University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas, Records, 1961-2005



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas
Title: Church Women United of San Antonio Records,
Dates: 1961-2005
Creator Abstract: Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas is an ecumenical community of Christian women working as a unit of the national Church Women United organization, a “racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.” Church Women United in San Antonio is also active in the state and Area 7 levels of the organization.
Content Abstract: Reports, minutes and proceedings, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographs of Church Women United in San Antonio document its membership, history, organization, structure and activities on the local, area, state and national levels. The bulk of the material documents the organization and its work on the local level.
Identification: MS 15
Extent: 15.25 linear feet (21 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas, is an ecumenical community of Christian women in the San Antonio area "who wish to manifest their unity through fellowship, study and cooperative action." The Unit is affiliated with the national organization of Church Women United (CWU), as well as the Texas and Area 7 levels of the organization.

CWU in San Antonio was originally formed in 1920 as the Federal Protestant Women's Association. In 1931, the organization's name was changed to Protestant Women's Organization; in 1934, it became the Council of United Church Women; and in 1954, the name was changed to Church Women United of San Antonio. The current bylaws state the organization's name as Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas.

The purpose of CWU in San Antonio, as stated in its bylaws, is to "encourage church women to come together in a visible fellowship to witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and, enabled by the Holy Spirit, to go out together to every neighborhood and nation as instruments of reconciling love." The Unit meets at least four times a year, for the "ecumenical celebrations" of World Community Day, World Day of Prayer, and May Fellowship Day, and for its annual meeting in September. Other meetings are scheduled for forums and leadership training events.

In addition, CWU in San Antonio supports ecumenical action through advocacy and service in local and national ministries. It also awards annual scholarships to deserving high school students from member churches and to women entering or returning to the workforce, and works with organizations with similar goals such as the Texas Conference of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the United Nations.

The national organization of CWU was founded in 1941. Today, its national headquarters are in New York City, and it has 1200 local and state Units in the United States and Puerto Rico, which "represent 25 million Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christian women." Members work nationally and internationally in partner groups on common issues and emphases. Annual "ecumenical celebrations" and international or "global relations" events are held to further the organization's goals. On the local level, members work in such areas as prison ministries, literacy and job skills training, and food banks.

Sources: Church Women United website (www.churchwomen.org/) and the Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas, Records ("Organization - Bylaws", Box 1, Folder 2; "Organization - History", Box 1, Folder 4; and "Activities - Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service", 1985, Box 9, Folder 8.)


Scope and Content Note

Reports, minutes and proceedings, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, and scrapbook materials document the organization, structure, and activities of Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas, (1955, 1961-2005). Scrapbook materials document the organization from 1927-1941, 1944-1949, and 1953 when the organization existed under its prior names, the Federal Protestant Women’s Association, the Protestant Women’s Association, and the Council of United Church Women. In addition to scrapbook materials, minutes, reports, and records document 1941.

The bulk of the collection documents CWU in San Antonio’s local organization and local community work. Documentation of the Unit’s work on the area level--Area 7, includes materials of other area Units’ participation in Area 7 (the Blanco County Unit, Bourne Unit, Comal County Unit, Guadalupe County Unit, Hill Country Unit, Randolph Area Unit, San Antonio Hispanic Unit, San Antonio Metropolitan Unit, and Uvalde Unit.) Materials also document the Unit’s attendance at the Texas State Assemblies and its participation in the nation-wide ecumenical celebrations of "May Fellowship Day,""World Community Day,""World Day of Prayer," and "Fellowship of the Least Coin."

Materials are arranged into three series, Organization, Activities, and Scrapbooks.

Organization contains materials on the Unit’s history, structure, bylaws, and membership, as well as meeting minutes, financial reports, newsletters, yearbooks, publicity materials and newspaper articles. Also included are minutes and reports for Area 7 meetings and Texas State Assemblies, including a slide show of the 1985 Assembly.

Activities contains materials on the San Antonio Unit’s ecumenical advocacy and service work, primarily on the local level. Though printed material on approximately forty-five organizations is included here, the Unit’s work with the Bexar County Detention Ministries, the San Antonio Coalition for Children, Youth and Families, and the San Antonio Literacy Council is documented in the greatest detail.

