American Association of University Women (AAUW), Holland Branch. Records, 1938-2019.
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The collection in Box 1 is arranged alphabetically and includes minutes, newsletters, yearbooks, treasurer’s reports, RIF records, and pamphlets. Box 2 contains 6 scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and photographs from 1938-2000.
- 1938 - 2019
The Holland Branch of AAUW was organized in September 1938 by twenty-three women interested in focusing on local issues. Mrs. James Warner was elected president, and the organization quickly grew. By 1949, seventy women belonged and Hope College was approved for alumnae to become members. The club hosted the state convention in 1947. A scholarship fund was established in 1950, and the first used book sale to raise money for the fund was held in 1951. The book sale continues to be an important community project. AAUW also has been active in promoting the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program in the community since 1973. The members meet monthly and study political, women’s rights, and educational issues, as well as other topics of interest. Gerald R. Ford was the speaker at the November 1949 meeting. From 1969 until the disbandment of the organization, the women of AAUW were avid supporters of advancing literacy culture amidst the community. They provided scholarships and other funds to local organizations such as the Herrick Public Library and Hope College. In 2019, the group disbanded because of declining membership. At its peak, the group had nearly 140 members in the mid-1960s.
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The Holland branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was organized in September 1938 by twenty-three women who elected Mrs. James Warner as president. Membership consists of women holding degrees from approved universities and colleges. By 1949, membership had grown to seventy, partly due to Hope College alumnae being approved for AAUW membership. The organization has been involved in many local activities, including providing scholarships for college students, holding an annual book sale for the public, and promoting the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program in area elementary schools. Collection includes minutes, newsletters, yearbooks, treasurer’s reports, RIF records, pamphlets, and scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and photographs from 1938-2000.
AAUW, Holland Branch
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