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University of Virginia Brooks Hall women's names banner project reproductions

 Collection — Digital_container: 1
Identifier: RG-6/5/1

Scope and Contents

The collection contains reproductions of banners made to celebrate Women's Day (March 8, 1990) and organized by the UVA Department of Anthropology.


  • Creation: 1990 March

Conditions Governing Access

Original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, born digital files, etc.) cannot be handled directly by patrons. Please contact Special Collections via our online Reference Request form,, to request access to these materials. Please be aware that additional actions may be required to make these items available. Items will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis before access can be made. Depending on the size of the request, it may take up to 6 weeks to make them available for use.

Biographical / Historical

The Brooks Hall women's names banner project was organized in 1990 by the Department of Anthropology, housed within Brooks Hall, in celebration of Women's Day. It is a response to the facade of Brooks Hall, built in 1870, that lists the names of 18 male scientists. The installation was carried out by women throughout the univeristy and Charlottesville community to recognize women globally and locally, past and present. The two story banners list the names of women who deserve to be remembered and revered for their ideas, work, and courage. Rather than privelege white, male, scientific discourse, this project aimed to celebrate women world-wide and the diversity of their achievements. The project members compiled a list of hundreds of women and the banner-makers selected women who were meaningful to them. The original banners were painted sheets, selected to be a symbol of virginity, housework, and childbearing.


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University of Virginia Brooks Hall women's names banner project reproductions and records
In Progress
Lauren Zuchowski Longwell
2023 July
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States