Letter from Martha Peterson to Nora Percival, October 1971

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The W0men'(SlCenie1' Executive Committee

Annette K. Baxter Eleanor T. Elliott

lane S. Gould

Patricia Albjerg Graham Barbara V. Hertz Catharine R. Stirnpson

Barnard College 606 West lZ0th Street New York 10027

Catharine R. Stimpson

Acting Director Martha Peterson, ex officio


Ms. Nora Percival Director Alumnae Affairs 115 Milbank

Dear Ms. Percival:

As you know, Barnard College has recently opened a Women's Center. Its purpose is to support Women's Studies at Barnard, to initiate a dialogue about the several ways in which women may lead their lives, and to create projects which may either advance what we know about women or help women realize their full potential. I have enclosed a brochure about

the Center for those of you who may not already have received one.


We are also establishing an Advisory Board, consisting of members of the Barnard community who have shown special interest in the problems of women or who may give us special insight into them. The Board is to be drawn from our Trustees, faculty, staff, alumnae, and student body. It will not meet regularly as a body, but rather we would like to feel free to call upon its members from time to time for advice and counsel.

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I would like to invite you to become a member of the Women's Center Advisory Board. I also hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday, November 23rd, in the Women's Center from 3:30 to 5:00 when we will be having a shall, informal housewarming. I hope you will be able to accept both invitations. We believe that the Center will prove to be a vital part of the College and that your help and guidance will aid immeasurably in its success.



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Martha Peterson President