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Anne Fausto-Sterling papers

Scope & content

This collection consists of the professional papers of Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University Professor Emerita of Biology and Gender Studies and scholar of the biology of gender and gender differences. The collection documents Fausto-Sterling’s academic career, feminist activism, research, and writings, and includes correspondence, teaching materials, lab notebooks and slides, subject files, and print materials dating from 1961-2018. The collection is arranged into 13 series.

Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE, 1971-2010, contains personal and professional correspondence, letters to the editor by Fausto-Sterling, and reader letters to Fausto-Sterling in response to her published works. Of particular note is correspondence on intersexuality between Fausto-Sterling and intersex people (#1.38-2.6); correspondence with notable women scientists such as Ruth Hubbard (#4.3); and reader letters from trans citizens and other members of the public (#4.11-16). Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This series is arranged alphabetically by provenance then by first name or subject.

Series 2, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, 1964-2010, includes biographical sketches of Fausto-Sterling, curriculum vitae, and undergraduate and graduate-school work. Fausto-Sterling created the 22 folders titled “Curriculum vitae building activities” in preparation for annual performance reviews, of which 3 final copies are in this series. Files in this section contains various materials including correspondence, draft talks, conference material, and course information for classes taught by Fausto-Sterling. Researchers may want to pick through this section if they are unable to locate specific information in other areas of the collection. Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This series is arranged alphabetically by record type.

Series 3, GRANTS, 1979-2010, contains grant applications and proposals by Fausto-Sterling. These include the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. This series is arranged alphabetically by organization then by record type.

Series 4, MEMBERSHIPS, 1986-2000, includes director’s files, meeting materials, handwritten notes, and correspondence for various organizations to which Fausto-Sterling belonged. Organizations include Brown University Affirmative Action Monitoring Committee, Coalition to Preserve Choice, and Marxist Feminist Group Three. This series is arranged alphabetically by organization then by record type.

Series 5, CONFERENCES, 1971-2018, includes correspondence, papers by others, itineraries, and pamphlets for various conferences attended by Fausto-Sterling. Conferences include the Human Genome Diversity Workshop, National Radical Women's Conference, Think Tank to Re-Theorize Women’s Health, and Third World Organization for Women in Science Conference. This series is arranged alphabetically by conference then by record type.

Series 6, TEACHING, 1971-2007, includes lecture notes, exams, readings, syllabi, and teaching evaluations for courses taught by Fausto-Sterling. Notable courses include Analysis of Development; Biology of Gender; Gender, Race and the Complexities of Science and Technology; and Women and Minorities in Science. This series is arranged alphabetically by course then by record type.

Series 7, WRITINGS AND RELATED, 1970-2013, is arranged into two subseries: Subseries 1, Books, and Subseries 2, Other Writings.

Series 7, subseries 1, BOOKS, 1984-2012, includes drafts, correspondence, publishing material, research, and visual materials related to books by Fausto-Sterling. The majority of materials derive from Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, while others relate to Myths Of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men. Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by book title then by record type.

Series 7, subseries 2, OTHER WRITINGS, 1970-2013, includes drafts and correspondence related to articles, chapters, talks, or papers by Fausto-Sterling. Works of note include “Beyond Nature/Nurture: Gender, Race and the Construction of Difference,” “Evolutionary Psychology and Darwinian Feminism,” “The Five Sexes,” and “Whatever Happened to Planaria? C.M. Child and the Physiology of Inheritance.” Of particular interest is Fausto-Sterling’s original and annotated review of Shulamith Firestone’s Dialectic of Sex (#22.28). Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by project title then alphabetically by record type.

Series 8, LABORATORY AND FIELD RESEARCH, 1963-2010, is arranged into three subseries: Subseries 1, Laboratory Notebooks, Subseries 2, Research Files, and Subseries 3, Slides.

Series 8, subseries 1, LABORATORY NOTEBOOKS, 1963-1997, contains notebooks created by Fausto-Sterling or her laboratory assistants. Topics include “meiosis denaturation mosquito” and “RGEN data.” Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This subseries is arranged chronologically by notebook date then alphabetically by topic.

Series 8, subseries 2, RESEARCH FILES, 1966-2010, contains handwritten notes and data collected on various topics. Topics include “rudimentary preliminary studies and analysis of wing phenotype,” “pupal wing development,” and children and gender differences. Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This subseries is arranged chronologically by content date then alphabetically by folder title.

Series 8, subseries 3, SLIDES, 1967-1995 contains microscope slides regarding topics such as chromosomes, embryos, fluorescence, ovaries, and wings. This subseries is arranged chronologically by the date on slide boxes.

Series 9, SUBJECT FILES, 1966-2015, includes annotated readings, handwritten notes, and clippings. Topics include animal models for human sexuality, feminist curriculum for math and science, human genome, intersex people, Sarah Bartmann, and women in science. Fausto-Sterling’s original folder titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 10, PRINT MATERIALS, 1961-2013, is arranged into two subseries: Subseries 1, Print Materials by Subject, and Subseries 2, Print Materials by Title.

Series 10, subseries 1, PRINT MATERIALS BY SUBJECT, 1961-2003, contains pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers, and bound booklets. Topics include Cuba in the 1970s, feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the Vietnam War, and Women’s Liberation. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 10, subseries 2, PRINT MATERIALS BY TITLE, 1962-2013, contains pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers, and bound booklets. Titles include Association for Women in Science magazine, North American Congress on Latin America newsletter, Options: Rhode Island's LGBT Community News Magazine, Radical Teacher: A News Journal of Socialist Theory and Practice, Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women, and Studies on the Left. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 11, OVERSIZE MATERIALS, 1974-2014, includes a women-in-science calendar, charts of planaria and wings, illustrations for Sexing the Body, and posters for lectures by Fausto-Sterling. This series is arranged alphabetically by record type then by poster title.

Series 12, ELECTRONIC RECORDS, 1977-2011, contains disks, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and VHS tapes. Records include book, paper, and talk drafts, television appearances by Fausto-Sterling, and television episodes related to Fausto-Sterling’s scholarship. Fausto-Sterling’s original carrier titles are written in quotations. The processor created all other folder titles. This series is arranged alphabetically by record type then by title on carrier.

Series 13, RESTRICTED, 1982-2003, contains two folders of letters of recommendation by Fausto-Sterling for colleagues and students. This series is closed until January 1, 2068 after which date the materials will open without restriction.