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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Austin History Center

WE Care Austin Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: WE Care Austin
Title: WE Care Austin Records
Inclusive Dates: 1972-1994
Bulk Dates: 1984-1994
Abstract: WE Care Austin (Women's Environmental Coalition) was organized in 1972 as a women's environmental coalition to work with Austin area planners and decision makers toward the development and implementation of a comprehensive development plan for Austin. The Board of Directors meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, distributed information, statements and resolutions, event flyers and programs in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1972 to 1994.
Identification: AR.1994.109
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all researchers.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Arnold, Mary.
Fath, Shudde.
Frost, Susan.
Mather, Jean.
Wisser, Eva.
Organizations:
Woman's Environmental Coalition.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Cities and towns--Texas--Austin--Growth.
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Ecology--Texas--Societies, etc.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 333.72025 WE Pocket Directory of Environmental Groups, Agencies and Services
  • A 711.409764 MU Urban Pathfinding: Charting Austin's Growth Toward A Consensus Growth Strategy

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.1992.011 Susan Toomey Frost Papers
  • AR.W.003 Jean Mather Papers

Austin Files


  • Ecology - Women's Environmental Coalition E0400 (8)

Periodicals Collection


  • WE Care Austin: Women's Environmental Coalition Newsletter
  • Mayfield Park News (We Care Austin / Mayfield Park Community Project)

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Separated Material

Issues of the WE Care Austin: Women's Environmental Coalition Newsletter were separated to the Periodicals Collection.

General Collection


  • A 711.409764 AU Austin's Neighborhood Design Manual
  • A 352.942325 RA A Race Against Time: The Threat To The Colorado (two copies already existed in the collection so this copy was returned to the donor)
  • A 352.0974 OU 1984 Outline For A Sign Ordinance For The City Of Austin

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a Board member of the Women's Environmental Coalition.

Preferred Citation

WE Care Austin Records (AR.1994.109). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: 1985/034

Donation Date: 1994

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Box Folder
1 1 Board of Directors, 1972-1993, undated
2 Correspondence-incoming, 1988-19994
3 Correspondence-outgoing, 1985-1991
Distributed materials, 1985-1991, undated
5 Financial records, 1991-1992
6 Forums, 1981-1993
7 General meeting announcements, 1985-1988
8 Lucadia Pease Award, 1984-1991
9-10 Mailing lists, 1979-1993
11 Organization and dissolution, 1972, 1994
12 Statements and resolutions, 1985-1992, undated

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