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American Association of University Women, Xenia, Ohio, Records (MS-518)

 Collection
Identifier: MS-518

Scope and Contents

The Xenia branch of the American Association of University Women operated for over fifty years to expand the opportunities of women in their community. This collection contains a range of materials including administrative meeting minutes, newsletters, annual treasurer reports, fundraising papers, event flyers, photographs, several scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings. This collection contains topics largely centered around the lives and advancement of women. The collection is arranged into four series.

Series I, Administrative Files, 1948-2012, contains the administrative records for the organization. These included membership directories, newsletters, meeting minutes, correspondence, and other committee papers. The bulk of the administrative series is from 1990-2009. The earlier administrative material is contained in scrapbooks and can be found in Series IV, Scrapbooks and Clippings. Of note in this series is the Xenia branch’s organizational history and bylaws.

Series, II, Financial and Fundraising, 1959-2018, includes any financial records and fundraising papers generated by the branch. The bulk of the series are treasurer reports dating from 1999 to 2010. Researchers will not find any financial reports prior to 1999 in this collection. The bulk of the fundraising materials is from the branch’s annual Christmas Postcard fundraiser. The postcards feature a picture of a local historical structure. Postcard fundraiser materials include postcards, correspondence, event invitations, and newspaper clippings regarding the annual sale. Some materials pertaining to the postcard fundraiser are available in electronic formats. This series also includes papers related to the yearly scholarship awarded to a student entering college.

Series III, Events, 1979-2011, includes flyers, invitations, tickets, and photographs from events held by the association. Major events highlighted in the collection include an international students’ night and various political events surrounding local candidates. Notable items in this series includes certificates awarded to the branch on their fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries.

Series IV, Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1948-2017, consists of six scrapbooks and miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected by the branch. The scrapbooks are comprised of newspaper clippings, correspondence, membership directories, and newsletters. Of importance in this series are scrapbooks that contain the only records for the first several decades of the organization (1948-1980). The newspaper clippings concern the branch, women and community issues, and clippings regarding branch members.

Dates

  • Creation: 1948-2018
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2018

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing paper-based materials in this collection. All electronic records listed in this finding aid are processed and available; however, researchers are requested to provide two days advance notice when requesting electronic records. Call (937) 775-2092 or e-mail library-archives-ref@wright.edu.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Xenia branch was founded in 1948 in order to broaden the opportunities for women in academia in Xenia, Ohio. The American Association of University Women was formed in Boston in 1881. The branch structure of the organization was established in 1884. AAUW has campaigned for issues such as equal pay for women and eliminating the discrimination of women in academia. The AAUW Xenia branch’s early aims were to establish study groups such as the International Relations study group that began in November of 1949. The organization met in various locations including the Rotary Club, YMCA, and in the homes of members. AAUW Xenia branch supported women entering college with a scholarship for one-hundred dollars among other fundraising endeavors to support women seeking higher education. This branch of AAUW became inactive between 2011 and 2018, though there are other AAUW branches active in the Miami Valley including a Dayton, Springfield, and Middletown chapters.

Extent

3.47 linear feet

171 Megabytes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Xenia, Ohio Records document the efforts of this local women’s organization. The branch was formed in 1948 in hopes of broadening the opportunities of women in universities. This collection contains administrative records, meeting minutes, treasurer’s reports, fundraising resources, event papers, correspondence, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series:

  1. Series I: Administrative Files, 1948 -2012
  2. Series II: Financial and Fundraising, 1959-2018
  3. Series III: Events, 1979-2011
  4. Series IV: Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1948-2017

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A computer with software capable of reading *.JPG, *.TIF, and *.PDF file format will be needed to view electronic records in this collection.

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at https://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/collectionguides/files/ms518.pdf. It is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by Cynthia A. Raymond. Materials were received initially in November 2011, with additions in July 2016 and June 2018.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

MS-315: College Women’s Club of Dayton Records

Separated Materials

The electronic media in this collection has been separated and housed in the E-Archives.

Title
Guide to the American Association of University Women, Xenia, Ohio, Records (MS-518)
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written according to DACS standards by Alyssa Stark, April 2019.
Date
2019 Apr 29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA
937-775-2092