Guide to the Sally Roesch Wagner Papers, 1870-1992 (1968-1988)

California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
The Library
2000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA, 95819-6039

Title: Sally Roesch Wagner papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 2000/31
Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 60.25 Linear feet (47 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1968-1988
Date (inclusive): 1870-1992
Abstract: This collection includes subject files, course materials, personal and business correspondence, newsletters and bulletins, publications and photographs. It focuses heavily on Sally Roesch Wagner's involvement with the Women's Studies Program at both Sacramento State College and Mankato State College. In addition, the papers include files on feminist movements, human sexuality, peace organizations and movements, the Chautaqua Association, and the history of the Native American and pioneer women of North Dakota.
Language: The collection is in English.
Physical Location: Some of the CSUS Special Collections and University Archives are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

Accruals note

No additions are expected.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 2000/31, Sally Roesch Wagner Papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento.


Sally Roesch Wagner was born on July 11, 1942 in Aberdeen, North Dakota. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). In 1978, Wagner was one of the first people in the United States to receive a doctorate degree in Women's Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wagner helped found the Women's Studies Program at CSUS and taught Women's Studies courses at the university during the 1970s to 1981. Wagner later moved to Minnesota, where she taught Women's Studies courses at Mankato State College from 1981 to 1985. In addition, she taught classes at Fresno State University and at a research affiliate of the University of California, Davis.
Wagner is a lecturer, writer, historical performer, and historian. She has written numerous articles and books related to women and feminists. Some titles of books that she has written are Daughters of Dakota (vol. 1 and vol. 2), A Time of Protest: Suffragists Challenge the Republic, 1870-1887, Matilda Joslyn Gage biography, and The Declaration of Rights of Women: 1876. She has participated in a variety of Chautaqua events, where she portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Alice Pickler. She has also lectured and performed as suffragists for elementary schools and colleges throughout the country.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Sally Roesch Wagner papers were acquired as a gift in 2001.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wagner, Sally Roesch
Wiedner, Barbara, 1928-2001
Peace movements -- United States -- California
Women and peace
Women's studies.