Association for Women in Architecture Records

A Guide to the Association for Women in Architecture Records, 1928-1992". Ms.1988.022


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1988.022
Title
Association for Women in Architecture Records,1928-1992
Quantity
8.4 Cubic Feet 6 boxes
Creator
Association for Women in Architecture (1982-) (U.S.)
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The Association for Women in Architecture (AWA) was originally founded in 1922 as Alpha Alpha Gamma, a national sorority for women architecture students. In 1934, the alumnae of the sorority formed the Association of Women in Architecture (AWA) as an organization for professional women architects. Today (2010) the AWA exists only through its Los Angeles chapter, with a membership of approximately 200 women architects and designers in the Los Angeles area, with members-at-large across the country. In 1975, the AWA altered its name to the Association FOR Women in Architecture. Records include committee reports, correspondence, membership forms and rosters, photographs, scrapbooks, treasurer's files, and newsletters.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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Source of Acquisition

The Association for Women in Architecture Records were donated to Special Collections in June 1988. Additional materials were donated in August 1989.

Processing Information

The records were processed in December 1988 by L.H. Katz. The EAD finding aid was created in September 2010 by Harvey Clark.


Historical Note

The Association for Women in Architecture (AWA) was originally founded in 1922 as Alpha Alpha Gamma, a national sorority for women architecture students. In 1934, the alumnae of the sorority formed the Association of Women in Architecture (AWA) as an organization for professional women architects. Its first president was H. Mae Steinmesch of St. Louis, Missouri. Subsequent presidents included Jean Driskel, Virginia Tanzmann, and Vicki Carter.

Although chapters were formed in other cities, the Los Angeles, California, chapter was the most active. In 1964, the national organization dissolved and the other chapters gradually disappeared. The Los Angeles chapter, with a membership of approximately 200 women architects and designers in the Los Angeles area with members-at-large across the country is the only surviving original chapter. In 1975, the AWA altered its name to the Association FOR Women in Architecture.

The organization has had many name iterations over the years some not mentioned above include: The Association of Women in Architecture and Allied Arts (AWA), 1948, and its current form adopted in 2012 Association for Women in Architecture + Design (AWA+ D).

