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American Association of University Women, San Diego Branch Records

Identifier: MS-0570

Scope and Contents

The Association of University Women, San Diego Branch Records dates from 1911 to 2019 and documents the educational, charitable, and civic activities of the branch since its founding as the College Women's Club of San Diego. The collection is divided into five series: Organizational Files, Administrative Files, Program Files, Meeting Minutes, and Publications.

The Organizational Files series dates from 1921 to 2012 and consists of the association's official records of its origin, structure and history. It includes the constitution, bylaws, articles of incorporation, annual reports to AAUW national headquarters, the branch historian's annual report, and certificates, proclamations and honors.

The Administrative Files series dates from 1947 to 2018 and consists of routine correspondence and office files pertaining to the branch's operations and special events, including branch meetings and luncheons. This series includes early correspondence regarding the association's charity work in Europe, and a framed letter from Marion Talbot, Dean of Women for the University of Chicago and cofounder of the AAUW. The series begins with the correspondence followed by files on specific meetings and events, filed chronologically. There are also a couple of computer floppy disks and a small amount of newspaper clippings.

The Program Files series dates from 1980 to 2019 and documents the association's educational and scholarship programs. This series includes documents pertaining to the Tech Trek summer camp and local scholarship recipients.

The Meeting Minutes series dates from 1911 to 2019 and includes the minutes of the board of directors meetings and general meetings, financial documents, and reports. Most of the meeting minutes are in bound volumes with the board of directors and general meeting minutes bound together. The series is filed chronologically. Note that some of the volumes and files have overlapping dates.

The Publications series dates from 1914 to 2019 is divided into three subseries. The Newsletters consists of the the AAUW Bulletin, later renamed The Sphere. The Directories, or yearbooks, list members' names and addresses. Other Publications includes commemorative histories made for anniversary celebrations. Each subseries is filed chronologically.


  • Creation: 1911 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The American Association of University Women was founded in 1881, as the Association of Collegiate Alumni, to advocate for improved standards in women's education and to assist women in their educational and professional pursuits. The AAUW San Diego branch was founded in 1911 as the College Women's Club of San Diego, with membership open to any woman who had been a student in good standing for one year at a recognized college. It joined the AAUW in 1917. The club provided educational programming on topics of interest to its members, in addition to philanthropic and civic work. Early achievements include a scholarship loan fund and raising funds for the establishment of the Neighborhood House, an immigrant settlement house. The club also formed committees to study women's issues as well as issues of general social import. Today AAUW San Diego serves residents of metropolitan San Diego, with several other branches in the suburbs and unincorporated areas of the county. According to its website, the organization's mission is to promote equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. It awards scholarships to local college students and advocates for women's issues at the local, state and national level. Also, since 1998 the branch has operated Tech Trek, a week-long summer camp for girls in middle school that promotes science, technology engineering and math careers.


10.49 Linear Feet (Twenty-four Hollinger boxes, one half Hollinger box, and one flat file.)

Language of Materials



I. Organizational Files, 1921-2012

II. Administrative Files, 1947-2018

III. Program Files, 1980-2019

IV. Meeting Minutes, 1911-2019

V. Publications, 1914-2019

1. Newsletters, 1914-2019

2. Directories, 1914-2019

3. Other Publications, 1991-2011

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The American Association of University Women, San Diego Branch deposited these records in 2019 (acc. 2019-014).

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American Association of University Women, San Diego Branch Records
Adam Burkhart
December 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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San Diego CA 92182-8050 US