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Marilyn Frye papers

Identifier: MSS 797

Scope and Contents

The Marilyn Frye papers consist of approximately 13 linear feet of material dating from 1964 to 2013. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, administrative records, drafts and manuscripts for publication, reprinted materials, reference materials, teaching files, catalogs and other printed ephemera.

Recordings and other born-digital material will be available in our reading room.


  • Creation: 1964 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 5 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room. For preservation and security purposes, researchers are limited to accessing one folder at a time.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marilyn Frye received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Philosophy from Stanford University in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University in 1969.

Dr. Frye was an Instructor (1967-69) and Assistant Professor (1969-74) in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1974 she joined Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, where she retired in 2010 as a University Distinguished Professor. During her tenure at MSU she served as a director of Women’s Studies, Associate Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, as well as on many college- and university-level committees, and on dissertation committees in Philosophy and related disciplines.

In 1983 Dr. Frye published her first book of essays on feminist theory, 'The Politics of Reality' (The Crossing Press), and a second book in 1991 titled 'Willful Virgin' (The Crossing Press).

Her awards include the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award, Distinguished Woman Philosopher award from the Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy, and a Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University.

Dr. Frye was a co-founder of the Lansing collective Let's Be An Apple Pie, the independent publishing company Tea Rose Press, and more recently of Purple, a non-profit supporting various feminist and lesbian events across Michigan.


13 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in 9 series:

1. Biographical Materials 2. Correspondence 3. Administrative 4. Writings and Publications 5. Teaching Files 6. Reference Materials 7. Professional Associations 8. Printed Materials 9. Media

The collection is arranged in chronological or alphabetical order, with a few exceptions selected by the donor to contextualize materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Marilyn Frye in 2021.

Processing Information

Eli Landaverde processed this collection in 2022.

Marilyn Frye papers
3 Ready For Cataloging
Eli Landaverde
November 2021
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA