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American Association of University Women. Connecticut Valley Branch records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00332

Scope and Contents

The records are divided into two series: ORGANIZATION and PROGRAMS. The ORGANIZATION series contains the history (l946-l962); constitution and by-laws (l94l-l97l); officer lists and reports (l940- ); committee reports (l955- ); membership lists, reports, and promotional material (l938- ); miscellaneous correspondence (l934- ); and branch reports to the national headquarters (l939- ).

The PROGRAMS series contains meeting reports (l93l- ); program brochures (l947- ); correspondence, reports, and printed material about the fellowship program (l935- ); plus miscellaneous material about other programs (l938- ).

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1925 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

The American Association of University Women was founded in l882 to unite alumnae of different institutions for "practical educational work." Originally open to graduates of institutions accredited by the AAUW, it is now open to women graduates of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities or foreign institutions recognized by the International Federation of University Women.

In March l986 the State Division of the AAUW and local branches entered into a joint acquisition agreement with four separate archival repositories in Massachusetts.

The Connecticut Valley Branch of the AAUW was organized in February l925, at the instigation of Mary E. Woolley, President of Mount Holyoke College. The first meeting took place in October l925. The constitution states that the purpose of the branch is "to unite the college women of the vicinity and in the furtherance of the general work of the American Association of University Women." The emphasis of the Connecticut Valley Branch continues to be the support of the AAUW Fellowships for graduate study.


5.417 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



Collegiate association. The records document the organization's history, administration, committee activities, membership, and promotional activities. Materials include reports, brochures, correspondence, and printed materials.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Sophia Smith Collection agreed to collect the records of the branches located in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester Counties; the Essex Institute, the records of the Essex County branches; Wheaton College, the records of branches in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties; and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, the records of the branches of Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties as well as the State Division records.

A small quantity of records of the Connecticut Valley Branch was transferred to the Sophia Smith Collection from the Schlesinger Library in March l986. The greater part was received in November l986 through the efforts of Helen C. Cole of Amherst. Additional records are being added as they are received from branch officers from time to time.

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Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

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Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063