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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Videos

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Houston Area Women’s Center Videos, 1980-1999



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Houston Area Women’s Center
Title: Houston Area Women’s Center Videos
Dates: 1980-1999
Abstract: The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) emerged from the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Service (WIRES) in 1977. HAWC provides resources to battered women in metropolitan Houston. In 1996, HAWC programs fell into three primary areas, Family Violence, Rape Crisis, and Community Education. This collection contains both color and black and white photographs of varying sizes and formats, which date from 1978 to 1995. The bulk of the collection chronicles the varied activities of the organization.
Identification: 1996-010
Quantity: 14 boxes; 14 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Historical Note

The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) emerged from the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Service (WIRES) in 1977. The Referral Exchange eventually became a service within HAWC, providing resources to battered women in metropolitan Houston, Texas. The purpose of the Women’s Center is to “provide shelter and support services to survivors of sexual assault and family violence…[to] educate and inform the community in order to prevent and eliminate the causes of this violence…[To] empower women to advance their roles, their rights and their well-being.” In 1996, HAWC programs fell into three primary areas, Family Violence, Rape Crisis, and Community Education.

Initially, HAWC consisted entirely of volunteers led by former City of Houston Women’s Advocate Nikki Van Hightower. As the organization grew, it gained a one-room office in the University of Texas School of Public Health and Nikki Van Hightower became the first Executive Director of HAWC. Along with this growth, services provided by HAWC expanded, including an eleven-bed shelter for battered women and their children. By 1980, HAWC offered support to victims of sexual assault through the Rape Crisis Program (formerly the Houston Rape Crisis Coalition) and purchased a permanent shelter facility with nineteen beds.

Throughout the 1980s, HAWC branched out to provide services to areas surround Houston, continued to develop support programs, and lobbied for changes in state laws and community law enforcement procedures. The Women’s Club of Houston donated a facility in 1982, which, after remodeling, accommodated forty-five women and children. During the same year, HAWC opened a domestic violence program in Montgomery County; satellite programs in other parts of Harris County, and Fort Bend County, followed shortly thereafter. The Texas Legislature passed updated sexual assault laws and the Houston Police Department announced a policy calling for arrests in cases of domestic violence during 1983 resulting, in part, from lobbying by HAWC.

The 1990s brought further expansion by HAWC in greater Houston and Texas. The organization again moved to accommodate growing staff and services. Programs expanded to provide benefits from established programs to different sectors within the community. Hispanic Outreach, Asian Outreach, and African-American Outreach programs began between 1992 and 1994. Lobbying activity also increased during the 1990s as HAWC aided in the passage of numerous pieces of legislation, including stalking laws, the National Violence Against Women Act within the Crime Bill, and evidence laws pertaining to marital rapes. During this time, HAWC also assisted with the creation of the Domestic Violence Unit within the Houston Police Department, as well as establishing a Task Force for Children within the Texas Council on Domestic Violence.

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Scope and Contents

The Houston Area Women’s Center Videos contain the usual VHS tapes, Umatics, Beta tapes, and audio tapes. Items date from 1980 to 1999 with most of the material dating in the mid 1990s. The bulk of the collection chronicles the TV shows, news clips and events. The collection contains recordings of various TV shows, events and a whole lot of TV news clips revolving around HAWC. The videos form a bulk of the collection and hence have been processed separately.

Researchers may also wish to consult other collections held as part of the Women's Archives, including the Nikki Van Hightower Papers, covering the years 1967-1997, the Houston Area Women’s Council Records, including the years 1975-1990, and the HAWC Council for Abused Women/Family Violence Program Records, spanning 1978-1984. Complete runs of the Centerline (call number HQ 1439.H68 C46) and Catalyst (call number HQ 1439.H68 C375), are cataloged and available in Special Collections. Also part of the Women's Archives, and of possible interest to the researcher, is the National Women’s Conference Collection.

The tapes have been stored in video boxes and have been sorted topically and then chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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, locating 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.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Organizations)

Houston Area Women's Center

Subjects

Women Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston.
Women in community organization -- Texas -- Houston.
Social service -- Texas -- Houston.
Abused women -- Texas -- Houston.

