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Associated Women Students records

 Collection 0022-UA
Associated Women Students (AWS), formerly called the Women's League, was formed between 1953 and 1954 at the University of Maryland. A self-governing body of women students, the association's purposes were establishing and enforcing standards of conduct for women students; sponsoring cultural and social activities; coordinating women's activities on campus; and promoting the development of leadership, good scholarship, and self-responsibility among the co-eds. The records of the Associated Women Students consist of five scrapbooks dating from 1957 to 1961 and 1964 to 1967. The scrapbooks document the various activities sponsored by AWS and include minutes, by-laws, constitutions, publications, and newsclippings. There are also photos of individual members, group meetings, and various activities of the association.

Dates

  • 1957-1967

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

5.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Associated Women Students records consist of five scrapbooks dating from 1957 to 1961 and 1964 to 1967. The scrapbooks document the various activities sponsored by the Associated Women Students and include minutes, by-laws, constitutions, and publications. There are also photographs of individual members, group meetings, and various activities of the association, such as the Orphan's Party and the Bridal Fair, dispersed throughout the scrapbooks. Newspaper clippings fill many of the pages, especially in the earlier scrapbooks.

Administrative History

Associated Women Students (AWS), formerly called the Women's League, was formed between 1953 and 1954 at the University of Maryland. A self-governing body of women students, the association's purposes were establishing and enforcing standards of conduct for women students; sponsoring cultural and social activities; coordinating women's activities on campus; and promoting the development of leadership, good scholarship, and self-responsibility among the co-eds. Every woman enrolled at the university was automatically a member of the Associated Women Students. The women students elected a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and various other representatives. In 1954, the association consisted of four divisions: the Executive Council, Resident Council, Campus Judicial Board, and Campus Academic Board. By 1959, the Resident Council had divided further into the Dormitory Council and the Sorority Council, bringing the total number of divisions to five. AWS was primarily concerned with the formulation, administration, and interpretation of the rules of social conduct as well as the planning of social activities. It also played an active role in the Student Government Association and was a recognized forum for women to voice their concerns and to initiate university-wide changes. Associated Women Students was also a member of the Intercollegiate Associated Women Students organization and participated in national and regional conventions. AWS was active until at least 1970, after which it was probably folded into the Student Government Association.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series.
Series 1
Scrapbooks

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the Associated Women Students were transferred to the University of Maryland Libraries by Fred DeMarr of the Stamp Student Union in 1992.

Related Material

Materials related to this collection may be found in the Papers of Adele H. Stamp, the Records of the Women's League, and in the Records of the President's Office. There is also an unprocessed addendum to this collection which contains additional scrapbooks as well as publications, meeting minutes, and correspondence. Other related materials may be found in the University Publications collection in yearbooks (UPUB S36.001), in student handbooks (UPUB S30.001), and in Women's League publications (UPUB S34.W5).

Processing Information

Filmoplast tape was used to secure loose items to the appropriate scrapbook pages. Any items that were too heavy for Filmoplast were wrapped in acid-free paper and replaced in their original positions. Photographs that could be removed from the pages were placed in small acid-free envelopes; these envelopes were then reattached to the pages with Filmoplast. Acid-free paper was placed between the pages to protect those photographs that could not be removed. Staples were pulled and replaced with plastic clips over pieces of acid-free paper. Heavy weight acid-free paper was used to buffer the front and back pages of the oversize scrapbook from its wooden cover. The four regular-sized scrapbooks were placed in heavy weight acid-free folders. All five scrapbooks were placed in acid-free boxes.
Title
Guide to the Associated Women Students records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Jennifer Evans.
Date
1998-11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212