Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals Records

A Guide to the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals Records, 1965-2005 Ms.1988.080


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1988.080
Title
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals Records,1965-2005
Quantity
4 Cubic Feet 8 Boxes
Creator
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals (OWA) is an organization for women architects and designers in the San Francisco bay area. It officially became incorporated in 1973. The collection contains documents, reports, agendas, membership directories, photos, slides, and publications concerning the history and activities of the OWA.

Administrative Information

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Source of Acquisition

The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals Records were donated to Special Collections in 1988, 2003, and 2006.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals Records was completed in March 2011.


Historical Note

The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals (OWA), an organization for women architects and designers in the San Francisco bay area, officially became incorporated in 1973. Originally titled, The Organization of Women Architects, it evolved from the informal gatherings of twelve women architects looking for a supportive forum to exchange their experiences in a traditionally male-dominated profession to a valuable networking resource and a mechanism to promote the professional and personal lives of its members.

The organization is run by a volunteer Steering Committee staffed by members and the programs and focus of the OWA vary with the interests and talents of the current members. Previous meetings and seminars have focused on job-sharing, flexible work schedules, childcare, portfolio review, public speaking skills, financial seminars, health care, and occupational hazards.

Over its lifetime the OWA has undertaken many important programs and actions for the benefit of architects and design professionals in general, not only women. It developed a Mock Exam to prepare and train young architects for the California State licensing exam, and it set up a health insurance plan (1976) for uninsured architects and designers. The Mock Exam was so successful that the OWA eventually sold it to the American Institute of Architects.

The OWA is also very in active in collaborating with other like minded institutions and helped to establish a new umbrella organization called California Women in Environmental Design (CWED). CWED's purpose was to lobby governmental agencies and provide designing women with public exposure through statewide conferences and exhibitions of their work.

from Horton, Inge "Presentation on the History of OWA at The Colegio de Arquitectos in Quito, Ecuador," 26 June 2003

Scope and Contents

The collection contains documents, reports, agendas, membership directories, photos, slides, and publications concerning the history and activities of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professional dating from 1965-2005.

Arrangement

The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals Records is divided into the following subseries: Administrative, 1972-2005; Committees and Initiatives, 1974-1986; Newsletters, 1972-1991; Financial Records, 1975-1991; Alternate Media, 1971-1991; and Professional Women's Organizations, Documents, Pamphlets, and Clippings, (non-OWA), 1965-1995. Within each subseries they are arranged in chronological order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Architects
  • California Women in Environmental Design
  • History of Women in Architecture
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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Container List

