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Women Students' Association Scrapbooks

Identifier: Ms Coll. 076

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two scrapbooks and photocopies. The first was compiled by Margaret Gunaker, the president of WSA from 1948-49 and contains a few newspaper clippings and the original photograph of the council members elected in 1948. There is a photocopy of the original scrapbook. The second scrapbook, dated 1948-1961, contains newspaper clippings, fliers advertising events, drawings of "L'il Orange" (the design icon used by WSA), copies of the Coedikette from 1950-1961, and a copy of the organization's constitution.


  • 1948-1961



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Biographical/Historical Note

The Women Students' Association was established at the University of Florida in the spring of 1948 soon after the University of Florida became coeducational. In December 1948, the Executive Council of Student Government ratified the constitution of the WSA. The three purposes of the WSA were: 1) to promote the welfare of women on campus, 2) to deepen the sense of individual and collective responsibility, and 3) to promote loyalty to all college activities and organizations and to uphold high social and academic standards among university women students. One of their activities was that of producing Coedikette, a handbook for incoming freshmen women. The handbook provided information on various aspects of campus life, organizations, and conduct rules.


1 Linear feet (2 volumes)

Language of Materials



Scrapbooks containing news clippings, photographs, fliers, drawings, and material pertaining to the Association.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Phyllis Meek.

A Guide to the Women Students' Association Scrapbooks
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
March 2005
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America