Collection Number: 04152

Collection Title: Southern Association of Women Historians, 1971-2011

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Size 17,900 items (27.5 linear feet)
Abstract The Southern Association of Women Historians (SAWH) was founded in 1970 to promote the welfare of women historians in the South and to encourage the teaching of women's history in the South. The collection contains files of officers and committees of the Southern Association of Women Historians, including by-laws, conference materials, financial records, materials relating to surveys concerning the status of women historians in the South, materials relating to prizes given by the organization, and publications of the organization and of groups associated with it.
Creator Southern Association of Women Historians (U.S.).
Language English.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Southern Association of Women Historians #4152, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from the Southern Association of Women Historians between 1978-2015 (Acc. 78031, 80018, 82091, 83024, 84077, 89004, 89017, 89095, 90092, 90150, 91101, 95068, 95116, 98489, 99066, 99194, 99549, 99602, 102463).
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The Southern Association of Women Historians (Caucus of Women in History until 1976) was founded in 1970 at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Louisville, Ky., to study and advance the status of women at all levels of the historical profession; to oppose discrimination against women in the profession; to encourage the teaching of women's history, and to develop research in the field; and to disseminate information on research grants, fellowships, and other aids to professional advancement for women.

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Most of the items in these records are letters and Southern Association of Women Historians (SAWH) newsletters. The remaining papers are SAWH questionnaires and newsletters from other women's organizations. The earliest papers date from the founding of the organization. Topics include recruitment of women historians as members; finances; faculty and program committee appointments; conferences and workshops; women's history courses; affirmative action; and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Additional materials have been received, but not incorporated into the original organization of the collection. Material contained in the additions is similar to that in the original deposit, with more material relating to executive council activities, finances, annual meetings, conferences, and prizes awarded by the organization.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1971-1979.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Principal correspondents are Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg and other officers of the SAWH. Letters focus on the efforts of the SAWH to create a network of women historians in the South. These letters discuss recruitment of members, identification of female history faculty, and collection of dues. They reveal efforts of the officers to use their network to promote the appointment of women to teaching and administrative positions by supplying the names of qualified women to university search committees. Similarly, the SAWH encouraged professional organizations to appoint women to program committees, to include sessions on women's history in their programs, and to accept papers submitted by women historians at conferences. Another important theme is the participation of the SAWH in conferences, workshops, and other activities of the historical profession. Mobilizing support for federal affirmative action and equal opportunity programs and for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is also a frequent subject.

Box 1

1972-1974 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Box 1

1975-1976 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Box 1

1977 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Box 1

1978 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Box 1

1979 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Box 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Organizational Materials, 1971-1977.

6 items.

Bylaws of the Southern Association of Women Historians, information about the founding of the organization, and membership forms.

Box 1

Organizational materials #04152, Series: "2. Organizational Materials, 1971-1977." Box 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980.

About 40 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

SAWH newsletters include information about the annual business meeting; election of officers; information about Southern Historical Association programs, particularly the presentation of papers; announcements of grants; programs sponsored by other national and regional women's organizations; and members' professional activities.

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1971-1976 #04152, Series: "3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980." Box 1

1977-1979 #04152, Series: "3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980." Box 1

1980 #04152, Series: "3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980." Box 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Other Newsletters, 1971-1980.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Questionnaires, 1972, 1974.

About 40 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Questionnaires from surveys conducted in 1972 and 1974 and related material. The 1972 survey on the status of female college and university faculty includes instructions to surveyors in each southern state and completed questionnaires for North Carolina. Among other information, questionnaires indicate the number of male and female graduate students in the history department in each school that was surveyed. The 1974 survey of southern graduate history programs includes completed questionnaires for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a summary of the results for all programs surveyed.

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Questionnaire, 1972 #04152, Series: "5. Questionnaires, 1972, 1974." Box 1

Questionnaire, 1974 #04152, Series: "5. Questionnaires, 1972, 1974." Box 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.1. Records, 1979-1980 (Addition of February 1980).

About 280 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 80018

Correspondence, newsletters and other items.

Box 2

Correspondence, newsletters and other items #04152, Subseries: "6.1. Records, 1979-1980 (Addition of February 1980)." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.2. Records, 1980-1982 (Addition of August 1982).

About 35 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 82091

Newsletters, pamphlets, and correspondence.

