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Collection Overview

Title: American Association of University Women/Rockford Branch Records, 1881+

ID: RHC/RC/248

Extent: 15.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The American Association of University Women, Rockford Branch, is divided into four series: Rockford Branch, State, National, and International.

Date Acquired: 11/28/2000. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: AAUW, American Association of University Women, American Association of University Women, Rockford, Rockford (Ill.), Universities and colleges, Women--Societies and clubs.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The American Association of University Women, Rockford Branch, is divided into four series: Rockford Branch, State, National, and International.  The first series documents the history of the Rockford Branch from its origination in 1929 through 2000.  The records consist of bylaws, branch and board minutes, newsletters, yearbooks, membership information, treasurer’s reports, and scrapbooks. 

It is useful to note that the scrapbooks include copies of the Rockford Files, newspaper clippings, photographs, programs and correspondence.  The treasurer’s books provide information regarding dues, membership, check registers and other pertinent financial data.  It is also important to note that in late 1991 the AAUW, Rockford Branch, newsletter changed its name from The Rockford File to The Initiative.  Additional history of the AAUW can be found in the 70th Anniversary Planning Committee, 1999 folder (Box 8, Folder 13).

Series II gives information about the AAUW, Illinois Division, from 1975 through 2000.  The records consist of directories, bylaws, publications, convention materials and photographs. Series III contains information about the AAUW on a the National level.  The records date from 1881 through 2000. This series includes history, bylaws, membership information, publications, and scholarship information.  It is important to note that records for the Educational Foundation are contained in this series.  They include annual reports, fellowship and grant information, and publications.  Series IV, the International Series includes one folder containing information on the International Federation of University Women.  Included in the addenda are records showing  the activities of the Rockford Branch including fund-raising, programs, newsletters, and meeting minutes, and scrapbooks.  The addenda also contains program year notebooks which include by-laws, agendas, general and board meeting minutes, budgets, photographs, programs, project information, newspaper articles, newsletters, and convention programs.

The addenda beginning in box 29 contains material originally contained on a flash drive. The material from the flash drive have been printed out and arranged in their original order of the flash drive. The flash drive is also available in box 30, folder 8.

Collection Historical Note

Organized mainly by faculty and graduates of Rockford College, the Rockford Branch of AAUW originated in 1929.  Since its inception the Branch has focused its efforts on such issues as education, international relations, culture/art, social welfare, government and equity activities.  In support of their causes the members have hosted a variety of fundraisers including teas, used book sales, cookbook sales, book reviews and dances. 

From the beginning, members have been active in promoting educational opportunities for women.  The Branch has supported a variety of local school referenda, and has been involved with SOURCE (Service of Uncovering Resources in the Community for Education) since its inception in 1970.  The organization has developed various scholarship funds and in 1983 established the Mildred F. Berry Research & Projects Endowment Fund which provides grants to AAUW members to pursue community action projects. That same year it hosted the first annual Women in History Contest for 5th- 8th graders.  AAUW has partnered the YWCA and League of Women Voters to offer classes on international relations and with Rock Valley College and others to produce the annual World Affairs Council conference which allowed two AAUW members to tour China. 

Culture, the Arts and Social Welfare are also on the list of interests of the AAUW, Rockford Branch.  The organization has a Cultural Interest Representative who has been involved with the Rockford Arts Council since the late 1960s.  Members of the AAUW and other groups have worked together to create, produced and direct a monthly, one hour public service broadcast, “Women Speak Out.”  The organization also hosts art walks, theater parties, panel discussions and its annual “Beattie Is” festival.  In furthering its interests in social welfare, the Branch hosted a series of money management courses for the disadvantaged, produced a booklet, “Let’s Talk Money,” and surveyed local nursery schools in an investigation of the need for care of children with working mothers. 

In additional to the organizations other interests, government and equity for women have always remained high on the list of priorities of the AAUW.  The members wrote and published “The ABC’s of Local Government,” supported the Bill for Federal School Aid, sponsored one of a series of debates between U.S. Senator Charles Percy and challenger Alex Seith, and hosted the 1979 Division Conference where Maureen Reagan and Judy Carter spoke as a protest to Illinois’ lack of ratification of the Equal Rights Act.  In 1984 the Branch joined four other women’s organizations to form the Personal & Professional Power Coalition to educate area women on the topic of power.  The branch also co-sponsored the Career Carousel to explore non-traditional career options for women.

