Guide to the Associated Women Students (AWS) Collection

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Guide to the Associated Women Students (AWS) Collection 1936/1977

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Associated Women Students (AWS) Collection
Dates: 1936-1977
Bulk Dates: 1961-1973
Identification: MS-0449
Creator: Associated Women Students
Physical Description: 0.92 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Historical Note:

San Diego State Teacher's College established the Associated Women Students (AWS) in May of 1922, after three students attended the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students by invitation the previous March. The organization's original goals included promoting education among women, organizing women on campus, and educating the public on women's suffrage rights. AWS's goals changed numerous times throughout its existence, to those aimed at promoting "friendship and cooperation among members" and participating "in matters of student interest," in the 1950s, to acting as a "coordinating force for the women students of San Diego State," providing leadership for all women on campus, and promoting growth in cultural, social, service, and educational areas by the early 1970s. AWS accomplished its goals through a series of special events, awards, lecture series, and other activities for campus women. Members included all registered women students at San Diego State.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

San Diego State University -- Students
San Diego State University. Associated Women Students.

Genre/Form of Material:

Organizational Records

Administrative Information

Custodial History:

Some materials in this collection were separated from the Associated Students Records (MS-0380), and others are from private donations.



Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Associated Womens Students Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Associated Women Students Collection documents the growth and development of AWS at San Diego State, as well as many of the activities and lectures it organized on campus.  Also documented are some of the controversies involving women on campus in the early 1970s.  The collection includes two scrapbooks, correspondence, meeting minutes, flyers, and budget information, as well as copies of the ever-changing AWS constitution.
The scrapbooks in the collection date from 1965-1967 and from 1937-1965.  The 1965-67 scrapbook includes photographs of AWS Council representatives, documentation of the State AWS Convention, press clippings on annual elections, lectures, AWS's organization of All-Women's Week, its role in Freshman Orientation, the AWS Retreat, and issues of the AWS Newsletter.  The 1937-65 scrapbook includes copies of the AWS Handbook, the AWS Forecast newsletter, photographs of officers, and press clippings on AWS-sponsored events across campus, including the Frosh Orientation Party, the Femme Fashion Show, the Best-Dressed Co-Ed competition, Catch-a-Man Week, the annual award for AWS Woman of Achievement, AWS Week, and John F. Kennedy's visit to campus in 1963.  The majority of this book documents 1961-1965, with a few scattered materials at the back dating from 1937 to the 1960s.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Constitution / Codes 1954-1970

Box 1, Folder 2

Judiciary Procedures 1969-1970

Box 1, Folder 3

Finance Board 1972-1973

Box 1, Folder 4

Budget 1958, 1972-1973

Box 1, Folder 5

Minutes 1957-1959, 1971-1973

Box 1, Folder 6

Handbooks, "Privileges & Regulations" ca. 1960-1967

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, Memoranda, Event Info and Flyers 1936-1977

Box 2

Associated Women Students Scrapbook 1965-1967

Box 3

Associated Women Students Scrapbook 1937-1965