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The Athena Center Collection

Identifier: BC13-52

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Athena Center Collection consists of the program’s publicity materials from its founding in 2009 to present, and student projects from The Athena Scholars Program.

Publicity materials consist of posters, flyers, press booklets, and programs that highlight the vast array of events and programming that the Athena Center for Leadership Studies has organized over the past five years. The publicity materials also include digital images taken by the Office of Communications at Barnard at Athena Center events.

Additionally, the collection contains a CD that houses a recording of a talk "Becoming Financially Fluent: The Ascent of Money," and a DVD titled "Global Shorts," which is a project of the Athena Film Festival.


  • Creation: 2009 - 2018



Series 2, Social Action Research Projects and Student Work, is restricted per the Archive's policy because it is student work. Projects will be open to research seventy-five years after their date of creation.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Historical Background or Biography

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College was founded in the fall of 2009 by Kathryn Kolbert, as a special initiative of Barnard College’s president, Debora Spar. The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College works to challenge cultural stereotypes of leaders, create and promote innovative approaches to leadership development, and educate, promote, and encourage Barnard College students, and young women generally, to leadership roles. Specifically, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers educational programs for current Barnard students, public programming for the Barnard community, and develops initiatives to encourage young women leaders, at the high school and undergraduate level.

Some of these initiatives include: the Athena Film Festival, which has partnered with Women and Hollywood and UN Women; the Athena Scholars Program and Leadership Labs for current Barnard Students; Power Talks, which are TEDx Barnard; and mentoring and workshops. The Athena Center publishes a journal of undergraduate and recent graduate scholarship, with articles relating to the theme of women and leadership.


5.01 Linear Feet (7 full-sized document boxes, 1 oversized box, and 2 half sized document boxes)

3.17 Gigabytes (648 digital images (.jpg))




This collection consists of publicity and promotional material, and student projects and posters from the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series:

Series 1, Publicity and Promotional Materials, 2009 - 2014

The Publicity and Promotional Materials paper materials are arranged chronologically in Boxes 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the collection.

The transferred disk images are arranged chronolgoically under Digital photographs, 2007-2010, undated. The transferred CDs, as part of the processing work done by Archives staff, were intellectually reorganized to allow the digital materials to be easily integrated into a single system of arrangement.

Series 2, Social Action Research Projects and Student Work, 2010 - 2014

Social Action Research projects are arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Portions of the Athena Center Collection were transferred to the archives in 2013 and 2014 from the Athena Center. The digital images were transferred from the Office of Communications records in 2018.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Dinah Handel, in October 2014. Student associates transferred and described the imaged disks in 2018. Olivia Newsome integrated the digital materials into the finding aid in November 2023.

Guide to the Athena Center Collection
Dinah Handel and Olivia Newsome
© 2014 and 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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