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Washington Area Women's Center records

 Collection
Identifier: MS2344

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains newsletters, correspondence, posters, audio recordings, fliers, programs, meeting minutes, local organization files, reprints, photographs, and handwritten data related to the work performed at the Washington Area Women's Center. The records date from 1868 through 1989 with the bulk of the records falling between 1968-1984.

Dates

  • 1966-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Washington Area Women’s Center developed naturally from the high level of activism in the Washington area related to feminism and women’s rights taking place. Specifically two parallel movements led directly to its formation. First, the Magic Quilt was a coalition of projects and discussion groups. Second, the Women’s Liberation Office, an activist group, rented space that it used for meetings, abortion counseling, a telephone hotline, and an information center. The Women’s Liberation Office held a retreat at which the idea was born to form a center for women. In 1972, the Washington Area Women’s Center formed as a non-profit. Over the years several different management models were attempted including a coordinating council of representatives from different project groups, followed by an elected five-member executive board and finally the group had a core group collective composed of WAWC members who volunteer their time either at the Center or on Center projects. During its time from 1972 through the late 1980s, the Washington Area Women’s Center served both as a space where women could explore aspects of feminism and work on projects dedicated to furthering feminist theory and also practical work to serve as a clearinghouse of advisors and information to help women in the Metropolitan Area explore all options related to changing their lives and asserting their rights.

In 1979 the Washington Area Women’s Center formed an archives with an understanding that this material would prove extremely useful for the community and protect its history. In 2015 this archives became part of the GW Special Collection Research Center.

Extent

30 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

During its time from 1972 through the late 1980s, the Washington Area Women’s Center served both as a space where women could explore aspects of feminism and work on projects dedicated to furthering feminist theory and also practical work to serve as a clearinghouse of advisors and information to help women in the Metropolitan Area explore all options related to changing their lives and asserting their rights. This collection contains newsletters, correspondence, posters, audio recordings, fliers, programs, meeting minutes, local organization files, reprints, photographs, and handwritten data related to the work performed at the Washington Area Women's Center. The records date from 1868 through 1989 with the bulk of the records falling between 1968-1984.

Arrangement

Organized into 9 series: WAWC records, Organizations, Newsletters, Subject files, Reprints, Audiotapes, T-shirts, Graphics, and Unsorted documents.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Judith Schwarz, 2015 September 9, (2015.049)

Processing Information note

approximately 90% of the collection was processed when donated and had been separated into series. The donor provided a spreadsheet for each series that listed the folders found within. These spreadsheets were imported into Archivists' Toolkit and are represented in original order in this finding aid. The final series titled Unsorted documents came unprocessed. At this time only a cursory division into manageable folders with minimal refolder has been done. The folder titles are broadly reflective of the folder contents. It is likely duplication exists both among mateiral in this series and with material found in other series. This final series which represents 8.5 linear feet will take longer to use, but may hold some data relevent to a researcher topic.
Title
Guide to the Washington Area Women's Center records, 1868-1989
Status
Partially Processed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America