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Manuscript Group 350
6.5 cubic feet

Originally organized as the Pennsylvania-Delaware Division of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on October 26, 1924, this organization grew in size until April 1940, when two separate state divisions were formed. The Pennsylvania Division (AAUW-PA) reached a highwater mark in 1976-1977, as its local branches grew to 80 in number and its active membership exceeded 10,000. This deposit of records documents the state division's efforts to implement the national association's goals of uniting university alumnae "to further the advancement of women, to discharge their responsibilities to society and to continue their own intellectual growth."

With the exception of the early editions of the Division's Newsletter, The Keystoner, 1942-1981, and summaries of the minutes that appear in the History of the Pennsylvania Division, there are no records for the period 1924-1960. Most of the post-1960 records focus on activities at the division level, and include the minutes, division board member portolios, standing committee materials and division project files. The remainder deal with association topics, networking with other organizations, with folders containing progress reports, branch year books and correspondence from the local branches. Issues documented include women, youth and families; ecology; community development; and cultural and educational growth activities. Original biographical materials were submitted by various branches for possible inclusion in Our Hidden Heritage: Pennsylvania Women in History, edited by Janice H. McElroy.

Administrative Records

Division Records

Conferences, Conventions and Meetings

Networkings With Other Organizations

Association Topics

Division Projects

Branch Files

Reference Files

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