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MC 260; M106

American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division. Records of the American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division, 1930-1976: 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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The collection was processed 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 260; M106
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. Massachusetts State Division
Title: Records of the American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division, 1930-1976
Date(s): 1930-1976
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes) plus 5 folders photographs, 1 reel microfilm, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Constitutions, by-laws, minutes, etc., of the Massachusetts State Division of the American Association of University Women, founded in 1921 through the merger of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae and the Southern Association of College Women.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1568, 70-31, 70-51, 71-133, 72-19, 73-57, 74-123, 74-287, 76-102, 76-351
The records of the Massachusetts State Division of the American Association of University Women were deposited in the Schlesinger Library between April 1969 and November 1976 by the Division.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 1978; updated February 2010
By: Katherine Gray Kraft

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division Records, 1930-1976; item description, dates. MC 260, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see American Association of University Women. Massachusetts State Division Additional Records, 1921-2007 ( MC 597), American Association of University Women, Boston Branch Records, 1886-1978 (MC 271), and the American Association of University Women Audiotape collection, ca. 1960-1971 (T-358).

SEPARATION RECORD

The following items with reference to Andover-Georgetown have been removed from the collection and sent to Essex Institute, Salem:
The following items with reference to Attleboro have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to Cape Cod have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to the Connecticut Valley have been removed from the collection and sent to Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:
The following items with reference to the Fall River (organized 1896 as branch of Association of Collegiate Alumnae; became AAUW branch in 1921) have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to Foxboro have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to Franklin County have been removed from the collection and sent to the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:
The following items with reference to the Hingham Area (a.k.a. South Shore) have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to the NEW BEDFORD, COLLEGE CLUB OF (organized 1906 as College Club of New Bedford, became AAUW branch in 1930) have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to the North Adams area have been removed from the collection and sent to Essex Institute, Salem:
The following items with reference to the North Shore (organized 1931 as Salem Branch; name changed to North Shore in 1935) have been removed from the collection and sent to Essex Institute, Salem:
The following items with reference to Northern Massachusetts have been removed from the collection and sent to Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:
The following items with reference to SPRINGFIELD, GREATER (organized 1969/1970) have been removed from the collection and sent to Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:
The following items with reference to STERLING (organized 1968/1969) have been removed from the collection and sent to Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:
The following items with reference to TAUNTON (organized c.1902 as Taunton College Club; became AAUW branch in 1933) have been removed from the collection and sent to Wheaton College Archives, Norton:
The following items with reference to WEBSTER AREA (organized 1957/1958 as Oxford-Dudley Area; name changed to Webster Area c.1966) have been removed from the collection and sent to Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:
The following items with reference to WORCESTER (organized 1897 as Worcester College Club; became AAUW branch in 1926) have been removed from the collection and sent to Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College:

HISTORY

The American Association of University Women was founded in 1921 through the merger of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae and the Southern Association of College Women. Its basic goal was to further women's education and career opportunities. In 1930, six AAUW branches joined with several general members of the Association and two college clubs to establish the Massachusetts State Division (Massachusetts State Division) of the AAUW. By 1976 there were 23 branches in the Massachusetts State Division. The stated purposes of the Division are "to further the aims, policies, and programs of the Association, to foster the development and maintenance of high standards of education, to strengthen the fellowship among university women in order that their influence may be felt throughout the Commonwealth in the solution of social and civic problems, to secure broader opportunities for women, to organize new Branches of the Association, and to promote, encourage, and coordinate the work of the Branches throughout the Commonwealth." Activities have included legislative lobbying for bills concerning education, and fund-raising for fellowships.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in two series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection includes constitutions, by-laws, minutes, histories, lists of officers and members, programs, and reports of the Division and its branches; correspondence, reports, photographs, newsclippings, and other records of the Massachusetts State Division Fellowship Committee; a microfilm of newsclippings about the Massachusetts State Division and various branches, compiled by the Publicity Committee; and records of the Worcester Branch Writers Workshop. Addenda to these records were processed separately in February 2010 ( MC 597), and newsletters removed and transferred to the library's periodicals collection; consult the library's catalog for holdings. Records of the Boston Branch have been processed separately, with the exception of those pertaining to the Fellowship Committee.
In March 1986, four Massachusetts repositories signed an agreement to collect jointly the archives of the Massachusetts Division and its branches. The Schlesinger Library continues to collect the records of the Division and of chapters in Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties. The Essex Institute in Salem collects records of chapters in Essex County; the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, chapter records from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties; and the Wheaton College Archives, chapter records from Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth counties and the Foxboro chapter. The following inventory contains listings of all branch records up to 1976 held by the Schlesinger Library. Listings for branch records that were sent to one of the other repositories in March 1986 can be found in the separation record.
Massachusetts State Division's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.

CONTAINER LIST

Container List

Additional Index Terms

By-laws
Clubs--Massachusetts
Constitutions
Electronic records
Histories
Minutes
Newsletters
Programs
Reports
Scholarships
Web sites
Women--Education (Higher)
Women--Societies and clubs
American Association of University Women
American Association of University Women. Acton (Mass.) Branch
American Association of University Women. Bedford-Lexington (Mass.) Branch
American Association of University Women. Canton (Mass.) Branch
American Association of University Women. Foxborough (Mass.) Branch
American Association of University Women. Framingham-Wellesley (Mass.) Branch
American Association of University Women. Lowell (Mass.) College Club Branch
American Association of University Women. Melrose-Wakefield Area (Mass.) Branch

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