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American Association of University Women records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: American Association of University Women.
Title: American Association of University Women records
Dates: 1925-1996
Extent: 14.5 cubic feet (14 volumes, 22 boxes)
Identification: MS 0962

Biographical/Historical Note

In the late 1870's, such institutional higher education as there was for women focused on domestic skills and the social graces and usually stopped at the finishing school level.

Boston University's School of Liberal Arts, in the middle of its 1876-77 term, reluctantly admitted Miss Marion Talbot to its freshman class. In spite of beginning her work one term late, Marion completed her A.B. degree with her class in 1880. Finding then that the only types of work she was interested in were closed to her, she embarked on a Master's degree program.

Meanwhile, her mother, wife of Dr. I. Tisdale Talbot, Dean of Medical School of Boston University, noting other young women in the same situation, encouraged them to organize themselves for mutual support and perhaps some positive achievements in the areas of education and post-degree employment.

Consequently, on January 14, 1882, seventeen young women representing Oberlin, Vassar, University of Michigan, Cornell, University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Smith, and Wellesley, organized the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. Marion Talbot was elected secretary, a position she held for fourteen years. Programs were usually a paper presented by a member, with discussion following.

In less than two years a Chicago branch was formed, followed by branches in Washington, D. C., and Philadelphia. Also, a plan was devised for evaluating the various academic institutions from which applicants might come. One particularly important criterion was that 'every opportunity, intellectual and personal, should be open to women equally with men.'

In time, a Western Association of Collegiate Alumnae and a Southern Association of College Women came into being. The latter merged with the original Association of Collegiate Alumnae in 1921, forming an organization which took the new name of American Association of University Women. It had a greatly expanded organizational structure and membership, but, as still prevails, the same objectives of educational equity for women and positive societal change.

On January 8, 1925, a group of young Savannah women met at the home of Mrs. Mills B. Lane to examine the feasibility of organizing a Branch of American Association of University Women. This activity resulted in the official recognition of the local Branch by the national Association on December 9, 1925, with twelve charter members. The first officers were Miss Jane Wright, President, Mrs. Kingman White, Vice-President, Miss Virginia Hitch, Secretary, and Miss Isabelle Harrison, Treasurer.

Although the prevailing type of program in the early years was the invited speaker, the Branch in 1934 initiated a form of self-education through the organization of study groups whose subjects ranged over a wide area of academic disciplines.

Among the Branch's earliest projects were 'the formation of a scholarship fund to lend to worthy girls,' and a gift to the national Fellowship Fund (now the Educational Foundation). Probably the all-time most spectacular achievement of the branch was hosting the 1937 National Convention of AAUW in Savannah.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records of the American Association of University Women. They are arranged in five series, each series being made up of records of a given level of the Association's function. In this collection, Series I (Papers of the Savannah, GA Branch) is by far the largest and most informative subdivision, but the other series reveal some of the activities of AAUW at the state, regional, national, and international levels.

Series I, incorporating nine subseries, records, with some lacunae, the operations of the Savannah (GA) Branch from its beginning in 1925 to the present (1997), with ongoing additions. Included are records of officers, committees, special projects, news publications, unmounted pictures and clippings, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are particularly rich resources and fill in many gaps in the unbound papers.

Series II consists of records of the Georgia State Division of AAUW. There are six subseries consisting of records of officers, action on issues, miscellaneous Division records, and Division publications

NOTE: Significant in both state and national series are papers generated by members of the Savannah Branch who also held office at the higher levels.

Series III, a very small series, incorporates records of several South Atlantic Regional Conferences and related activities, largely from the 1980s and '90s.

Series IV papers cover such activities of the national offices of AAUW ("The Association") as impinge on the local Branch, of particular value being the records (Subseries C) of Savannah Branch's hosting of the 1937 National Convention. Other subseries focus entirely on Association-centered activities and include a history (published) by Talbot and Rosenberry of the national AAUW, miscellaneous records, and national publications in support of specific issues or administrative groups (e.g., the Educational Foundation). AAUW's national magazine, Outlook, is not archived in this collection. It is presumably available in the Association archives in Washington, D.C.

Series V papers are sparse records of the operations of the International Federation of University Women. These represent the decades of the 1950s and 1990s.


Index Terms

Administrative records.
American Association of University Women.
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings (information artifacts)
International Federation of University Women.
Newsletters.
Photographs.
Publications.
Women in politics.
Women--Education.
Women--Employment.
Women--Georgia--Savannah.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Women--Suffrage.
Yearbooks.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creating body.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], American Association of University Women records, MS 962, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the American Association of University Women, Savannah Branch, 1949-1996. Gifted in 2002.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Series 1:: AAUW - Savannah, GA branch, 1925-1997

This series contains nine subseries, recording, with some lacunae, the operations of the Savannah, Ga. branch from its beginning in 1925 to the present (1997), with ongoing additions. Included are records of officers, committees, special projects, news publications, unmounted pictures and clippings, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are particularly rich resources and fill in many gaps in the unbound papers.



Subseries 1.1:: History, 1925-1997

This subseries contains summaries and notes regarding the history of Savannah branch 1925-present (1997), honors to Savannah branch 1988-present, and orientation materials from 1977 and the early 1980's.

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11History



Subseries 1.2:: Records generated by Branch officers, 1928-50

This subseries contains records generated by Savannah, Ga., branch officers, 1928-1950. These are filed separately from later Branch officers' records because of their sparseness and fragility.

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12-13Branch officers' records, 1928-1950



Subseries 1.3:: Records generated by Branch officers, 1950-1996

This subseries contains records generated by Savannah, Ga., branch officers, 1950-present. The minutes for Fall, 1952 through Spring, 1967, Spring '74-Spring '75, Fall '75-Spring '77, Fall '77-Spring '83, and 1991 are not included. The Fiscal records for Fall '58-Spring '69, Fall '73-July '76, Fall '83-Fall '84 are not included.

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114Branch officers' records: President Virginia Ables, 1972-1973
15Branch officers' records: President Ann Cushing, 1973-1974
16Branch officers' records: President Martha Fay, 1974-1975
17Branch officers' records: President Irma Harlan, 1975-1977

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218Branch officers' records: President Harris Lentini, 1977-1978
19Branch officers' records: President Harris Lentini, 1977-1979
20Branch officers' records: President Harris Lentini, Misc. reference materials, 1977-1979
21Branch officers' records: President Sheila Meredith, 1979-1981
22Branch officers' records: President Onnye Jean Sears, 1981-1983
23Branch officers' records: President Bettina Beecher, 1983-1985
24Branch officers' records: President Daisy Bennett, 1985-1987
25Branch officers' records: President Virginia Huber, 1987-1989
25aBranch officers' records: President Pat Neither, 1989-1991
26Branch officers' records: President Julia Taylor, 1991-1992
27Branch officers' records: Interim Leadership Coordinators, 1992-1993

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328Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1982-1990
(these older records were accumulated while King was Pres.-Elect)
29Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1991-1992
30Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1992 April- June
31Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1992 July-Fall

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432Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1992 November-1993 April
33Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1993 April/May-1993 June
34Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1993 July-November

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535Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1993 November-December
36Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, Video tape, 1993 November 17
37Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1994 January-December
38Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1994 April-December
39Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1995 January-February

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640Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1995 March-May
41Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1995 June-October
42Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1995
43Branch officers' records: President Thelma King, 1996
44Branch officers' records: President George Anne Inglis, 1995-1996

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745Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Program Development, 1971-1996
46Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Program Development, 1993-1994
47Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Program Development, 1994-1995

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848Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Membership Membership rolls, 1960s and 1970s
49Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Membership, 1976-1996
50Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Membership: Achievements and honors of individual members, 1983-1997
51Branch officers' records: Vice-Pres. for Membership: Literature distributed at branch meetings, 1991-1996

