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Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Records

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Abstract: The Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) was started in 1972 at Brown University to promote women in higher education administration, including providing assistance to women in career mapping, guidance, publishing, conference participation and other services. HERS originally operated as a referral and placement service for women in higher education, but since 2005 has provided professional development opportunities for professional academic women and serves as a network of support for women. HERS has three offices: HERS, Mid-America (located at the University of Denver since 1983); HERS, New England (at Wellesley College since 1976) and HERS, West (at the University of Utah). Beginning in 1976 HERS and Bryn Mawr College have co-sponsored a Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Cynthia Secor has been director of the HERS Network since 1975 and is the founding Director of the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and HERS, Mid-America.

Creator: Higher Education Resource Services (U.S.)

+/- Biographical/Organizational History: In the early 1970s a small group of senior-level women from New England campuses met to discuss the lack of career opportunities for academic women. They discussed mutual interests, calling themselves ''Committee for the Concerns of Women in New England College and Universities'' (the Concerns Committee). This Committee drafted a proposal to create a referral service for women with appropriate qualifications for faculty and administrative jobs. In 1972 they received a modest grant from the Ford Foundation to create Project HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) at Brown University, which offered referral and placement services, career counseling workshops, and administrative training seminars. The Project had a dual mission – to improve the opportunities and status of academic professional women and to aid colleges and universities in compliance with the requirements of Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972) that mandated an end to discrimination based on gender in employment.

Arrangement and Organization: The records are arranged in eight series:
1. Institutes, 1976-1995.
2. Conferences 1967-1994.
3. Research, 1974-1993.
4. Colleges and Universities.
5. Cynthia Secor’s papers, Pre-HERS, 1967-1974.
6.Foundations / Organizations.
7. HERS Office papers.
8. Publications.

Separated Materials: None

Inclusive Dates: 1969-1999

Scope and Content: The Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) records reflect the development of a successful women’s organization. The collection contains papers generated by the HERS office from the three last decades of the twentieth century, including correspondence, memorandums, notes, reports, meeting minutes, financial statements, directories, resumes, newsletters, curriculum notebooks, conference announcements, conference evaluations, grant applications, journal articles, newspaper clippings, course catalogs, position announcements, mailing list cards, journals, published materials, ephemera and research materials. The materials date from the late 1960s to the mid-1990s.

Collection Number: M086

Size: 335 - linear feet, 335 record boxes

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