Association for Women in Communications records, 1907-2009  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Association for Women in Communications
Title
Association for Women in Communications records
Dates
1907-2009
Quantity
43.2 cubic feet (45 boxes and 2 vertical files)
Collection Number
4521
Summary
Records of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), Women in Communications, inc., and Theta Sigma Phi
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Some material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Consult the scope and content information for each accession listed below.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 4521-001: Women in Communications, inc. records, 1911-1981Return to Top

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, Matrixmagazines, newsletters, records on 16mm negative microfilm.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Source: Anne Hecker, September 2005

Accession No. 4521-002: Women in Communications, inc. records, 1915-1996Return to Top

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

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Accession No. 4521-003: Association for Women in Communications records, 1907-2009Return to Top

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 Reporterand issues 3-7 (December-January 1909-1910) are titled Second Ward Reporter.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Acquisition Info: Nancy Wright, April 2010

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 4521-003
National Board meeting minutes
Scope and Content: In addition to meeting minutes, these files contain annual and financial reports, conference proceedings, correspondence, handbooks and related documents.
1926-1964
2 4521-003
National Board meeting minutes and related materials
Scope and Content: In addition to meeting minutes, these files contain annual and financial reports, conference proceedings, correspondence, handbooks and related documents.
1964-1989
3 4521-003
National Board meeting minutes and other materials
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).
1927-1999
4 4521-003
Journalism 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).
5 4521-003
Award 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.
6 4521-003
Membership directories, conference programs and historical items
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.
1907-2009
7 4521-003
Historical 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 file 4521-003
Conference photographs
Scope and Content:
1984
Vertical file 4521-003
Newspapers: Weekly Reporter/ Second Ward Reporter
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.
1909 December - 1910 January

Accession No. 4521-004: Association for Women in Communications records, 1960-2009Return to Top

2.14 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Scope and Content: Materials relating primarily to the 100th Anniversary of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) in 2009 and, in particular, the DVD "100 Years: 1909-2009" that was created in celebration of this anniversary. Included are photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, articles, release forms, correspondence, video scripts (drafts and final copies), financial/expense records, interview log sheets, interviewee biographical material and contact information, and CDs and videos of photographs and interviews that were used to create the DVD, as well as 4 copies of the DVD "100 Years: 1909-2009." Also included are AWC and Women in Communications, Inc. (WICI) newsletters, a membership directory, letterheads, logos, and a list of Matrix Table honorees.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Nancy L. Wright, 2014-05-23

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1 4521-004
Association for Women in Communications (AWC) photographs, publications, and organization information
1920s-1990s
1 4521-004
Organization and founder photographs
1910s-1970s
1 4521-004
Chapter charter pages
undated
1 4521-004
100th Anniversary video project interview log sheets; interviewee information and contact information
2009
1 4521-004
Membership brochures
various years
1 4521-004
100th Anniversary video project papers, including release forms, correspondence, scripts (drafts and final copies), financial and expense information
2009
1 4521-004
2009 National Conference materials
2009
1 4521-004
Photographs and information of the AWC's first male members
1972-1995
1 4521-004
Georgina Davis photographs, biographical information, correspondence, articles, and exhibit materials
1960s-1980s
2 4521-004
CDs and videocassettes of photographs and interviews for the 100th Anniversary DVD
2009
2 4521-004
100 Years, 1909-2009 DVD
2009
3 4521-004
Inventory of interviews and photographs for 100th Anniversary video project
2009
3 4521-004
Matrix Table Honorees, 1937-1987
1987
3 4521-004
Seattle Professional Chapter letterheads
undated
3 4521-004
Theta Sigma Phi logos
undated
3 4521-004
WICI newsletters
1988-1992
3 4521-004
WICI newsletters
1993-1999
4 4521-004
Photocopy of the University of Washington Daily
12/13/1909

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Journalists--Washington (State)
  • Women journalists--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Davis, Georgina
  • Corporate Names :
  • Association for Women in Communications. Seattle Professional Chapter--Archives
  • Association for Women in Communications. Seattle Professional Chapter--By-laws
  • Association for Women in Communications. Seattle Professional Chapter--Membership
  • Theta Sigma Phi--Archives
  • Women in Communications, inc.--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business correspondence
  • By-laws
  • Ephemera
  • Minutes (Records)
  • Newsletters
  • Records (Documents)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)