American Association of University Women (AAUW). Vancouver Branch: Records, 1931-2017
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Biographical / Historical
The Vancouver Branch of AAUW began in 1931 in Vancouver, Washington at the outset of the Great Depression. The branch was initally a focal point for local women with a university education to discuss pressing interests of the day. The branch sponsored study groups and invited speakers to illuminate issues of national and international affairs, the status of women, public education, home economics and child welfare.
In later decades, the Vancouver Branch of AAUW turned attention toward advocating for social and racial justice, participated in the the civil rights movement, supported womens rights and equity in the workplace and the promotion of STEM related careers.
Today the Vancouver Branch of AAUW provides many programs for women that entail support for legal advocacy, leadership, critical social issues, fellowships, grants and awards. The branch serves a general purpose to promote lifelong education, community action, advocacy for gender equity, support for legislation on issues affecting women and children and to illuminate new opportunities for women.
14 Linear Feet (9 cartons of materials were donated. These have been reorganized by material type and re-boxed in document boxes and customized boxes, housed (as of 2018) in a storage cabinet in the WSU Vancouver Library conference room. The collection contains meeting minutes, scrapbooks and other records and memorabilia documenting activities of the American Association of University Woman (AAUW), Vancouver Branch. Materials are dated from 1931-2017.)
Language of Materials
Series A: Scrapbooks: 1937-1999.
Series B: Membership Directories: 1934-1941; 1945-1970; 1980-2016.
Series C: Meeting Minutes: 1931-1959.
Series D: Photographs: Mostly dated from the 1990s and early 2000s. Includes individual members and group photographs taken at sponsored activities and events.
Series E: Branch Information: Administrative and organizational records, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, surveys and reports. Most of the materials are dated from the 2000s.
Series F: World Affairs:
Series G: Membership Biographies: 1997; 2003-2005.
Series H: Realia: Promotional and event materials produced by the AAUW.
Series I: Miscellaneous Files: Newsletters, newspaper clippings and flyers.
Series J: Digital Records:
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- American Association of University Women (AAUW). Vancouver Branch: Records, 1931-2017
- Finding aid prepared by Robert Schimelpfenig and Sara Schultz
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Part of the Washington State University Vancouver, Archives and Special Collections Repository
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