University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Texas Women's Alliance Records, 1984-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Women's Alliance
Title: Texas Women's Alliance Records
Dates: 1984-1995
Creator Abstract: The Texas Women's Alliance (TWA) is a nonprofit women's organization that researches issues, makes policy recommendations, and works to influence government, with a focus on Texas affairs. Formed in 1984, the founders of the TWA believed there was a need for an organization to represent conservative and business-oriented women. The TWA attempts to recruit women who are professional, business and civic leaders; its activities include conducting seminars and conferences on issues, publishing position papers, and testifying before Texas Senate and House committees.
Content Abstract: This collection spans the years 1984 through 1995 and includes meeting minutes, reports, position papers, correspondence and other papers, document the history, activities, programs and policy positions of the Texas Women's Alliance (TWA), in its first 11 years. The collection reflects TWA's position on the state budget, economic growth, international trade, U.S.-Mexico relations, tax reform, judicial selection (merit election of judges), public school reform, higher education funding, and pay equity.
Identification: MS 11
Extent: 5.3 linear feet (about 4,000 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Texas Women's Alliance (TWA) is a women's organization that researches issues, makes policy recommendations, and works to influence government, with a focus on Texas affairs. Formed in 1984, the founders of the TWA believed there was a need for an organization to represent conservative and business-oriented women. The organization is non-partisan, welcoming conservatives regardless of party affiliation. It became a non-profit corporation in 1985.

The TWA attempts to recruit women who are professional, business and civic leaders; its activities include conducting seminars and conferences on issues, publishing position papers, and testifying before Texas Senate and House committees. They study and recommend policy on the state budget, economic growth, international trade, U.S.–Mexico relations, tax reform, judicial selection, public schools and higher education. The organization has endorsed merit election of judges and opposed the policy of comparable worth (pay equity).

Between 1987 and 1994, members of the Texas Women's Alliance traveled overseas on trade and fact-finding missions, aiming to find new markets for Texas businesses and to promote economic expansion for Texas.

The first meeting of the organization was held in Dallas on December 9, 1984, at the home of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. According to TWA member Billie Pickard, the group's founders were motivated by the experience of "going through a presidential election where numerous liberal and single interest groups had purported to speak for women..." The group was launched publicly in October 1985 by its chairwoman, Anne L. Armstrong, a former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, and by former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell.

In 1985, a main office was set up in Austin, and local groups were created in cities across the state. Funding for the organization and its events has come from membership fees and from personal and corporate contributions. Cohesion is maintained in the organization by a networking system that includes retreats, encampments, a newsletter and a directory of members.

Sources: Pickard, Billie., "How, Why, When & Where: History of TWA, Part 1."Texas Women's Alliance Newsletter. Austin, Texas: January 1991. Folder 6:3, Texas Women's Alliance Records, 1984-1995, MS 11, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections


Scope and Content Note

The Texas Women's Alliance Records document the history of the organization from its founding in December 1984 to 1995. The collection also documents and reveals the political views of the conservative Texas women politicians who belonged to the organization; these included: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; former Texas Senator and County Judge, Cyndi Taylor Krier; former ambassador Anne L. Armstrong; and former San Antonio mayor, Lila Cockrell. Material in the collection concerning these individuals is not extensive, however; it is limited to a small number of photographs, news clippings, biographies and résumés. The records are divided into four series: Administrative, Committees, Events, and Issue Files.

The Administrative series includes meeting minutes, press releases, organization bylaws, budget, and tax records. There are also résumés, biographies and photographs of numerous board members, as well as correspondence and memoranda revealing the thoughts and actions of the founding members as they first began organizing in 1984-1985.

The Committee Records series includes reports, position papers on issues, news clippings, the Texas Women's Alliance Newsletter, and membership directories, which include member names, addresses, occupations, and areas of expertise. The series also documents the group's trade and fact-finding missions to Spain and Japan (1987), Switzerland (1988), Eastern Europe (1991), Mexico (1992) and Canada (1994).