Formats

Videocassettes

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Related Material

Houston Area Women's Center Ephemera

Houston Area Women's Center Records

Nikki Van Hightower Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Area Women’s Center Photographs, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Houston Area Women’s Center, 1997

Processed by

Pavan Sirsi, November 2003

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Detailed Description

 

Videos

Videos and audios have been divided into nine sub-series: Access Houston TV shows, HAWC - 5 min and 15 minutes, Events – 20th anniversary and Annual Meetings, News clips and Press Conferences, Organization, Public Service Announcements, “Defining Women” Shows, Women’s Issues and Audios.
Access Houston Corporation – Box 1: 13 Umatics
box
1 Sister to Sister 6A/4Q/88, 1988
Sister to Sister 6B/4Q/88, 1988
Sister to Sister 6C/4Q/88, 1988
Sister to Sister 6D/4Q/88, 1988
Sister to Sister, 1989
Sister to Sister: Dating Violence, undated
Sister to Sister: Domestic violence, undated
Sister to Sister: Domestic violence, undated
Sister to Sister: Sex roles, undated
Self-esteem series #1, undated
Self-esteem series #2, undated
Self-esteem series #3, undated
Self-esteem series #4, undated
Access Houston Corporation & HAWC – Box 2: 12 Umatics
box
2 Houston Area Women’s Center 1A/4Q/88, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 1B/4Q/88, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 2B/4Q/88, undated
HAWC logo, undated
HAWC – PSAs, 1988
News clippings and PSA for WIRES, undated
HAWC – Rape Crisis hotline, undated
HAWC – Volunteer Opportunities, undated
"Defining Women" Shown open with music,
"A Fighting Chance, " undated
"Pornography is theory, Rape is practice" May 1986
"Question de Decision" undated
HAWC 5 min and 15 min. – Box 3: 20 Videos
box
3 Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 5 min, undated
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
Houston Area Women’s Center 15 min, 1991
HAWC 20th Anniversary, 22nd and 23rd Annual meetings, Miscellaneous – Box 4: 13 Videos
box
4 News clippings, 1997
News clippings, 1997
22nd Annual Meeting, 1999
22nd Annual Meeting, 1999
23rd Annual Meeting, 2000
Women’s Center Awards, 1990
Women’s Center Awards, 1990
HAWC – by Marini, 1991
HAWC – by Marini, 1991
HAWC – by Marini, 1991
HAWC – by Marini, 1991
HAWC Tape 1, undated
HAWC Tape 2, undated
HAWC Awards, News clips, Press Conferences – Box 5: 20 Videos
box
5 HAWC
HAWC – Rape crisis volunteer: Tina, undated
HAWC – Composite tape, undated
HAWC – Family violence training, undated
HAWC – News Clippings, 1988
Cebula sentence, 1989
Survivors of violence, Ron Stone, 1991
Shining time, 1993
"Day of the dead," March 1994
NCASA, 1994
Steve Stockton controversy, 1996
United Way campaign, 1996
Witness to Violence Project, 1996
Person of the Week, 1997
Women in History Profiles, 1997
CRT on Debra Duncan and Peter Jennings, 1998
Channel 2/ Survivors, 1998
Channel 13 SA survivor, 1998
Clinton sexual harassment case, 1998
Date rape drugs: KHOU-TV, 1998
HAWC News clips – Box 6: 13 Videos
box
6 Divorce, 1998
Lily Tomlin, 1998
Channel 13 – Ellen, 1999
Fox News, 1999
HAWC on Channel 26, 1999
Houston crime statistics: KHOU-TV, 1999
Mayor’s special town hall meeting, 1999
Neighborhood news, 1999
O.J. Simpson trophy meltdown: KRIV-TV, 1999
Sexual assaults, 1999
Sexual assaults and Dixie Chicks, 1999
Belsie’s tapes, undated
HAWC – KHOU-TV Houston, undated
box
7 Channel 2 UW tape, undated
Channel 8 Community education, undated
Channel 8 “Community” on HAWC, undated
Combined tapes, undated
Melta/Hong - Vietnamese, undated
"Violencia Intrafamiliar" undated
HAWC press conference, 1991
HAWC press conference, 1991
HAWC press conference, 1991
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
HAWC Organization – Box 8: 20 Videos
box
8 HAWC Locations, undated
Tour of 1010 Waugh Location, 1995
Tour of 1010 Waugh Location, 1995
Battered Women’s Center, 1995
New facility, 1995
Montrose Counseling Center, 1993
Fundraiser, 1991
Fundraiser, 1991
Benefit, 1993
HAWC holiday party, 1993
HAWC, 1996
HAWC, undated
HAWC presentation outtakes Channel 11, undated
Mentor mother training, 1995
Mentor mother training, 1995
Staff meeting confronting homophobia, 1996
Hotline quarterly meeting, 1996
PSAs – Slide show, 1989
PSAs – Slide show, 1989
PSAs – 50 fast facts, 1994
HAWC Public Service Announcements – Box 9: 20 Videos
box
9 Astros PSA outtakes, 1994
