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American Association of University Women. Worcester Branch records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00346

Scope and Contents

The records of the AAUW, Worcester Branch, contain minutes of Executive Committee meetings, including decisions on rules and regulations, and annual meeting arrangements; Records of the Secretary, including the club's constitution, membership lists, detailed minutes of each annual and special meeting, and printed programs and announcements. There are also newsclippings on club activities, various histories of the organization written by appointed historians, and printed yearbooks from 1928 to 1970.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1897 - 1998


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 1882 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.

The Worcester, Massachusetts, branch of the AAUW was originally known as the Worcester College Club, founded in 1897. The initial purpose of the club was the "fostering of a social spirit and securing fellowship and sympathy" among college graduates. Upon becoming a branch of the AAUW in 1926, the club's members broadened their objectives, viz: "to concentrate and increase their influence in the community for the solution of social and civic problems." The members formed cultural and practical study groups, presented scholarships and fellowships, sponsored lectures and exhibits, and performed charity work. Among its leaders were Annie Russell Marble (1864-1936) and Lena Hill (Mrs. Charles G.).


1.958 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials



Collegiate association. Records document Executive Committee meetings; annual meetings, membership, programs, club activities, and history of the organization.


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

OCLC Number: 50118172

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the American Antiquarian Society (who had received it from the Worcester Brancher in 1959 and 1970) in 1989 and Cornelia Dillion in 1999.

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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. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 1999-S-0039, Box 1 renumbered as Box 3

American Association of University Women. Worcester Branch records
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-07-08: Inventory from electronic finding aid added.
  • 2021-07-12: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063