The AWA holds annual meetings, gives out scholarships to women architecture students, and acts as a clearinghouse for information about women's status in the field of architecture.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Association for Women in Architecture include committee reports, convention materials, photographs, presidents files, membership rosters, constitution and bylaws, correspondence, and videotapes. The materials are arranged chronologically. The photographs, slides, videotapes, and posters are filed at the end of the main administrative files.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged according to the original order compiled by the AWA, which grouped related records together and identified each box by date range.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Architects
  • Association for Women in Architecture (1982-) (U.S.)
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Association for Women in Architecture by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Administrative Files
1928-1988
  • 1928-1979
    • box-folder 1 folder: 1
      Convention minutes
      1928-1936
    • box-folder 1 folder: 2
      An Original Watercolor Sketch: The Architect's Recreation
      1930
    • box-folder 1 folder: 3
      Alpha Alpha Gamma
      1930-1939
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4
      Advertising for AWA
      1935
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Treasurer's notes
      1939-1953
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      Convention minutes
      1940-1948
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7
      Keystone of Alpha Alpha Gamma
      1943-1951
    • box-folder 1 folder: 8
      Rosters
      1949-1979
    • box-folder 1 folder: 9
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes
      1950-1952
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10
      Convention minutes
      1950-1956
    • box-folder 1 folder: 11
      Arch Chapter bulletins
      1950-1962
    • box-folder 1 folder: 12
      Handbook of Procedure of the AWA and Its Undergraduate Affiliate AAG
      1951
    • box-folder 1 folder: 13
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.
      1952-1954
    • box-folder 1 folder: 14
      National Directory
      1952-1958
    • box-folder 1 folder: 15
      Student Advisory Committee--Employment in the field of architecture
      1953-1957
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      Treasurer's files
      1954
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, etc.
      1954-1956
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18
      "Keystone" of Alpha Alpha Gamma
      1954-1964
    • box-folder 1 folder: 19
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, etc.
      1956-1957
    • box-folder 1 folder: 20
      Constitution and By-laws
      1956-1958
    • box-folder 1 folder: 21
      Slides of Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Fair
      1956-1959
    • box-folder 1 folder: 22
      Miscellaneous Handbook Material
      1956-1962
    • box-folder 1 folder: 23
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, etc.
      1957-1958
    • box-folder 1 folder: 24
      Convention minutes
      1958-1966
    • box-folder 1 folder: 25
      Membership Applications
      1958-1976
    • box-folder 1 folder: 26
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, membership lists, etc.
      1958-1959
    • box-folder 1 folder: 27
      Professional Handbook
      1958-1962
    • box-folder 1 folder: 28
      AWA Officers and Committee Chairpersons Records
      1958-1971
    • box-folder 1 folder: 29
      Master Expansion Manual
      1959
    • box-folder 1 folder: 30
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, etc.
      1959-1960
    • box-folder 1 folder: 31
      Student Advisory Project--Employment Opportunities for Women in Architecture
      1959-1960
    • box-folder 1 folder: 32
      Handbook drafts
      1959-1961
    • box-folder 1 folder: 33
      Placement Aid Survey
      1960-1961
    • box-folder 1 folder: 34
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1960-1961
  • 1960-1981
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1
      National Directory
      1960-1966
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      Constitution and By-laws
      1960-1968
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Resolution to Simplify Organization
      1961
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      Student Advisory Project--Employment Opportunities in Architecture for Women
      1961
    • box-folder 2 folder: 5
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1961-1962
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's notes, etc.
      1962-1963
    • box-folder 2 folder: 7
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, etc.
      1963-1964
    • box-folder 2 folder: 8
      Scholarship material
      1963-1971
    • box-folder 2 folder: 9
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's notes, etc.
      1964-1965
    • box-folder 2 folder: 10
      Lambda Chapter of Alpha Alpha Gamma (University of Kansas)
      1964-1976
    • box-folder 2 folder: 11
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's notes, notes, etc.
      1965-1966
    • box-folder 2 folder: 12
      Treasurer's notes
      1965-1971
    • box-folder 2 folder: 13
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1966-1967
    • box-folder 2 folder: 14
      Flyers, clippings from scrapbook
      1966-1981
    • box-folder 2 folder: 15
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1967-1968
    • box-folder 2 folder: 16
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1968-1969
    • box-folder 2 folder: 17
      Report of the Second International Congress of Women Architects (UIFA)
      1969
    • box-folder 2 folder: 18
      Meeting minutes, corresondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1969-1971
    • box-folder 2 folder: 19
      Newsletter
      1969-1980
    • box-folder 2 folder: 20
      Student Advisory Comittee--Employment Opportunities in Architecture for Women
      1970-1975
    • box-folder 2 folder: 21
      Newsletters
      1970-1979
    • box-folder 2 folder: 22
      Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Plaque to AWA
      1971
    • box-folder 2 folder: 23
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, memos, etc.
      1971-1974
    • box-folder 2 folder: 24
      UIFA Congresses
      1972-1979
    • box-folder 2 folder: 25
      Roster of Soroptimist Club of Los Angeles
