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Western Association of Women Historians records: additions, 1972-2012
MSS 2012/04  
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Description
WAHA has amassed a collection of minutes of Executive Board meetings and Business meetings, written and electronic communications of Executive Board Committee members, communications of Award and Prize Committee members, program reports, programs of Annual Conferences, newsletters, reels, and artifacts related to the organization. Given the duration of the organizations’ history some communications are missing. Some of the correspondence includes that of past WAWH presidents: Barbara Kanner, Karen Offen, Marguerite Renner, and Nupur Chaudhuri. There are multiple copies of some materials. Updates to the collection will be submitted to CSUS Special Collections and University Archives annually.
Background
The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) is an organization of women historians and independent scholars founded in 1969 to "promote the interests of women historians both in academic settings and in the field of history generally." The organization was founded by academic historians Grace Larsen (President, 1969) and Linda Kerber (Secretary, 1969.) Known as the West Coast History Association from 1969-1972, the organization brought together women historians in colleges and universities to share scholarship and develop professional networking in a casual environment. The organization changed its name in 1972 to the West Coast Association of Women Historians (WCAWH). And in 1980 the organization became the Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH.) Drawing scholars from the Western states, the WAWH is the largest of the regional women's historical associations in the U.S. In addition to academic historians, WAWH also welcomes literary scholars, art, theater, and film specialists. Along with promoting scholarship and networking of women historians, WAHA activities include improving employment and scholarly opportunities for women historians, enhancing the study of women in mainstream history, and exploring new teaching skills.
Extent
10.67 Linear feet (7 record cartons, 1 card file box, and 1 oversize box)
Restrictions
Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
Collection is open for research.