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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. Administrative Records, 1995-2001

2. Events, 1996-2000

3. Programs, 1997-2000

4. National Organizations, 1997-1998

5. Photographs, 1996-2002

Unprocessed materials 1996-2012

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. San Antonio Chapter Records, 1995-2012



Descriptive Summary

Creator: National Coalition of 100 Black Women. San Antonio Chapter
Title: National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. San Antonio Chapter Records
Dates: 1995-2012
Creator Abstract: Chartered in 1996, the San Antonio Chapter of National Coalition of Black Women, Inc., strives to positively influence the lives of young African American females in San Antonio and to empower African American women in general, to reach their highest potential. The founding Chapter President was Texas State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon. The San Antonio chapter participates in community programs related to their mission. Its members also mentor in local elementary and middle schools to help young girls plan and eventually meet their career goals. Coalition members also hold Children's Community Health Fairs twice a year to promote a proactive approach to good health within the African American community. The chapter's signature event is the Candace Awards Gala to recognize achievements of African American women, and of men who have demonstrated unique support of African American women.
Content Abstract: Bylaws, financial reports, historical narratives, meeting minutes, membership rosters, newsletters, event programs and photographs document the San Antonio Chapter's formation, administrative functions, membership, events and programs during its first five years of existence.
Identification: MS 108
Extent: 3.2 linear feet (4 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The national organization began in 1970 when a small group of women met in New York City to address issues facing Black women in the wake of the civil rights and women's movements. Naming themselves the Coalition of 100 Black Women, they initiated programs addressing the crisis of the Black family, career advancement, and political and economic empowerment. Through these programs the women worked to develop their leadership skills and potential. On October 24, 1981, with well over 100 members, the Coalition expanded into a national organization named the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW). As a nonprofit, advocacy and volunteer organization of women, the Coalition continues its dedication to community service, leadership development, and the enhancement of career opportunities through networking and programming. The national organization holds a biennial conference, which San Antonio members attend.

In 1995, several prominent San Antonio women formed the San Antonio Founding Members Organizing Group to discuss interest in forming a local chapter of the NCBW. The San Antonio Chapter of NCBW was chartered April 13, 1996 at a ceremony held in the San Antonio City Council Chambers. The founding Chapter President was State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon. The goal of the San Antonio Chapter is to positively influence the lives of young African American females in San Antonio and to empower African American women in general, to reach their highest potential. The chapter draws on the strength of its membership to work toward solutions on issues of concern to the contemporary Black woman. New members are inducted and officers are installed during an annual combined induction ceremony and holiday celebration held in December. The local chapter is organized into six standing committees: Membership, Program, Community Involvement, Advocacy, Budget & Finance and Fundraising.

The San Antonio chapter provides community programs designed to enhance the lives of women of all ages. The Candace Awards Gala became the chapter's signature event in 1999 to recognize achievements of African American women and of men who have demonstrated unique support of African American women. The organization participates actively in promoting the Bosom Buddies program to alleviate breast cancer. The membership also participates in the Women Working in Neighborhood Schools Program (WINS) working with children at Booker T. Washington Elementary and Wheatley Middle School in East San Antonio by furnishing basic supplies and mentors to facilitate learning. WINS is a collaborative effort of NCBW and San Antonio Fighting Back of the United Way. In addition to WINS, the Coalition runs the MentorNet Program, a leadership program that mentors young girls at Wheatley Middle School through their adulthood to help them plan, prepare for and meet their career goals. Coalition members also hold Children's Community Health Fairs twice a year to promote a proactive approach to good health within the African American community. As part of its advocacy efforts, the local chapter has assisted in the voter registration drive, and strongly endorses the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIPS), providing affordable health insurance for children.

Sources:


  • Historical Narrative, Box 1, Folder 4, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. San Antonio Chapter Records, 1995-2004, MS 108, Archives, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries.
  • Historical Narrative, Box 2, Folder 7, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. San Antonio Chapter Records, 1995-2004, MS 108, Archives, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries.

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Scope and Content Note

Bylaws, financial reports, historical narratives, meeting minutes, membership rosters, newsletters, event programs and photographs document the San Antonio Chapter's formation, administrative functions, membership, events and programs during its first five years of existence.

Administrative Records include brief historical narratives as well as details of the discussions and processes involved in establishing the chapter as documented in records of the Founding Members Organizing Group. This file contains meeting minutes of the organizing group led by State Representative Ruth McClendon Jones, and correspondence to prospective charter members. Minutes from both the Executive Board and the General Membership Meetings are the most detailed and comprehensive records in the collection, documenting discussions and resulting decisions involved in carrying out the organization's mission, activities and programs. The meeting minutes at times also include reports from committees. Membership rosters, induction ceremony photographs and Membership Committee records offer some insight into membership numbers, applicant criteria and member recruitment efforts. However, the strongest documentation of the membership itself is in the form of one-page biographies that include a photograph of each member. These biographies are listed under Photographs.

