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Collection Overview

Title: American Association for University Women Records (DeKalb), 1934-1996

ID: RHC/RC/056

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1965. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: AAUW, American Association of University Women, Societies-- DeKalb, Universities and colleges, Women--Societies and clubs.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The DeKalb Branch of the American Association of University Women is divided into three series: DeKalb Branch, Illinois AAUW, and National AAUW.  The first series partially documents the history of the DeKalb Branch from 1939 to 1996 with the majority of the records dating from 1960 to 1996.  The first nine years of the organization’s existence (1930-1939) are not documented.  The records consist of bylaws, minutes, newsletters, yearbooks, membership information,  treasurer’s reports, and scrapbooks.

The second and third series partially documents the activities of the State and National AAUW.  The series’ consist of directories, publications, and convention information.  Of special interest are the two AAUW buttons and the three VHS videotapes produced by the National AAUW.

Collection Historical Note

Mrs. Karl Adams organized the DeKalb Branch of the American Association of University Women on March 20, 1930.  Forty-five women attended the first meeting.  The purpose of the organization was to develop opportunities for higher education for women and to create and maintain high standards in those institutions admitting women students.  Membership to the organization is limited to alumnae of colleges and universities which have been accredited by the national association.  The organization’s membership increased progressively over the years with the largest increase in 1939 when the Northern Illinois State Teachers College was accredited.

Throughout it’s history, the DeKalb AAUW sponsored benefit recitals, international fairs, and other fund-raising programs to support educational fellowships for young women of the community.  The organization had informative programs presented by professors, club members, and community professionals at their monthly meetings.  Within the organization, various sub-groups were formed including arts, education, social studies, international relations, and status of women to familiarize members with different facets of social concerns.

At the April 27, 1996 meeting the board of directors was unable to identify a slate of elected and appointed officers to perform the duties as prescribed by the branch bylaws for the next two year term.  Given that the branch was unable to continue to function, a motion was made and seconded that the board of directors meet prior to June 30, 1996 to plan the orderly dissolution of the branch, in accordance with branch and AAUW-Illinois, Inc. bylaws.  A vote was taken and the motion passed, unanimously.

On May 16, 1996, the board members met to discuss arrangements for dissolution.  The alternative of functioning as a satellite of the Rockford or the St. Charles-Geneva branch was discussed and rejected.  The board informed all members of their option to continue as AAUW members-at-large, and the procedures and costs for doing so.  All branch assets and properties remaining after payment of all costs and expenses were turned over to the AAUW Educational Foundation, in compliance with AAUW-Illinois, Inc. bylaws.  The final meeting of the members was held on June 22, 1996 at the home of Ruth Briles.

Subject/Index Terms

AAUW
American Association of University Women
Societies-- DeKalb
Universities and colleges
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addenda 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: various individuals and Katherine Walker

Acquisition Method: The records of the American Association of University Women, DeKalb Branch, came to the Northern Illinois University Archives from various individuals and Katherine Walker from 1965-1977.  In July 1978, these materials were transferred to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: DeKalb Branch],
[Series II: Illinois AAUW],
[Series III.: National AAUW],
[All]

Series I: DeKalb Branch
Box 1
Folder 1: Bylaws, 1958-1993
Folder 2-3: Branch Report, 1951-1990
Folder 4: Discontinuance of the DeKalb County Branch, 1996
Folder 5: Agendas, August 11, 1987-April 23, 1991
Folder 6-10: Minutes, 1930-1960
Box 2
Folder 1-5: Minutes, 1961-1996
Folder 6: Board Meetings, 1990-1991
Folder 1-8: Newsletters, 1960-1978
Box 3
Folder 1-2: Newsletters, 1983-1996
Folder 3-6: Yearbooks, 1932-1995
Box 4
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1978-1996
Folder 2: Membership Directory, 1974-1975
Folder 3-6: Membership Record Cards
Folder 7: Membership, Branch Dues Report, 1970, 1971-1995,1996
Box 5
Folder 1: Membership Dues Payment Forms, August 1981-June 1995
Folder 2: Membership Lists and Dues, 1979-1996
Folder 3-4: Treasurer's Reports, 1965-1996
Folder 5: Budgets, 1966-1990
Folder 6: Treasurer's Correspondence, 1982-1996
Folder 7: Branch Treasurer's Instructions, 1982-1984
Folder 8: Project Reports, 1968-1984
Folder 9: Diary of Financial Items, 1982-1983
Folder 10: Questionnaire, no date
Folder 11: Cash Journals, 1971-1973; 1979-1982
Folder 12: Account Book, 1967-1993
Folder 13: Check Registers, 1978-1996
Folder 14: Savings Books, 1970-1985
Folder 15: Income Tax Returns, 1968-1973, 1984
Folder 16: Investments, 1953-1967
Folder 17: Insurance, 1974-1986
Folder 18: Educational Foundation, 1967-1994
Folder 19: Fenwick Memorial Fund, 1973-1990
Box 6
Folder 1: Fundraisers, 1973-1988
Folder 2: Legal Advocacy Fund, 1989-1991
Folder 3: Benefit Programs, 1964-1973
Folder 4: Meeting Announcements and Promotional Materials, 1971-1977
Folder 5: Programs, 1980-1993
Folder 6: United States/China Joint Conference on Women's Issues, August 24-September 2, 1995
Folder 7: AAUW Branches by Size, 1991-1994
Folder 8: Handbook for Branch Presidents, April 1989
Folder 9-10: Branch Presidents, 1983-1996
Folder 11: Certificates, 1978-1995
Folder 12: Photograph: Ann Rapp Writing History of DeKalb AAUW (1), May 1994
Box 7
Volume  1-5: Scrapbooks (5 volumes), 1939-1945

Browse by Series:

[Series I: DeKalb Branch],
[Series II: Illinois AAUW],
[Series III.: National AAUW],
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