University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dorothy Emerson Collection, 1977-1991

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emerson, Dorothy, b. 1943
Title: Emerson, Dorothy, Collection
Dates: 1977-1991
Abstract: Materials collected by Dorothy Emerson, Austin feminist and member of the Austin Area Holistic Health Association.
Accession No.: 83-40, 86-182, 91-224
Extent: 12 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Dorothy Emerson was an Austin feminist and member of the Austin Area Holistic Health Association (AAHHA). She was involved in the opening of the Austin Wellness Center (started by the AAHHA) and in the “Khan Du project,” a mini-series produced by the San Antonio Television Station KLRN about career education for handicapped children. Emerson is now a Unitarian Universalist minister in Medford, Massachusetts.


“Rev. Dorothy Emerson - Medford, MA, USA,” Purple Unions. Accessed July 12, 2010.

“Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson,” Rainbow Solutions. Accessed July 12, 2010.

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Emerson Collection, 1977-1991, consists of materials collected by Dorothy Emerson. The collection includes newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, catalogs, broadsides, and newspaper clippings.The clippings relate to feminist and holistic health oriented groups around Texas and the U.S. and includes Emerson’s classified files concerning Our Lady’s Mission, a feminist spirituality network. The collection also concerns the Austin Khan Du, lesbian/gay issues, and the National Organization for Women (NOW). Also included are AAHHA Records, including meeting minutes, budget projections, grant materials, and proposals. Issues of "Holistic Health News" and "New Age In Austin" are also part of the collection.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Emerson, Dorothy May, 1943-
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Area Holistic Health Association (AAHHA)
Austin Wellness Center
Our Lady's Mission (Austin feminist organization)
Alcoholism -- Tex.
Children with disabilities -- Education -- Tex.
Feminism -- Tex.
Holistic medicine -- Tex.
Homosexuality -- Tex.
Social conditions -- Tex.
Women -- Political activity -- Tex.
Austin (Tex.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Newspaper Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dorothy Emerson Collection, 1977-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection includes unprocessed additions.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Inventory, On-site Materials

2.325/A77a Our Lady’s Mission, women’s issues, National Organization of Women, Dorothy May Emerson, lesbian issues


Inventory, Off-site Materials

3R257 Printed material regarding holistic health topicsNewsletters from other holistic organizations
3R257a Miscellaneous Our Lady's Mission correspondence
women's Spirituality Conference
Texas NOW Convention, 1982
Women For Peace
Panel Women
Sonia Johnson
3R258 Miscellaneous articles, pamphlets, etc. relating to the holistic health field
3R258a Our Lady's Mission:
Current Work
Interest Survey's/Names and addresses
"Our Lady's Mission News"
PR and OLM news items past
Past layouts and rought drafts
Past flyers
3R259 Austin Wellness Center material
Minutes from AAHHA meetings, 1978-1979
Notes on nutrition and agrarian reform
Notes on alcoholism
AAHHA material regarding grants
Trade exchange program material
3R259a Miscellaneous printed mateirlas concerning women
Women's Lobby Alliance
Women's Music Festival, Michigan, 1982
Women news clippings, 1983
Miscellaneous news clippings
Miscellaneous printed material (health, sexuality, politics, music)
3R260 Printed material on various holistic health topics
AAHHA budget projects, 1977-1979
AAHHA grant proposals, 1979
Newspaper articles relating to holistic health
Notes and material on massage
3R260a D. Emerson programs presented
Austin events attended, 1981
Events attended, 1981
Events attended, 1983
Business cards
3R261 Lesbian/Gay groups
Material on other Austin holistic health groups
Unitarian Church information
Evaluation instruments
Notes and information relating to the Khan Du project
Community resource ideas
3R262 Notes, materials, correspondence regarding the Khan Du project, 1977-1978
3R263 Women's groups
Texas holistic health network
Copies of "Holistic Health News," 1977-1980
3R264 Copies of "Holistic Health News," 1978-1980
copies of "New Age in Austin," Spring, Summer, Winter, 1979; Spring 1980
Newspaper articles on various holistic health topics
3R265 Printed material on related holistic health groups
Newspaper and newspaper clippings on holistic health topics
Book order forms for related books