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Cheris Kramarae papers

Identifier: Coll 341

Scope and Contents

The Cheris Kramarae papers are comprised of material from Kramarae’s academic and professional career from the 1970s to the early 2000s. The papers include course syllabi and classroom handouts, student assignments, original research material, working files, conference and visiting lecture materials, newspaper and journal articles, correspondence, audio recordings, and original publications. The collection includes material related to the creation of A Feminist Dictionary and the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women. The collection does not include personal material.


  • 1868-2020
  • Majority of material found within 1967-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Access to the following Teaching and Research Files series folders in box 7 is closed until 2070 due to the presence of student records:

“Dornberg, Anne Lisa, “Male Inexpressiveness: A Closer Look,” 1982”
“Hraca, Kim, “Sexism in the Sexual Connotations of Greeting Cards,” 1980”
“Gendered slang, circa 1990s”
“Tulane University, 1992”

Conditions Governing Technical Access

This collection includes sound recordings to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Cheris Kramarae (1938-) began teaching in 1978 as an associate professor of speech communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her coursework focused primarily on communication, with a special focus on sexist language and power structures differences between genders. In addition, Kramarae’s curriculum also included topics such as sexuality, racism, technology, and bilingual education. From 1988 to 1990, she was the acting director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. From 1991 to 1996, Kramarae was at the University of Illinois, where she was the co-founder and co-organizer of the Women, Information Technology, & Scholarship (WITS) Center for Advanced Study. She was also the director of the Women’s Studies program and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Illinois from 1993-1996. In 1996, she became a visiting professor for the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. From 1999 to 2000, Kramarae served as an international dean at the International Women’s University in Germany.

Outside of the classroom, her research focused on many of the same topics she taught in her curriculum. Language and its relations to gender were a particular focus for Kramarae. She is widely known for her contributions to muted group theory. She has published a variety of books and articles, ranging in topics from innate sexism in language to women’s relationship with developing technology. Notably, she was a part of the writing and editing process for A Feminist Dictionary, an alternative dictionary that redefined terms from a feminist standpoint. She also co-edited the four-volume Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge.

In addition to her own classes, Kramarae traveled as a visiting lecturer for numerous institutions around the world. She also attended and participated in numerous conferences, often focusing on topics related to her research interests.


12.2 linear feet (10 containers) : 7 record storage boxes; 1 half flat box; 1 half manuscript box; 1 manuscript box

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Dr. Cheris Kramarae (1938-) is a leading academic authority on the connections between language, gender, technology, and education who has taught at the University of Oregon and other institutions around the world. The papers include material related to teaching, research, conferences, and publications.


The Cheris Kramarae papers are arranged in five series:

1. Teaching and research files, 1967-1996
2. Conference and visiting lecture files, 1974-1995
3. Bound publications and course packets, 1973-1995
4. Audio recordings, 1978-1990
5. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, 1868-2020

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cheris Kramarae, 2000-2020

Related Materials

Related materials are found in the following collections: Suzette Haden Elgin papers, Coll 307

Processing Information

Collection processed by Paige Kosa, 2020. Revisions completed by Sarah Lueders, 2022.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA