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WE Care Austin Records
An Inventory of the Collection
The Women's Environmental Coalition (WE Care Austin) was formed in 1972, and was modeled after a Women's Environmental Coalition in Denver, Colorado. WE Care Austin received initial support from the Junior League of Austin, sponsor of an Environmental Awareness Day in 1971. The stated purpose was the assumption of active responsibility in creation of a quality environment through research, education and action. In 1973 WE Care Austin adopted as its long-term goal "working with Austin area planners and decision makers towards the development, adoption, and implementation of a comprehensive development plan for the total Austin area environment."
The first major project embarked on by WE Care Austin was Congress Avenue Beautification, where they fought to retain height limitations on downtown building in order to protect the view of the State Capitol. The organization held monthly Board of Directors meetings; sponsored Spring and Fall Forums with topics of special interest highlighted through panel discussions; hosted the Lucadia Pease Luncheon and Awards to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement in environmental advocacy; and, based on consensus reached by Board members on a specific topics, sent letters to elected officials and made statements at public hearings. In addition, WE Care annually published a Pocket Directory of Environmental Groups, Agencies and Services.
WE Care Austin was disbanded in 1994.
The WE Care Austin records contain material relating to the development and achievements of WE Care Austin (Women's Environmental Coalition) and covers the period 1972 through 1994. The Board of Directors file contains Board meeting announcements, agenda and meeting minutes that provide insight into the decision making process to determine which environmental issues the organization would address. The correspondence files include the letters to elected official on behalf of the WE Care Austin Board on topics such as water quality, transportation, parkland, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Austin Convention Center. The distributed materials consist of membership solicitation flyers and undated newsletters. The forum and general meeting announcements highlight the environmental issues of interest to the organization through the years. The Lucadia Pease Awards file documents the individuals recognized for outstanding achievement in environmental advocacy. In addition, the collection contains general administrative files such as financial records, mailing lists, incoming correspondence and information pertaining to the creation and dissolution of the organization.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all researchers.
Restrictions on Use
Donated by a Board member of the Women's Environmental Coalition.
WE Care Austin Records (AR.1994.109). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: 1985/034
Donation Date: 1994
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.