University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Hispanic Women in Leadership Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Hispanic Women in Leadership
Collection Title Hispanic Women in Leadership Records
Dates 1977-2000
Identification 1999-007
Physical Description 8.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

The idea for a Hispanic women's leadership group originated in 1987, when a small group of Hispanic women in Houston planned a women's conference. The Hispanic Women's Leadership Conference Committee's March conference, held in conjunction with the YWCA, was a success. In June 1988, Hispanic Women in Leadership was formed as a separate, nonprofit, tax exempt organization. The organization has grown from the approximately twenty original members to over two hundred, the majority of whom are professional Hispanic women. Members include doctors, lawyers, accountants, educators, media representatives and other professionals who provide positive role models to women and girls.

Hispanic Women in Leadership's main goal is to promote leadership skills among Hispanic women in Houston. In conjunction with this goal, the organization promotes education of Hispanic women and girls, identifies successful role models, develops a network of professional women, and encourages Hispanic women to embrace and celebrate their cultural heritage.

Hispanic Women in Leadership's major activity is their annual conference, held each spring in Houston. These conferences, which have grown over the years, have themes relevant to Hispanic women. They feature local and national educators and professional women and men who present workshops on issues such as the glass ceiling in the workplace and child care. The conferences raise money for scholarships to deserving young Hispanic women. In addition to the annual conference, Hispanic Women in Leadership also sponsors other fundraisers, such as fashion shows and garage sales.


Scope and Contents

The Hispanic Women in Leadership collection contains information about the group's conferences, meetings, organization, and programs. The conferences series is the largest, as the annual conference is the main activity of Hispanic Women. The group organized their papers in three-ring binders, but in order to facilitate access to the collection, the material has for the most part been re-arranged chronologically in broad series such as administrative, correspondence, and conferences, and then further divided into sub-series. For preservation reasons, facsimiles on thermofax paper and newspaper articles have been copied onto regular paper, and newspapers have been placed in a separate oversize box.

Two boxes of unprocessed material were donated in 2016 and are identified as Accession #2016-029.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Hispanic Women in Leadership
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Records (documents)
Videocassettes
Topical Term:
Hispanic American women -- Texas -- Houston
Hispanic Americans -- Texas -- Houston
Women -- Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Hispanic Women in Leadership Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Original donations by Hispanic Women in Leadership, 1999-2000. Accession #2016-029. 2 boxes of unprocessed material donated in 2016

Processing Information:

Joanie South-Shelley, May 2000.

Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.


Detailed List of Contents

Administrative 1988-2000

Scope and Contents
The Administrative series contains the papers pertaining to the administration of Hispanic Women in Leadership from the organization's inception in 1988 through 2000. The series is divided into three sub-series, Organizational, President, and Secretary. The Organizational subseries contains three folders, dating from 1988 to 2000. They contain basic information on the group's history, organization, and leadership. The President sub-series contains six folders, dating from 1989 to 1999, and includes mainly financial records. The Secretary sub-series contains nineteen folders, dating from 1988 to 1999. This sub-series contains items such as agendas and minutes of board and general meetings, calendars, membership information, newsletters, and news clippings. A separation sheet in the folder indicates if a newspaper has been removed to the oversize box. The material in both the President and Secretary sub-series is arranged chronologically. In order to facilitate access, the material in the President and Secretary sub-series has been significantly re-arranged and a new order imposed. Hispanic Women in Leadership used binders to arrange the majority of the papers in the Administrative series. Each officer, at the beginning of their term of office, was given a binder for their papers. Some of the binders were better organized than others, and some of the binders for a particular officer or year were missing. There was also a lot of duplication of papers. To create a consistent and clear arrangement, the material has been divided functionally between the offices of president and secretary. These were the only consistent binders, and many of the papers in other binders, such as vice-president, were also found in the president or secretary binders.
Organizational
Box Folder
1 1 Mission Statement/History 1988-2000
2 Constitution/By-Laws 1988-1999
3 Board of Directors 1991-2000
President
Box Folder
1 4 Financial 1989-1993
5 Financial 1994-1996
6 Financial 1997-2000
7 Annual Report 1992
8 Legal Considerations, undated
9 Training/Education 1991
Secretary
Box Folder
1 10 Meetings 1988-1991
11 Meetings 1992-1993
12 Meetings 1994
Box Folder
2 1 Meetings 1995-1996
2 Meetings 1997-1998
3 Meetings 1999-2000
4 Membership 1988-1990
5 Membership 1991-1992
6 Membership 1993
7 Membership 1994
8 Membership 1995-1997
9 Membership 1998-1999
10 Blank Forms 1989-1999
11 Calendars 1991-1999
12 Hall of Fame 1989-1999
13 Letterhead/Stationery 1997-1999
Box Folder
3 1 News Clippings 1988-1999
2 Newsletters 1989-2000
3 Robert's Rules of Order, undated



