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Michigan Women's Studies Association records

Identifier: 00209

Scope and Contents

The records of the Michigan Women's Studies Association include minutes from the Board of Directors, records relating to annual conferences, projects, exhibits, special events as well as presidential administrative records. Other materials include correspondence, news releases, newsletters, and information about the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame and Cooley-Haze House. There is also presidential correspondence and the resource files of Betty MacDowell for the publication "Michigan Women: First and Founders." The resource files include files on individual women and women's issues.

The records were left in their original arrangement after transfer from the organization. A detailed description can be found in the Series Description section of the finding aid. However, the order in which the material is described does not match the arrangement.


  • Creation: 1973 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The Michigan Women's Studies Association was founded in 1973 by five Michigan State University faculty members. The organization promotes equal opportunites for women as well as developes new ways to teach women's studies in education institutions. The organization also developed the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in Lansing, Michigan.


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Series Description

The following record series have been determined by Gladys Beckwith, founder and director of the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame, to be of historical value.

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. 1981-2003* Narrative minutes of regular and special meetings of the Board relates to all business, staff searches, fund raising, projects and includes reports of officers, staff, and committee chairpersons and support groups, ie., the Hall of Fame Advisory Council. Arranged chronologically. *Minutes after 2003 are considered current and in the office of the director of the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

RECORDS RELATING TO ANNUAL CONFERENCES. 1987-2002,* 2004-2006, * 2008 May include agendas, minutes of meetings, correspondence, program development, financial statements, informationals, guidelines for presenters, and, occasionally, abstracts and copies of papers proposed or presented. Also includes letters in supporting establishment of a Hall of Fame, 1979-1980. * An anniversary celebration took place in 2003 in lieu of a conference. There was no conference scheduled in 2007.

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS OF THE PRESIDENT. 1974-1987 Relates to annual membership meeting, May 5, 1984; Constitution and By-laws, 1981; course descriptions; election results; lease of Cooley-Haze House from the City of Lansing, 1982; minutes of the annual membership meeting, May 5,1984; minutes of the Hall of Fame Advisory Council, 1881; minutes of the Board of Directors, November 17, 1980, February 13, 1980, February 3, 1981, January 8, 1984 and September 22, 1985; minutes of the Steering Committee, 1974, 1979; policy statements; reports of the President, October 25, 1979, September 15, 1979 and December 27, 1979; and rules and regulations governing admission to the Hall of Fame, undated. Arrangement alphabetically by subject.

REPORTS OF AUDIT. 1983-1998 (15 vols.); 2002-2008 Compiled financial statements with accompanying information, submitted by Maner, Costerian & Ellis, pc., Certified Public accountants. Includes statements of financial position, activities, functional expenses, cash flow and notes on accounting policies, nature of organization, risks and uncertainties, investments, property and equipment, donated items and services, lease, special events, temporary restricted net assets, permanently restricted net assets, change in accounting method. Arranged chronologically.

RECORDS RELATING TO PROJECTS. 1980-2008 General descriptions and work papers relating to projects include bingo; Criminal Justice HaIl of Fame; "Crossing the Millennium: Women's Book Project, 1994-2000; the Hall of Fame awards dinner, 1996, judges, 2006-2008, nominee endorsements, 1980-1983; picnic, 2006, 2008; Theme Trail and poster contest, 1986-1987; Michigan women's photographic history, 1991; Traveling exhibit, undated, 1997. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO ORGANIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 1973-1989 Includes minutes of founding, May 19, 1973 in the Department of American Thought and Language of Michigan State University, development plan for women studies, transfer of agency, initial steering committee members, notes and newsletter, Volume 1, No.1, July 20, 1973. Also includes similar material accumulated the President of MWSA. No arrangement.

RECORDS RELATING TO COOLEY-HAZE HOUSE. 1979-1987 Includes general administrative correspondence, memorandum and supporting materials, relating to Ad Hoc Committee for development, 1985-1986; agreements with the City of Lansing, 1980-1987; architectural services, 1982; committee membership and support, 1979-1982; dedication, 1987; financial statements, billings, updates of contract activity; General Motors Corporation, Oldsmobile Division parking lot, 1986; leases and sub-leases; Minutes of the renovation committee's meetings; drawings of floor plans, fittings and appointments, 1983-1986; signage,undated; resolutions of tribute, 1973,1980. Arranged loosely alphabetically by subject.

CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE ELIZABETH LEHMAN BELEN ART GALLERY. 1987 Includes a letter in from Lucile E. Belen, April 11, 1987; memorandum from Gladys Beckwith, Director of Michigan Women's Studies Association to the Board of Directors about the designation, March 6, 1987; a brief biography of Elizabeth Lehman Belen, undated; and a faded note elating to use of a donation from Frederick Belen, October 16,1987.

RESOURCE FILE RELATING TO EXHIBITS. 1988-2003 This file appears to be selected by the Education Director. Mainly correspondence, loan agreements, biographies of exhibitors, financial statements and informational material relating to exhibits created for viewing in the Center and for traveling to school, cubs and like outlets. Examples of major exhibits relate to The Century of Women Exhibit, 1991-1999; Celebrating Women in Criminal Justice, 1996; and circus.

NEWS RELEASES RELATING TO EXHIBITS AND SPECIAL EVENTS. 1998-2007 Arranged topically by calendar, flyers, gallery schedule, newsletters, radio, television and newspapers.

ANNUAL HALL OF FAME AWARD PROGRAMS. 1985-2008 Two copies of annual printed programs. Years missing are 1984, 1994, 2006. Arranged chronologically.

RECORDS RELATING TO SPECIAL EVENTS. 1998-2001 Selected general administrative relate to planning, publicity, programs, fund raising and the like for the tea in the garden, 1998, 1999,2000; picnic, 1998-1999, 2000-2002; Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, 2000-2001; Mother's Day, 2001; Holiday Open House, 1998, 2000-2001. Arranged alphabetically by name of event.


RESOURCE FILE FOR PROPOSED PHOTOGRAPHIC PUBLICATION. 1991 Mainly letters in response to solicitation distributed in June, 1991, with typed and photocopied information, and occasionally photographs, relating to Michigan women.

RESOURCE FILE FOR PUBLICATION: Michigan Women: First and Founders. 1990-1995 Biographical information and supporting material accumulated by Betty McDowell and Rachel Brett Harley, authors of Michigan Women, First and Founders, and published by Michigan Women's Studies Association in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Includes a subject file relating to abortion through writers, and notes about financial business. Arranged alphabetically by name of person and subject.

SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE ACCUMULATED BY THE PRESIDENT. 1987-2006, undated Relates to AAUW proposed grant application, 1997; award (Elizabeth Chandler), 1997; biographies, undated; complaint against the University of Michigan, 1999; copyright releases, 1998; Dayton Hudson, 198?; dedication, 1987; development plan, 1990; docent guide, undated; employee manual, undated; endowment fund, 1995,[1997]; Friends of the Michigan Women's Historical Center, 1987; fund raising, 1996-1999; Fyan manuscript, 1997-1998; job description of director emeritus,n.d.; letters in supporting development, 1979-1880; letters out, 1987, lists of historic women, members and supporters, 1976; marketing proposal, 1996; Michigan Humanities Council grant, 2001-2002; National Endowment for the Humanities Grant relating to workshop out suffrage, 2006;-register of-attendees; June 10-, 198-7; Scott Center, 1995; resignation of Judi Cantor, 2005; studies conducted by Gladys Beckwith; Tri-county Women's Coalition, 2000-2001; Victorian Tea planning guide, 1996-1999; Women physicians in Hall of Fame, 1996; women studies programs available, 1982-1984. Also includes a folder of correspondence, mainly typed letters in, with Jade Associates, Inc., 1984-1990, relating to public relations and personal promotions. See Appendix 1 for list of subject headings. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

MEMORIALS. 1988, 1991 Correspondence and business records relating to memorial funds for an internship and plaques identifying major contributors.

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS. Undated Quizzes, informationals and description of hand crafted limited edition commemorative items for sale. No arrangement.

APPOINTMENT BOOKS. 1994-1998, 2000-2006 Daily entries of activities. Arranged chronologically.

CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO CORPORATE FUNDING. 1980-1986. Original and copies of letters in. Includes lists of contacts. Arranged loosely chronologically.

NEWSLETTERS. Includes Volume one, Number one and occasional issues. Arranged chronologically.

Processed by Geneva Kebler Wiskemann December, 2008-January, 2009

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Michigan Women's Studies Association Records
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Jessica Russell
September 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US