Papers of Joyce Trebilcot, 1935-2009 (inclusive), 1965-1995 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1965-1995
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
12.3 linear feet ((29 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 3 photograph folders, 3 videotapes, 3 objects, electronic records)
20.37 Megabytes (9 files)
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1935-2009 (#1.1-3.3, F+D.1, PD.1-PD.3, Mem.1-Mem.3, E.1-E.2) includes brief biographies used for publications; college class notes and papers organized by subject matter from Trebilcot's days as a student; her obituary; photographs; and vitae. Trebilcot's interest and development in her field of philosophy is evident within her various school papers, her vitae, and even her interest in women's music festivals. Files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1965-2008 (#3.4-13.5, E.3) includes responses to writings (Trebilcot's own and her criticism of others' writings); planning for meetings; strategies for publications on themes of philosophy and feminism; guidance on teaching practices; etc. This series illustrates the sharing of ideas that took place between Trebilcot and colleagues in feminist philosophy and women's studies programs within institutions throughout the country; as well as with former students, eventually becoming colleagues themselves. Trebilcot often wrote notes on the outside of her folders; in these cases, parts of the original folders were retained with the material. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent's last name or subject. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series III, WRITING, 1966-2008 (#13.6-23.2, E.4-E.8) includes drafts, notes, and research related to Trebilcot's dissertation from University of California, Santa Barbara; articles; books; chapter contributions; and letters to the editor written by Trebilcot. Most of the writings tackle variations on the theme of feminism and sexuality in philosophy. The subject files contain notes, clippings, and correspondence accumulated by Trebilcot on topics she had either wished to write about or had written. If known, folder titles include the publication date/month in parentheses following the title of the writing. The series is arranged with alphabetical files on articles and books followed by general and subject files. Files on Trebilcot's book Dyke Ideas are listed by chapter title. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series IV, TEACHING, 1969-2007 (#23.3-27.4, E.9) includes classes taught by Trebilcot with syllabi, lecture notes, comments on papers, reading lists, and evaluations. The class files are arranged in chronological order; followed by lecture notes from unknown classes and presentations, arranged alphabetically by subject; and ending with general files from the colleges where Trebilcot had taught. General files include tenure information, history and notes on the founding of Washington University's Women's Studies Department, appointment letters, research grant applications, material on Trebilcot's retirement party, etc. Additional material received on floppy discs will be reformatted at some future date for inclusion in this collection.
Series V, GENERAL PROFESSIONAL, 1967-2003 (#27.5-30.6, Vt-243.1 - Vt-243.3) includes Hypatia work files; organizations and societies affiliated with Trebilcot; job application files; and presentations by Trebilcot. The Hypatia files include correspondence of editor Linda Lopez McAlister and associate editor Trebilcot as well as files related to the search for new editors, reader reports for manuscripts, special edition ideas, and annual reports. Trebilcot's involvement at the International Women's Year's National Women's Conferences in Houston and Missouri is documented in this series, while correspondence and conference material indicates her connection with the National Lesbian Feminist Organization, National Women's Studies Association, and Society for Women Philosophers as well. Speeches, notes, and programs from appearances and talks given by Trebilcot at conferences, schools, and organizations are also found in this series. Files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
Trebilcot also wrote and edited for several feminist, lesbian and philosophical publications. She was the editor for the book Mothering: Essays in Feminist Theory (1980), and in 1994 published Dyke Ideas, Process, Politics, and Daily Life, which was considered a significant contribution to lesbian philosophy, taking examples from her own life to illustrate points: craziness, guilt, ethics, competition, sex and lesbian values, etc. Trebilcot also wrote articles using dialogue between two fictional characters, "Hortense" and "Gladys," who represented opposing philosophical viewpoints, with subjects such as sex, money, spirit, couples, etc. The Hortense and Gladys dialogues were written as articles for publications as well as chapters in Dyke Ideas.
Her interests in philosophy, women's studies, and lesbian rights led Trebilcot to a variety of professional organizations; she was a member of the National Women's Studies Association, the National Lesbian Feminist Organization, and was a founding member of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, where she also served on the editorial board. She was also a speaker at the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. In 1985 she began a partnership with Jan Crites, which lasted until Trebilcot's death in 2009.
