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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Founding/Incorporation Documents and Bylaws

Board of Directors Minutes and Agendas

Treasurer's Reports

Correspondence

Membership Information and Directories

Newsletters

Projects

Ephemera

Addition of March 1998 (Accession 1998-009)

Addition of April 1999 (Accession 1999-09)

Addition of 2000 (Accession 2000-022)

Addition of November 2000 (Accession 2000-036)

Addition of December 2003 (Accession 2003-083)

Addition of 2004 (Accession 2004-002)

Addition of November 2004 (Accession 2004-101)

Addition of January 2005 (Accession 2005-002)

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Bexar County Women's Bar Association Records, 1983-2004



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bexar County Women's Bar Association
Title: Bexar County Women's Bar Association Records
Dates: 1983-2004
Creator Abstract: The Bexar County Women's Bar Association (BCWBA) began in 1982 with a mission to bring together women attorneys, legal assistants and law students in Bexar County and to provide a local forum for the exchange of dialogue and ideas relevant to women in the legal profession.
Content Abstract: The records of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association consist of founding and incorporation documents, bylaws, minutes, reports, correspondence, printed material, membership information, directories, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting the inception, daily function, monthly meetings, and projects of this San Antonio women's organization.
Identification: MS 9
Extent: 9 linear feet (33 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Bexar County Women's Bar Association (BCWBA) was started in late 1982 and incorporated in 1988. The mission of the Association is to bring together women attorneys, legal assistants and law students in Bexar County and to provide a local forum for the exchange of dialogue and ideas relevant to women in the legal profession. The earliest motivations for organization were a desire to see a woman appointed to an open County Court judicial bench in Bexar County and to see more women gain leadership positions in the San Antonio Bar Association. Olga Brown organized the initial social in 1983 to gauge interest in forming an organization. Of the 77 original members of BCWBA, three were men. Membership is open to any women in the Bexar County area legal community, and by 1997 amounted to between 400 and 500 people. BCWBA published its first newsletter in 1984. In 1993, the name of the newsletter changed from Bexar County Women's Bar Association Newsletter to Equal Times®.

The association is governed by a board of directors comprised of officers elected from the general membership, committee chairs, an association historian and a community liaison. Regular committees of BCWBA include Membership, Newsletter, Newsletter Advertisement, Luncheons, Public Relations, Bench Brunch, Social and Roundtable. Officers and directors assemble monthly for board meetings, while the membership in general meets many times throughout the year for social, educational, and professional programs relating to the roles of women's in the legal profession. The programming includes luncheons, lectures by outside speakers, and retreats. Since its inception, BCWBA has implemented many important projects. In 1984, a BCWBA committee designed a child support formula for Bexar County, which the District Judges accepted. It served as a model for the child support formula eventually set by the Texas Supreme Court. In 1990, BCWBA saw the opening of the Teddy Bear Room in the Bexar County Justice Center, a special waiting room initiated by the association for children (trial witnesses and others) in the District Attorney's Office.

BCWBA also lobbied in 1990 for amendments to the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) bylaws to allow presidents of all local minority bar associations as non-voting members of the SABA board. At the same time, BCWBA also worked for minority representation on the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board. In 1994, a BCWBA group joined other Texas women bar leaders to form the Texas Women's Bar Association. Also in 1994, for the first time five women were nominated to four director positions in the San Antonio Bar Association, thereby advancing one of the original goals of BCWBA.

The longest running and most successful of the projects undertaken by BCWBA is the Annual Bench Brunch. Starting in 1983 in an effort to keep the Women's Law Center from closing, the first Bench Brunch raised $5,000 and successfully met its goal. The Bench Brunch has two foci: to raise money for various charities and to honor women judges in Texas. The program of Bench Brunches includes the presentation of awards, the introduction of honorees, an auction, a raffle and a guest speaker. Past guest speakers include former Texas Governor Ann Richards, former Texas State Attorney General Dan Morales, and former Dean of the Law School at St. Mary's University Barbara Bader Aldave among others.

The BCWBA attributes it success to remaining non-partisan, while supporting the efforts of all its members to achieve leadership roles. As of 1997, the Bexar County Women's Bar Association continues to be an active and on-going presence in San Antonio.

New accessions will continue to be added to these records.

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Scope and Contents Note

The records of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association consist of founding and incorporation documents, bylaws, minutes, reports, correspondence, printed material, membership information, directories, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting the inception, daily function, monthly meetings, and projects of this San Antonio women's organization. The collection is arranged into eight series plus nine additions reflecting the group's organizational structure and conforming as much as was possible to the original order in which it was accessioned.

