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American Association of University Women, Atlanta Branch records

Identifier: W142

Scope and Contents of the Records

The American Association for University Women, Atlanta Branch records, 1939-2013, consist of branch and board agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, and officer position descriptions. The collection includes a history of the Branch, its charters and bylaws, the president’s annual reports, budgets, membership information, Branch diversity materials, year books, and awards and scholarships won or given by the Branch. Also documented are the Atlanta Branch’s organization and participation in programs and events such as the annual book fair, Sister-to-Sister Summit, voter education, Educational Information and Referral Service, Inc. (EIRS), Women-to-Women Summit, Community Action Fund, Educational Foundation (EF), Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF), Initiative for Educational Equality Project, and Tech Savvy Girls, as well as issues such as equality in education, reproductive rights, and public policy. The collection also includes printed material, photographs, newspaper clippings, video tapes, and scrapbooks.


  • Creation: 1939-2013


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of the American Association of University Women, Atlanta Branch

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881 as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 170,000 members in over 1,000 local branches, and over 800 college and university partners. AAUW members research and take positions on fundamental educational, social, economic and political issues. They also work to provide a voice and to empower girls and women. The Atlanta Branch, originally affiliated with the Southern Association of College Women (SACW), was established in 1905. SACW merged with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae in 1921 and the combined organization took the AAUW name. The Atlanta Branch has focused on projects promoting social welfare or education for women and girls.

Atlanta Branch members have regularly contributed to the AAUW Educational Foundation (EF), the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) and the funding of local scholarships. The Atlanta Branch accomplished the founding of the Educational Information and Referral Service, Inc. (EIRS), in 1978. This organization provided an independent, informal referral service to help adults seeking opportunities for post-secondary education in the metro area. It held its first Sister-to-Sister Summit for 47 middle-grades girls in 1999, where the girls had the opportunity to talk to each other about issues affecting their lives, as well as educational barriers that were not being adequately addressed by schools and adults. In 2002, the Branch also organized its first Woman-to-Woman Summit which focused on eldercare, childcare, healthcare, public policy, scams and safety, financial planning and social security. It was designed "to bring together a diverse group of women in the Atlanta area to discuss important issues of common interest." A book fair organized by the Atlanta Branch is an important annual fundraising event.


30.6 Linear Feet (in 24 boxes and 1 oversize box)

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong learning, and positive societal change. This collection consists of the history, office files, conference materials, meeting information, and outreach programs related to the Atlanta branch of the American Association of University Women, 1939-2013.


Arranged in 4 series: Administrative (8 subseries), Educational Information and Referral Service, Inc., Work Events, Audiovisual Materials and Scrapbooks.

Acquisition Information

Donated by American Association of University Women, Atlanta Branch, courtesy of Sarah Rondeau, September 2014; February 2015.

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library's Digital Collections, Archives for Research on Women and Gender page.

Online Access

The 4 scrapbooks listed in series 4 have been digitized. They are available in the Archives for Research on Women and Gender Collection in the Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Caitlin Harris, Fall 2015.

American Association of University Women, Atlanta Branch:
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Caitlin Harris
January 2016
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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