American Association of University Women (A.A.U.W.)
Women’s Museum of California Library & Archives
Guide to the American Association of University Women Collection
Title: The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women’s Historical Books, Newspaper Articles, and Events from 1955 – 2005
Accession Number: AC-010
Head Archivist: Charla Wilson
Creator: AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia Branch
Prepared by: Laura Lover
Date Acquired: September 23, 2008
Date Processed: August 26, 2014
Location: The Women’s Museum of California
Language: Collection material is in English
Extent: Three manuscript boxes
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Use Restrictions: None
The American Association of University Women is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women. Established in 1881, the AAUW supports future women leaders through educational funding, legal advocacy and programming on a global level.
Brief History of the American Association of University Women
The AAUW started with seventeen women who wanted to advance gender equality in education and resulted in the formation of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, the predecessor to the AAUW. It has since grown to over 170,000 members, and over 1,000 local branches and 800 university chapters. The mission of the AAUW is: “Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research… AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.” The American Association of University women has developed programs to research gender equality in education and the workplace and advocates legally and through public policy for this cause. The first fellowship was granted in 1888, and by 1905, the group was supporting the first legislation to promote pay equity. Subsequently, the AAUW began researching gender equity, funding Marie Curie, supporting WWII refugees and documenting the discrimination in academia. The AAUW supports future women leaders through educational grants and fellowships and advancing women in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. On the global scale, the AAUW supports the economic and social needs of women through fellowships and grassroots projects. The AAUW also provides leadership positions for women within the organization itself. Important to this collection, the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch California, Inc., was founded in 1955 to serve the San Diego North County coastal communities of La Costa, Leucadia, Encinitas, Olivenhain, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Carmel Valley.
Summary of the Collection
The American Association of University Women collection is from the Del Mar-Leucadia branch, and spans three boxes. The first two boxes contain materials from the branch president’s yearly binders, newsletters, applications for awards, and other publications which reflect the branch’s activities and direction. Materials date from 1932-2001. The third box contains scrapbooks for the years between 1970 and 1980, which contain newspaper clippings, photos and lists of the officers for the branch. There is also a scrapbook containing the awards and certificates for the branch from 1992-2001.
Container List: Box and Folder Material
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 1: The Coastline ’91-‘94
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 2: The Coastline ’94-‘97
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 3: The Coastline ’97-‘99
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 4: 5 Star Application Binder ’00-‘01
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 5: President Notebook Binder ’99-00
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 6: 7 Star Branch’98-‘99
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 7: 5 Star Application ’99-00
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 8: 6 Star Branch ’97-‘98
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 9: President’s Notebook ’97-‘98, 1 of 3
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 10: President’s Notebook ’97-’98, 2 of 3
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 11: President’s Notebook ’97-’98, 3 of 3
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 12: Seneca Falls National Women’s Hall of Fame
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 13: The National Women’s Hall of Fame Coloring Book, 1982
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 14: Famous Women in History Paper Dolls –Laminated
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 15: Paper Doll Collection, 1 of 3
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 16: Paper Doll Collection, 2 of 3
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 17: Paper Doll Collection, 3 of 3
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 18: The ABC’s of What a Girl Can Be! – Children’s book
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 19: Women Together 1986-1987, 1 of 2
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 20: Women Together 1986-1987, 2 of 2
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 21: Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial 1984
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 22: Elle Stein – SD Owl Awards Nomination Form 1985
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 23: AAUW of California
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 24: Pictures of Women
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 25: Cartoons
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 26: Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
Series 1: Box 1: Folder 27: Various Feminist Publications, 1 of 2
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 1: Various Feminist Publications, 2 of 2
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 2: Books, Mrs. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 1991
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 3: Book, Hammer & Tongues
Series 1: Box 2: Folder4: Book, The Quotable Woman
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 5: Book, Book of Black Heroes – Great Women in the Struggle Vol. 2
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 6: AAUW Publication, Latinas in School, 2001
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 7: Beyond ERA Scrapbook 1983
Series 1: Box 2: Folder 8: Picture, 1932
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 1: Scrapbook ’72-‘73
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 2: Scrapbook 1987
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 3: Scrapbook 1988
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 4: Scrapbook ’70-‘71
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 5: Scrapbook ’71-‘72
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 6: Scrapbook ’75-‘76
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 7: Scrapbook ’76-‘77
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 8: Scrapbook ’77-‘78
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 9: Scrapbook ’78-‘79
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 10: Scrapbook ’79-80
Series 1: Box 3: Folder 11: AAUW Certificates ’92-‘01
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Series 1: Box 1
Box 1 contains issues of The Coastline, from the years ranging 1991-1999. This newsletter contains news, events, calendars, announcements and the mission statement of the Del Mar – Leucadia branch of the AAUW. They are a record of the goings-on as well as the focus and priorities of the branch. Box 1 also contains application binders for 5-Star Status for 2001-2002, 1999-2000, 6-Star Status for 1997-1998, and 7-Star Status for 1998-1999. These folders contain all of the supporting documentation for each application and illustrate the ways in which the Del Mar – Leucadia branch has met each of the requirements for each Star rating (Series 1: Box 3 contains the certificates for each Star Status received). These Star Status certificates require accomplishments in the following categories: community action project, public policy, social, membership, fundraising, visibility and leadership.
