Pembroke Center

Pembroke Center Archives

Serving with a mission to preserve and promote women's history, the Pembroke Center maintains the Feminist Theory and Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives and the Pembroke Center Oral History Project in partnership with Brown University's John Hay Library.

Established in 1982, the Pembroke Center Archives preserves and promotes women’s history at Brown, ensuring that special collections by and about women are included in the University’s library system and broadly available to researchers worldwide. The depth and breadth of the Archives’ two research collections—the Feminist Theory Archive, which documents the lives and work of influential scholars who place sex and gender at the center of their theoretical study, and the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive, which focuses on the history of women, transgender, and gender nonbinary people at Brown and in Rhode Island—make Brown a national research destination for scholars and the general public. The Archives are accessed by researchers from around the globe and used by Brown students, faculty, researchers, and the general public through the John Hay Library.

The Pembroke Center Archives celebrates its collections and donors each year through exhibits, including The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit That Changed Brown, and the annual Shauna M. Stark '76, P'10 Out of the Archive Lecture series. 

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A research collection documenting the lives and scholarship of feminist theorists and scholars of difference in the academy, spanning from the 1970s to the present.
A research collection documenting the history of cis and trans women and non-binary people at Brown University and in Rhode Island, spanning from the 19th century to the present.
Online interviews capturing the history of women, transgender, and gender non-binary members of Brown University, spanning from the class of 1911 to the present.