The Events series documents the Texas Women's Alliance's conferences, seminars, encampments and retreats. The conferences covered issues such as strengthening the Texas economy, international trade, public education reform, higher education, criminal justice, U.S.–Mexico relations, and pay equity. Conference material includes transcripts of proceedings, press coverage, correspondence regarding organizing the conferences, and publicity material. The series also includes files on events to bestow awards created by the TWA. Of note is the 1987 award of the Distinguished Service Award to Cyndi Taylor Krier; the files include photographs of this affair. The series also includes files on events to bestow awards created by the TWA.

The Issue Files, including newspaper clippings, reports, newsletters, pamphlets and other publications encompasses background information collected by TWA members, concerning issues they were studying. Issues include: Pay Equity, Public Schools, Teacher Certification, Higher Education, Home Equity Loan legislation, Tax Equity, U.S.–Mexico Trade, and Women in Politics.


 

Organization of Collection

Series 1. Administrative
Series 2. Committee Records
Series 3. Events
Series 4. Issue Files

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 Texas Women's Alliance Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Organizations
Texas Women's Alliance.
Subjects
Conservatism--Texas.
Finance, Public--Texas.
International trade.
Women--Texas--Societies and clubs--History.
Women in politics--Texas.
Women in public life--Texas.
Women's rights--Texas.
Locations
Texas--Politics and government.
Genres/Formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Biographies.
Newsletters.
Reports.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Politics/Politicians
Women's Groups

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Texas Women's Alliance Records, 1984-1995, MS 11, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were donated by Texas Women's Alliance member Candye Bartos, on behalf of the Texas Women's Alliance, on December 15, 1995 (Acc. 1995-005).

Processing Information

Processed by Kassandra Green, History Student, August 2004 and Paul Washington, Archives Intern, June 2005.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records

This series includes meeting minutes, press releases, organization bylaws, budget, and tax records. There are also résumés, biographies and photographs of numerous board members, as well as correspondence and memoranda revealing the thoughts and actions of the founding members as they first began organizing in 1984-1985.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box Folder
1 1 Board Meetings, 1984-1985
2 Board Meetings, 1986
3 Board Meetings, 1987
4 Board Meeting, March 15, 1988
5 Board Meeting, May 26, 1988
6 Board Meeting, June 24, 1988
Board Meeting, October 10, 1988
8 Board Meeting, November 21, 1988
9 Board Meeting, March 1, 1989
10 Board Meeting, April 6, 1989
11 Board Meeting, June 18, 1989
12 Board Meeting, August 1, 1989
13 Board Meeting, September 20, 1989
14 Board Meeting, November 1, 1989
15 Board Meeting, January 10, 1990
16 Board Meeting, March 15, 1990
17 Board Meeting, May 2, 1990
18 Board Meeting, June 23, 1990
19 Board Meeting, September 12, 1990
20 Board Meeting, November 14, 1990
21 Board Meeting, February 5, 1991
22 Board Meeting, April 30, 1991
23 Board Meeting, June 13, 1991
24 Board Meeting, August 10, 1991
25 Board Meeting, October 17, 1991
26 Board Meeting, December 5, 1991
27 Board Meeting, February 4, 1992
Box Folder
2 1 Board Meeting, April 28, 1992
2 Board Meeting, June 11, 1992
3 Board Meeting, July 24, 1992
4 Board Meeting, October 14, 1992
5 Board Meeting, December 3, 1992
6 Board Meeting, February 9, 1993
7 Board Meeting, May 4, 1993
8 Board Meeting, July 31, 1993
9 Board Meeting, September 15, 1993
10 Board Meeting, November 18, 1993
11 Board Member Biographies and Membership Forms, A-G
12 Board Member Biographies and Membership Forms, H-P
13 Board Member Biographies and Membership Forms, R-W
14 Board Member Photographs
15 Budgets, 1987-1988, 1990-1992
16 Business Cards and Contacts
17 Bylaws, 1985
Box Folder
3 1 Contracts for Guest Speakers
2 Correspondence, 1984-1987
3 Correspondence, 1988-1989
4 Correspondence, 1990-1991
5 Correspondence, 1992-1994
6 Human Resources--Resumes
7 Incorporation, 1985
8 Issue Questionnaire, 1994
9 Marketing and Fundraising, 1986
10-11 Marketing and Fundraising, 1987
12 Media Contacts
13 Press Releases
14 I.R.S. Tax Exemption and Sales Tax Exemption
Box Folder
4 1 Tax Return, Form 990, 1985-1986
2 Tax Return, 990 FY, 1986-1987
3 Tax Return, 1987-1988
4 Tax Return, 1988-1989



