Records of the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education, 1925-2000
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9.38 linear feet ((22 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 2 folio folders, 6 photograph folders, 14 audiotapes)
Executive Committee minutes (#13-30, 143-182) and reports (#11) of the president provide the best overall picture of the organization's work. The Program Committee files and correspondence, which include some minutes, add to an understanding of its changing purposes.
The completeness of the files varies depending on what records were saved by various officers. Some years and some individuals' activities are well documented, while others are barely represented. Most of the more active women held a number of elected positions; the records kept by each of them therefore appear in a number of committee files. There are minutes from each membership meeting since April 1925 (#13-30, 143-182). The Executive Committee and the Program Committee are consistently represented in the records. Other committees met irregularly or else kept no records. In the late 1970s new ad hoc committees were organized.
A number of positions and committees have overlapped in their responsibilities. The vice-president has assisted the president when needed, done public relations and publicity for conferences, served as liaison with other groups and as the representative of the organization at meetings of other organizations, and overseen constitutional revisions. In 1980 two committees were formed: Public Relations, which took over the publicity work for conferences, and Executive Handbook, with the vice-president as chair (#86-88, 110, 226-227).
In 1964 a Placement Service Committee (#114) had been formed to provide members with employment opportunities and help educational institutions find counselors, deans and personnel workers. This committee lasted only two years but was the first to take on responsibility for individual members' professional advancement. The Job Bank Task Force (#115), Career Advancement Resources (CAR; #116, 217), Professional Issues Committee (or Professional Issues Interest Group; #117, 118, 221), and Connections East and West (#119-124, 228-234) later provided similar opportunities for professional growth.
The Membership Committee has recruited actively. Its work has included reaching new constituencies, contacting NAWDAC members who had moved to Massachusetts, sending renewal notices, introducing new members at meetings, and keeping lists up-to-date. A membership survey from 1950 (#94) provides information on types of employment, degrees, and work histories of fifty-four members; another survey from the 1980s is in #225f.
Records of the National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors are at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Folder titles in quotation marks are those of the donor.
Meetings were held annually in the spring until 1937, when a fall meeting was added. Annual meetings included discussion of organizational business, a presentation by an outside speaker, and a report from the national (National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors) meeting, if a member had attended. Executive Committee meetings were called when necessary. In 1964 MAWDAC discontinued its co-sponsorship of annual conferences with the Secondary School Principals Association. It continued to sponsor two large membership meetings a year. Committee meetings and additional programs were scheduled periodically; they provided "networking," information, and support.
In 1946 the Membership Committee initiated a drive to attract college deans to MAWDAC, but until the late 1950s members were almost entirely from secondary schools, except for several from the state teachers' colleges and Lasell Junior College. From 1924 until 1949 presidents of MAWDAC came from secondary schools. From 1951 until 1974 the presidency usually alternated between college and secondary school members; since then the presidents have been college and university women.
The issues raised in the minutes and the titles of the programs held over the years parallel the larger society's interest in the education, counseling, and guidance of girls and women. In the early years, when counseling and guidance were new fields, the founders of MAWDAC were interested in sharing experiences and learning from each other. They were concerned with helping their students expand their horizons through education. In the late 1940s and 1950s the coordination between college admissions personnel and high school personnel increased. The array of educational and guidance issues raised at MAWDAC conferences included admission at women's colleges, college entrance tests, financial aid and scholarships, preparing women for the transition to college, and increased communication between guidance and admissions offices.
According to a 1983 brochure, "MAWDAC is a professional organization for women in all levels of education.... The purpose of MAWDAC is to provide programs, information and services which enhance the personal and professional growth of its membership. Anticipating the changing needs of its members, the Association acts to assure a strong and equal role for women in all aspects of education." The motto is "to serve women in education and the education of women."
- I. History
- II. Executive Committee
- III. Program Committee
- IV. Membership Committee
- V. Other committees
- VI. Financial records
- VII. National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors
- VIII. Miscellaneous material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education between October 1984 and August 2003.
- Box 1: 1-9
- Box 2: 11-20
- Box 3: 21-35
- Box 4: 36-55
- Box 5: 56-73
- Box 6: 74-82
- Box 7: 83-92
- Box 8: 93-101
- Box 9: 102-111
- Box 10: 112-125
- Box 11: 126-135
- Box 12: 136-139
- Box 13: 140-147
- Box 14: 148-154
- Box 15: 155-160
- Box 16: 161-167
- Box 17: 168-172
- Box 18: 173-174, 176-180
- Box 19: 181-187, 189, 191, 193-194
- Box 20: 195-198, 200-205
- Box 21: 206-222
- Box 22: 223-224, 226-236
- Box 23: 237-245
By: Nancy Falk
Updated: February 2015
By: Anne Engelhart
- Massachusetts Association for Women in Education. Records of the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education, 1925-2000: A Finding Aid
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