- Whitman College. Associated Women of Whitman College
- Associated Women of Whitman College Records
- 1944-1970 (inclusive)19441970
- 0.6 linear feet, (1 box)
- Collection Number
- Correspondence, organizational by-laws and constitutions, meeting minutes, annual summaries of activities, conduct codes, and records of specific programs and events sponsored by the Associated Women of Whitman College, an organization representing female students
- Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Associated Women Students (A.W.S.) was founded during the 1938-39 academic year. Its goals included the promotion of "a friendly, helpful fellowship among the women of Whitman College," and the maintenance of high social standards and the "spirit of unity and loyalty to Whitman College" ( Waiilatpu, 1939). The organization, whose membership encompassed all female students at Whitman College, also served as a women's representative body. The organization changed its name twice: in 1945, it became the Associated Women Students of Whitman College, and in 1949, it was shortened to the Associated Women of Whitman College (A.W.W.C.). The Director of Women's Affairs served as advisor to the organization until 1966. In 1967, the Dean of Women took over this function, and in 1970, the Associate Dean of Students became the organization's advisor.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, the organization concerned itself primarily with issues of dress and deportment for women students and campus activities, most notably the Homecoming Dance and the May Fete. In the mid 1960s, the character of the organization began to change. Evidence of this change include the organization's involvement in a panel discussion of The Feminine Mystique in 1964, and the loosening of social regulations in the Coed Code. By 1970, the organization's goals were completely revised and centered around providing women "an opportunity to express themselves as individuals" and a forum to "consider the needs and problems unique to women." (Constitution of the Associated Students of Whitman College, 1970). The last mention of the organization appears in the 1972 Waiilatpu.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The majority of the materials in this collection date from 1952 to 1966. The richest sources of information are the A.W.W.C. meeting minutes and annual summaries and the organizational by-laws and constitutions. The Coed Code, the rules and regulations governing women's behavior, provides much insight into the life of female students at Whitman College during the 1960s. Other records include planning documents and programs from the May Fete and the Modern Living Course, organizational financial reports and budgets, and the results of two surveys of women students. Also included is a small correspondence file from Miriam Wagenschein, Director of Women's Affairs at Whitman College from 1950-1967.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by Whitman College.
Associated Women of Whitman College Records, Whitman College and Northwest Archives.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Flat arrangement; files organized alphabetically.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
|1/2||Associated Women Students Convention||1965|
|1/9||Election Documents||1966, undated|
|1/12||May Fete Files||1957-1963|
|1/13||May Fete Programs||1957-1966|
|1/16||Modern Living Course Files||1957|
|1/19||Sign-out and Demerit Cards||undated|
|1/20-21||Student Survey Results||circa 1959, undated|
|1/22||Wagenschein, Miriam, Correspondence||1954-1967|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Women college students--Washington (State)--Walla Walla
- Women--Education (Higher)--Washington (State)--Walla Walla
- Whitman College. Associated Women of Whitman College--Archives
- Whitman College --Students
- Wagenschein, Miriam--Correspondence (creator)