Series 6 - Chronology files (keynotes, lectures, talks)

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UTA 1287-6


Chronology files (keynotes, lectures, talks)


  • 1949-2011 (Creation)

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3.42 m of textual records
4 folders of oversized records
0.03 m of graphic records (photographs)

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Series consists of what Dr. Franklin referred to as her ‘chronology files’: files kept on various events she attended – most of which she spoke at. Events include academic conferences, guest lectures, government meetings and hearings, public talks to community and religious groups, memorials, press conferences and panels.

Topics covered include science policy, technology, materials science, archaeometry, museums, women in engineering and science, the state of higher learning, the commercialization of universities, education, peace and violence, military research, human rights, feminism, faith, the nature of research, energy policy and the environment, and opposition to nuclear technology.

Records include correspondence, paper abstracts, notes, programs, brochures, posters, proceedings news coverage, transparencies, and contracts. Dr. Franklin typically spoke from handwritten notes, rather than a typed script. Where a transcript exists, the file title includes the word ‘[transcript]’. Occasionally, ‘transcript’ denotes the original text/paper created before the talk (ex: for the presentation of academic papers), but for the most case, these are transcripts sent to her after-the-fact by event organizers. Where Dr. Franklin’s speaking notes are typed and more coherent/complete, the file title will include the term ‘[typed notes’].

Series also includes files kept on declined speaking events, conferences, symposia, seminars, councils and focus groups.

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Files are organized chronologically by year. Within the year, files are organized alphabetically by file title – which may begin with the name of the location, the sponsoring group, the event, or the title of the talk. Various talks for which there are few records are kept together in a general file for that year. In some cases there are 2 files for a single event: one in each accession. In the 2015 accession, the date listed is the date of the event, not the date of the records.

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