Box 1 also contains the president’s binders for the years: 1999-2000 and 1997-1998. These binders contain tabs for the following subjects: executive board, job descriptions, planning calendar, by-laws, minutes, membership, finance, inter-branch materials, administration, events, minutes, interest groups, education foundation, CA state, Coastline, programs, event fliers, correspondence. The contents of these binders provide insights into the day-to-day running of the Del Mar-Leucadia branch, as well as documentation of its progression over those years and the administrative aspects of the organization.
Box 1 also contains various publications ranging from illustrative postcards from the Seneca Falls National Women’s Hall of Fame, The National Women’s Hall of Fame Colouring Book, and a series of paper doll colouring books which include Notable American Women, Famous American Women, Nancy Raegan, all by Tom Tierney. There is also the Cut-out Doll Book, by Gilda Radner, and Vivien Leigh Paper Dolls, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland, Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Great Empresses and Queens Paper Dolls, all by Tom Tierney and in full color. There is also Japanese Kimono Paper Dolls by Ming-ju Sun and a children’s book, The ABC’s of What a Girl can be!
There are two folders for the Women Together Conference (1986-1987), held at the First Unitarian Church of San Diego. This contains sheet music, workshop programs, brochures on Mission San Luis Rey, The First Unitarian Church Newsletters, Women Together promotional materials, agendas, information on the committee, advertisements, a script entitled “Laughing at Ourselves,” and three booklets from the event held October 16-18, 1987.
There are materials from the celebration of the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial, 1984, including a biography and bibliography. There is the 1985 nomination of Elle Stein for the OWL award. There is a folder dedicated to the AAUW of California which includes “The Politics Game: Harder than it Seems,” as well as the charter, by-laws, policies and booklets on the Del Mar – Leucadia branch for the years 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. The box also contains pictures of women, cartoons, two publications from the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation: “Salvaging our Past,” and “Roots of Our Strength.” There is a folder which is Part 1 of “Various Feminist Publications,” and includes: “I Wonder: A Satirical Study of Sexist Semantics” © 1978, “Women on Men: Views of the Opposite Sex” © 1990, “Publications from the Feminist Press 1977,” “Little Miss Muffet Fights Back” ©1974, “Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers” © 1973, “Dick and Jane as Victims: Sex Stereotyping in Children’s Readers” ©1975, and “Complaints and Disorders, the Sexual Politics of Sickness” © 1973.
Series 1: Box 2
Box 2 contains a loose panoramic photograph dated October, 1932, of Eau St. Claire, labelled “Lucille Mallendore in Front Row. – Gerladine Ross.” There are several books, Mrs. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations © 1991, Hammer & Tongues: The Best of Women’s Wit and Humor © 1986, The Quotable Woman ©1991, Uncommon Lives of Common Women: The Missing Half of Wisconsin History © 1975, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life and Times ©1994, Book of Black Heroes- Great Women in the Struggle Vol. 2 © 1991. There is also an AAUW publication entitled, “Latinas in School,” published in 2001.
The scrapbook titled “Beyond ERA Scrapbook, 1983,” contains materials relating to the rally at San Dieguito Park on July 1, 1983. It contains photographs and news clippings relating to the rally. There is a folder dedicated to miscellaneous items including a little black book from Chippendales, an “Open Letter: The Practice of Living Without Limits” by Nancy Kline, note cards of notable women, “Sex, Lies and Advertising” by Gloria Steinem, “Mother Move Me,” a one-woman play by Carol Lynn Pearson and Psychology Today, July 1971, containing “Woman and Man, A Game of Confrontation.”
A file without a number entitled “AAUW,’ contains pamphlets from the AAUW on the awards and grants, “Foundation, the Story,” “Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities,” “AAUW is…,” and “Adelante!” the newsletter from the Poway-Penasquitos Branch. There are also pamphlets on the 75th Anniversary of women’s right to vote, a “Memo: Call your senators re: the assault on reproductive rights,” event fliers, “The Sphere” newsletter from the San Diego branch, as well as their membership rosters (1982-3, 1985-6). There are AAUW Women’s magazines, Interbranch council and board officer lists for the Imperial counties, press release fact sheets on the AAUW survey exploring sex discrimination on the college campus, as well as AAUW Outlook, a magazine (Fall Vol. 87 No. 3, 1993), on the convention to remember sexual harassment in schools.
A History Book, San Diego Branch, 1911-1991, and a year book for the San Diego branch 2009-1010, includes information on the AAUW, mission statement, history, purpose, etc. A publication, “Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School,” © 2011 is also included. Finally, there is the “College Women’s Club” signature book, dated 1915. This club was host to college women from all parts of the nation at their exposition.
Series 1: Box 3
Box 3 contains scrapbooks from the Del Mar-Leucadia branch for each of the years between 1970-1973, and 1975-1980. These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, photographs and officer lists arranged in chronological order, which tracks the activities and events of the branch. There are also scrapbooks for the 1987 and 1988 Valentinfest Eleganz event, which includes the invitation, announcement and photographs. Finally, there is a scrapbook with the AAUW certificates and awards for the Del Mar –Leucadia branch for the years between 1992 and 2001. These awards include: for Growth in Membership, Newsletter Achievement, 5 Star Status, EF Star Status, Visibilities Awards, Membership Stars, 6 Star Achievement, International Interests ‘Bonus Star,’ 5 Star for three years, and an award for contribution to the Legal Advocacy Fund.