Scope and Contents
The Jeanne Dost papers include reports, correspondence, publications, and other materials relating to Dost's work as a professor at Oregon State University and her political involvement with groups such as Oregon NOW and the Oregon Women's Political Caucus. Topics covered include sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, women in education, the Women's Studies Department at Oregon State University, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Materials also include records of Dost's many awards.
- Creation: 1972-1988
- Dost, Jeanne (Person)
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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.
Conditions Governing 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
Jeanne Dost was born on August 12, 1929 in Walla Walla, Washington to Marge and William Ebbert. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 from Washington State University, where she also met her husband Frank Dost. In 1953, she received a MA in Economics from Radcliffe; in 1959 she received her Ph.D, also in Economics, from Harvard. After receiving her Ph.D, she taught at Washington State University and Oregon State University. In 1967 she became the first woman appointed to the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Regional Science; in that same year she was also the only woman on a panel of nine economists invited to facilitate a National Conference on Mobility sponsored by Cornell University. In 1970 she was an NSF Fellow in Urban Economics at Stanford; she was the only female NSF Fellow that year. In 1981 Dost served as a senior consultant for the US Department of State. In addition to her academic work, Dost was active politically and was particularly interested in women's issues. In 1972 Dost was elected as the first President of the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus and served in that capacity until 1974. She was also a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus Steering Committee from 1971-73. In 1978, Dost was approved by the OSSHE (Chancellor, Board of Higher Education, and Education Coordinating Commission) to offer a Certificate in Women Studies from OSU. Dost was also one of the cofounders of OSU’s Women’s Center and Women’s Studies Department, of which she was the Director. She died on June 9, 2012.
7.5 linear feet (5 containers) : 5 record storage boxes
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Jeanne Dost was born on August 12, 1929 in Walla Walla, Washington to Marge and William Ebbert. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 from Washington State University, her MA in Economics from Radcliffe in 1953, and her Ph.D from Harvard in 1959. In addition to her accomplished academic career, she founded and served as the first Director of Oregon State University's Women's Studies Department and served as the first president of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus. The Jeanne Dost papers include reports, correspondence, and other material pertaining to the OSU Women's Studies Department and the Dost's work with the OWPC and NWPC.
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series I: Oregon State University. Includes information regarding Dost's role as the founder and director of the Women's Studies Department.
Series II: Women's Rights Activism. Includes materials relating to Dost's involvement in the Oregon Women's Political Caucus and other women's rights political groups.
Series III: Subject Files and Pulications. Includes ephemera, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous subject files. Also includes some publications.
- Guide to the Jeanne Dost Papers
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- Finding aid is written in English
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered through the Oregon State Library.