      1973-1974
    • box-folder 2 folder: 26
      Articles, flyers, and other literature about women in architecture
      1973-1976
    • box-folder 2 folder: 27
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1974-1975
    • box-folder 2 folder: 28
      Constitution and By-laws
      1974-1975
    • box-folder 2 folder: 29
      American Institute of Architects Publications about career planning
      1974-1981
    • box-folder 2 folder: 30
      AIA: Affirmative Action Plan for the Integration of Women in the Architectural Profession
      1975
    • box-folder 2 folder: 31
      History and list of founding members of the AWA
      1975
  • 1975-1985
    • box-folder 3 folder: 1
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1975-1976
    • box-folder 3 folder: 2
      Prospective Members
      1975-1976
    • box-folder 3 folder: 3
      News clippings, info about the status of women in architecture
      1975-1977
    • box-folder 3 folder: 4-5
      President's files (2 folders)
      1975-1980
    • box-folder 3 folder: 6
      Job Survey Information for Architectural Students
      1976
    • box-folder 3 folder: 7
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1976-1979
    • box-folder 3 folder: 8
      Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan
      1977
    • box-folder 3 folder: 9
      Publicity
      1977-1978
    • box-folder 3 folder: 10
      Articles, flyers, and other literature about women in architecture
      1977-1979
    • box-folder 3 folder: 11
      Publicity
      1978-1979
    • box-folder 3 folder: 12
      International Union of Women Architects Congress in Seattle, WA
      1979
    • box-folder 3 folder: 13
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1979-1980
    • box-folder 3 folder: 14
      Christmas party
      1980
    • box-folder 3 folder: 15
      Prospective Members
      1980
    • box-folder 3 folder: 16
      Scholarship Material
      1980
    • box-folder 3 folder: 17
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1980-1981
    • box-folder 3 folder: 18
      Board meetings
      1980-1982
    • box-folder 3 folder: 19
      News clippings
      1980-1982
    • box-folder 3 folder: 20
      National membership directory
      1980-1984
    • box-folder 3 folder: 21
      Newsletters, "Perspectives"
      1980-1985
    • box-folder 3 folder: 22
      Bylaws and membership list
      1981
    • box-folder 3 folder: 23
      Newsletter
      1981
    • box-folder 3 folder: 24
      "Women Up Front '81"
      1981
    • box-folder 3 folder: 25
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's notes, etc.
      1981-1982
  • 1981-1986
    • box-folder 4 folder: 1
      Membership list
      1981-1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 2
      Membership file
      1981-1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 3
      Membership card file
      1981-1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 4
      Rosters
      1981-1986
    • box-folder 4 folder: 5
      Certificate of the National Association of Women in Construction
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 6
      General correspondence
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 7
      Nominating committee report
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 8
      Membership correspondence
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 9
      Handbook
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 10-15
      "Women Up Front '82" (6 folders)
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 16
      "Women Up Front '82"--stamps
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 17
      "Women Up Front '82"--logo competition
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 18
      "Women Up Front '82"--Women in Design Program
      1982
    • box-folder 4 folder: 19
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1982-1983
    • box-folder 4 folder: 20
      Budget/Financial Report
      1982-1983
    • box-folder 4 folder: 21
      Bylaws/Handbooks
      1982-1983
    • box-folder 4 folder: 22
      Photographs
      1982-1983, n.d.
    • box-folder 4 folder: 23
      Constitution and By-laws
      1982-1983
    • box-folder 4 folder: 24
      Membership status reports
      1982-1984
    • box-folder 4 folder: 25
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, Treasurer's reports, notes, etc.
      1983-1984
    • box-folder 4 folder: 26
      Membership list, report
      1983-1984
    • box-folder 4 folder: 274
      Bills, financial matters
      1983-1984
    • box-folder 4 folder: 28
      Greetings to AWA by Tom Bradley (mayor of Los Angeles)
      1984
    • box-folder 4 folder: 29-31box-folder 5 folder: 1
      1984 Conference (4 folders)
      1984
  • 1984-1988
    • box-folder 5 folder: 2
      1984 Conference--Steering Committee
    • box-folder 5 folder: 3-4
      1984 Conference--Program Committee (2 folders)
    • box-folder 5 folder: 5
      1984 Conference--Managing Committee
    • box-folder 5 folder: 6
      1984 Conference--Fund raising committee
    • box-folder 5 folder: 7
      1984 Conference--Public Relations and Communications
    • box-folder 5 folder: 8
      1984 Conference--Mailing list
    • box-folder 5 folder: 9
      Membership brochure request
      1984
    • box-folder 5 folder: 10
      Scholarship Application forms
      1984
    • box-folder 5 folder: 11
      Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, Treasurer's reports, etc.
      1984-1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 12
      Roster information sheets
      1984-1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 13
      Expired members forms
      1984-1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 14
      Membership renewal forms
      1984-1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 15
      Dues paid (A-K)
      1984-1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 16
      Dues paid (L-Z)
      1984-1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 17
      Board of Directors
      1985
    • box-folder 5 folder: 18
      Officer's Ballot
      1985-1986
    • box-folder 5 folder: 19
      Membership renewal forms
      1986
    • box-folder 5 folder: 20
      Newsletters
      1986-1987
    • box-folder 5 folder: 21
      Correspondence
      1987
    • box-folder 5 folder: 22
      Membership renewal forms
      1987
    • box-folder 5 folder: 23
      Membership list
      1988
    • box-folder 5 folder: 24
      AWA Newsletters
      1990-1992
    • box-folder 5 folder: 25
