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Georgia Association for Women Lawyers records

Identifier: W151

Scope and Contents of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) records, 1916-2016, consists of the organization's bylaws, annual reports, board minutes, certificates, correspondence and membership directories. Booklets, invitations and other programing materials represent GAWL's many activities such as retreats, luncheons, annual dinner and art auction. Eight scrapbooks illustrate the history of the organization extensively.


  • Creation: 1916-2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1987 - 2016


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 Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) was founded by Mrs. Minnie Hale Daniel officially in 1928 as a non-profit corporation to serve women in the legal profession. She was the first woman in Georgia to receive a law degree and the first of three women to be admitted to the State Bar.

The mission the organization has always been to enhance the welfare and development of women lawyers and to support their interests, with a vision of being the "go-to" organization for women lawyers. GAWL is a statewide organization with chapters throughout Georgia. The organization actively seeks input from chapter members in creating policies, planning of events and as a valuable resource for the growth and representation of women lawyers in Georgia. It is a strong, bipartisan voice on issues such as the judicial nominating process, legislative affairs and work-life balance. GAWL seeks to enhance the education, training, and sponsorship of women lawyers through mentorship and other programing so as to assist them in finding their rightful place as leaders in Georgia. Signature events include the Annual Dinner, the Leadership Academy, and the Annual Art Auction. GAWL has played a strong and decisive role in the evolution of not only the role of Georgia's women lawyers, but in the legal history of Georgia as well.

Today, GAWL has chapters in Blue Ridge, Columbus, Douglas-Paulding, at the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Gwinnett, and Savannah.


14.25 Linear Feet (in 7 boxes and 6 oversize containers)

Language of Materials



The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) is a nonprofit corporation serving to support the diverse interests and needs of women lawyers in Georgia. The collection consists of administrative files, programs, scrapbooks, and audiovisual materials ranging from 1916-2016.


The records are arranged into three series, Manuscript materials, Audiovisual and Scrapbooks and Artifacts.

Online Access

Scrapbooks have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Caitlin Harris and Hilary Morrish at the item level, Fall 2017.

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers:
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
November 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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