Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center Records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center Records consist of 15 linear ft. dating from 1985 to 2008. Types of materials include correspondence, financial records, legal documents, news clippings, photographs, press releases, publications, studies and reports, and subject files.
The bulk of the records date from 1988 to 2003 and focus on NAWHERC's administration; funding, programs, studies, and work in coalition with other women's health, indigenous rights, environmental stewardship, and women of color organizations.
Major topics found throughout these papers include Native American health and cultural survival, rights of indigenous peoples, alcoholism and other drug dependency problems, abortion and reproductive health, fetal alcohol syndrome, diabetes, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, environmental toxins, sexually-transmitted diseases, and sexual and domestic violence.
The Programs files document important conferences and gatherings sponsored and co-sponsored by NAWHERC, such as the HIV/AIDS Gatherings for Spiritual Leaders and Traditional Healers and the Native Women's Reproductive Rights Coalition which developed the Native Women's Reproductive Rights Agenda, and the Native Women's Leadership Training Program.
There are also a small amounts of RESTRICTED and OVERSIZE materials at the end of the collection.
Programs, Publications, and Studies and Reports files contain copies of final products and some research materials related to NAWHERC's impressive body of community-based research and its wellness publications.
The records give a good sense of NAWHERC's work in coalition with many other organizations through the administrative correspondence and organizations files.
As is often true of modern organizational records, NAWHERC's day-to-day operations and internal processes are less well-documented, though researchers can get a sense of the Center's ongoing activities through meeting notes and staff reports. Proposals and reports to funders and potential funders contain some of the best descriptions of NAWHERC programs.
Researchers should also consult the papers of NAWHERC's Executive Director, Charon Asetoyer.
This collection is organized into thirteen series: