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American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gainesville, Florida Branch Records

Identifier: MSS 0367

Scope and Content

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gainesville, Florida Branch Records date from 1927 to 2016. Series 1 comprises the bulk of the records, containing bound copies of Gainesville branch histories/scrapbooks that include photographs, news clippings, newsletters, reports from the branch president, convention programs, and other materials. Series 2 contains directories for the Gainesville Branch as well as the Florida State Division of the AAUW. Series 3 contains newsletters including branch updates and the Florida Vision newsletter. Series 4 includes early branch meeting minutes. Series 5 includes a tribute to Grace Knight, AAUW Annual Convention programs, and a division history of all the Florida Branches of AAUW. Most of the collection is arranged chronologically.


  • Creation: 1927 - 2016



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is an organization created to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Originally founded in Boston by Marion Talbot and Ellen Richards in November 1881, the AAUW is open to all graduates who hold an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution, a degree from a foreign institution recognized by the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), or a foreign degree acceptable as a basis for admission to graduate schools at regionally accredited universities in the United States as well as students enrolled at qualified educational institutions.

The Florida Division of the AAUW was founded in 1929. In 1916, a group of Tampa women organized as a branch of the Southern Association of College Women. It was the only branch in the state until 1923 when a Tallahassee group organized a second branch. The two groups were followed by St. Petersburg in 1924, and then followed by Jacksonville, Miami, Gainesville, Pensacola, and Sarasota in 1926, Hollywood in 1927, and Central Florida (now Orlando-Winter Park) in 1928. These branches were the founding branches of the AAUW in Florida.

Source: AAUW. "About". Accessed August 26, 2019.


3.72 Linear Feet (7 Boxes)

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Branch histories/scrapbooks, directories, newsletters, meeting minutes, and other records from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Gainesville, Florida Branch.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Patricia O. Spencer, President of the Gainesville Branch of AAUW (2013-2017).

A Guide to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gainesville, Florida Branch Records
Finding aid prepared by Gerald Loyola
August 2019
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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