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1935-2009 (#1.1-3.3, F+D.1, PD.1-PD.3, Mem.1-Mem.3, E.1-E.2)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1965-2008 (#3.4-13.5, E.3)
- Series III. Writing, 1966-2008 (#13.6-23.2, E.4-E.8)
- Series IV. Teaching, 1969-2007 (#23.3-27.4, E.9)
- Series V. General professional, 1967-2003 (#27.5-30.6, Vt-243.1 - Vt-243.3)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Joyce Trebilcot were given to the Schlesinger Library by Janet Crites in December 2011.
Accession number: 2011-M225
Processed by: Stacey Flatt
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:
- The Backlash Times. Feminists Fighting Pornography, 1989
- Daily Breakthrough. Where Women are News. Special issues covering the International Women's Year National Conference, November 18, 1977; November 19, 1977; and November 20, 1977
- Forum. A Women's Studies Quarterly, University of Cincinnati, Volume 9, Number 4 (Summer 1983)
- Lesbian Herstory Archives Newsletter. Newsletter #6, 8-17 (July 1980 - March 1999)
- NLFO News. Publication of the National Lesbian Feminist Organization, Number 3 (April/May 1979)
- off our backs. A women's news journal, Volume X, Number 2 (February 1980); Volume X, Number 3 (March 1980); Volume XI, Number 1 (January 1981); Volume XV, Number 6 (June 1985)
- Resist! The dyke zine, issue #1 (April/May 1996)
- Sisterlife. Feminists for Life of America, Volume XI, Number 4 (Winter, 1991)
- Southwestern Right to Choose. National Abortion Rights Action League. January, March, June 1978
- Women's Studies Quarterly. An educational project of the Feminist Press, Volume XI, Number 4 (Winter 1983), 3 copies.
- Les Talk. The magazine for empowering lesbians/womyn, Volume 2, Number 2 (August, 1992); Volume 2, Number 4 (October, 1992); Volume 2, Number 6 (December, 1992); Volume 2, Number 7 (January, 1993); Volume 3, Number 9 (April, 1994); Volume 3, Number 19 (May, 1994);
- Noticias de Mujeres. New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, Volume 1, Number 1 (February 1976); Volume 1, Number 2 (June 1976); Volume 2, Number 1 (February 1977); Volume 2, Number 2 (June 1977); Volume 3, Number 2 (April 1978);
- Seers. Rio Grande Weekly, Volume 7, Number 4 (December 2-9, 1977); Volume 7, Number 9 (February 3-17, 1978); Volume 7, Number 11 (March 3-17, 1978); Volume 7, Number 12 (March 17-31, 1978); Volume 7, Number 15 (April 28, 1978)
- Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy newsletter, 1994-2002
- Society for Women in Philosophy Newsletter, 1972-2003
- Equilibrium. World population year, Volume 2, Number 2 (April 1974)
- Feminist Anti-Pornography News. An Action Bulletin, Volume 1, Number 1 (November 1985)
- In the Life. Newsletter of the June L. Mazer Lesbian Collection, Number 1 (Summer 1991); Number 2 (Winter 1991)
- Lesbian Caucus Newsletter. National Women's Studies Association, December 1990
- LOOC. Lesbians Opposed to the Oppression of Children, First Edition (August 1991)
- North Shore Visions. University of Minnesota, Duluth, Women's Studies Department, Volume 8, Issue 1 (February 1999); Volume 8, Issue 2 (May 1999)
- SEPConnection. For, by & about Dyke Separatists, Issue 17 (April 2001); Issue 19 (December 2001); Issue 23 (October 2003)
- Society for Women in Philosophy Newsletter, September 1997
- The S.O.M.A.N., Volume 1, Number 2 (January 15, 1995)
- Speaking Out. Writings about women, Spring 1985; Fall 1985
By: Stacey Flatt, with assistance of Emily Underwood.
Updated and additional materials added: July 2017
By: Pablo Morales Henry
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- Trebilcot, Joyce. Papers of Joyce Trebilcot, 1935-2009 (inclusive), 1965-1995 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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