Letter from Frances Riche to Iola Haverstick, October 10, 1971
[recipient's notes] Kate: This was my letter from Fran Riche of Douglass which I shouldn't go passing around really but I think the part I've marked below is hysterical. Tear up when read. Iola - (see p.s. below) Frances E. Riche 20 Suydam Street New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901 October 10, 1971 Dear Iola, Well, I give up on getting the printed flyers from Eagleton Institute on its Center for the American Woman and Politics, but I did manage to snag a copy of the text for the promised brochure. It's enclosed along with a duplicate of a recent news story on [our] meeting held [at] the Center. Now Iola, [Jan] returned to you, shortly after we left Maine, the original of your memo on Barnard-Columbia relationships; I have only a [...] copy that [Jan] made for me. Have you lost the original? Want a copy of my copy? Douglass-Cook moves slowly. The University Board of Governors hasn't yet voted officially to create Cook. Committees galore are still working on space use, services, curriculum - and how much to be [shared] in each area. We believe Cook WILL be created, and we understand the Governers will take action in [December]. As you no doubt read in the press, we lost the battle on Rutgers College's going coed, but Dean Foster now thinks the [effect] [...] [recipient's notes] P.S. On second thought if you think the Exec. Comm. might get a laugh out of it, save it and bring it to the next meeting.
Douglass will be minimal - largely because of our anticipated partnership with Cook. The new University president has stated publicly that while he favored coeducation for Rutgers College, Douglass will be free to remain a women's college. His logic? He says that in a male-dominated society, the men at Rutgers College need the missionary influence of women, while Douglass should carry on ITS mission of educating women for leadership roles; if it were a female-dominated society, then the women's college should be coed and Rutgers college for men only. I wonder sometimes just what kind of female missionaries Rutgers will have! [Ms. Auchincloss] was on campus in late September representing the State Board of Education at a meeting of what we call The Women's Study Group - representatives of a dozen state-wide women's organizations who meet with the Dean[s] at least twice a year. We keep them abreast of what's going on in higher education in New Jersey - particularly at Douglass - and that's [good] to have the approximately half-million women represented [informed] and [...] [side]. I can imagine how you feel about Jan's leaving Hamilton-Kirkland. She's a great gal, and AAUW is very likely to get her. Stay on your good behavior, Madame Trustee! Fran