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Women's League records

 Collection 0044-UA

The Women's League, formerly the Women's Student Government Association, was formed in 1935 to promote leadership development and to encourage scholarship, self-reliance, and high standards of conduct among female students of the University of Maryland. Although mainly concerned with the formulation, administration, and interpretation of the rules of social conduct for women, the Women's League also played an active role in student government. The Women's League records consist of two minute books, dated 1934-1940 and 1940-1941, and printed rules from academic year 1940-1941.


  • 1934-1941
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1941

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Women's League records consist of two minute books dated 1939-1940 and 1940-1941 as well as printed rules from the academic year 1940-41. The minutes document the attendance of members and topics discussed at the bi-weekly meetings. Subjects include: the planning of the organization's social events, formulation and revision of the League's rules, establishment and execution of punishments for infractions against the rules, and some charitable activities of the members of the League.

Administrative History

The Women's League, formerly called the Women's Student Government Association, was formed in 1935 at the University of Maryland as a self-governing body of women students. Its purposes were to promote the development of leadership and to encourage good scholarship, self-responsibility, and higher standards of conduct among the co-eds. The League consisted of three divisions; the Executive Council, Legislative Council and Judicial Board. Every woman enrolled at the University was automatically a member of the Women's League. The women students then elected a president, vice president, secretary, and various representatives. The representatives to the organization came from sororities, dormitories, off?campus housing, and from each class. Although mainly concerned with the formulation, administration, and interpretation of the rules of social conduct for women, the Women's League had an active role in the Student Government Association and the League's president was a voting member on the Executive Council of the S.G.A. The Women's League was replaced in the academic year 1952-53 by the organization known as the Associated Women Students.


The records have been divided into the following series:

Series 1
Minute Books
Series 2

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Women's League records were transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in the 1970s.

Related Material

Materials related to this collection may be found under the heading "Student Organizations, Women's League" in the University Publications collection. They include the social conduct booklet, "To Do or Not To Do," written and published by the members of the Women's League. The constitution and by-laws for the academic years 1951-52 and 1952-53 and Women's League Rules from the academic years 1942-43 and 1948-49 are also to be found in the publications collection. Other materials related to the Women's League may be found in the papers of Adele H. Stamp in Historical Manuscripts.

Processing Information

The materials have been placed in acid free folders and in an acid free box. The guide was then revised.

Guide to the Women's League records
Guide written by Susan Francis.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742