      Annual Scholarhsip Award forms
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 26
      Undergraduate Handbook
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 27
      National Treasurer and National Finance Chair
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 28
      Miscellaneous
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 29
      H. Mae Steinmesch
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 30
      Stationery, Daybook calendar
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 31
      "Architectural Drafting" by Elizabeth Boytor
      n.d.
    • box-folder 5 folder: 32
      "Jean Driskel--in Memoria"
      n.d.
  • 1960-2000
    English.
    • box-folder 7 folder: 1
      1960s (General, Los Angeles Chapter)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 2
      1960s (Prospective/New Members)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 3
      1960s (Prospective/Transfer Members)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 4
      1960s (Former Members)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 5
      1960s (Reports)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 6
      1960s (Old Rosters)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 7
      1960s (Outdated manual and forms)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 8
      1960s (General, National and Other Chapters)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 9
      1960s (Newsletters, National)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 10
      1960s (Leadership Manual)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 11
      1971-1972
    • box-folder 7 folder: 12-13
      1976-1977 (2 folders)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 14
      1977-1978
    • box-folder 7 folder: 15
      1978-1979
    • box-folder 7 folder: 16
      1979-1980
    • box-folder 7 folder: 17-20
      1981-1982 (4 folders)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 21
      1982-1983 (Meeting Log-Book)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 22
      1982-1983 (General)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 23
      1982-1983 (AWA Minutes)
    • box-folder 7 folder: 24
      1982-1983 (AWA Programs)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 1-2
      1983-1984 (2 folders)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 3
      1984-1985 (General)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 4
      1984-1985 (Designing the Future Conference)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 5-6
      1984-1985 (AWA President's Notebook) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 7
      1985-1986
    • box-folder 8 folder: 8
      1986-1987
    • box-folder 8 folder: 9-10
      1987-1988 (General) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 11
      1987-1988 (Gingerbread House Event)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 12
      1987-1988 (Newsletters, June 1987-July 1988)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 13
      1987-1988 (Agenda & Minutes, September 1987-August 1988)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 14-15
      1988-1989 (General) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 16
      1988-1989 (California Project, January 27-29, 1989)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 17
      1988-1989 (Newsletters, August 1988-June 1989)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 18
      1989-1990 (Pearl Brickman Info)
    • box-folder 8 folder: 19-20
      1989-1990 (General) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 1
      1989-1990 (Newsletters)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 2
      1989-1990 (CWED Conf in San Diego, Feb. 1990)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 3
      1990-1991 (General)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 4
      1990-1991 (Newsletters)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 5
      1990-1991 (Photographs)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 6
      1991-1992 (Newsletters)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 7
      1991-1992 (General)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 8
      1991-1992 (CWED Conference negatives)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 9
      1991-1992 (CWED Exhibit)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 10-11
      1991-1992 (CWED Conference) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 12-13
      1992-1993 (General) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 14
      1992-1993 (Photographs)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 15
      1992-1993 (Newsletters)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 16
      1993-1994 (General)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 17
      1993-1994 (Newsletters)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 18
      1993-1994 (Photographs)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 19-20
      AWA Retreat (2 folders)
      1994
    • box-folder 9 folder: 21
      1994-1995 (General)
    • box-folder 9 folder: 22box-folder 10 folder: 1
      1996-1997 (General) (2 folders)
    • box-folder 10 folder: 2
      Newsletters and Invitations
      1998-2000
    • box-folder 10 folder: 3
      Stationery Samples
    • box-folder 10 folder: 4
      Membership Brochures
    • box-folder 10 folder: 5-6
      Rosters (2 folders)
  • Corporate Records
    English.
    • box-folder 10 folder: 7
      AWA Financial
      1984
    • box-folder 10 folder: 8
      Articles and Exemptions
      1982-1989
    • box-folder 10 folder: 9
      By-Laws and Handbook
      1983-1984
Photographs and tapes
1968-1983
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1
    Exhibition photographs, "Architectural Careers for Women"
    1968
  • box-folder 6 folder: 2
    Photographs for "Emerging Issues: Women in Environmental Design"
    1975
  • box-folder 6 folder: 3
    Mae Steinmesch Designs
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 4
    Photographs
    1969-1983
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5
    Photographs
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 6
    Negatives Cassette Tape--"A Way of Life, not just a job. Part I"
    n.d.
  • box 6
    Video Tapes
  • box 6
    Posters used for exhibitions and awards
  • oversize folder: 1
    Event Posters, 1988-1991, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 10
    1989 Women in Architecture, AIA/AWA Exhibit, "A Southern California Perspective" [VHS]
  • box-folder 10 folder: 11
    Slides
    1989