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COLLECTION Identifier: 77-M126--82-M100

Records of the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students, 1922-1980


Minutes, convention material, reports, etc., of the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students, which offered membership to associations of women students in accredited colleges and universities.


  • 1922-1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


20.46 linear feet ((19 cartons, 3+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder, 1 photograph folio+ folder)
This collection is arranged by accession number, largely in the order in which it was received. It consists of convention material and reports, minutes of the National Executive Board, National Executive Committee, and the other committees. It includes research reports, printed material about collegiate women's programs, and some photographs.


The Intercollegiate Association of Women Students (IAWS) is the only national women's student government association in the United States; it offers membership to associations of women students in accredited colleges and universities. The first conference of the Middle Western Intercollegiate Association of Women Students was held in May 1913. The Association adopted a constitution in 1914 and the first national meeting took place in 1923. The purpose of the IAWS is to identify educational needs of women at college and after college, and to implement relevant policies by providing resources and offering programs at meeting, seminars and national conventions. Structurally, the IAWS is divided into four regions coordinated by a national office in Ohio which is managed by an executive secretary. The National Executive Board (NEB) consists of the president (a student in her senior year), executive secretary, four regional coordinators, and other advisers from the Clearinghouse Committee and the four standing committees: Constitution, Nominations and Elections, Resolutions, and Publications. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is composed of the national president, the national adviser, and the national executive secretary. The IAWS publishes an annual newsletter, Feminine Focus.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 77-M126, 79-M216, 79-M250, 80-M78, 82-M100

The record of the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Association between 1977 and 1980.


The following items have been removed from the collection:
  1. 1/2 carton of printed material re: women's organizations and commissions removed to print collections.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: May 1982

By: Jane S. Knowles, et al.

Updated photograph description: June 2016

By: Lillianne Keaney
Link to catalog
Intercollegiate Association of Women Students. Records of Intercollegiate Association of Women Students, 1922-1980: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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