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Identifier: MC 673

American Association of University Women. New Jersey Division Records

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1928-1985

Scope and Content Note

The non-current records of the American Association of University Women, New Jersey Division, Inc. (1), were donated to the Special Collections and Archives unit of the Rutgers University Libraries In late 1983 by action of the Division's Executive Committee, The records date from 1928 to 1984, although bulk of the documentation falls between 1929 and 1976, Earlier records, from the 1927-1929 term of the Division's first president, are not included. Later records, after Spring 1976, remain with the organization except for a few documents represented at Rutgers by duplicate copies.

The records of the New Jersey Division reflect the American Association of University Women's primary goal, which has always been to promote education at the local, national and International levels, particularly with regard to the concerns of women and children. When the needs of the time beckoned, the New Jersey AAUW concentrated Its efforts in other areas as well. For example, the earlier Division presidents participated in a women's peace movement, the National Committee for the Cause and Cure of War. In addition: during the Depression, the New Jersey Division participated In relief organizations; during the World War II, It became active In consumer affairs, national defense and Issues relating to women in Industry; and In the 1960s and 1970s, It formed study groups concerned with a safe environment.

For the earlier years of the organization, a fuller delineation of Its activities Is available In A Short History of the New Jersey State Division of the American Association of University Women, 1927-1952 written by Marlon Lukens. (A copy is Included In the collection in the President's GENERAL FILE of Jean Prochazka, who served from 1950 to 1952; another copy is available In the New Jersey Reference Collection In Special Collections and Archives.)

Of Rutgers University interest is the fact that the New Jersey Division has had strong ties to Douglass College (formerly the New Jersey College for Women). For example, many of the Division's board meetings, conferences and other events were held on the University's New Brunswick campuses. In addition, Dr. Anna Starr, a faculty member and (at the time) Assistant Director of the Rutgers Psychological and Mental Clinic, served as the New Jersey Division's president from 1935 to 1937, She led an active campaign to Improve child welfare conditions in the state.

On a broader level, the New Jersey Division AAUW records are significant because they provide insight into how college-educated women viewed themselves during a period of increasingly rapid social change. These perceptions are reflected in the topics and causes selected for study and support by AAUW members over the years. Of particular note is the existence and activity of a standing committee to study the economic and legal status of women which was formed in 1942.

Notes

(1) The New Jersey Division's formal name, used until the 1970s, was the New Jersey State Division of the American Association of University Women (sometimes given as the American Association of University Women, New Jersey State Division).

Extent

5.7 Cubic Feet (18 boxes)

Physical Location

No restrictions

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence with branch presidents and national headquarters, constitutions, bylaws, agenda and minutes of board of directors, annual reports, budgets, resolutions, bulletins, clippings, photos, and printed matter. Most of the records are contained in notebooks covering two year presidential terms.

Arrangement Note

The records of the American Association of University Women, New Jersey Division (Accession 3231), were received from the organization in the form of several boxes of loose-leaf notebooks, as kept by each president from the 1929-1931 term (the second president) to the 1974-1976 term, supplemented by miscellaneous by-laws, directories and annual reports dated after June 1976. The records arrived in their original binders, with each president represented by l to 3 volumes. When received, the size of the collection was approximately 7 cubic feet, since reduced (by foldering the documents and discarding the binders) to 5.7 feet.

The records received were of three types: 1) those which directly pertained to the president's activities in office: 2) those which pertained to the organization as a whole; and 3) those which recorded the activities of the board of directors. All documents of the first type are included in the subgroup for the president, organized into three series: the ANNUAL REPORTS TO HEADQUARTERS, an ANNUAL MEETINGS FILE, and a GENERAL FILE. Documents of the second type fall into several series: BY-LAWS, ANNUAL REPORTS, DIRECTORIES, NEWSLETTERS, and BRANCH PRESIDENT AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT CHAIRMEN'S REPORTS. The third type is comprised of the MINUTES AND AGENDAS in the board of directors subgroup.

The president's GENERAL FILE is where most of the adjustments to the pre-existing arrangement have been made. In general, much of the documentation (by-laws~minutes and agendas) which now forms the collection's other series was kept at the front of the notebooks, followed usually by committee-related material, behind which came the remainder (materials relating to conferences, cooperating associations, projects, etc.). Approximately one-third of the notebooks, however, employed no dividers or headings and those that did often used differing terminology, sometimes at different levels of specificity. For these reasons, certain of the headings in the president's GENERAL FILE have been assigned, standardized or subdivided by the processor of the collection in order to facilitate access to the documents.

Folder headings (the equivalent of the notebook tabs) which have been assigned are enclosed in brackets on the folders (but not in the container list). A heading was assigned only when no heading existed, when a tab was missing from the notebook, when an entire divider appeared to be missing or when the material in the folder was found in another section of the notebook. The assigned headings are based on headings used in other notebooks, on titles of documents in the folder, or on other references elsewhere in the collection (e.g., a contents list or directory).

Standardized headings were used in the president's GENERAL FILE in three instances: 1) "Cooperating Groups" is used to replace several headings with similar meanings. This heading also is used when there are a large number of such groups and the folders for them would not otherwise be adjacent because their existing headings fell in different parts of the alphabet; 2) "Branch President and Board" is always used to designate the mimeographed letters which the president sent to branch presidents and committee chairmen, as this heading is the one which was most frequently used for this purpose by the presidents themselves; and 3) headings for AAUW conferences, workshops and seminars have been limited to: area conferences, creative arts festival, national convention, regional conferences, state presidents conference, state-wide conferences, and workshops and seminars. For standardized headings, the original term used in the notebook has either been written on the front of the folder or it remains as part of the heading, but with one or more added words appearing in brackets.

General

(1) The New Jersey Division's formal name, used until the 1970s, was the New Jersey State Division of the American Association of University Women (sometimes given as the American Association of University Women, New Jersey State Division).

General

(1) The New Jersey Division's formal name, used until the 1970s, was the New Jersey State Division of the American Association of University Women (sometimes given as the American Association of University Women, New Jersey State Division).

Title
Inventory to the American Association of University Women. New Jersey Division Records
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Stacey Roth
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Sponsor
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.