The Founding/Incorporation Documents and Bylaws, describe the legal status and governing structure of the organization. The Board of Directors Minutes and Agendas as well as the Newsletters offer insight into the interests, concerns and activities of the organization, while the Treasurer's Reports document in detail the expenses of maintaining a medium sized civic and professional organization.

The Correspondence series, consisting largely of facsimile memoranda, documents the favored style of communication employed by officers and committee chairs. Membership Information and Directories provide demographic information about individual members of the organization.

The bulk of the Projects series documents the annual Bench Brunch charity event, the most important activity in the organization's agenda. Files maintained by the Elder Law Committee make up the rest of this series. The remainder of the collection is comprised of Ephemera: photographs, fliers, brochures, invitations and other information of this nature.

The Additions consist of an assortment of material related to projects and daily functions of the organization. Materials include newsletters, correspondence, memos, minutes, fascimiles, reports, directories, resumes, invitations and other information related to Belva Lockwood Awards, Bench Brunch and Annual Retreats.

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Organization

Founding/Incorporation Documents and Bylaws, 1988-1990
Board of Directors Minutes and Agendas, 1985-1996
Treasurer's Reports, 1987-1996
Correspondence, 1984-1997
Membership Information and Directories, 1990-2001
Newsletters, 1984-2001
Projects, 1985-1996
Ephemera, 1990-1996
Addition of March 1998 (Accession 1998-009)
Addition of April 1999 (Accession 1999-09)
Addition of 2000 (Accession 2000-022)
Addition of November 2000 (Accession 2000-036)
Addition of December 2003 (Accession 2003-083)
Addition of 2004 (Accession 2004-002)
Addition of November 2004 (Accession 2004-101)
Addition of September 2005 (Accession 2005-000)
Addition of January 2005 (Accession 2005-002)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish materials from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Bexar County Women's Bar Association
Bexar County Women's Bar Association--Membership.
Bexar County Women's Bar Association--Periodicals.
Subjects
Bar associations--Bexar County (Tex.)
Bar associations--Texas--Bexar County--Periodicals.
Bar associations--United States--Directories.
Minority lawyers
Women--Political activity--Bexar County (Tex.)
Women--Texas--Societies and clubs--History--20th century.
Women judges--Bexar County (Tex.)
Women lawyers--Texas--Bexar County--Periodicals
Women's Groups
Locations
Bexar County (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)--Politics and government--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Bylaws.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Ephemera.
Minutes.
Newsletters
Photographs.
Reports.
Scrapbooks.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Lawyers/Judges
Women's Groups

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bexar County Women's Bar Association Records, 1983-2004, MS 9, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Provenance

Records were donated by the Bexar County Women's Bar Association in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 (Accessions 1994-010, 1997-008, 1998-009, 1998-019, 1998-020, 1999-009, 2000-005, 2000-022, 2000-036, 2003-083, 2004-002, 2004-101, 2005-000, 2005-002.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Micham, Processing Archivist, June 1997.

Additions added by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, March 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Founding/Incorporation Documents and Bylaws

Series Abstract
Legal and organizational documents of the Bexar County Women's Bar Association created when the organization was incorporated. Subseries include Incorporation Documents and Bylaws and contain the incorporation charter, certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, corporate resolutions, and restated bylaws, (1989 and 1990).
Box Folder
1 1 Incorporation Documents, 1988-1990
2 Restated Bylaws, 1989-1990

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Board of Directors Minutes and Agendas

Series Abstract
This series consists of agendas and minutes of monthly meetings along with documents referred to during these meetings. The Board meets monthly.
Box Folder
1 3 1985
4 1986
5 1987
6 1988
7 1989
8 1990
9 1991
10 1992
11 1993
12 1994
13 1995
14 1996

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Treasurer's Reports

Series Abstract
The first treasurer's reports are simple statements listing monthly transactions, deposits, debits, and balance of the association's account. Later treasurer's reports include, in addition to the above, disbursements, income/expense reports, and proposed budget guidelines among other information.
Box Folder
2 1 1987
2 1988
3 1989
4 1991
5 1992
6 1993
7 1994
8 1995
9 1996

