University of Nevada, Reno, Associated Women Students Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0197

Scope and Contents

The University of Nevada, Reno, Associated Women Students Records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, and notes on and about AWS activities, 1934-1981; and announcements, brochures and books concerning women's issues at the national, state, and university level, 1960s-1970s. Three scrapbooks, 1957-1969, contain announcements, newspaper clippings, and photographs of events.

Dates

  • 1934-1981

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

The Associated Women Students (AWS) began in 1917 as the Woman's League, which was reorganized in 1921 and renamed. According to the 1917 yearbook, the League intended to "unite women students so that they will be able to concentrate their strength for the benefit of the entire student body, and to better organize the work of women on the college campus." It was the official representative body for women students and acted as the policymaker for them. AWS taught freshman women about university traditions, set dorm hours and punishments for infractions, established the Women's Night of Honor, maintained the AWS Rose Garden, ran the child care facility, and sponsored fashion shows, scholarships, and lectures. Dorm hours and strict codes of conduct for women were only relaxed and eventually lifted in the 1960s, thanks to students such as then-President of AWS Patricia Miltenberger. In 1971, AWS published a campus magazine entitled "Niamada," on the issues faced by female students and the ways they wanted to improve their lives.

During its earlier years, the University automatically assessed each female student fees for AWS and granted them membership. The University removed the automatic fee in the 1960s, and AWS struggled to maintain itself; in 1981, it disbanded.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Associated Women Students (AWS) began in 1917 as the Woman's League, which was reorganized in 1921 and renamed. It was the official representative body for women students, and acted as the policy maker for them: instructing freshman women about university traditions, set dorm hours and punishments for infractions, established the Women's Night of Honor, the AWS Rose Garden, the child care facility, and sponsored fashion shows, scholarships, and lectures. The records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, and notes on and about AWS activities, 1934-1981; and announcements, brochures and books concerning women's issues at the national, state, and university level, 1960s-1970s.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order by record type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Roberta Barnes, Dean of Students in 1986.

Separated Materials

Scrapbook negatives and loose prints transferred to University Archives photograph archives as collection number UNRA-P3681.

Title
University of Nevada, Reno, Associated Women Students Records
Status
Completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 13, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
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