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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.


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


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

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 file level, Fall 2017. The collection is arranged into three series, Manuscript materials, Audiovisual and Scrapbooks and Artifacts.
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
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)