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Correspondence

Series Abstract
The correspondence series is comprised of letters, memoranda, and circulating materials not included in other series. The bulk of the correspondence consists of facsimile memoranda, the favored method of communication among officers and directors of the association. This series is divided into two subseries: Presidential Correspondence, which includes correspondence to and from the current president (newly elected annually), and General Correspondence, which includes all other correspondence among members and to and from individuals and organizations outside of BCWBA.
Box Folder
2 General Correspondence
10 1984
11 1986
12 1988
13 1989
14 1990
15 1991
16 1992
17 1993
18 1994
19 1995
Box Folder
3 1 January-March, 1996
2 April-December, 1996
3 1997
Presidential Correspondence
4 1988
5 1989
6 1990
7 1991
8 1992
9 1993
10 1994
11 1995
12 1996

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Membership Information and Directories

Series Abstract
Membership Information consists of application forms filled out by new and renewing members listing work and home addresses, type of practice, law school attended, membership status, committees of interest, and preferred delivery method of the newsletter (fax, email, or post). The remainder of the series consists of membership lists and directories.
Box Folder
3 13 1990-1992
14 1993
Box Folder
4 1994
1 Directories and Lists
2 Information Sheets, A-J,
3 Information Sheets, K-Z
1995
4 Directories and Lists
5 Information Sheets, B-M
6 Information Sheets, N-Z
Box Folder
5 1996
1 Directories and Lists
2 Information Sheets, Legal Assistants
3 Information Sheets, Law Students
Information Sheets, Attorneys
4 A-F
5 G-M
6 N-Z
7 1998, 2001

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Newsletters

Series Abstract
Included in this series are newsletters from the first year they were being published, 1984. In 1993, the name of the newsletter changed from the Bexar County Women's Bar Association Newsletter to Equal Timesâ. BCWBA newsletters are published monthly, and include a calendar of events, the Letter from the President, articles, announcements, and a list of new members.
Box Folder
5 8 March-November, 1984
9 January-November, 1985
10 January-April, 1986 and June-December, 1986
Box Folder
6 1 January-December, 1987
2 January-December, 1988
3 (January-December, 1989)
4 January-September, 1990 and November-December, 1990
5 January-December, 1991
6 January-December, 1992
7 January-December, 1993
8 January-December, 1994
9 Proposed Items for May, 1995 Newsletter
10 January-July, 1995, October and December, 1995
11 January, March-December, 1996
12 January-July, 1997, January, 2000
13 December, 2001-

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Projects

Series Abstract
The largest of the group of records, this series is divided in two subseries: Bench Brunch and Elder Law. The longest running and most successful of the projects undertaken by BCWBA, the annual Bench Brunch started in 1883 and exists to raise money for various charities and to honor women judges in Texas. The materials in this subseries include correspondence, materials relating to the auctions, Belva Lockwood Awards materials, publicity information, reports, programs, tickets, and guest lists. The Elder Law project has as its goal to create a handbook on legal issues relevant to older and retired people in San Antonio. It was published in 1995 and 1996 in English as well as Spanish. Materials in this subseries include correspondence, agendas, lists, and drafts of the handbook.
Box Folder
7 Bench Brunch
1 1985
1986
2 Correspondence and Memoranda
3 Belva Lockwood Awards
4 Publicity
1987
5 Correspondence and Memoranda
6 Auction Information
7 Publicity
8 Reports and Lists
1988
9 Correspondence and Memoranda
10 Auctions
11 Belva Lockwood Awards
12 Publicity
13 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1989
14 Correspondence and Memoranda
15 Auctions
16 Belva Lockwood Awards
17 Publicity
18 Reports and Lists
19 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1990
Correspondence and Memoranda
21 Auctions
22 Publicity
23 Reports and Lists
24 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1991
25 Correspondence and Memoranda
26 Auctions
Box Folder
8 1 Belva Lockwood Awards
2 Publicity
3 Reports and Lists
4 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1992
5 Correspondence and Memoranda
6 Auctions
7 Belva Lockwood Awards
8 Publicity
9 Reports and Lists
10 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1993
11 Correspondence and Memoranda
12 Auctions
13 Belva Lockwood Awards
14 Publicity
15 Reports
16 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1994
17 Correspondence and Memoranda
18 Auctions
19 Reports and Lists
20 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
Box Folder
9 1995
1 Correspondence and Memoranda
2 Auctions
3 Reports and Lists
4 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
1996
5 Correspondence and Memoranda
6 Auctions
7 Belva Lockwood Awards
8 Publicity
9 Reports and Lists
10 Programs, Tickets, and Guest Lists
Elder Law
1995-1996
11 Correspondence and Memoranda
12 Agendas and Lists
13 Drafts of Handbook