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952Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1951-1951
53Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1951-1952
54Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1967-1969
55Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1971-1973
56Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1975-1977
57Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1977-1979
58Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1981-1983
59Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1983-1985
60Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1985-1987
61Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1987-1989
62Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1989-1991
63Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1991-1993
64Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Agenda and Minutes - Business meetings, 1993-1995

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1065Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1951-1952
66Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1967-1969
67Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1971-1973
68Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1973 July and 1973 August
69Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1976 Spring-1977 February
70Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1983 Fall-1985 Spring
71Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1985 Fall-1987 Spring
72Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1987 Fall-1989 Spring
73Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1989 Fall-1990 Spring
74Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1990 Fall
75Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1992 April and 1992 Fall-1993 Spring
76Branch officers' records: Recording Secretary: Minutes - Board meetings, 1993 Fall-1995 Spring
77Branch officers' records: Corresponding Secretary: Correspondence, 1959-1973
78Branch officers' records: Corresponding Secretary: Correspondence, 1974-1978
79Branch officers' records: Corresponding Secretary: Correspondence, 1979-1997

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1180Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Budgets and proposed Budgets, 1953-1997
81Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, (with lacunae), 1945-1958 Spring
Treasurer's regular accounts, Book Fair accounts, and audits.
82Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1969 Spring-1973 August
83Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1976 July-1978 June
84Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1978 July-1982 June
Treasurer's regular accounts, Book Fair Accounts, and audits.
85Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1982 July-1983 July
86Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1984 August-1989 June
87Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1987 September-1989 November
88Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1989 January-1991 June
89Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1991 July-1993 June
90Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Fiscal records, 1993 September-1995 May

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1291Branch officers' records: Treasurer: AAUW Educational Center Building Fund, 1959-61
92Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Branch insurance policies, 1983-87
93Branch officers' records: Treasurer: Instructional materials for treasurer, 1968-74



Subseries 1.4:: Records generated by Committees and Committee Chairs, 1953-1990

This subseries contains records generated by committees and committee chairs, 1953-1990

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1294Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1953 and 1961
95Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1977
96Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1983
97Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1984
98Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1987-1989
99Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1989-1991
100Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for By-Laws, 1991-1993
101Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for Public Policy, 1991-1993
102Records of Committees and Chairs: Educational Foundation Committee, 1979-1997
103Records of Committees and Chairs: Legal Advocacy Fund Committee, 1990-1995
104Records of Committees and Chairs: International Relations Committee, 1989
105Records of Committees and Chairs: Committee for "Newsletter", 1969-1979
106Records of Committees and Chairs: Yearbook/Directory, 1992-1994
107Records of Committees and Chairs: Historian, 1991-1992
108Records of Committees and Chairs: Telephone and Pub. Info. Committee, 1990



Subseries 1.5:: Special projects, 1964-1986

This subseries contains records of special projects, 1964-1986. Also see in Series IV: National AAUW Convention in Savannah, 1937.

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13109Fund-raising projects: Book Fair, 1964-1984
110Fund-raising projects: Book Fair, 1985-
111Fund-raising projects: Fashion shows & other, circa 1973
112Semi-quindecennial Project Quilt, 1983
113Miscellaneous Projects (non-fund-raising), 1945-
--Outstanding women in Sav'h, 1945
---Women in Post-War Planning, 1945
---Questionnaire to Members, 1946-1947
---Fiftieth Anniv. celebration, 1975
---Women & Money Workshops, 1979 & 1990
---Others: Science Museum; Women in Power; Festival of Trees; Early Equity Award, 1983; 1987; 1989
114"Action on Issues" projects, 1977-1996
--Study/Action Topics, 1977-1979
--Action Together (Coalition of women's groups), 1983
--Women Helping Women, 1983-1984
--Women's Issues, 1989
--Early Equity Award, 1989
--Take the Initiative, 1991-1992?
--Initiative for Educational Equity (IEE), 1991-1994
--Violence against Women, 1995-1996



Subseries 1.6:: News publications, 1941-1997

This subseries contains new publications, primarily newsletters, 1941-1997.

