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American Association of University Women. Worcester Branch Records, 1897-1995 (ongoing)
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 346

Abstract:
Collegiate association. Records document Executive Committee meetings; annual meetings, membership, programs, club activities, and history of the organization.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The American Association of University Women was founded in 1882 to unite alumnae of different institutions for "practical educational work." Originally open to graduates of institutions accredited by the AAUW, it is now open to women graduates of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities or foreign institutions recognized by the International Federation of University Women.

The Worcester, Massachusetts, branch of the AAUW was originally known as the Worcester College Club, founded in 1897. The initial purpose of the club was the "fostering of a social spirit and securing fellowship and sympathy" among college graduates. Upon becoming a branch of the AAUW in 1926, the club's members broadened their objectives, viz: "to concentrate and increase their influence in the community for the solution of social and civic problems." The members formed cultural and practical study groups, presented scholarships and fellowships, sponsored lectures and exhibits, and performed charity work. Among its leaders were Annie Russell Marble (1864-1936) and Lena Hill (Mrs. Charles G.).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the AAUW, Worcester Branch, contain minutes of Executive Committee meetings, including decisions on rules and regulations, and annual meeting arrangements; Records of the Secretary, including the club's constitution, membership lists, detailed minutes of each annual and special meeting, and printed programs and announcements. There are also newsclippings on club activities, various histories of the organization written by appointed historians, and printed yearbooks from 1928 to 1970.

NOTE: The container list for this collection is available in the Sophia Smith Collection. Please contact us to request a copy.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

American Association of University Women. Worcester Branch Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • American Association of University Women. Worcester Branch--History--Sources
  • Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Massachusetts
  • Women college graduates--Massachusetts--History--Sources
  • Women in the professions--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--Education--Massachusetts--History--Sources


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