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Ephemera

Series Abstract
Included in this series are photographs, scattered materials relating to annual retreats of 1991, 1993, and 1995, invitations, fliers, brochures, information related to speakers hosted by the association, newsletter logos, and copies of the 1995-1996 State Board of Texas Certificate of Achievement.
Box Folder
9 14 Photographs, 1992
15 Annual Retreats, 1991, 1993, 1995
16 Invitations, Fliers, and Brochures
17 Speakers, 1992 and 1993
18 BCWBA Newsletter Logo
19 State Bar of Texas Certificate of Achievement (copies), 1995-1996

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Addition of March 1998 (Accession 1998-009)

Contains material related to Bench Brunch, Annual Retreats and other BCWBA events such as correspondence, memos, minutes and newsletters.
Box Folder
1 1 Bench Brunch (correspondence, budget information, members/contributors/auction items lists, etc.), 1986-1987
2 Sponsors ( correspondence), 1985
3 Resumes, judges and attendees (material related to the Bench Brunch), 1986
4 BCWBA (correspondence, memos, minutes) 1988-1989
5 Women's Bar Association (correspondence, memos, minutes, newsletters), 1984-1987
1996 Annual Retreat
Box Folder
1 6 General, 1996
7 Invitation to members, 1996
8 Panel presentation, 1996
9 Agenda/door prizes/confirmation with map, 1996
10 MCLE, 1996
11 Ideas for 1997 retreat, 1996
12 Various "Thank you" letters, 1996
13 Payment received for retreat, 1996
14 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1996
15 Confirmation of retreat attendance, 1996
16 Registration forms (completed), 1996
17 Mentor/Mentee program list, 1995-1996
18 Law Day, May 4, 1995
19 State Bar annual meeting, May 31-June3, 1995
20-21 Judicial Reception, 1996
1997 Annual Retreat
Box Folder
1 22 Assorted material, 1997
23 Registration forms (completed), 1997
24 General retreat information, 1997
25 Information to members, 1997
26 Confirmation with map, 1997
27 Panel presentation, 1996
28 Payment received-retreat 1997
29 Addresses, 1997
30 Agenda, 1997
31 Guadalupe River Ranch, 1997
32 General handout - 4th Court Resolution, March 13, 1997
1995 Annual Retreat
Box Folder
1 33 Agenda, 1995
34 Entertainment ideas, 1995
35 Attendee list, 1995
36 Registration table, 1995
37 Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1995
38 Follow up letters, 1995
39 CLE accreditation, 1995
40 1996 Annual Retreat ideas, 1995
41 Amy Freeman Lee (speaker), 1995
42 Invitation to members, 1995
43 Invitation to Judges, 1995
44 Registrations, 1995
45 Thank you letter to door prize donors, 1995
46 Thank yous from members, 1995
Box Folder
1 47 Newsletter drafts, 1992

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Addition of April 1999 (Accession 1999-09)

Contains Bench Brunch material, correspondence, reports, minutes, newsletters and Annual Retreat material.
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, 1995-1996
2 Assortment of correspondence, minutes, newsletters, retreat and other miscellaneous papers, 1995-1996
3 "Equal Times" newsletters, 1994-1996
4-5 Assorted administrative material: correspondence, meetings and agendas, reports, resumes, etc. 1996
6-7 Assorted administrative material: Bench Brunch material, correspondence, meetings and agendas, reports, resumes, etc. 1997-1998
8-9 Assorted administrative material, 1996-1997
10-12 Assorted administrative material, 1997

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Addition of 2000 (Accession 2000-022)

Meetings, seminar handouts, memos, meetings, directories, correspondence related to various events including Bench Brunch and Law Day.
Box Folder
3 1-2 San Antonio Bar Association Officers and Directors meeting, 1994-1995
3 "De-Mystifying Federal Civil Practice, A Primer for the Occasional Federal Litigator", March 20, 1998
4 " De-Mystifying Federal Civil Practice, A Primer for the Occasional Federal Litigator" seminar material, March 20, 1998
5 CLE committee, c/o Laurie Weiss, 1998
6 Miscellaneous documents - meeting minutes, brochures of meeting places, memos to various committees, lists of sponsors for bench brunch, newsletters, 1994-1995
7 Directory of Pro Bono programs in Texas, 1997
8 American Bar Association reference information for bar executives, 1994-1995
9 Law Day planning guide, 1995
10 St. Mary's School of Law, 1995
11 Directory of Associates for Women Lawyers, 1995-1996
12-16 Correspondence sent/ correspondence received, 1995
17-18 Bench Brunch, 1995
19 Bar Leaders handbook, 1997
20 Laurie Weiss as President-elect, 1997
Box Folder
4 1-2 Laurie Weiss as Historian, 1996
3-6 Laurie Weiss as Social Committee Chair, 1995