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14115News publications: "Sav'h. Branch Flashes", 1941-1947
116News publications: "Newsletter", 1957-1960
117News publications: "Newsletter", 1960-1962
118News publications: "Newsletter", 1962-1968
119News publications: "Newsletter", 1968-1972
120News publications: "Newsletter", 1972-1975
121News publications: "Newsletter", 1975-1979
122News publications: "Newsletter", 1979-1983
123News publications: "Newsletter", 1983-1987
124News publications: "Newsletter", 1987-1989
125News publications: "Newsletter", 1989-1991

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15126News publications: "Newsletter", 1991-1994
127News publications: "Newsletter", 1995-1997



Subseries 1.7:: Yearbooks, 1941-1997

This subseries contains yearbooks, 1928-1997.

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15128Yearbooks, 1928-1929 to 1949-1950
129Yearbooks, 1950-1951 to 1967-1968
130Yearbooks, 1968-1969 to 1979-1980
131Yearbooks, 1980-1981 to 1987-1988
132Yearbooks, 1988-1989 to 1996-1997



Subseries 1.8:: Unmounted photographs and clippings

This subseries contains unmounted photographs and clippings. See also the scrapbooks and photo albums in this series.

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16133Photographs and clippings, 1983-1994
unmounted. clippings, 19631986
unmounted. clippings, 1987
unmounted. clippings, and photographs, 1988-1989 1989
unmounted. clippings and photos, 1990
unmounted. clippings and photos, 1991-1992
unmounted. clippings and photos, 1993-1994
134Photographs and clippings, 1995-1997
unmounted. clippings and photos, 1995
unmounted. clippings and photos, 1996
unmounted. clippings and photos, 1997



Subseries 1.9:: Scrapbooks and photograph albums, 1936-1985

This subseries contains scrapbooks and photographs, 1936-1985. These volumes are very significant and often fill in gaps in the unbound records and may amplify material that is included there.

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1Scrapbook, 1936-1937

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2Scrapbook, 1937

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3Scrapbook, 1939-1953

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3Scrapbook, 1953-1959

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4Scrapbook, 1956-1968

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5Scrapbook, 1959-1966

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6Scrapbook, 1966-1971

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7Scrapbook, 1977-1979

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8Scrapbook, 1979-1981

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9Scrapbook, 1980-1982

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10Scrapbook, 1981-1982
(campaign workshop)

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11Scrapbook, 1982-1984

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12Scrapbook, 1983-1984
(Harris K. Lentini)

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13Scrapbook, 1984-1985
 

Series 2:: AAUW - State (Ga.) division, 1935-1997

This series contains consists of records of the Georgia State Division of AAUW. There are six subseries consisting of records of officers, action on issues, miscellaneous Division records, and Division publications.



Subseries 2.1:: Records generated by division officers, 1935-1950

This subseries contains records generated by division officers, 1935-1950, which, because of their sparseness and fragility, are filed separately from later such records.

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11Records generated by division officers, 1935-1950



Subseries 2.2:: Records generated by division officers, 1950-1997

This subseries contains records generated by division officers, 1935-1950.

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12President: Harris Lentini, this folder, 1983-1985; 1983
3President: Harris Lentini, this folder (several subjects), 1983-1985; 1983
4President: Harris Lentini, this folder: "Women's Vote Project", 1983-1985; 1983-1984
5President: Harris Lentini, this folder, 1983-1985
6President: Harris Lentini, this folder Honors received, 1983-1985; 1984

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211Division Board, Topic chair: H. Lentini, Miscellaneous subjects, 1974-1981
7President: Harris Lentini, this folder Civil rights, 1983-1985; 1985
8President: Harris Lentini, this folder: '...Women into Public Office", 1983-1985; 1985
9President: Bettina Beecher, 1989-1992
10(Vice-Pres. for Membership): Honors from Division to individual member Martha Fay, 1991
12Division Board, Topic chair: H. Lentini, "Families Facing Change", 1977-1980



Subseries 2.3:: Action on Issues, 1977-1982

This subseries contains records for the Action on Issues campaign, 1977-82.

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213-14"Campaign Workshop" (Lentini and Beecher), 1977-1982
15"Campaign Workshop, " loose-leaf notebook of material for use with workshop, 1982

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316"White House Conference on Families, " (Harris Lentini)
17Literature on Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), (H. Lentini), 1980-1981



Subseries 2.4:: Miscellaneous division records, 1951-1997

This subseries contains miscellaneous division records, 1951-1997.

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318Records, 1951-1989
19Records, 1990-1997



Subseries 2.5:: News publications (Ga. division), 1950-1997

This subseries contains Georgia division news publications, 1950-1997. Included are both the "News Bulletin" and "Cherokee Rose."

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420"News Bulletin," "Bulletin", 1936-1947 1950-1965
21"Cherokee Rose", 1982 Fall-1989 Spring
22"Cherokee Rose", 1989 Fall-1997 Winter
 

Series 3:: AAUW - Regional (So. Atlantic) organization, 1950-1995

This series contains the records of several South Atlantic Regional Conferences and related activities, largely from the 1980's and '90's.

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11Programs for Regional Meetings 1950 and 1988; and fiscal and other reports for 1993 and 1995
 

Series 4:: AAUW - National ("Association") organization, 1931-1997

This series contains papers covering such activities of the national offices of AAUW ("The Association") as impinge on the local Branch, of particular value being the records (Subseries C) of Savannah Branch's hosting of the 1937 National Convention. Other subseries focus entirely on Association-centered activities and include a history (published) by Talbot and Rosenberry of the national AAUW, miscellaneous records, and national publications in support of specific issues or administrative groups (e.g., the Educational Foundation). AAUW's national magazine, Outlook, is not archived in this collection. It is presumably available in the Association archives in Washington, D.C.



Subseries 4.1:: History (published), 1931

This subseries contains a published volume of history, Talbot and Rosenberry's History of the American Association of University Women, 1931.

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11 History of the American Association of University Women



Subseries 4.2:: Association charters, by-laws, and policies, 1989-1991

This subseries contains association charters, by-laws, and policies, 1989-1991. Researchers

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12Association charters, by-laws, and policies, 1989-1991



Subseries 4.3:: National Convention records, 1937

This subseries contains the records from the National Convention held in Savannah, 1937. Researchers should also consult scrapbooks #1 (1936-37), and #2 (1937) for very detailed information on the 1937 Savannah national convention.

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13Correspondence, 1936 July, 1937 June and undated
4Working papers for convention and mss. of speeches, 1937 March 15-18
5Memoranda, financial records, and publicity (including photographs), 1937 March 15-18
6Association publications, several relating to Savannah convention, 1937 March 15-18



Subseries 4.4:: National ("Association") conventions, post 1937

This subseries contains the records from the National Conventions held after 1937.

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17Newsletters and explanatory literature, 1987 and 1993



Subseries 4.5:: Miscellaneous Association records, 1945-1996

This subseries contains miscellaneous Association records, 1945-1996.

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28Miscellaneous Association records, 1945-1996



Subseries 4.6:: Association publications, 1951-1997

This subseries contains Association publications from 1951 through 1997.

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29Association publications, 1951-1994
10Association publications, 1995
11Association publications, 1996-1997



Subseries 4.7:: Association commercial offerings, circa 1980s-1997

This subseries contains Association commercial offerings, circa 1980s to 1997.

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212Association commercial offerings, circa 1980s-1997
 

Series 5:: IFUW - International Federation of University Women, 1950s-1990s

This series contains records of the operations of the International Federation of University Women. These represent the decades of the 1950's and 1990's. It contains newsletters, 1953-56, and several items regarding the activities of IFUW, 1992-1993.

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11IFUW records