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American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Bur Oak Chapter Records

Identifier: MS-482

Scope and Content

The ABWA Bur Oak Chapter Records document the activities of the organization. In this collection researchers will find information about the organization's projects, its finances, and its activities, both social and professional. The collection is divided into five series.

Series I, Administration, is divided into four major areas. The first major area is Constitution, Standards and Procedures, which includes the constitution of the ABWA Bur Oak Chapter, Standards and procedures, the duties of several positions in the organization, an organizational chart, council directories, rosters, attendance lists, newsletters, attendance logs, and legal records. The second major area, Meeting Minutes, document all the important decisions made by the organization from 1983 to 2008. However, there are missing minutes, primarily after 2002. The third major area, Financial Records, includes a limited number of financial documents, such as budgeting records from 1984, 2003 to 2004 and 2009. The fourth major area is Correspondence. It includes messages between various members of the organization from 1983 to 2002.

Series II, Programs, is composed of programs documenting social events and fundraising events organized by the organization from 1983 to 2003. However, there are gaps in the programs and some of them are undated. There are two types of programs, the ones from the Bur Oak Chapter and the ones from Miami Valley Chapter.

Series III, Scrapbooks, include scrapbooks documenting social events and fundraisers from 1981 to 2004. This is the largest series of the collection.

Series IV, Photographs and Negatives, document social and fundraising events. Members of the organization are seen in various social and meeting situations. The photographs are primarily from 1999 to 2005. Many of the photographs are undated and most of them are unidentified as to people or location.

Series V, Awards, includes chapter award programs, a plaque, and proclamations issued by the city of Huber Heights in 1991, Montgomery County in 1992 and the city of Dayton in 2001 and 2002. The proclamations certify the celebration of ABWA Day.


  • Creation: 1969-2011


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Bur Oak Chapter

The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is a nationwide professional association for women. It was established in 1949 by Hillary A. Bufton in Kansas City, Missouri. The ABWA Bur Oak Chapter was founded 32 years later, in 1981, and operates mainly in the Miami Valley area. The vision of the chapter is "to provide supportive environment for Miami Valley area women to grow personally and professionally through, mentoring, education, education, and leadership opportunities." The organization is highly supportive of business women, disregarding race and background.

Members of the ABWA Bur Oak Chapter are professionals involved in diverse industry, such as health care, communications, consulting, insurance, health and beauty, coaching, training, technology, nonprofit organizations, engineering, medicines, sales/marketing, human resources, government and more. Members pay monthly dues, which are used to help the organization undertake projects such as providing scholarships to potential business women, training women, and organizing networking events. Meetings are held on a monthly and yearly basis, and they are usually not longer than two and half hours.

The ABWA Bur Oak Chapter hosts many social events to do some fundraising. During these events, speakers are invited to talk about their experience in different industries. These events are also a great way for members to learn, connect and network. The ABWA Bur Oak Chapter is part of the ABWA Miami Valley Chapter, which is a regional organization.


5 linear feet

Language of Materials



The American Business Women's Association is a nationwide professional association for women. The Bur Oak chapter was established in Dayton, in 1981. The collection includes information about projects undertaken by the organization, items discussed during meetings, social events (fundraiser), legal and financial documents, scholarships offered, and initiatives taken to help women professionally and socially in the Dayton-area. This collection is a source of information on how the ABWA Bur Oak Chapter operates and highlights woman's issues between 1969 and 2011. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, negatives, financial and legal records, programs, meeting minutes, awards, and scrapbooks.

Statement of Arrangement

Collection is arranged into 5 series:

  1. Series I: Administration, 1979-2009
  2. Series II: Programs, 1984-2003
  3. Series III: Scrapbooks, 1969-2004
  4. Series IV: Photographs and Negatives, 1980-2005
  5. Series V: Awards, 1990-2001

Other Finding Aid

A complete box and folder inventory for this ollection is available on the Special Collections and archives Website

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives by Pamela Martin in August 2013.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

MS - 590, American Business Women's Association "Pot Pourri Chapter", Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

MS - 129, Dayton Woman Working Records, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

MS - 187, Dayton Federation of Woman's Club Records, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

M 0882 OM 0438, American Business Women's Association Collection, Manuscript and Visual Collections Department, William Henry Smith Memorial Library, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Processing Information

Processed by Bemba Diarra, April 2014

Guide to the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Bur Oak Chapter Records (MS-482)
Finding aid prepared by Bemba Diarra, 2014
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Repository Details

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Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA