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MC 271

American Association of University Women. Boston Branch. Records of the American Association of University Women. Boston Branch, 1886-1978: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Processing of this collection was made possible by with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 271
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: American Association of University Women. Boston Branch
Title: Records of the American Association of University Women. Boston Branch, 1886-1978
Date(s): 1886-1978
Quantity: 4.46 linear feet (9 + 1/2 boxes, 1 card file) plus 1 supersize poster)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Constitutions and bylaws, histories, minutes, etc., of the Boston Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 46-4, 47-19, 48-17, 52-8, 55-1, 56-16, 56-67, 56-84, 56-133, 56-148, 57-14, 57-52, 57-108, 58-43, 58-65, 74, 1181, 69-17, 70-11, 70-94, 74-123
The records of the Boston Branch of the American Association of University Women were deposited in the Schlesinger Library beginning in February 1946 by various branch members.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 1978
By: Katherine G. Kraft

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Boston Branch of the American Association of University Women is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Authorization of publication or quotation requires the written permission of the President of the Boston Branch of the American Association of University Women as long as the organization exists. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

American Association of University Women. Boston Branch. Records, 1886-1978; item description, dates. MC 271, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see see the American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division Records, 1930-1976 (MC 260), the Additional records of the American Association of University Women, Massachusetts State Division, 1921-2007 (MC 597), and the American Association of University Women Audiotape collection, ca. 1960-1971 (T-358).

SEPARATION RECORD

The following items have been removed from the collection:

HISTORY

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) had its beginnings in Boston during the late 19th century as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA). Mrs. Emily Talbot and her daughter Marion, both residents of Boston, thought that college-educated women should join together in an organization which would be of service to the community and would further educational opportunities for women. This vision was shared with other college women in Boston, and on November 8, 1881, seventeen alumnae of eight colleges met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and decided to organize formally. Those at the meeting included Marion Talbot, Alice Freeman (later Alice Freeman Palmer), Ellen Richards, Anna Eugenia Felicia Morgan, and Margaret Stratton. Notices sent to all New England and New York City alumnae of the colleges represented at the first gathering brought 66 women to Chauncy Hall School, Boston on January 14, 1882. As the Association for Collegiate Alumnae, the women adopted a constitution and elected officers. At the first post-organization meeting, held on March 11, 1882, first president Jennie Field Bashford described the Association's purpose: "The members have organized in order better to utilize their privileges in personal education and to perform their duty in respect to popular education." Local branches were soon formed; the first to be formally recognized was the Washington Branch in October 1884. In 1889, the Western Association of Collegiate Alumnae, which had been organization in Chicago a few years earlier, merged with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. The Southern Association of College Women joined with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae in 1921 to form the American Association of University Women. The archives of the Association are housed in the national headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Boston Branch was established at a meeting held on October 2, 1886, when a constitution was adopted and officers were elected. The Branch first organized formal committees in 1890; they undertook such tasks as investigating conditions in the Boston public schools and in public laundries, surveying salaries of college-educated women, studying domestic management, aiding settlement work, and participating in war relief. Also in 1890, the Boston Branch organized the College Club for purely social purposes. Boston was one of six American Association of University Women branches which in 1930 joined with two college clubs (unrelated to the College Club) to form the Massachusetts State Division of the AAUW. The Branch was not incorporated in Massachusetts, however, until August 1964. Active members have included Fannie Fern Andrews Abigail Eliot, and Ellen Richards.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in four series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The records include constitutions and by-laws; histories; minutes of Branch, annual, and executive committee meetings; annual reports, correspondence, and other records of officers and committees; yearbooks; lists of officers and members; programs; announcements of meetings; news-letters; financial and fellowship records; and papers relating to Branch participation in other Association of Collegiate Alumnae and American Association of University Women activities. The arrangement is outlined on the following paper. Various records, including minutes and officers' records, are incomplete, especially for the period following 1960. Additional fellowship papers are available in the Massachusetts State Division records (MC 260).
The contents of two Association of Collegiate Alumnae scrapbooks were removed, unfolded, and placed in acid-free folders for preservation. Information in pencil, enclosed in brackets on some documents, was added by the archivist ; felt-tip and ballpoint pen additions were made by the Branch historian, Helen LaVey, in 1976-1977.

CONTAINER LIST

SELECTED INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Annual reports
By-laws
Clubs--Massachusetts
Constitutions
Equal rights amendments
Ledgers
Minutes
Questionnaires
Reports
Scholarships
Schools--Massachusetts--Boston
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae
Women college graduates
Women--Education (Higher)
Women--Societies and clubs
American Association of University Women
Andrews, Fannie Fern, 1867-1950
Arnold, Sarah Louise, 1859-1943
Boston City Federation
Channing, Eva
Dukakis, Kitty
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
Eliot, Abigail Adams, 1892-1992
Fuller, Alvan Tufts, 1878-1958
Howe, Leonora
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902-1985
McCormack, John
Peters, Andrew J.
Richards, Ellen H. (Ellen Henrietta), 1842-1911
War Job Information Center, Boston (Mass.)

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