Box 2

Newsletters, pamphlets, and correspondence #04152, Subseries: "6.2. Records, 1980-1982 (Addition of August 1982)." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.3. Records, 1980-1982 (Addition of January 1983).

About 150 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 83024

Files of the president and printed material with newsletters of allied historical organizations.

Box 2

President's files #04152, Subseries: "6.3. Records, 1980-1982 (Addition of January 1983)." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.4. Records, 1979-1984 (Addition of May 1984).

About 300 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 84077

Correspondence, bylaws, printed materials, and other items and office files.

Box 3

Office files and bylaws #04152, Subseries: "6.4. Records, 1979-1984 (Addition of May 1984)." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.5. Records, 1988 (Addition of January 1989).

4 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 89004

Printed materials, including brochures, programs, and a listing of manuscripts repositories that hold women's history materials.

Box 3

Printed materials #04152, Subseries: "6.5. Records, 1988 (Addition of January 1989). " Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.6. Records, 1986-1987 (Addition of March 1989).

About 300 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 89017

Presidential files of Joanne Hawks, including materials relating to bylaws, committee, the Executive Council, annual meetings, local arrangements, membershp lists, past presidents, Rose and Spruill prizes, and the Southern Conference on Women's History.

Box 3

Presidential files and organizational papers #04152, Subseries: "6.6. Records, 1986-1987 (Addition of March 1989)." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.7. Records, 1984-1985 (Addition of August 1989).

About 15 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 89095

Papers and reports of the Executive Committee.

Box 3

Executive committe files #04152, Subseries: "6.7. Records, 1984-1985 (Addition of August 1989)." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.8. Affiliated Organizations, 1970s (Addition of July 1990).

About 6,000 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 90092

Records chiefly about the activities of groups associated with the Southern Association of Women Historians or members of that organization. Included are items relating to the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession, the Southern Historical Association, the Charlotte chapter of the National Association for Women, and the Popular Culture Association.

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Addition of July 1990 #04152, Subseries: "6.8. Affiliated Organizations, 1970s (Addition of July 1990)." Box 4-8

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.9. Records, 1970s (Addition of November 1990).

About 3,600 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 90150

General office files of the Southern Association of Women Historians, including conference materials, information on grants and contracts, and subject files relating to the activities of groups and individuals associated with the organization.

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Office files and conference materials #04152, Subseries: "6.9. Records, 1970s (Addition of November 1990)." Box 9-11

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.10. Membership, 1978-1984 (Addition of June 1991).

About 50 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 91101

Materials relating to membership drives.

Box 12

Membership drives #04152, Subseries: "6.10. Membership, 1978-1984 (Addition of June 1991)." Box 12

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.11. Judith F. Gentry, 1980s (Addition of June 1995).

About 600 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 95068

Files generated as the result of the involvement of Judith F. Gentry, Department of History, University of Southwest Louisiana, with the Southern Association of Women Historians.

Box 12

Judith F. Gentry #04152, Subseries: "6.11. Judith F. Gentry, 1980s (Addition of June 1995)." Box 12

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.12. First Conference on Women's History and Publication Awards, 1988-1993 (Addition of September 1995).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.13. Records, 1985-1997 (Addition of October 1999).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.14. Financial Records, 1992-1996 (Addition of September 2001).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.15. Records, 1995-2000 (Addition of March 2002).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.16. Records, 1992-2003 (Additions of June 2003 and August 2003).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.17. Publication Awards, 2000-2011 (Addition of December 2015).

About 100 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 102463

Committee records pertaining to the Rose Prize and Taylor Prize. These committees review, rank, and award books and articles about southern history each year.

Box 19

Rose Prize #04152, Subseries: "6.17. Publication Awards, 2000-2011 (Addition of December 2015)." Box 19

Book prize nominees, committee members and officers, committee guidelines, executive council meeting minutes, and post committee reports.

Taylor Prize #04152, Subseries: "6.17. Publication Awards, 2000-2011 (Addition of December 2015)." Box 19

Book prize submissions, article submissions, officers, chairs and committee members, SAWH guidelines, procedures, correspondence, executive council minutes, and post committee reports.

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Separated materials include oversize papers (OP-4152/1).

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Processing Information

The SAWH is an active organization. Material is therefore periodically added to these records.

Updated: March 2019

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