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|Size||17,800 items (27.0 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.).|
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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.Back to Top
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. The folders in the beginning series are, therefore, numbered separately. Additions are arranged chronologically as received. 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.Back to Top
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.
Bylaws of the Southern Association of Women Historians, information about the founding of the organization, and membership forms.
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.
Newsletters from other regional women's organizations covering topics similar to those concerning the SAWH.
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.
Correspondence, newsletters and other items.
Newsletters, pamphlets, and correspondence.
Files of the president and printed material with newsletters of allied historical organizations.
Correspondence, bylaws, printed materials, and other items and office files.
Printed materials, including brochures, programs, and a listing of manuscripts repositories that hold women's history materials.
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.
Papers and reports of the Executive Committee.
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.
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.
Materials relating to membership drives.
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.
Materials relating to the First Conference on Women's History, 1988, and to the Julia Cherry Spruill and Willie Lee Rose publication prizes.
Separated materials include oversize papers (OP-4152/1).Back to Top
The SAWH is an ongoing organization. Material is therefore periodically added to these records and full processing of this collection has been deferred pending expected additions.Back to Top