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The Women Alive! Coalition - MS 455

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The records for The Women Alive! Coalition were donated to the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University by the Young Women’s Christian Association on June 11, 1986.  

The records of this organization consist of minutes, membership rosters, correspondence, programs and activities, marketing and publicity materials, photographs, and two radio recordings.  Preliminary work on the collection was begun by Ann Bowers and finished by Mallory Jagodzinski in partial fulfillment for the graduate course in Archives Administration in the spring semester of 2013.

 Agency History

The Women Alive! Coalition operated under the guidance of the Toledo Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  The Women Alive! Coalition began in 1985 with the planning of the March 1986 Women Alive celebration by several women’s area organizations and clubs to highlight the roles and achievements of women during the 1986 Women’s History Week (March 2-March 8).  

During its operating years, the Coalition was composed of several committees that gave it a purpose focused on breadth and depth.  Several such committees were the women’s history committee, the records committee, the roles and achievements committee, and the program and events committee.

One of the most significant contributions the Coalition made to Northwest Ohio is the book series In Search of Our Past: Women of Northwest Ohio.  In Search of Our Past was put together by the Women’s History Committee which researched significant area women and compiled their biographies into an 11 book series, with the final publication released in March 2011.  The CAC has notes and photocopies used in the very early installments in the series.

 Scope and Content

Much of the records in this collection come from the early years of the organization, with sporadic documents from the 1990s.  The majority of the records from the mid to late 1980s is complete and is a thorough accounting of the organization’s development.  However, the minutes of larger Coalition meetings from the 1990s are not present with the exception of the minutes from September 1997.  Minutes for the various committees are similarly sporadic with some committees being better represented than others.

 Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES
[May 13, 1985-September 8, 1997]
Arranged chronologically and by committee
Includes date and business conducted

MEMBERSHIP ROSTERS
[May 22, 1986-November 25, 1990]
Arranged chronologically and by committee

QUESTIONNAIRES
[1985-1986]
Arranged chronologically by date submitted

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRRESPONDENCE
[1985-1997]
Arranged chronologically

SUBJECT FILES

SUBJECT FILES
No arrangement
Subcommittee accounts
Resumes of individuals
Notable area women

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

LITERARY PRODUCTION
No arrangement
Manuscript of In Search of Our Past

PRINTED MATERIAL

PRINTED MATERIAL
No arrangement
Includes programs, publicity, and sponsorships

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL
No arrangement

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDINGS

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDINGS
No arrangement

 Inventory

Box 1

Folders

  1. Goals and Structure
  2. Minutes: Women Alive! Coalition
  3. Minutes: Various Committees
  4. Women Alive! Coalition Membership Rosters
  5. Women Alive! Questionnaires, 1985-1986
  6. Women Alive! Correspondence, 1985-1997

Box 2

Folder

  1. Program and Events Committee
  2. Outreach Committee
  3. Roles and Achievements Committee
  4. Marketing Committee
  5. Finance Committee
  6. Resumes of Individuals, Alphabetized
  7. Notable Area Women
  8. Manuscript: In Search of Our Past
  9. Programs, Publicity, Sponsorships
  10. Photographs
  11. Radio Show Cassette Recordings

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