Scrapbooks for 1953 and the prior years noted above provide the only records of the early years of the organization, with the exception of 1941. Scrapbooks for 1955, 1961 to 1986, and 1993 to 1996 supplement other series’ documentation of the Unit’s membership, organization, and activities of these years and extend knowledge and understanding of the Unit’s history and work.

Materials within folders are arranged chronologically or alphabetically by subject.


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.

Usage Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Organizations
Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas
Bexar County Detention Ministries.
San Antonio Coalition for Children, Youth and Families.
San Antonio Literacy Council.
Topics:
Ecumenical movement.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Women and religion--Texas--San Antonio.
Women in Christianity--Texas--San Antonio.
Genres/formats
Financial records.
Minutes.
Newsletters.
Scrapbooks.
Yearbooks.
Photographs.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Religion
San Antonio History
Women's Groups

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Church Women United in San Antonio Records, 1961-2005, MS 15, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

All materials were donated by the Church Women United in San Antonio, Texas, in 1996, 2004, 2005 (Acc. #1996-004, 1996-007, 2004-097, 2004-111, 2005-017, 2005-019).

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Salzmann, Processing Archivist, August 1996. Materials reprocessed by Kathy Rankin, Archivist, in September 2004.

Processed additions by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, March 2009.


 Note to Researchers 

For related collections available at University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections, see also: Church Women United in Texas—Western Hills Unit (MS 124) and Church Women United in Texas (MS 39).


Detailed Description of Collection

 

Organization

Contains materials on the Unit’s history, structure, bylaws, and membership, as well as meeting minutes, financial reports, newsletters, yearbooks, publicity materials and newspaper articles. Also included are minutes and reports for Area 7 meetings and Texas State Assemblies, including a slide show of the 1985 Assembly.
Box Folder
1 1 Unit Structure
2 Bylaws
3 Job Descriptions
4 History
5 History - Program Skits 1981, 1984
6 History - Past Presidents
Minutes/Records/Reports
7 1941
8 1966-1971
9 1972-1975
10 1976-1977
11 1978-1979
12 1981-1984
Box Folder
2 1 1985-1987, 1990
2 1991-1995
3 Annual Reports, 1977-1980, 1983-1985
4 Annual Reports, 1986-1990
5 Annual Reports, 1991-1995
6 Nominating Committee, 1982-1986
Box Folder
20 2-7 Secretary's files, 1993-1999
9 Correspondence, 2005
Box Folder
2 7 Correspondence, 1970-1992
Financial Reports
8 1977-1979
9 1980-1987
10 1988-1992, 1994
11 Annual, 1969-1992
12 Auditors, 1973-1993
13 Proposed Budgets, 1973-1995
Box Folder
3 Financial Records
1 1971-1978
2 1979-1985
3 Fifth Decade Fund, 1983-1984
4 Individual Membership Dues, 1976-1992
5 Church Membership Dues, 1969-1992
6 Correspondence, 1973-1979, n.d.
7 Bank Statements, 1975-1980
8 Bank Statements, 1980-1985
Newsletters
9 1965-1972
10 1973-1979
Box Folder
4 1 1980-1984
2 1985-1989
3 1990-1995
Yearbooks
4 1972-1979
5 1980-1988
6 1989-1994
7 1995-1999
Box Folder
5 1 Publicity
2 News Articles
Area 7 Participation
3 Reports, 1970-1990
4 Correspondence, 1982-1991
5 Workshops, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990
6 Newsletters
7 Map
8 Units' Reports
Box Folder
6 1-3 Units' Reports
4 May Fellowship Day, 1985-1990
5 World Community Day, 1983-1990
6 World Day of Prayer, 1983-1991
Box Folder
P1 Lot 01 Slides
Box Folder
6 State Participation
7 Minutes, Records, Reports1985-1992
8 Minutes, Records, Reports -- Executive Board Meetings, 1985-1992
9 Minutes, Records, Reports -- Leaders' Council, 1985-1989
10 Financial Reports, 1985-1991
Box Folder
7 1 Minutes, Records, Reports -- State Assemblies, 1983, 1985, 1987
2 Slide Show Script and Cassette Tape, "CWU...Women of Faith" -- State Assembly, 1985
Box Folder
P1 Lot 02 Slides, "CWU...Women of Faith" -- State Assembly, 1985
Box Folder
7 3 Minutes, Records, Reports -- State Assembly, 1994
4-5 Photographs -- State Assembly, 1994
6-7 Yearbooks
8 Newsletters
9 Other Printed Material
Box Folder
8 1 Regional Participation
2 National Participation
2 Minutes, Records, Reports, Annual Reports, 1980-1986, 1994
3 Local Units Summary, 1979
4 "The Church Woman," 1985, 1991, 1995
5 Other Printed Material
Box Folder
20 8 Directories, 2004



