Associated Women Students, 1932-1974

Collection Overview

Title: Associated Women Students, 1932-1974

Record Series: 17/02/06

Record Group:

17/02 Student Government

Creator: Associated Women Students

Date: 1932-1974

Extent: 6 boxes (2.5 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

The student group, Associated Women Students (AWS), was a campus-wide group of women active between 1932 and 1974. The organization started under the name Women's League, which was changed to Associated Women Students in 1949. They organized for the women on campus, promoting and hosting events focused on the life of the campus woman, from honoring international women's day from 1950 through 1971 to hosting balls and other dances on campus. They sought to provide every woman on campus, particularly freshmen, with the resources they needed to transition comfortably into life at ISTC, SCI, and UNI. They also worked with the university administration and oversaw all legislation related to women living in the residence halls. Through its efforts, AWS helped create and enforce social norms and etiquette for female students. Its actions served social, political, and cultural purpose on a broader scale for the campus. The organization ended in 1972 and, along with the Men's Residence Association, merged to form the Residence Hall Association.

Arrangement

  • Series 1: Administrative Records
  • Series 2: Publications
  • Series 3: Events & Programs

Scope and Content

This collection contains minutes, hymns, publications, event information, and other official documents concerning the Associated Women Students (AWS), a student organization at the Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC) and State College of Iowa (SCI), now the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). The collection ranges from 1932 to 1974 and documents the organization's work. Included are materials specific to AWS, such as various committee agendas/minutes, schedules, elections material, rosters, budgets, and bylaws as well as various publications and information about events related to AWS. Similar documents are related to its work and interactions with other student organizations across campus; this includes the Men's Residence Association, and the AWS organizational branches focused on each residence hall in order to provide students with administrative influence within those residence halls. Through this organizational structure, the AWS oversaw almost all campus legislation relating to the women in the student body. Official documentation and print media in the collection show AWS' efforts to create administrative change on campus, including a "no hours" policy proposal, which ended the mandatory curfews applied to freshmen women.

Inventory

Box 1

  • Folder 1: Executive Council, 1955-1956 [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Executive Council, 1959-1960 [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Executive Council, 1960-1961 [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Executive Council, 1961-1962 [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Executive Council, 1962-1963 [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Executive Council, 1963-1964 [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Executive Council, 1964-1965 [Series 1]
  • Folder 8: Executive Council, 1966-1967 [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: Executive Council, 1967-1968 [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: Executive Council, 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: Community Council, 1949-1950 [Series 1]
  • Folder 12: Community Council, 1950-1951 [Series 1]
  • Folder 13: Community Council, 1955-1956 [Series 1]
  • Folder 14: Community Council, 1956-1957 [Series 1]
  • Folder 15: Community Council, 1957-1958 [Series 1]
  • Folder 16: Community Council, 1958-1959 [Series 1]
  • Folder 17: Community Council, 1959-1960 [Series 1]
  • Folder 18: Community Council, 1960-1961 [Series 1]
  • Folder 19: Community Council, 1961-1962 [Series 1]
  • Folder 20: Community Council, 1962-1963 [Series 1]
  • Folder 21: Community Council, 1963-1964 [Series 1]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Community Council, 1964-1965 [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Community Council, 1966-1967 [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Legislative Council, 1967-1968 [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Campus Council, 1969-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Inter-Residence Council, 1957-1961 [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Inter-Residence Council, 1962-1966 [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Intersorority Council, 1961-1964 [Series 1]
  • Folder 8: Student Counseling Committee, 1961-1965 [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: Constitutions and Bylaws, 1941-1962 [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: Constitutions and Bylaws, 1963-1970 [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: Student Activity Building Committee, 1958 [Series 1]
  • Folder 12: Bartlett Hall Cabinet, 1967-1968 [Series 1]

Box 3

  • Folder 1: Bartlett Hall Executive Council, 1961-1964; 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Bartlett Hall House Council, 1961-1964; 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Bartlett Hall Council Installations [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Campbell Hall Cabinet, 1961-1964 [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Campbell House Council, 1961-1964; 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Dancer Hall Executive Council, 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Hagemann Hall Council, 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 8: Lawther Hall House Council, 1961-1965; 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: Lawther Hall Executive Council, 1961-1965 [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: Shull Hall Senate, 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: Intercollegiate Association of Women Students [Series 1]
  • Folder 12: Social Program Council, 1959-1961 [Series 1]
  • Folder 13: AWS-MRA Joint Meetings, 1970-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 14: Organizations Committee of the Student Council, 1939 [Series 1]

Box 4

  • Folder 1: Inter-Hall Court and Appeals [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: AWS Scholarship Applications [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: AWS Elections [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Association of College and University Residence Halls [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Social Regulations [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: "No Hours" policy [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Past AWS president speeches [Series 1]
  • Folder 8: Publications Committee [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: AWS Student Handbooks, 1958-1965 [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: AWS Student Handbooks, 1965-1969 [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: AWS Student Handbooks, 1969-1971 [Series 1]
  • Folder 12: Spring Leadership Conference, 1962 [Series 1]
  • Folder 13: General Information [Series 1]

Box 5

  • Folder 1: "Think" Meeting, October-November 1958 [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Social Usage Course [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Smoking Report, 1951 [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: AWS State Meet at ISTC - October 8, 1960 [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Correspondence [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Chimes, 1948-1949 [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: AWS Newsletters and Event Handbooks, 1947-1969 [Series 2]
  • Folder 8: You at T.C., 1949-1961 [Series 2]
  • Folder 9: Good Form at Teachers College, 3 copies [Series 2]
  • Folder 10: AWS Express, Fall 1969 [Series 2]
  • Folder 11: Campus Clues; Clothes 'n Clues, 1950-1960 [Series 2]
  • Folder 12: Coed Clues, 1962-1970 [Series 2]

Box 6

  • Folder 1: Candle Lighting [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Book Discussion Program, 1965-1968 [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Women's Day, 1951-1954 [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Women's day hymn [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Women's Day newspaper, 1950-1971 [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Recognition Day programs, 1933-1955 [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Style Show, 1948-1955 [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Sadie Hawkins Days, 1969-1971 [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: Mother of the Day, 1955-1971 [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Mother's Day [Series 3]

                                                             

Processing Information

Finding aid added online by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2017. Updated January 2018 (dh). Linear feet updated September 17, 2017. Updated by Keegan Little and Jaycie Vos, February 2018; Tessa Wakefield, December 2018.