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Preliminary Guide to the Association for Women in Communications Records



Manuscript Collection No.: 4521
Creator: Association for Women in Communications , creator
Title: Association for Women in Communications records
Date Span: 1909-2009
Quantity: 41.06 cubic feet (41 boxes and 2 vertical files)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Historical Note

The Association for Women In Communications (AWC) began as Theta Sigma Phi, a journalism honorary society. Theta Sigma Phi was established on April 8, 1909 by female students, notably Georgina Davis, née MacDougall, in the Journalism program at the University of Washington. The purpose of Theta Sigma Phi was to bring together women in journalism, honor women who distinguished themselves in journalism, and raise standards and improve working conditions for women in the profession. The society soon grew into a national organization with strong roots in the Seattle and Washington State, where chapter officers served as national officers until 1934.

Theta Sigma Psi supported the Hospitalized Veterans Project, which began in the 1940's, through 1970. Veterans' writings were published in the periodical Veterans' Voice. Theta Sigma Psi also began publishing The Matrix, a periodical for Women Journalists, in 1915. The Matrix was replaced by PRO/COMM (later the Professional Communicator) in 1981.

In October 1972, the national society's name was officially changed to Women In Communications, Inc. (WICI), which reflected its changing role as less honorary society and more professional organization; in 1996, the name again changed to Association for Women in Communications. Originally focused on print and broadcast journalism, the AWC's scope has expanded to other media of communication, including graphic design, photography, public relations, advertising, marketing, and online media. The AWC is also known for granting Clarion and Headliner awards to professionals across these varied disciplines.

The Matrix Foundation was established as the educational affiliate of AWC circa 1998; it too grants several annual awards.

Arrangement

Arranged in three accessions:
Accession No. 4521-001, Women in Communications, inc. Records, 1911-1981
Accession No. 4521-002, Women in Communications, inc. Records, 1915-1996
Accession No. 4521-003, Association for Women in Communications Records, 1909-2009

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The creators' literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Processing Info

Minimally processed.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 4521-001
Women in Communications, inc. records, 1911-1981
26 cubic feet (26 boxes, including 53 microfilm reels)
Scope and Content
Correspondence, minutes, bylaws and ritual, annual meetings, chapter manuals, directories, lists, reports, financial records, project files, publicity, Matrix magazines, newsletters, records on 16mm negative microfilm.
Acquisition Info
Source: Anne Hecker, September 2005
Other Finding Aids
Inventory is available in the repository.

  
Accession No. 4521-002
Women in Communications, inc. records, 1915-1996
8 cubic feet (8 boxes, including 117 audio cassette tapes and 11 video cassette tapes)
Scope and Content
Historical features, bylaws and other organizational features, manual, handbook, minutes, financial records, reports, publications and newsletters, membership directories, Board rosters, committee lists, list of presidents, project files, surveys, clippings, audiotapes and videotapes.
Acquisition Info
Source: Anne Hecker, December 1996
Other Finding Aids
Inventory is available in the repository.

  
Accession No. 4521-003
Association for Women in Communications records, 1907-2009
7.06 cubic feet (7 boxes and 2 vertical files)
Arrangement
Arranged as received.
Scope and Content
Board meeting minutes, photographs, biographical features, membership directories, conference programs, reports, bylaws, planning files, card files, historical features, correspondence, publications, clippings, scrapbooks and artifacts; 1909-2009.
The two scrapbooks (including clippings, photographs, correspondence and poems) in this accession were created by AWC founder Georgina MacDougall Davis. Seven issues of the paper she created for her lab in Journalism while attending UW are also included: issues 1-2 (December 1909) are titled Weekly Reporter and issues 3-7 (December-January 1909-1910) are titled Second Ward Reporter.
Physical/Technical Access
Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.
Acquisition Info
Nancy Wright, April 2010
BoxDate
1National Board meeting minutes1926-1964
Scope and Content: In addition to meeting minutes, these files contain annual and financial reports, conference proceedings, correspondence, handbooks and related documents.
2National Board meeting minutes and related materials1964-1989
Scope and Content: In addition to meeting minutes, these files contain annual and financial reports, conference proceedings, correspondence, handbooks and related documents.
3National Board meeting minutes and other materials1927-1999
General Notes: The box contains empty folders for board meeting minutes for years 2000-2002.
Scope and Content: In addition to meeting minutes, these files contain annual and financial reports, conference proceedings, correspondence, handbooks and related documents (1990-1999). Also included in this box are historical mementos and information, reports, planning files, and career surveys (1927-1997).
4Journalism career surveys and studies, member statistics, award files
Scope and Content: This box contains lists of winners of Headliner awards and portrait files of winners by name (A-S).
5Award files, membership pamphlets and directories
Scope and Content: This box contains Headliner award winner portrait files and biography files by name (T-Z for portrait files and A-Z for biographies). Membership directories span 1920-1991, but do not represent a complete run.
6Membership directories, conference programs and historical items1907-2009
Scope and Content: Membership directories in this box span 1994-1997; conference programs date circa 1980-2009. The file for AWC's centennial anniversary conference in 2009 contains a CD-ROM. Also included in this box are a handbook with CD-ROM for the Matrix Foundation, two scrapbooks created by Georgina MacDougall Davis and dating circa 1907-1975, card files on members and chapters, and lapel pins showing the Matrix logo and the WICI logo.
7Historical correspondence and photographs from conferences
Scope and Content: Historical correspondence labeled "Founders letters" can be found in this box, but the bulk of these files contain photographs, contact sheets, and negatives documenting AWC conferences from 1970-2003 (there is an empty folder for 2004). Some of these photos were taken by professional photographers. The files include six CD-ROMs of digital photographs as well.
Vertical fileConference photographs1984
Vertical fileNewspapers: Weekly Reporter / Second Ward Reporter 1909 December - 1910 January
Physical/Technical Access: Fragile; please handle with care.
Scope and Content: This paper was produced by Georgina MacDougall Davis for a Journalism lab when she attended the University of Washington. Issues 1-7 are included.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Davis, Georgina.
Organizations:
Association for Women in Communications--Archives.
Theta Sigma Phi--Archives.
Women in Communications, inc.--Archives.
Last modified: May 19, 2010
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