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Addition of November 2000 (Accession 2000-036)

Correspondence, resumes, invitations and information on various nominees related to the Belva Lockwood Award.
Box Folder
4 7 1998
8 Belva Lockwood Award, 1999
9 16th Annual Bench Brunch, October 25, 1998
10 Belva, 1998-1999
11 Belva Lockwood Historical, 1996-1999
12 BCWBA org. documents, February 2, 1993
13 18th Annual Bench Award, October 15, 2000
14 Patricia Diaz Dennis, 1997-2000
15 Rosa Cabezas-Gil (OL), 1996-1997
16 Cynthia Bivins, 1995-1997
17 Deborah Ingraham, 1997
18 Mariah Price Barnard, 1996-1997
19 Patricia Sitchler, 1997
20 Cheryl McMullan (OLA), 1996
21 Penny Viteo, 1997
22 Demetra Koelling, 1996
23 Kala Dumont, 1997
24 Jill Torbert, 1998
25 Julie Cobb Perez, 1999
26 BCWBA - Belva correspondence, 1996
27 Packet on nomimees prepared for each committee member, 1997
28 Belva Lockwood, 1994
29 Renee A. Forinash McElhaney (OYL), 1997-1999
1996 Information
Box Folder
5 1 The Working Parent's Guide to Summer Survival, Vol1, Issue 1, Summer 2000
BELVA
Box Folder
5 2 Committee roster, undated
3 Committee deadlines, 1997
4 List of previous winners, 1997
5 Criteria for awards, 1996
6 Nominations form, 1996
7 Letters to candidates (lawyers), 1996-1997
8 Letters to candidates (young), 1996-1997
9 Candidate information form, undated
1995 Information
Box Folder
5 10-11 Contains nominees for award, 1996
12 Malinda Gaul (OLA), 1995
13 Penny Anderson (OL), 1995-1996
14 Carol Bertsch (YL), 1996
15 Cull, Kathleen (OLA), 1995
16 Diana M. Geis, 1995
17 Laura Heard (OLA), 1995
18 Mary Kelly (OLA), 1996
19 Lauraie Weiss, 1996
20 Lisa Wortham (OL), 1996
21 Nominations (OYL) - Suzanne Schorling (YL), 1996
22 Nominations (OYL) - Katherine Staton (YL), 1996
23 Nominations (OYL) - Danielle Hargrove (YL), 1996
24 Correspondence, pre-1996, 1995-1996
25 Abigail C. Guenther, 1995
26 Elizabeth Lindell, 1995
27 Rebecca Jo Reser, 1995
28 Jill Torbert, 1995
29 Vicky Waddy, 1995
30 Stacy Furguson, 1993
31 Shirley Ehrlich, 1994
32 Jane de Yeso, 1994
33 Pamela Huff, 1995
34 Nancy Shivers, 1994
35 Nan Seidenfeld, 1993
36 Christine Tharp, 1993
37 Carol Weir, 1993
38 Faye M. Bracey, 1993
39 Barbara Nellermoe, 1993
40 Elizabeth C. Rogers, 1993
41 Pat Flynn, 1993
42 Jane Dingivan, 1993
43 Diann Bartek, 1999
44 Ileta A. Sumner (YL), 1999
45 Susan D. Reed, 1999
46 Nancy Anderson, 1997
47 Pat Blaschke (YL), 1997
48 Melissa Priest, 1997
49 Kalye Duderstadt, 1997
50 Elizabeth Copeland (YL), 1997

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Addition of December 2003 (Accession 2003-083)

Box Folder
5 51 Ballot information "Equal Times", 2003

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Addition of 2004 (Accession 2004-002)

Box Folder
5 52 Newsletters, 2004

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Addition of November 2004 (Accession 2004-101)

Box Folder
5 54 Faxes, correspondence, membership directory, announcements -- paper, 1996-2002
55 Belva Lockwood Awards, 1995-1996

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Addition of January 2005 (Accession 2005-002)

Box Folder
5 56 Newsletters, 1994-1996

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