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The Finding Aid of the Associated Women for Pepperdine Records 0045
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Processing Information note
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Associated Women for Pepperdine Records
    Identifier/Call Number: 0045
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 37.04 linear feet (35 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1958-2011
    Abstract: The Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) was started in 1958 by Helen Young and a group of women united in their belief of the importance of Christian education. AWP members conduct fundraising events such as dinners, auctions, and bake sales each year in order to provide students with scholarships to attend Pepperdine University. The group has grown to include thousands of members and has contributed over $4 million to the University. The collection spans from 1958 to 2011 and includes administrative files, scrapbooks, and photo albums.
    Creator: Associated Women for Pepperdine.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Associated Women for Pepperdine Records, Collection no. 0045, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The records have been transferred to Special Collections and University Archives by AWP officers in several installments over a number of years.

    Historical note

    In the spring of 1958, Helen Young gathered together a group of women including Gloria Sanders, Helen Pepperdine, Thelma Allen, Margaret Davidson, Elizabeth Randolph, and Betty Shipp to form a steering committee that would lay the foundation for a women's group at Pepperdine College. Helen had been encouraged to do so by her mother, Irene Young Mattox, and her husband, M. Norvel Young, then president of Pepperdine. That spring, the steering committee spent many hours planning for what would become the Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP).
    The first AWP meeting was held on June 8, 1958. That day, more than 300 Christian women from churches all over Southern California met for brunch in the garden of the president’s home on the George Pepperdine College campus in South Central Los Angeles. At the meeting, a nominating committee comprised of Laura Lee, Thelma Allen, Marilyn Shaner, Harriet Cope, and Gloria Sanders were selected. At the second meeting, which was held on August 1, 1958, at the president's home, the officers were elected. They included Helen Young as President, Elizabeth Randolph as 1st Vice President and Program Chairman, Evelyn Clark as 2nd Vice President and Ways and Means Chair, June Nichols as 3rd Vice President and Membership Chair, Lena Lochridge as 4th Vice President and Hospitality Chair, Betty Ross as Recording Secretary, Jane Jones as Corresponding Secretary, and Lynn Bruce as Treasurer. By the end of the first year, there were 750 members and 18 districts across Southern California. Within three years the membership numbered more than 2,000 women with 32 districts across the state.
    Since then, AWP has flourished. In 1999, AWP celebrated the $1 million milestone in raising funds for its endowment that began in 1977. That year, the Association decided to apply all future monies raised directly towards providing scholarships for active Church of Christ students and fostering the Christian spirit on campus, rather than towards funding special campus projects and furnishings as before.
    In 1975, the organization's founder and former president, Helen Young, said the following about the success of the association, There are three reasons why so many have dedicated so much of themselves to this good cause. First, AWP women love God and they want to encourage others to seek first His kingdom and righteousness. Secondly, AWP women love young people and want them to have the best training possible that they may be of service to God and man. Thirdly, AWP women love each other and have found great warmth and meaning in fellowship together.
    AWP has striven to cooperate with Pepperdine in supporting the basic aims and ideals of Christian education. They have also worked to strengthen Pepperdine by investing in its work and improvement of its facilities, assisting in recruiting top-ranked students who will best thrive in Pepperdine's atmosphere of service, and fostering friendships among women interested in the development of spiritual values in education. As of 2012, AWP has given more than $4 million and has dedicated thousands of hours of service towards strengthening Christian education.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the Associated Women for Pepperdine span from the organization's beginning in June 1958 to 2011. The collection consists of the official records of the association as well as other documents pertaining to its activities, including founding documents, meeting minutes, handbooks, correspondence, financial records, membership files, the organization's by-laws, documents regarding fundraising and commemorative events hosted by AWP, publicity about the association, information regarding members and scholarship recipients, documents from AWP's various districts, and other items including memorabilia, photo albums, and scrapbooks, which extensively document the association's history.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Katie Richardson, Catie Golitzin, and Jenna Fry in April, 2012. The finding aid was updated by Katie Richardson and Lindsey Gant in February, 2014.


    The collection is organized in the following series: 1. Administrative Files; 2. Programs, Publicity, and Outreach; 3. Other Districts; 4. Scrapbooks and Photo Albums; and 5. Memorabilia and Miscellaneous Items.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Associated Women for Pepperdine. -- History
    Pepperdine College. -- History
    Pepperdine University. -- History
    Young, Helen, 1918-
    Administrative records
    Agendas (administrative records)
    Bylaws (administrative records)
    Christian education
    Christian universities and colleges--United States--History
    Churches of Christ--History--20th century
    Financial records
    Fund raising
    Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Lectures and lecturing--California, Southern
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History
    Malibu (Calif.)--History
    Photograph albums
    Receipts (financial records)
    Universities and colleges--History
    Universities and colleges--United States--Records and correspondence
    Women--Societies and clubs