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Western Association of Women Historians records: additions, 1972-2012
MSS 2012/04  
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  • Preferred Citation note
  • Processed by:
  • History of Organization
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Arrangement note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Western Association of Women Historians records: additions
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 2012/04
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 10.67 Linear feet (7 record cartons, 1 card file box, and 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1972-2012

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 2012/04, Western Association of Women Historians Records: Additions, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.

    Processed by:

    Ashley Franklin.

    History of Organization

    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.
    This collection also features a sub-series on Dr. Frances Richardson Keller who was actively involved in multiple historical organizations in addition to WAWH. Dr. Keller received her PhD from the University of Chicago focusing on Women in American History. While teaching at San Jose State University, Dr. Keller held multiple organizational positions throughout her career such as served as President of WAWH from 1981-1983 and President of CCWHP during the mid 1980s.
    1. http://www.wawh.org 2. Renner, M. ed. (1994) Histories of the Western Association of Women Historians 1969-1994. WAHA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Deed of Gift between California State University, Sacramento Library and WAWH was signed August 17, 2005. Transfers of additional records will be made annually by the organization.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research.

    Arrangement note

    This collection is arranged into 7 series.

    Scope and Contents note

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chaudhuri, Nupur
    Essington, Amy
    Keller, Frances, Dr. -- History
    Offen, Karen
    Renner, Margueerite
    Western Association of Women Historians.
    American Historical Association
    Coordination Council of Women in the Historical Profession
    History Organizations
    Institute for Historical Study
    National Women's Studies
    United States Senators
    Women historians.
    Women's Heritage Museum