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Collection Number: 04152

Collection Title: Southern Association of Women Historians, 1971-2003

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Size 17,800 items (27.0 linear feet)
Abstract The Southern Association of Women Historians (SAWH) was founded in 1970 to promote the welfare of women historians in the South and to encourage the teaching of women's history in the South. The collection contains files of officers and committees of the Southern Association of Women Historians, including by-laws, conference materials, financial records, materials relating to surveys concerning the status of women historians in the South, materials relating to prizes given by the organization, and publications of the organization and of groups associated with it.
Creator Southern Association of Women Historians (U.S.).
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
To be used only with staff assistance.
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Southern Association of Women Historians #4152, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from the Southern Association of Women Historians beginning in the 1970s.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The Southern Association of Women Historians (Caucus of Women in History until 1976) was founded in 1970 at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Louisville, Ky., to study and advance the status of women at all levels of the historical profession; to oppose discrimination against women in the profession; to encourage the teaching of women's history, and to develop research in the field; and to disseminate information on research grants, fellowships, and other aids to professional advancement for women.

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Most of the items in these records are letters and Southern Association of Women Historians (SAWH) newsletters. The remaining papers are SAWH questionnaires and newsletters from other women's organizations. The earliest papers date from the founding of the organization. Topics include recruitment of women historians as members; finances; faculty and program committee appointments; conferences and workshops; women's history courses; affirmative action; and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Additional materials have been received, but not incorporated into the original organization of the collection. The folders in the beginning series are, therefore, numbered separately. Additions are arranged chronologically as received. Material contained in the additions is similar to that in the original deposit, with more material relating to executive council activities, finances, annual meetings, conferences, and prizes awarded by the organization.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1971-1979.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Principal correspondents are Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg and other officers of the SAWH. Letters focus on the efforts of the SAWH to create a network of women historians in the South. These letters discuss recruitment of members, identification of female history faculty, and collection of dues. They reveal efforts of the officers to use their network to promote the appointment of women to teaching and administrative positions by supplying the names of qualified women to university search committees. Similarly, the SAWH encouraged professional organizations to appoint women to program committees, to include sessions on women's history in their programs, and to accept papers submitted by women historians at conferences. Another important theme is the participation of the SAWH in conferences, workshops, and other activities of the historical profession. Mobilizing support for federal affirmative action and equal opportunity programs and for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is also a frequent subject.

Folder 1

1972-1974 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Folder 1

Folder 2

1975-1976 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Folder 2

Folder 3

1977 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Folder 3

Folder 4

1978 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Folder 4

Folder 5

1979 #04152, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1971-1979." Folder 5

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6 items.

Bylaws of the Southern Association of Women Historians, information about the founding of the organization, and membership forms.

Folder 1

Organizational materials #04152, Series: "2. Organizational Materials, 1971-1977." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980.

About 40 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

SAWH newsletters include information about the annual business meeting; election of officers; information about Southern Historical Association programs, particularly the presentation of papers; announcements of grants; programs sponsored by other national and regional women's organizations; and members' professional activities.

1971-1976 #04152, Series: "3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980." Folder 1

Folder 2

1977-1979 #04152, Series: "3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980." Folder 2

Folder 3

1980 #04152, Series: "3. SAWH Newsletters, 1971-1980." Folder 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Questionnaires, 1972, 1974.

About 40 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Questionnaires from surveys conducted in 1972 and 1974 and related material. The 1972 survey on the status of female college and university faculty includes instructions to surveyors in each southern state and completed questionnaires for North Carolina. Among other information, questionnaires indicate the number of male and female graduate students in the history department in each school that was surveyed. The 1974 survey of southern graduate history programs includes completed questionnaires for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a summary of the results for all programs surveyed.

Folder 1

Questionnaire, 1972 #04152, Series: "5. Questionnaires, 1972, 1974." Folder 1

Folder 2

Questionnaire, 1974 #04152, Series: "5. Questionnaires, 1972, 1974." Folder 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of February 1980, 1979-1980.