Correspondence 1988-2000

Scope and Contents
This series contains nine folders, dating from 1988 to 2000. The material is arranged chronologically, not by writer or recipient. It does not include correspondence relating to conferences, which is in the conferences series.
Box Folder
3 4 1988-1990
5 1991-1992
6 1993
7 1994
8 1995
9 1996
10 1997
11 1998
12 1999-2000



Conferences 1988-2000

Scope and Contents
This series contains ninety folders and comprises the bulk of the material in the Hispanic Women in Leadership collection. The materials date from 1988 to 2000. This series is arranged chronologically, and within each year, items have been divided, in general, into ten subjects. These ten subjects were common to most of the conferences except the early ones. As time went on, the annual conference became larger and more elaborate. The earliest conferences therefore do not contain as much material or as many subjects as more recent conferences The subjects are conference committees, correspondence, evaluations, exhibitors, financial, hotel, program, public relations/publicity, registration, and speakers. They are arranged alphabetically. The 2000 conference correspondence folder includes a letter from Texas Governor George W. Bush congratulating Hispanic Women in Leadership on a successful conference.
Box Folder
4 1 Program 1988
2 Conference Committees undated
3 Exhibitors undated
4 Financial 1989
5 Program 1989
6 Conference Committees 1989
7 Correspondence 1989-1990
8 Evaluations 1990
9 Exhibitors 1989-1990
10 Program 1990
11 Registration 1990
12 Speakers 1990
13 Conference Committees 1991
14 Correspondence 1990-1991
15 Exhibitors 1991
16 Financial 1990-1991
17 Program 1991
18 Public Relations/Publicity 1991
19 Registration 1991
20 Speakers 1990-1991
21 Conference Committees 1991-1992
22 Correspondence 1991-1992
23 Exhibitors 1991
24 Financial 1992
25 Hotel 1991-1992
26 Program 1992
27 Speakers 1991-1992
28 Public Relations/Publicity 1992
Box Folder
5 1 Conference Committees 1992-1993
2 Evaluations 1993
3 Exhibitors 1993
4 Financial 1993
5 Program 1993
6 Registration 1993
7 Speakers 1993
8 Conference Committees 1993-1994
9 Correspondence 1993-1994
10-12 Evaluations 1994
13 Exhibitors undated
14 Financial 1994
15 Program 1993-1994
16 Public Relations/Publicity 1994
17 Registration undated
18 Speakers 1993-1994
19 Conference Committees 1994-1995
20 Correspondence 1994-1995
Box Folder
6 1 Exhibitors 1994-1995
2 Financial 1995
3 Hotel 1994-1995
4 Program 1995
5 Public Relations/Publicity 1995
6 Registration 1995
7 Speakers undated
8 Conference Committees 1995
9 Correspondence 1996
10 Evaluations 1996
11 Exhibitors 1996
12 Financial 1995-1996
13 Hotel 1995-1996
14 Program 1996
15 Public Relations/Publicity 1995
16 Registration 1996
17 Speakers/Entertainment 1995-1996
18 Conference Committees 1996-1997
19 Correspondence 1996-1997
20 Exhibitors 1997
21 Financial 1997
Box Folder
7 1 Hotel 1997
2 Program 1997
3 Registration 1997
4 Public Relations/Publicity 1997
5 Speakers/Entertainment 1996-1997
6 Conference Committees 1997-1998
7 Correspondence 1997-1998
8 Financial 1997-1998
9 Hotel 1997-1998
10 Program 1998
11 Public Relations/Publicity 1998
12 Registration undated
13 Speakers/Entertainment 1998
14 Conference Committees 1999
15 Correspondence 1998-1999
16 Financial 1999
Box Folder
8 5 Correspondence 2000
6 Program 2000



