Guide to the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Records, 1977-2006


Group based in Southeastern United States, founded in 1977 at the first National Women's Studies Association Convention. SEWSA is committed to the promotion and support of women's studies and women's advocacy in schools, universities, and communities. Includes correspondence, minutes, newsletters, membership lists, papers presented at conferences, 12 photographs, SEWSA conference materials, and travel grant files. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Southeastern Women's Studies Association records
Southeastern Women's Studies Association
2.0 Linear Feet, 1350 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Accession (2006-0065) contains a variety of administrative, business, financial, and other materials relating to the operation of the Southeastern Women's Studies Association. The majority of the materials date from 1985 through the mid-1990s, with additional items from both before and after that period.

Files have been loosely arranged into series. The Administrative and Business Records series includes the organization's bylaws and its subsequent updates; correspondence; agendas and meeting minutes from committees and business meetings; financial statements and accounts; conference proposals and some conference papers; travel grant materials; membership lists and addresses; stationary and other templates; and lists of officers and committee members from various points throughout the organization's history. Conference planning is a large component of this series, resulting in some overlap with the Conferences series. Another notable portion is the files relating to SEWSA's travel grants, which include both applications, acceptances, and information about the grant program. This series has been largely sorted by date, with occassional subjects filed separately.

The Conferences series include conference planning materials, as mentioned above, as well as conference programs and calls for papers announcements. The Newsletters series includes a run of the newsletters as well as newsletter preparation files from the 1980s. Finally, there are also some conference and SEWSA buttons as well as a SEWSA 1985 t-shirt present in the Ephemera series.

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Contents of the Collection

By-laws, circa 1979-2003
Box 1
Chronological files, 1981-1996 (11 folders)
Box 1
Travel grant information, 1994-1996
Box 1
Travel grants, 1996
Box 2
Chronological files, 1997-1999 (3 folders)
Box 2
NWSA and SEWSA membership project, 1977 and no date
Box 2
Membership and mailing lists, 1990-2003 (2 folders)
Box 2
Gay and Lesbian literature, 2002-2003 and no date
Box 2
Membership forms, no date
Box 2
Stationary, 1986
Box 2
Graphics, no date
Box 2
Letterhead, no date
Box 2
Founding Mothers panel, 1997

2. Conferences

3 boxes
University of Alabama, 1985
Box 2
Appalachian State, 1986
Box 2
Vanderbilt, 1987
Box 2
UNC-Chapel Hill, 1988 (2 folders)
Box 2
Emory University, 1989 (2 folders)
Box 2
Eastern Carolina University, 1994
Box 2
University of Florida, 1998
Box 2
Florida Atlantic University, 2001
Box 2
Calls for papers, 1984-2000
Box 3
Conference programs, 1984-2006 (3 folders)
Box 3
Charlotte, 1978
Box 4
Johnson City, 1978
Box 4
Richmond, 1996
Box 4
University of Georgia, 1997
Box 4
Georgia State University, 2010
Box 4
Atlanta, 2011
Box 4

3. Newsletters

1 box
Materials, 1982-1986 (2 folders)
Box 3
Newsletters, 1983-2003 (2 folders)
Box 3

4. Ephemera

1 box
Box 3
1985 SEWSA t-shirt
Box 3

Historical Note

The Southeastern Women's Studies Association, founded in Atlanta in 1977, is a regional organization under the National Women's Studies Association. SEWSA members includes individuals, institutions, students, and faculty, and the organization serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. According to its website, SEWSA is a feminist organization committed to scholarship, activism against oppression and discrimination, and the promotion of women's studies. It does this through a newsletter, annual conferences and workshops, travel grants for students, and networking within various women's studies departments. For more information on SEWSA, refer to their website:

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The Southeastern Women's Studies Association Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger and Meghan Lyon, February 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, February 2010

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2006-0065.

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.