Nancy T. Ray papers

Abstract

The Nancy T Ray Papers (dated 1964-1972; 0.7 cubic feet, 2 boxes) comprises correspondence, financial documents, newspapers clippings, periodicals, flyers, meeting minutes, and organization constitutions that document three University of Kentucky student organizations (Associated Women Students, Students for a Democratic Society, and Student Mobilization Committee) and the national peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Nancy T. Ray papers
Creator
Ray, Nancy T.
Extent
0.7 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Student organizations -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Student activities -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Women college students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Women college students -- Societies and clubs
Peace movements -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements.
Vietnam Moratorium, 1969
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject in two series: University of Kentucky Student Organizations and National Peace Movement Activities.
Finding Aid Author
Matthew Thornton
Preferred Citation
0000ua010: [identification of item], Nancy T Ray Papers, 1964-1972, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Nancy T. Ray was active in University of Kentucky (UK) administration from 1966 to 2003. During her career she supported a number of student organizations, many of which were involved with the broader national peace movement of the 1960s-1970s, including the UK chapters of the Students for a Democratic Society and the Student Mobilization Committee. Ray was also involved in women's organizations, serving as a faculty advisor to the Associated Women Students at UK.
Ray was born October 24, 1941, in Louisville, Kentucky. She studied at the University of Chicago from 1959 to 1961 before transferring to the University of Louisville, graduating with a BA in social studies in 1963. Ray then studied at the University of Wisconsin, earning an MA in American history in 1965, and a post-masters certification in counseling psychology in 1966. Ray studied at the Harvard Business School's Institute for Educational Management in 1974, and earned a JD from the UK Law School in 1979.
During her graduate study at the University of Wisconsin, Ray worked as a Housefellow and Counselor for undergraduate students. At the University of Wisconsin, Ray also worked briefly for the Academic Dean's Office. Ray began her career at UK in 1966 as an Administrative Associate in the Dean of Women's Office, before being promoted to Assistant Dean of Students in the Dean of Student's Office when the Dean of Women's Office was closed in 1967. In 1972, she was approved as the Coordinator of UK's Affirmative Action Plan, becoming the University's first full-time Affirmative Action Officer. In 1980, she was named Associate Vice President and Coordinator for Affirmative action. In 1990, she was named Associate Vice President for Administration, serving in that capacity until 2000, when she was made Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity. In 2003, she was approved as Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity Emeritus. In 1971 she was initiated as an honorary member of Alpha Lambda Delta for her work with women's organizations on campus and in the wider Lexington community.
The Association of Women Students (AWS) was active at the University of Kentucky at least from 1960 to 1972. The AWS advocated for equal treatment of women by universities, pushing for a revision of policies concerning curfew hours for female students at UK. As these initial goals were accomplished, the AWS began to focus on representing the interests of female students to the university.
The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Student Mobilization Committee (SMC) were active at the University of Kentucky at least from 1965 to 1972. The SDS and SMC were part of the national peace movement protesting the war in Vietnam. In addition, the SDS was part of the broader New Left movement. At UK, these two organizations were primarily concerned with planning and implementing local anti-war protests and events, including local expressions of national events like the Vietnam War Moratorium.
Sources: "Ray, Nancy T.," University Archives Faculty/Staff Biographical File, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
2010ua009: "Ray, Nancy T.," University of Kentucky Public Relations records, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Scope and Content
The Nancy T Ray Papers (dated 1964-1972; 0.7 cubic feet, 2 boxes) comprise correspondence, financial documents, newspapers clippings, periodicals, flyers, meeting minutes, and organization constitutions that document three University of Kentucky student organizations (Associated Women Students, Students for a Democratic Society, and Student Mobilization Committee) and the national peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The records were acquired by Ray in the course of her work as Assistant Dean of Students and as an advisor to University of Kentucky student organizations. The majority of the collection relates to the University of Kentucky chapter of the Associated Women Students (AWS), including drafts of the AWS constitution, election ballots for the AWS senate, minutes from senate meetings, flyers and programs for the 1967 Intercollegiate Associated Women Students national convention as well as local AWS programs, and correspondence about the 1969 implementation of Women's Hours (which established curfew hours for women students and extended those hours for junior and senior women). Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Student Mobilization Committee (SMC) are documented through newspaper clippings, flyers for student peace events, correspondence, and financial documents. Finally, there are also various national newspapers referring to the New Left and Peace movements (including the Vietnam War Moratorium, 1969), as well as correspondence, newspaper clippings and articles discussing the student-led Design for Peace program (1968).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

University of Kentucky Student Organizations, 1964-1972

Associated Women Students, 1964-1972

Constitution and revisions, report to student congress on mission and acticities, 1965-1970

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Correspondence , 1964-1971

  • Box 1, folder 2-3
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Election ballots, 1969-1971

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Financial records, 1969-1971

  • Box 1, folder 5-7
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Events, flyers, programs, and information sheets (including wonderful world of women week and AWS co-etiquette handbook), 1968-1969

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Intercollegiate Association of Women Students (IAWS) correspondence , 1967-1969

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Intercollegiate Association of Women Students (IAWS) Constitution, Manual, and Philosphy, 1967-1968

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Intercollegiate Association of Women Students (IAWS) National Convention, 1967

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Membership Records, 1968-1972

  • Box 1, folder 12
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National Womens Events, Undated

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1970

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Penny-a-Minute NIghts, 1968-1969

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Senate Minutes, 1967-1971

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Women's Hours, 1969-1970

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Students for a Democratic Society, 1967-1971

Corespondence, 1967-1970

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Financial Documents, 1968-1971

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Flyers and Papers, 1968-1970

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Newspapers and Clippings, 1968-1969

  • Box 2, folder 5-9
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Student Mobilization Committee, 1969-1970

  • Box 2, folder 10
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National Peace Movement Activities, 1968-1969

Design for Peace Program, 1968-1969

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Vietnam Moratorium, 1969

  • Box 2, folder 12
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