Edinboro University Women's Association, 1971-2010

Date Finding Aid Created/Updated: Created November 2011

Created by: Caiden Feldmiller

Title: The Edinboro University Women's Association, 1971-2010

Inclusive Dates: 1971, Bulk of material 1977-2010

Creator: The Edinboro University Women's Association

Extent: 2 linear feet

Repository: Edinboro University Archives, Baron-Forness Library, Edinboro University, Edinboro PA 16444

Abstract: Before its dissolution in 2010, the Edinboro University Women's Association (EUWA) had goals "to enhance the quality of life; foster friendship and sociability among the women who [constituted] its membership; and, when appropriate, to further the aims of the university." The EUWA collection consists of records, photo albums, and scrapbooks presenting the evolutionary history of the organization from a small group acting as a social outlet to an established association which met the aforementioned goals.

Acquisition Information: Donated by Mimi Hakanen, former president of EUWA

Preferred Citation: Edinboro University Women's Association, Edinboro University Archives

Access Restriction: Available for use by Researchers

Copyright: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Alternative Format: none

Historical Sketch: In 1959, Marian Miller, the wife of then President Tom Miller, envisioned a women's group which would receive support at the college. Mrs. Miller felt the need for the wives, mainly young women with small children, to have a social outlet with others of like interests. Therefore, with the appointment of Dorothy Ickes as their first president, an informal group called Faculty Wives came into being.

In those early years, only the wives of faculty and support personnel of Edinboro State College were eligible for membership. However, as the college grew, so did the need to accommodate more women. Thus, in the early 1980s, the membership voted to become the Edinboro University Women's Association (EUWA), with membership open to any woman who was employed or whose husband was employed at the university. With this change, the organization was somewhat altered. New purposes were found which included: "[enhancing] the quality of life; [fostering] friendship and sociability among the women who [constituted] its membership; and, when appropriate, [furthering] the aims of the university."

The association committed to these purposes, especially through financial contributions to aid students. In 1983, a scholarship fund was created to be awarded annually to a full-time student who had returned to education after an absence of at least five years, had just completed the junior year and had an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The first scholarship from this fund was awarded in 1987. Further, the Marian Miller Award was established in the 1990s to aid in the tuition payment of a needy student (or of needy students) at the Miller Research Learning Center. These awards were funded mainly through the holiday house tours planned by the resource committee of the EUWA but also sponsored were a dinner, an art auction, a pig roast, and a fashion show. Members of the association were, moreover, involved in orientation, honors convocation, iced tea summer events, and other special projects that warranted their participation. When not volunteering, members were also able to engage in special interest groups such as lunch brunch, Christian fellowship, bridge, book club, swimming, etc. These activities continued to be enjoyed until 2010. After a 50-year celebration and remembrance, the last meeting of the association was held on October 2nd of that year.

Scope and Content Notes: The Edinboro University Women's Association Collection includes: records of constitution and membership, photo albums documenting the association's projects and university activities, and scrapbooks highlighting its special interests and applicable reportage. While there are items in it of the First Wives group, the collection contains a majority of information on the origin and doings of EUWA in the late 1970s through the 2000s.

Organization of Collection:
I. Edinboro University Women's Association
a. Records
b. Photo Albums
c. Scrapbooks

Controlled Access Terms:
Photograph albums
Edinboro University Women's Association
Faculty Wives
Edinboro State College
Edinboro Universitiy

Contents List:

Series: Records
Box: EUWA 1
Shelf: 7

Membership dirctory, 1984-85, 1997-98, 2006
EUWA newsletter, 1986-98
Constitution and membership, 1989
Constitution and membership, 1991-92
Constitution and membership, 1994
Board meetings, 1997-99
Constitution and membership, 1998-99, 1999-2000
Brief history, 1998
50th celebration, 2010
Programs, n.d.

Series: Photograph Albums
Box: EUWA 1
Shelf: 7

Loose photos identified, ca. 2003
Photo album, 1998[?]
Photo album, 2007-08

Box: EUWA 2
Shelf: 7

Photo album, Literacy Through Photography, 1994
Photo album, Annual Fall Tea, 1989
Photo album, Spring Brunch, 1997
Photo album, EUWA House Tour, 1990

Series: Scrapbooks
Box: EUWA 2

Scrapbook, 1977-86
Scrapbook, 1986-92
Scrapbook, 1971, 1999-2003

Created on ... November 08, 2011