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Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection Adds Two New Finding Aids

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title page of "The Status of Women at the University of Houston," October 2007

title page of “The Status of Women at the University of Houston,” October 2007

We are pleased to share that the University Women’s Commission Records and University of Houston Women’s Resource Center Records have newly published finding aids in our Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection.

As the University moved into the 21st century, President Arthur K. Smith appointed a commission of 24 UH-affiliated women to study the role of women in the University and address the issues and concerns of women on campus.  In time, male voices were added to the Commission and the report emerging at the end of the study suggested a number of recommendations to guide the administration of the University since.  One of the major recommendations, which came to fruition in 2004, was the establishment of the Women’s Resource Center.

certificate from the Governor of Texas, commemorating the opening of the Women's Resource Center at the University of Houston

certificate from the Governor of Texas, commemorating the opening of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Houston

The University Women’s Commission Records include the expected meeting minutes as well as documents establishing the organization, operational procedures, and priorities of the Commission.  In addition, the records outline research and statistics, including  surveys, assembled by the Commission, various reports of findings, including executive summaries, as well as materials documenting the establishment of a mentoring program.

The University of Houston Women’s Resource Center Records provide a glimpse of the Center’s young history of service to the UH community.  Materials include correspondence as well as information related to programs and lectures presented by the Center.  It will be an informative and telling pleasure to watch this collection grow over time, reflecting the Center and University’s development into the 21st century.

Take a “research break” from whatever you’re doing and give these new finding aids a look or, better yet, come see the collections for yourself.

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