Subject/Index Terms

American Association of University Women
American Association of University Women, Rockford
Rockford (Ill.)
Universities and colleges
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addenda to the collection were added at later dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: AAUW, Rockford Branch President, Sheryl Almquist

Acquisition Method: The records of the American Association of University Women, Rockford Branch, were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by AAUW, Rockford Branch President, Sheryl Almquist, on November 28, 2000.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Rockford Branch],
[Series II.: State],
[Series III.: National],
[Series IV.: International],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[Addendum 5],
[Addendum 6],
[Addendum 7],

Addendum 5
Series I.: Rockford Branch Activities
Box 22
Folder 1: Board Meeting Minutes, May 2003-August 2006
Folder 2: Officer Position Descriptions, 2003-2004
Folder 3: American Association of Univeristy Women (AAUW) Directory, 1997-1999, 2002-2003, 2004-2007
Folder 4: Interest Groups and Clubs, 2002-2004
Folder 5: Award Certificates, 2007
Folder 6: Notebook, July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998, Luncheon Events, 1997-1999, Photographs (8), 1998
Folder 7: Notebook, July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999, Women's History Month Events, 1983, 1992, 1998-1999, 2008
Folder 8-12: Notebook, July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000, Programming and Program Flyers; Women in My History Program Photographs (12); Members Meeting with Lynn Martin Photographs, (5); Event Photographs, (10), 1997-2004; 2002; 2000; 2000-2004
Folder 13: Notebook, July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005, Programming and Programs, 2003-2005
Folder 14: Notebook:  Annual Meeting, 2002-2005
Folder 15: Notebook: What's At Stake for Women in 2003, Legislative Information Packet, April 9, 2003
Folder 16: Notebook: Affiliates Agreement, 2004
Folder 17: Notebook: Fund-raising Materials,;  Public Policy  Program, 2002-2004; 2003
Folder 18: Notebook: Fund-raising Committee, 2003
Folder 19: Notebook: Fund-raising Materials, 2004-2005
Box 23
Folder 1: Notebook, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006, Calendar of Events; Conference Programs; Initiative, 2005-2006; 2006; 2005- 2006
Folder 2: Notebook, July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, Newspaper Clippings; Event Flyers; Convention Program; Public Policy Projects, 2006-2007; 2006-2007; 2007; 2006
Folder 3: Notebook: Initiative, 2003-2004; President's Message; 75th Anniversary Celebration; Recognition Program, 2003-2004; 2005-2006
Folder 4: Notebook: LAF Newsletter; Initiative, 2006; 2004-2008
Folder 5: Notebook, July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, Newspaper Clippings; "Highlights of the First 25 Years, 1930- 1955;" Anecdotal Experiences [sic], 2007; no date
Folder 6: Janet Grey Fund-raising Chair Notebook, 2003-2004
Folder 7: Fund-raising Ideas, 1978-2004
Folder 8-9: Program Year Notebook, 2002-2003
Folder 10: Pollution/Ecology Programs, 1969
Folder 11: Reviving the Dead Ladies: A Skit Revisiting the First Women's Rights Convention of 1850 Event, August 26, 2003
Folder 12: In Celebration of Jane Addams Holiday Luncheon, 2007
Folder 13: Women In My History Contest, Photographs (4), 2004, 2008
Folder 14: Woman 2 Woman Summit Materials, 2001-2004
Box 24
Folder 1: No Child Left Behind Materials, 2004
Folder 2: Voter Guide Materials, 1997-2005
Folder 3: Scrapbook, 1930-1932
Folder 4: Scrapbook,- (photocopies), 1930-1932
Folder 5: Scrapbook, Volume I, 1935-1936
Folder 6: Scrapbook, Volume I (photocopies), 1935-1936
Folder 7: Scrapbook, Volume II, 1937
Folder 8: Scrapbook, Volume II (photocopies), 1937
Folder 9: Scrapbook, Volume III, 1937-1940
Box 25
Folder 1: Scrapbook, Volume III (photocopies), 1937-1940
Folder 2: Scrapbook, 1940-1941
Folder 3: Scrapbook (photocopies), 1940-1941
Folder 4: Scrapbook, Recent Graduates (photocopies), 1957-1963
Folder 5-6: Scrapbook, History, 1929-1964
Folder 7: Scrapbook, History  (photocopies), 1929-1964
Folder 8: Scrapbook, 1964-1970
Volume 6: Scrapbook, Recent Graduates (1 volume), 1957-1963
Box 26
Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1964-1970
Folder 2: Scrapbook (photocopies), 1964-1970
Folder 3: Scrapbook, News and Notes (56); Photographs, 1970; no date
Folder 4-6: Scrapbook, 1970-1972
Folder 7: Scrapbook (photocopies), 1970-1972
Box 27
Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1975-1976; 1976-1977
Folder 2: Scrapbook (photocopies), 1975-1976, 1976-1977
Folder 3: Scrapbook, 1980
Folder 4: Scrapbook (photocopies); Proclamation, 1980; 1980

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Rockford Branch],
[Series II.: State],
[Series III.: National],
[Series IV.: International],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[Addendum 5],
[Addendum 6],
[Addendum 7],

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