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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Organizational Records, 1984-1993

II. Programs and Events, 1975-1994

III. Publicity, 1976-1992

IV. Visual Materials, undated

V. Oral History Project, 1994

Austin History Center

Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association
Title: Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1975-1994
Abstract: The Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association (MABPWA) was established in 1974 to strengthen the position and image of Chicanas and to give a sense of community and visibility to Mexican American women in Austin, Texas. The collection consists of materials gathered for the 20th Anniversary Documentation Project and includes organization histories, memberships lists, event flyers and programs, newspaper clippings, oral histories and photographs dated from 1975-1994.
Identification: AR.1994.112
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault, Oral History Cabinet
Language: The records are in English and Spanish.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association (MABPWA) (originally named Mexican American Business and Professional Women of Austin) was founded in 1974 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization by a group of Mexican American/Hispanic women wanted to establish goals that would strengthen the impact of Mexican American women on the community. The original Steering Committee was composed of women from diverse income levels, professions and represented different parts of the city. Members of the Committee included: Annabelle Valle, Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza, Marta de Luna, Anita Sylvia Garcia, Inez Garcia, Martha P. Cotera, Hermelinda Rodriguez, Mary Helen Valdez, Norma Carreon, Susana Elizondo, Ora Gloria, and Carlota Cardenas Dwyer. On June 27, 1974 over 100 Mexican American women attended the "Founder" Meeting at the Sheraton Crest Hotel in Austin. MABPWA was chartered in 1981 and is not associated with the Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.

MABPWA established "La Semana de la Mujer Chicana" (Mexican American Women's Week) in 1976; a week of activities sponsored by the organization to bring recognition to the accomplishments and achievements of Mexican American women. The organization also sponsored a Stay In School program to promote academic achievement by young women in school; recognized outstanding women in the community; as well as hosted a variety of speakers and events to promote their goals.

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Scope and Contents

The small collection consists of materials gathered for the 20th Anniversary Documentation Project and spans the years 1975 to 1994. The vast majority of the documents are photocopies of the original materials and include organization histories; memberships lists and biographies; event flyers and programs for the annual "La Semana de la Mujer Chicana," the "Chicanas in Management Conference," as well as other speakers and exhibitss; documentation of the Stay In School and Mentor programs; newspaper clippings and photographs. Also included are oral history interviews of Celia Castro, Ella D. Salazar, Mollie Flores, Alicia Ranzau, Della May Moore, Josie Franco-Alvarado, Mary Chavez, Lupe Morin and Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza conducted in 1994. Transcripts of these interviews are located in the AF Biography Files of each of the women.

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Arrangement

Arranged into five series:
I. Organizational Records
II. Programs and Events
III. Publicity
IV. Visual Materials
V. Oral History Project

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Castro, Celia.
Chavez, Mary.
Flores, Mollie.
Franco-Alvarado, Josie.
Moore, Della, May.
Morin, Lupe.
Paredes, Americo.
Ranzau, Alicia Rachel.
Renfro, Nancy.
Rodriguez-Mendoza, Amalia.
Salazar, Ella D.
Organizations:
Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association.
Mexican American Business and Professional Women of Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Mexican American leadership.
Mexican American women.
Leadership in women.
Women in business--Texas--Austin.

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Related Material

AF Subject - Mexican Americans--Mexican-American Business and Professional Women of Austin M4300 (8)

Archives and Manuscripts - AR.2002.025 Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza Papers

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Separated Material

Scattered issues from 1981-1984 of the Newsletter of the Mexican American Business and Professional Women of Austin were added to the Periodicals Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association (AR.1994.112). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1994/122

Donation Date: 1994

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Organizational Records, 1984-1993

Box Folder
1 1 History, 1984-1993
2 Membership lists and biographies, 1985-1993, undated

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II. Programs and Events, 1975-1994

Box Folder
1 3 La Semana de la Mujer Chicana (Mexican American Women's Week), 1977-1984
4 Chicanas in Management Conference, 1981
5 Program flyers and invitations, 1975-1994, undated
6 Stay In School and Mentor programs, 1990, undated

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III. Publicity, 1976-1992

Box Folder
1 7 Newspaper clippings, 1976-1992

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IV. Visual Materials, undated

Box Folder
1 8 Photographs, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Negatives drawer Negatives, undated

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V. Oral History Project, 1994

Transcripts of the oral history interviews are located in the AF Biography Files for each woman. See Scope and Contents for list of names.
Location TapeNos
Oral History Cabinet 2084-2091 Oral history recordings, 1994

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