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
HAWC Domestic violence (4) PSAs, August 1996
Advertising Council, Domestic violence PSAs, 1996
Astros "Safe at home "PSAs, 1997
Astros "Safe at home "PSAs, 1997
Astros "Safe at home "PSAs, 1997
Astros "Safe at home "PSAs, 1997
Astros "Safe at home "PSAs: Finleys and Donnels, undated
Astros "Safe at home "PSAs: Bagwells, Finleys and Donnels, undated
Garcia, Elsa PSA – Rape crisis undated
Harris County Medical Society/ HAWC: 6 PSAs, undated
Harris County Medical Society/ HAWC: 6 PSAs, undated
Spanish PSA, undated
Spanish PSA, undated
HAWC Defining Women – Box 10: 19 Videos
box
10 Defining Women, 1992
Defining Women, 1992
Women in Politics, 1992
Defining Women, 1993
Shown Open with Music, 1993
Shown Open with Music, 1993
Women in Advertising, 1993
Women in Advertising, 1993
Women in Arts, 1993
Women and Childbirth, 1993
Women in Media, 1993
Women in Media, 1993
Women in Media, 1993
Women in Politics, 1993
Women in Radio, 1993
Women in Radio, 1993
Women in Radio, 1993
Women in Religion, 1993
Women in Sports, 1993
HAWC TV shows – Box 11: 19 Videos
box
11 WIRES Weekend closeup, 1987
Joan Rivers Show/ C. Thomas, 1989
Oprah: "Coming Out," 1989
"Behind Closed Doors," 1990
"Behind Closed Doors," 1990
HAWC "Funny Women, " 1991
Today Show/ C. Thomas, 1991
"Enough is enough, " 1992
"Enough is enough, " 1992
Today Show/ C. Thomas, 1996
What When Where, 1998
What When Where, 1998
"Doors of hope, " 1999
"A story of ‘O’," undated
"It ain’t love, " undated
Sister to Sister/ Host: Allen McMurrer, undated
Texas Teens Project: "Sex is about ….., " undated
With Heart, With Hope, undated
"Defining Women"shown open, undated
HAWC Women’s Issues – Box 12: 20 Videos
box
12 "Date rape": City under siege/ C. Thomas
Domestic Violence in Houston, 1990
Domestic Violence Mitzi Vorachek Channel 11, 1992
Domestic Violence awareness "Street Action," 1993
Domestic Violence news clips 1994
Domestic Violence, 1994
Domestic Violence – Irene .G and Yolanda .G, undated
Domestic Violence Channel 2 news, undated
Domestic Violence (5 spots @ 30 sec each), undated
Domestic Violence effects on children, undated
Domestic Violence effects on children, undated
HAWC RCP Children’s program, 1993
Legal rights of women, undated
Legal rights of women, undated
Legal rights of women, undated
Legal rights of women/ Volunteer training, undated
Men, Sex and Rape, 1992
Men, Sex and Rape – Nightline, 1992
Sexual assault and people with disabilities, 1994
Sexual assault and people with disabilities, 1994
Video and Audio PSAs and Miscellaneous – Box 13: Betas, Video and audio reels, Umatics
Video reels
box
13 Coalition for domestic violence, 1991
Coalition for domestic violence, 1991
Incest survival, (kill date) 1994
Incest survival, (kill date) 1994
Incest survival, (kill date) 1994
Incest survival, (kill date) 1994
Beta tapes
box
13 HAWC – by Marini, undated
Untitled,
Video
box
13 Untitled (Loop), undated
Umatics
box
13 Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Video Tapes (Camcorders)
box
13 Cindy Merrill, 1996
Faith based meeting, November 4, n.y.
Mitzi – UW, Barbara – UW, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Audio PSAs
box
13 :60, :30 PSAs "Signs"(Spanish), 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs"(Spanish), 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs"(Spanish), 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs"(Spanish), 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs, " 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs, " 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs" 1999
:60, :30 PSAs "Signs" 1999
Women’s center PSAs, undated
HAWC Audio tapes – Box 14: 32 Audios
box
14 Laurie Adams credit workshop for W.I.R.E.S, 1980
Charlene Torres, 1982
Lesbian Awareness, 1982
Lesbian Awareness, 1982
Untitled, 1983
W.I.R.E.S Class # 1, 1986
W.I.R.E.S Class # 1, 1986
W.I.R.E.S Class # 1, 1986
United Way of America advertising campaign, 1988
Untitled, 1991
Mitzi Vorachek, 1991
An Evening with Gloria Steniem, 1992
An Evening with Gloria Steniem, 1992
Women’s Center, 1993
Sticks and Stones, 1993
Untitled, 1993
KRBE talk show, 1993
Public service promotion, 1994
Radio PSAs, 1999
Radio PSAs, 1999
HAWC Spanish lessons I and II, undated
Legal rights workshop, parental rights, undated
Volunteer training session, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated
Untitled, undated

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