Austin History Center

Austin Women's History Network Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Vance, Linda D.
Title: Austin Women's History Network Records
Inclusive Dates: 1980-1996
Abstract: The collection documents the activities of the Austin Women's History Network with special emphasis on Women's History Month in 1988.
Identification: AR.2010.012
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

In 1986 the Texas State Historical Association sponsored a conference concerning inclusion of women in the forthcoming revised Texas Handbook. At that meeting women from Austin got together and formed a local network of Austin professional women to support one another and to keep a finger on the pulse of women's history in Texas and how it is presented to the public. They named themselves the Austin Women's History Network and started meeting periodically in each other's homes. The group was informal and did not elect officers or create bylaws.

Members included:

  • Merle Miles Adams
  • Kate Adams
  • Nancy Baker Jones
  • Marian E. Barnes
  • Cynthia Beeman
  • Sherilyn Brandenstein
  • Cynthia Brandimarte
  • Debbie Cottrell
  • Trish Cunningham
  • Bobby Duncan
  • Elizabeth Flynn
  • Molly Godwin
  • Florence Gould
  • Melissa Hield
  • Jan Humphrey
  • Emma Lou Linn
  • Judy McArthur
  • Crystal Ragsdale
  • Mary Jane McReynolds
  • Pat Seitz
  • Frances Rikard
  • Mary Beth Rogers
  • Cathy Schecter
  • Dee Seligman
  • Sherry Smith
  • Mary Standifer
  • Robyn Turner
  • Megan Seaholm
  • Alexandra Underhill
  • Linda Vance
  • Pat Wentworth
  • Ruthe Winegarten
  • Ellen Temple
  • Linda Webster
  • Ingeborg McCoy
  • Louise Menlo
  • Clara Lomas
  • Suzi Williams
  • Ruth Seeger

In early 1988 the Texas Historical Commission organized a number of events to celebrate Woman's History Month. One of the events was a bus tour of sites associated with women's history. The tour was organized by Linda Vance as a member of the Austin Women's History Network and it was held March 20, 1988. The tour stopped at the Carver Museum for an exhibit of Black Women Leaders, The Elizabet Ney Museum, the Austin History Center for the Texas Suffrage Leaders exhibit and the Texas Historical Commission for an exhibit of Hispanic Women Leaders.

Another even the Network participated in was to be photographed on June 26, 1987 on the steps of the Travis County Courthouse. The photo was meant to replicate the picture that had been taken on June 26, 1918 on the Courthouse steps when suffragists has posed before/after they registered to vote for the first time.

Scope and Contents

The collection of the Austin Women's History Network consists mainly of documents related to the organization, including correspondence, membership lists, flyers, meeting announcements, financial records and photographs dating from 1983 through 1993. Of significance are the planning materials for Women's History Tour as well as an unrealized proposal for a center to house efforts to encourage the research and documentation of Texas women's history. Also notable are photographs of Sally Shipman presenting a proclamation for Women's History Month in March 1988 and the 1987 reenactment of the 1918 photo of suffragists on the Travis County Courthouse steps.

In addition to the Network administrative materials the collection contains subject files titled "Austin Women" and "Austin Women & Work". The Austin Women files contain newspaper clippings, flyers, and newsletters dating from 1980 through 1992 that are about or in support of women in the Austin community. The Austin Women & Work file includes flyers, marketing postcards and newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s for the Austin arts organization that presents and promotes the work of Texas women artists.


Original order and file headings were maintained.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Beeman, Cynthia.
Cottrell, Debbie.
Vance, Linda D.
Winegarten, Ruthe.
Austin Women's History Network
Texas Historical Commission.
Women & Their Work.
Austin (Tex.)
Women artists--Texas.
Women--Texas--History--Study and teaching.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a member of the organization.

Preferred Citation

Austin Women's History Network (AR.2010.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2010/024

Donation Date: 2010

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Austin Women's History Network 1980-1996

Box Folder
1 1 Administrative materials, 1985-1993
2-3 Women's History Tour, 1988
4 Texas Women's History resources proposal, 1989-1990
5 Photographs, 1985-1988
6 Austin Women, 1980-1992, undated
8 Women & Their Work, 1988-1996, undated
9 Ephemera, circa 1988