About 280 items.

Correspondence, newsletters and other items.

Box 2

Addition of February 1980 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of February 1980, 1979-1980." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of August 1982 (Acc. 82091), 1980-1982.

About 35 items.

Newsletters, pamphlets, and correspondence.

Box 2

Addition of August 1982 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of August 1982 (Acc. 82091), 1980-1982." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of January 1983 (Acc. 83024), 1980-1982.

About 150 items.

Files of the president and printed material with newsletters of allied historical organizations.

Box 2

Addition of January 1983 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of January 1983 (Acc. 83024), 1980-1982." Box 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of May 1984 (Acc. 84077), 1979-1984.

About 300 items.

Correspondence, bylaws, printed materials, and other items and office files.

Box 3

Addition of May 1984 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of May 1984 (Acc. 84077), 1979-1984." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of January 1989 (Acc. 89004), 1988.

4 items.

Printed materials, including brochures, programs, and a listing of manuscripts repositories that hold women's history materials.

Box 3

Addition of January 1989 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of January 1989 (Acc. 89004), 1988." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of March 1989 (Acc. 89017), 1986-1987.

About 300 items.

Presidential files of Joanne Hawks, including materials relating to bylaws, committee, the Executive Council, annual meetings, local arrangements, membershp lists, past presidents, Rose and Spruill prizes, and the Southern Conference on Women's History.

Box 3

Addition of March 1989 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of March 1989 (Acc. 89017), 1986-1987." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of August 1989 (Acc. 89095), 1984-1985.

About 15 items.

Papers and reports of the Executive Committee.

Box 3

Addition of August 1989 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of August 1989 (Acc. 89095), 1984-1985." Box 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of July 1990 (Acc. 90092), 1970s.

About 6,000 items.

Records chiefly about the activities of groups associated with the Southern Association of Women Historians or members of that organization. Included are items relating to the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession, the Southern Historical Association, the Charlotte chapter of the National Association for Women, and the Popular Culture Association.

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Box 4

Box 5

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Box 7

Box 8

Addition of July 1990 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of July 1990 (Acc. 90092), 1970s." Box 4-8

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of November 1990 (Acc. 90150), 1970s.

About 3,600 items.

General office files of the Southern Association of Women Historians, including conference materials, information on grants and contracts, and subject files relating to the activities of groups and individuals associated with the organization.

Box 9-11

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Addition of November 1990 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of November 1990 (Acc. 90150), 1970s." Box 9-11

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of June 1991 (Acc. 91101), 1978-1984.

About 50 items.

Materials relating to membership drives.

Box 12

Addition of June 1991 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of June 1991 (Acc. 91101), 1978-1984." Box 12

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of June 1995 (Acc. 95068), 1980s.

About 600 items.

Files generated as the result of the involvement of Judith F. Gentry, Department of History, University of Southwest Louisiana, with the Southern Association of Women Historians.

Box 12

Addition of June 1995 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of June 1995 (Acc. 95068), 1980s." Box 12

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of September 1995 (Acc. 95115), 1988-1993.

About 50 items.

Materials relating to the First Conference on Women's History, 1988, and to the Julia Cherry Spruill and Willie Lee Rose publication prizes.

Box 12

Addition of September 1995 #04152, Subseries: "Addition of September 1995 (Acc. 95115), 1988-1993." Box 12

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of October 1999 (Acc. 98489), 1985-1997.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of September 2001 (Acc. 99066), 1992-1996.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of March 2002 (Acc. 99194), 1995-2000.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Additions of June 2003 (Acc. 99549) and August 2003 (Acc. 99602), 1992-2003.

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Separated materials include oversize papers (OP-4152/1).

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Processing Information

The SAWH is an ongoing organization. Material is therefore periodically added to these records and full processing of this collection has been deferred pending expected additions.

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