Administrative Files
1972-2005
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1-3box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Agendas and Minutes
    1972-1974, 1977
  • box-folder 4 folder: 6
    Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings
    1974-1976
  • Retreats
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4-5box-folder 1 folder: 7-17box-folder 8 folder: 1-3
      Agenda, and Minutes
      1975-1976, 1978-1988, 2002-2003, 2005
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18-20box-folder 1 folder: 22-23
      Publications
      1989-1991, 2000-2001
  • Membership
    1984-1991
    • box-folder 2 folder: 19
      Surveys
      1984-1986
    • box-folder 2 folder: 20-21box-folder 8 folder: 5
      Directory
      1986, 1989, n.d.
    • box-folder 2 folder: 22
      Mailing Lists
      1990
    • box-folder 8 folder: 4
      Firms Directory
      1991
    • box-folder 8 folder: 12
      Member and Member Firm Profiles and Packets
      n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 1
    OWA/CWED, Correspondence, Pamphlets,
    1988-2004
  • box-folder 5 folder: 2-4box-folder 5 folder: 8-9box-folder 6 folder: 3box-folder 8 folder: 11
    OWA/CWED, Conference, 1991 [includes Conference Minutes, Agendas, Committee Notes, and Correspondence] (see also OWA/CWED, Conference under Financial Records)
    1990-1991
  • box-folder 5 folder: 5
    OWA/CWED, "Women's Exhibit", Agendas, Correspondence, Documents, Letters
    1990-1991
  • box-folder 3 folder: 11
    Publicity, Clippings and Blurbs
    1990
  • box-folder 1 folder: 21
    20th Year Publication
    1993
  • box-folder 5 folder: 6
    OWA/CWED, "Women's Work", Correspondences, Financial Documents, and Pamphlets
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 7
    Stationary
    n.d.
Committees and Initiatives
1974-1986
  • box-folder 3 folder: 1
    Affirmative Action Employer Interviewing Program
    1974
  • box-folder 4 folder: 3
    AIA, Affirmative Action Documents
    1974-1982
  • box-folder 3 folder: 4
    OWA Health Insurance
    1976-1985
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5
    OWA Museum Exhibit Committee, Charge and minutes
    1978
  • box-folder 3 folder: 6
    Political Action Documents and Correspondence
    1978
  • box-folder 8 folder: 9
    OWA, San Francisco, CA, Human Rights Commission, Correspondence
    1984
  • box-folder 3 folder: 9
    OWA Scholarship
    1985-1986
  • box-folder 8 folder: 6
    OWA Exchange Program Documents
    n.d.
Newsletters
1972-1991
  • box-folder 2 folder: 17
    Newsletter Index
    1972-1987
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1-16
    Newsletters
    1972-1987
  • box-folder 2 folder: 18
    Various Newsletters
    1988-1991
Financial Records
1975-1991
  • box-folder 3 folder: 3
    Budget Documents and Spreadsheets
    1975-1986
  • box-folder 3 folder: 8
    Finance Committee Budget and Reports
    1985-1991
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1
    OWA/CWED, Conference Financial Sheets
    1991
Alternate Media
1971-1991
  • box-folder 7 folder: 6
    Microfilm, Newsletters and a diazo duplicate
    1971-1987, n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 3
    Slides 0-102
    1980's
  • box-folder 7 folder: 4
    Slides 102-124
    1980's
  • box-folder 6 folder: 7
    5.25" Computer Disks, Membership and Mailing Lists
    1987-1988
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2
    Ephemera, Conference Badge, San Diego, CA
    1990
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2
    OWA Business Cards
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 7
    Photographs, OWA/CWED, Conference Photographs
    1991
  • box-folder 6 folder: 8
    Photographs, OWA, Photographs of AIA Exhibit, San Francisco
    1991
  • box-folder 7 folder: 1
    Cassettes, CWED Conference(s), Cassettes 0-16
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2
    Cassettes, CWED Conference(s), Cassettes 17-19 and #A; #B
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 5
    3.5" Computer Disks, OWA/CWED, Conference Graphics
    1991
Professional Women's Organizations, Documents, Pamphlets, and Clippings (non-OWA)
1965-1995
  • box-folder 4 folder: 1
    Women in Planning Documents and Pamphlets
    1965-1974
  • box-folder 4 folder: 2-5
    Professional Women's Organizations, Documents, Pamphlets, and Clippings
    1973-1987
  • box-folder 3 folder: 2
    U.S. Department of Labor-Women's Bureau Publications
    1974
  • box-folder 4 folder: 7
    California Commission on the Status of Women, Documents, Newsletters, San Francisco, Almeda
    1976-1987
  • box-folder 8 folder: 8
    Newsletters from Various Environmental Design Groups
    1976-1992
  • box-folder 3 folder: 7
    AIA Newsletter, Document, and Catalog
    1978-1987
  • box-folder 8 folder: 10
    Women of Wurster, Organization Notes
    1978
  • box-folder 3 folder: 10
    Board of Architectural Examiners Correspondence; California Licensed Architects Roster
    1986
  • box-folder 5 folder: 7
    WIA/CWED Newsletters
    1991-1995
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5
    CWED Conference Program, Santa Monica, CA
    1992
  • box-folder 6 folder: 6
    CWED Conference Program, San Francisco, CA
    1994