Scholarships 1992-1999

Scope and Contents
This series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1992 to 1999. The majority of this series is scholarship applications from 1992 and 1993, with some correspondence specifically related to the scholarships. For privacy reasons, transcripts of students applying for scholarships have been removed and destroyed. The applications are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, and the correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
8 7 Applications - A-L 1992
8 Applications - M-Z 1992
9 Applications - A-D 1993
10 Applications - F-G 1993
11 Applications - H-Mc 1993
12 Applications - Me-R 1993
13 Applications - S-Z 1993
14 Correspondence 1992-1993
Box Folder
9 1 Correspondence 1995-1999
2 Scholarship Committees 1992-1999
3 Awards 1997
4 Blank Applications 1992-1999
5 Judges' Tally Sheets undated



Activities 1988-1999

Scope and Contents
This series contains seventeen folders, dating from 1988 to 1999. The material includes information about activities other than the annual conferences, such as fashion shows, art exhibits, and garage sales. The material is arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
9 6 1988-1989
7 1990-1991
8 1992
9 1993
10 Young Hispanas 1993
11 1994
12 1995
13 1996
14 1997
15 1998
16 1999
17 Invitations to Non-HWL Activities 1991-1999
18 Photographs - Hall of Fame 1999
19 Photographs - Hall of Fame 2000
20-21 Photographs 1996
Box Folder
10 1-3 Photographs 1996
4 Photographs 1998
5 Photographs undated



Outside Organizations 1977-1999

Scope and Contents
This series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1977 to 1999 and consists of material about organizations other than Hispanic Women in Leadership, but which are of interest to the group. The material is arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization.
Box Folder
10 6 A-F 1990-1996
7 H-Hi 1989-1992
8 Houston Area Women's Shelter 1977-1997
9 Ho-Mc 1989-1999
10 Mujer a Mujer (Sisters of Charity Health Care System) 1992
11 Mus-Tenneco 1990-1993
12 Texano-Correspondence 1993
13 Texano-Facsimile Numbers 1993
14 Texano-Newsletters 1993-1995
15 Texano-Notes and Tidbits 1989, 1993
16 Te-United 1994-1998
17 United Way 1991-1995
18 Wh-Z 1990-1999



Ephemera

Scope and Contents
This series contains five items, a cloth book bag with the logo of the Hispanic Women's Conference Committee, a pen from Rice University, a satchel with the logo of Hispanic Women in Leadership, and two videotapes of awards presentations at the 1998 and 2000 conferences. Other than the videotapes, none of the items in this series are dated. The videotapes are shelved with the collection next to box 10.
Box Item
11 1 Cloth Book Bag undated
2 Rice University Pen undated
3 Satchel undated
Item
1 Videotape - Hispanic Women in Leadership Hall of Fame 1998
Item
2 Videotape - Hispanic Women in Leadership Award to Ninfa Lorenzo 2000



Oversize

Scope and Contents
This series contains newspapers and newspaper articles dating from 1988 to 2000. They were removed and placed in an oversize box for preservation reasons. Separation sheets in the folders refer the researcher to the oversize box. This series also contains two large, framed proclamations, both dated 2000. One is from the office of Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown, and the other is from the office of Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella; both are in honor of Hispanic Women in Leadership.
OVS_Box OVS_Item
11 1 Newspaper Articles 1988-1999
2 Proclamation from Houston Mayor 2000
3 Proclamation from Stafford Mayor 2000



Unprocessed additions

Scope and Contents
Accession #2016-029. 2 boxes of unprocessed material donated in 2016. Contact the curator with questions regarding access to this material.