 

Activities

Contains materials on the San Antonio Unit’s ecumenical advocacy and service work, primarily on the local level. Though printed material on approximately forty-five organizations is included here, the Unit’s work with the Bexar County Detention Ministries, the San Antonio Coalition for Children, Youth and Families, and the San Antonio Literacy Council is documented in the greatest detail. Also included in the Activities series is documentation of the Unit’s annual scholarship awards given to deserving high-school seniors and "women in transition."
These materials are arranged alphabetically by organization name and are in folders titled "Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service Projects."
Box Folder
8 6-9 Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service Projects
Box Folder
9 1-7 Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service Projects
8 Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service, 1985
9 Ecumenical Assembly -- Cassette Recording, 1984
Box Folder
10 1 Ecumenical Action -- Interdenominational
2 Ecumenical Action -- Interfaith
Celebrations
3 May Fellowship Day, 1978-1995
4 World Community Day, 1976-1991
5 World Day of Prayer, 1975-1994
6 Fellowship of the Least Coin, 1975-1991
7 Fellowship of the Least Coin, 1992-1995
8 Fellowship of the Least Coin, 1980
9 "Reflections on the Felloship of the Least Coin" -- Slide Show Script
Box Folder
P1 Lot 03 "Reflections on the Felloship of the Least Coin" -- Slide Show Script
Box Folder
10 10 Communication Guides
11 Citizens' Actions (Political) -- Guides and Newsletters
Box Folder
11 1 Leadership Training, 1987
2 "People's Platform for a Global Society, " 1975-1977
3 "Ribbon Around the Pentagon"
4 "San Antonio Women's Fair, " 1985
5 "San Antonio Women's Fair," 1986
6 Outstanding Women -- Nominations and Awards
7-8 Scholarship Awards
9 Texas Conference of Churches, 1986
10 Texas Conference of Churches, 1989-1990
11 Texas Conference of Churches
12 United Nations, 1977-1990
13 World Council of Churches
Box Folder
12 Autographed Tablecloth -- Unidentified Activity
Box Folder
P1 Lot 04 Slides -- Identified and Unidentified (See: Control Folder for information on identified slides)
Box Folder
20 1 Scholarship recipient pictures, 1989-1996
Box
OM21 Scholarship recipients' pictures, 1989-1996
Drawer
3 South Central Regional Event poster, 2002



 

Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks for 1953 and the prior years noted above provide the only records of the early years of the organization, with the exception of 1941. Scrapbooks for 1955, 1961 to 1986, and 1993 to 1996 supplement other series’ documentation of the Unit’s membership, organization, and activities of these years and extend knowledge and understanding of the Unit’s history and work.
Box Folder
13 Scrapbooks
1 1927-1933
2 1934-1935
3 1936-1937
4 1938-1939
Box
14 undated
1940-1941
1944-1945
1946-1947
Box
15 1948-1949
1953
1955
Box Folder
16 1 1961-1965
2 1966-1968
3 1969-1971
4 1972-1974
Box Folder
17 1 1975-1976
2 1977-1980
3 1981-1986
Box Folder
18 Scrapbook Material
1 1974
2-3 1993-1994
Photographs,
4-5 1993-1994
Box Folder
19 1-2 1993-1994
3 1995
4 1995
5-6 1995-1996