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COLLECTION Identifier: 2004-M93

Papers of Shirley Nuss, 1958-1994 (inclusive), 1975-1994 (bulk)


Papers of sociologist Shirley Nuss.


  • Creation: 1958-1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975-1994

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Cartons 1-8 were closed until January 1, 2007, and need to be screened before use. Cartons 9-14 and box 15 have been screened by library staff, and documents access to which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy have been placed in red sleeves and temporarily restricted for the times specified. Red sleeves and their contents must be pulled by library staff before research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Shirley Nuss as well as 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.


14.21 linear feet (14 cartons, 1/2 file box)

Collection includes published and unpublished work, lectures, and material documenting professional activities, and records concerning her tenure case. Folder headings are Shirley Nuss's, with additions in brackets by archivist Susan Earle. Many folders are heavily annotated, presumably by Nuss.


A graduate in sociology of the University of Colorado (B.A. 1969, M.A. 1975, Ph.D. 1975), Shirley A. Nuss (1944- ) was an assistant professor at Wayne State University where she became involved in a well known tenure case, which was supported by the American Association of University Professors and Sociologists for Women in Society. An expert on the status of women in third world countries, Nuss worked for many years with the United Nations agencies and governments in South Asia to design, evaluate, and implement national survey programs to gather data on women. She also served as a research consultant for the World Conference of the U.N. Decade for Women, 1979-1980.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2004-M93

The papers of Shirley Nuss were given to the Schlesinger Library by Shirley Nuss in August 2004.

Processing Information

Container list: November 2006

By: Susan Earle

Nuss, Shirley. Papers of Shirley Nuss, 1958-1994 (inclusive), 1975-1994 (bulk): A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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