Individual files on the chapter's Events and Programs provide brief overviews through informational flyers, invitations and an occasional news article. It is helpful to consult meeting minutes and the chapter newsletters (under Administrative Records above) for additional details about an event or program.

National Information provides context for the San Antonio Chapter's structure and operating procedures by providing the national organization's newsletter, history and structure. Also included is limited information on the 8th Biennial national meeting in 1997, at which members voted on changes to the national organization's constitution and by laws, and elected new officers.

Photographs are arranged chronologically and include photographs of each member next to their one page biography. Also included are 8 x 10 color photographs of the new members at the 1998 induction ceremony, as well as 4 x 6 color photographs taken at special events such as Founders' Day.

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Organization of Collection

  • Series 1. Administrative Records
  • Series 2. Events
  • Series 3. Programs
  • Series 4. National Organization
  • Series 5. Photographs
  • Series 6. Unprocessed materials (Accession 2005-041 and 2013-018)

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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.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the San Antonio Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections. However, UTSA does not hold copyright on the professional photographs and permission must be sought from the photographer.

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Index Terms

Organizations
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. San Antonio Chapter.
Subjects
African American women--Texas--San Antonio.
African Americans--Texas--San Antonio--Societies, etc.
Fraternal organizations--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Minutes.
Photographs.
Bylaws.
Newsletters.
Financial statements.
Correspondence.
Meeting minutes.
Local Subjects
African Americans
Clubs and Organizations
San Antonio History
Women's Groups

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. San Antonio Chapter Records, 1995-2004, MS 108, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by the San Antonio Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 2001-2005 (Acc. 2001-022, 2002-006, 2002-082, 2005-041).

Processing Information

Processed by Toni Jeske, December 2001, and subsequently by University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections staff.

Additions encoded by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, May 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. Administrative Records, 1995-2001

Box Folder
1 1 Budget and Finance, 1996-2000
2 By-Laws, 1997
3 Founding Members Organizing Group, 1995-1996
4 Historical narratives and organizational structure, 1997, undated
5 Invitations, 1996, 1999
6 Membership Committee, 1996-1998
7 Membership Rosters, 1996-1999
8 Minutes, 1996-2000
9 News Articles, 1997-2001
10 Newsletters, 1998-2000
11 Retreats, (see also Photographs) 1998-1999
12 Sponsorships, 1997-2000

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2. Events, 1996-2000

Box Folder
1 13 Charter ceremony and installation of officers, 1996
14 Founders' Day, 1997-2000
15 Induction ceremony and Holiday celebration, 1996-2000

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3. Programs, 1997-2000

Box Folder
1 16 Advocacy Committee, 1999
17 Bosom Buddies, undated
18 Candace Award, 1998, undated
Box Folder
2 1 MentorNet Program, 1998-2000
2 Women Working in Neighborhood Schools (WINS), 1997-2000

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4. National Organizations, 1997-1998

Box Folder
2 3 Biennial Conference, 1997
4 Historical narratives and organizational structure, undated
5 Statement newsletter, 1997-1998

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5. Photographs, 1996-2002

Box Folder
2 6 Member biographies with photographs, 2002
7 Charter ceremony, 1996
8 Founders' Day, 1997
9 Induction ceremonies, 1998
10 President's retreat, 1998
11 Coalition awards program, 1999 or 2000
12 Special program events, 2001

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Unprocessed materials 1996-2012

Materials from accessions 2005-041 and 2013-018.
Box Folder
3 1 San Antonio chapter, 1999-2003
2 National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 1997-2001
3 Reports - includes clippings, photos, and minutes, 2000-2001
4 The San Antonio Informer and Civil Institute For Women of Color Economic Development Models, April 25 - May 2, 1996 and undated
5 Yearbook, 2003-2004
6 Yearbook, 2001-2002
7 Yearbook, 2002-2003
8 Membership meeting, August 17, 2004
Box
4 Photographs and CDs, 2010-2012
Christmas Brunch photographs and CD, 2011
Administrative Records, 2010-2011
Administrative Records, 2011-2012
Hats Off to the Legends program, 2008-2009, 2011-2012
15th Biennial Conference, 2011
Chapter Organizing Guidelines, undated
Histories, undated
Raising Our Game: How to Execute an Advocacy Campaign
Greetings from Rick Perry, 2006
Certificate of Appreciation from Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, 2011
Texas State House of Representatives Resolution, 2011
Certificate of Appreciation for the 2012 CPS Back to School Hair-a-Thon, 2012
San Antonio Informer, April 25-May 2, 1996
Programs from events by other organizations
Delta Queen of Hearts coronation (San Antonio Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), 2011
Twenty-Second Annual Spirity Awards Luncheon and Fashion Extravaganza (Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. San Antonio Metropolitan Chapter), 2009
San Antonio Women's hall of Fame 2012 Luncheon and Induction Ceremony, 2012
San Antonio Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, 2011
San Antonio Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, 2012
BEAT AIDS Annual Charity Banquet, 2006

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