Inventory of the Berkeley-Albany Church Women United

David Stiver
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
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Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Berkeley-Albany Church Women United

Collection number: GTU 91-8-03

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
David Stiver
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
David Stiver
© 2008 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Berkeley-Albany Church Women United
Dates: 1933-2001
Collection number: GTU 91-8-03
Creator: Berkeley-Albany Church Women United
Collector: Lew, Evelyn C.
Collection Size: 2 linear feet (2 archives boxes and 2 folios)
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: This collection contains organization records of the Berkeley-Albany Church Women United: scrapbooks and folders with newspaper clippings, minutes, bulletins, reports, fliers and other indications of activities.
Physical location: 1/D/2
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Berkeley-Albany Church Women United, GTU 91-8-03. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

Evelyn C. Lew, historian of Berkeley-Albany Church Women United, donated materials in 1991 and 2001.

Biography / Administrative History

Berkeley-Albany Church Women United served as an ecumenical community of Christian women to help resolve social and ethnic issues in Berkeley, Albany and the Bay Area. The organization facilitated local observance of three annual international worship services: World Day of Prayer, May Fellowship Day, and World Community Day.
The Berkeley-Albany organization traces its roots to local mission activities by women in the early 1900s. The first formal name is recorded in 1911 as Council of Women for Home Missions. In 1929, the group became the Berkeley Council of Church Women, part of a national organization. In 1941, this group merged with several other national interdenominational organizations, becoming United Council of Church Women (UCCW). From 1950 to 1966, the organization became United Church Women (UCW), part of the National Council of Churches of Christ.
In 1966, the national organization became Church Women United (CWU). The CWU became self-governing and unrelated to any denomination or movement. This enabled CWU to expand its membership to include participation from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and other Christian women. While the national organization is still active, there is no record of local organization activity after 2005.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of scrapbooks and folders with newspaper clippings, minutes, bulletins, reports, flyers and other indications of activities. One folio is a scrapbook with newspaper clippings from 1967-1977. The other folio is a scrapbook with newspaper clipping and related materials from 1968-1969. The scrapbooks contain records in multiple formats in chronological order, per the recommendation of the national organization to local group historians.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Church Women United (Berkeley-Albany, California).
Women in church work--Berkeley.
Women in church work--Albany.
Berkeley (Calif.)--Church history.
Albany (Calif.)--Church history.
Berkeley (Calif.)--Social conditions.
Albany (Calif.)--Social conditions.
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--Ethnic relations.


Shannon, Margaret. Just because : the story of the national movement of Church Women United in the U.S.A., 1941 through 1975 (Corte Madera, Calif. : Omega Books, 1977).

Other Finding Aids

The archives of the national and some local organizations of CWU are managed by the Archives of the United Methodist Church, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. Their catalog does not list any materials from California.

Separated Material

Four duplicate issues of The Church Women from 1982 and 1983 were discarded.

Collection Contents

Box 1 - 2

Administration and Organizational Records 1933-2001

Physical Description: 38 folders
box 1, folder 1

Bylaws 1948-1994

box 1, folder 2-3

Secretary's book 1933-1961

box 1, folder 4-7

Scrapbook 1946-1957

box 1, folder 8

Reports on Public School Curriculum and other issues 1957-1962

box 1, folder 9-10

Scrapbook 1961-1963

box 1, folder 11

Activities 1962-1963

box 1, folder 12-14

Scrapbook 1964-1965

box 1, folder 15-16

Scrapbook 1966-1967

box 1, folder 17

Activities, flyers 1976-1979

box 1, folder 18-19

Urban Causeway 1979

box 1, folder 20

Citizen Action Notes and flyers 1979-2000

box 1, folder 21

Press Releases 1979-1983

box 2, folder 1

Activities and reports 1980-1984

box 2, folder 2

Workbooks and histories 1980-1984

box 2, folder 3

Memorials for members 1980-2000

box 2, folder 4

Scrapbook for 40th anniversary 1981

box 2, folder 5

Minutes 1991-2001

box 2, folder 6

Responses to Letters regarding Rodney King, 1992 1992

box 2, folder 7

Photos of members 1996-1999

box 2, folder 8

First annual retreat 6-Oct-00

box 2, folder 9

Directories 1960-1968

box 2, folder 10

Directories 1974-1985

box 2, folder 11

Directories 1986-2001

box 2, folder 12

Booklet of Meditations 1970-1971

box 2, folder 13

Newsletters 1983-1993

box 2, folder 14

Newsletters 1993-2001

box 2, folder 15

Celebrations 1977-1991

box 2, folder 16

Celebrations 1992-1996

box 2, folder 17

Celebrations 1997-2001

Folio 1 - 2

Bound Scrapbooks 1933-2001

Physical Description: 2 folios
Folio 1

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1968-1977

Folio 2

Scrapbook 1968-1969