, 1978-1979

Box 19

Fund development, 1980-1989

Box 19

Fund development, 1991-2001

Box 19

Fund development, affiliate luncheons, 1973-1989

Box 19

Fund development, fund raising institute

Box 19

Fund development, fund raising school, 1980 (2 folders)

Box 20

Fund development, Women of Vision, 1984-1994

Box 20

Fund development, Women of Vision, 1995-2000

Box 20

Fund development, Pinnacle, 1990-1999

Box 21

Fund development, circle of friends, 1995-2000

Box 21

Fund development, circle of friends, 1998 (2 folders)

Box 21

Fund development, campaign for a new era, 1997

Box 21

Fund development, Morrell

Box 21

Fund development, Lyman

Box 21

Fund development, Wright

 

Series IV. PROGRAMS AND PUBLICATIONS

Scope and Content

This series includes various newsletters, publications (such as the Resource Guide), clippings, and course offerings.
Box 22

Publications by other organizations, 1964-1980 (3 folders)

Box 22

Talent Source, 1973-1985 (3 folders)

Box 23

Resource center publications, 1974-1977

Box 23

Affirmative Answers, 1974-1976 (5 folders)

Box 23

Hewlett Packard equal opportunity workshop, 1974

Box 24

Seminars and workshops, 1974-1986

Box 24

Course offerings, 1975-1979

Box 24

As of Yesterday, 1975-1980

Box 24

Resource Center standards, 1976

Box 24

Training for Finding a Job, 1976

Box 24

Affirmative Action Update, 1976-1979

Box 24

Resume workshops and handbooks, 1977-1982

Box 24

Catalyst conference, 1978

Box 24

Resources, 1981-1983

Box 24

Resources, 1984-1988

Box 24

Career Connections, 1986-1988

Box 25

Connections, 1988-1995

Box 25

Catalog, 1991-1995 (2 folders)

Box 25

Annual report, 1993

Box 25

The Buzz, 1993-1995

Box 25

Corporate Connections, 1994-1998

Box 25

Volunteer Connections, 1994-1999

Box 25

Career Action Connections, 1995-1997

Box 25

Counseling Connections, 1995-1996

Box 25

Slightly Off Center, 1996-2000

Box 25

Member Connections, 1997-1999

Box 25

Resource Guide, 1998-1999

Box 25

Resource Guide, 2000-2002

Box 25

Speaker series, 1998 (2 folders)

Box 26

Speaker series, 2000

Box 26

Book draft, 2000

Box 26

Clippings, 1973-1979

Box 26

Clippings, 1980-1989

Box 26

Clippings, 1990-1999

Box 26

Clippings, 2000-2002

Box 26

Press releases, 1975-1978

Box 27

Studies and articles

Box 27

Miscellaneous programs and publications (4 folders)

 

Series V. AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIALS

Scope and Content

This series includes VHS and audio tapes of Career Action Center events, news and publicity related to the Center, and interviews with founding members.
Box 28

Lew Platt, Hewlett Packard, Career Self Reliance (2 VHS tapes)

Box 28

Career Action Center, Access Los Altos (VHS)

Box 28

Career Action Center P.R. (2 VHS tapes)

Box 28

Community Network, 1998 (VHS)

Box 28

Channel 7 News, 1988 (VHS)

Box 28

Channel 7, Guilbault, 1989 (VHS)

Box 28

Women of Vision, 1990 (VHS)

Box 28

Women of Vision, 1992 (VHS)

Box 28

Women of Vision, 1994 (2 VHS tapes)

Box 29

Women of Vision, 1995 (2 VHS tapes)

Box 29

Women of Vision, 1997 (VHS)

Box 29

Women of Vision, 1998 (2 VHS tapes)

Box 29

Women of Vision, Gardner/Bray, 1999 (2 VHS tapes)

Box 29

Women of Vision, 1999 (VHS)

Box 29

Women of Vision, 2000 (VHS)

Box 29

Donor party, 1990 (VHS)

Box 29

Pinnacle, 1992 (VHS)

Box 29

Platinum Sponsor roundtable, 1993 (VHS)

Box 30

Body Speed breakfast run, 1993 (VHS)

Box 30

Orientation tape, 1993 (VHS)

Box 30

Orientation tape (VHS)

Box 30

Donor/Friend party, 1993 (VHS)

Box 30

Twentieth year, 1993 (VHS)

Box 30

PBS, The World of Work, 1996 (VHS)

Box 30

SUN, 1996 (VHS)

Box 30

Toward a Resilient Workforce, 1995 (VHS)

Box 30

Hewlett Packard, 1997-1998 (VHS)

Box 30

PBS, Digital Divide I, 2000 (VHS)

Box 30

PBS, Digital Divide II, 2000 (VHS)

Box 31

Vision to Success (video cassette for broadcasting)

Box 31

Interviews with Marylyn Morrel and Jing Lyman (audio)

Box 31

Interviews with Diane Saign, Ellie shelly, Peggy Larsen (audio)

Box 31

Share the Vision, 1998 (2 audio tapes)

Box 31

Career Action Center, 1997 (audio)

Box 31

Women of Vision, 1997 (3 audio tapes)

Box 31

Pinnacle (audio)

Box 31

Pinnacle, 1997 (2 audio tapes)

Box 31

Pinnacle, 1998 (2 audio tapes)

Box 31

National Career Fitness (audio)