 

Committee Records

This series includes reports, position papers on issues, news clippings, the Texas Women's Alliance Newsletter, and membership directories, which include member names, addresses, occupations, and areas of expertise. The series also documents the group's trade and fact-finding missions to Spain and Japan (1987), Switzerland (1988), Eastern Europe (1991), Mexico (1992) and Canada (1994).
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box Folder
4 5 Advisory Committee
6 Brochures
7 Brownsville/Maquiladoras Tour, December 4-5, 1987
8 Brownsville/Maquiladoras Tour Photographs, December 4-5, 1987
9 Committee Structure and Members, 1986-1989, 1993-1996
10 Comparable Worth (Pay Equity) correspondence, 1986-1987
11-12 Comparable Worth (Pay Equity) report, 1986
13 Directory of Members, 1986-1987
14 Directory of Members, 1987-1988
15 Directory of Members, 1988-1989
16 Directory of Members, 1989-1990
Box Folder
5 1 Directory of Members, 1991-1992
2 Directory of Members, 1992-1993
3 Directory of Members, 1993-1994
4 Directory of Members, 1994-1995
5 Directory of Members, 1995-1996
6 Directory of Members, 1996-1997
7 Excellence in Education Committee, 1991-1992
8 Excellence in Education Committee--Photographs, 1991-1992
9 Excellence in Education Committee, May-December, 1992
10 Excellence in Education Committee, 1993-1994
11 Founding Advisory Committee, 1985-1987
12 Judicial Selection--TWA publication and background information
13 Marketing and Membership drives 1987-1989
14 Marketing and Membership drives 1990-1993
Box Folder
6 1 News Clippings, 1985-1991
2 Newsletter, 1985-1987
3 Newsletter, 1988-1989
4 Newsletter, 1990-1995
5 Regional Development--Abilene
6 Regional Development--Amarillo
7 Regional Development--Austin
Regional Development--Dallas
9 Regional Development--Houston
10 Regional Development--Northwest
11 Regional Development--San Antonio
12 S.A.V.E Program
13 Strategic Planning Committee, 1987
14 Strategic Planning Committee Report, November 1987
Box Folder
7 1 Trade and Educational Mission to Eastern Europe, May 1991
2 Trade and Educational Mission to Mexico, November 1992
3 Trade and Educational Trip to Canada, August 16-21, 1994
4 Trade Mission to Japan, September 1987
5-6 Trade Mission to Spain, 1987
7 Trade Mission to Spain--Photographs, 1987
8 Trade Mission to Spain--Post-trip correspondence and follow-up visitors, 1987-1988
Box Folder
8 1 Venture Capital Network, 1988-1989



 

Events

This series documents the Texas Women's Alliance's conferences, seminars, encampments and retreats. The conferences covered issues such as strengthening the Texas economy, international trade, public education reform, higher education, criminal justice, U.S.–Mexico relations, and pay equity. Conference material includes transcripts of proceedings, press coverage, correspondence regarding organizing the conferences, and publicity material. The series also includes files on events to bestow awards created by the TWA. Of note is the 1987 award of the Distinguished Service Award to Cyndi Taylor Krier; the files include photographs of this affair.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
8 2 Retreat, June 27-29, 1985
3-5 First Annual Spring Conference, March 14-16, 1986
6 First Annual Spring Conference, Photographs, March 14-16, 1986
7 Anne Armstrong address on terrorism, May 29, 1986
8 Second Annual Encampment, July 11-13, 1986
9 Second Annual Encampment, Photographs, July 11-13, 1986
10 Distinguished Service Award to Cyndi Taylor Krier, February 17, 1987
11 Distinguished Service Award to Cyndi Taylor Krier, Photographs, February 17, 1987
12 Second Annual Conference, February 17-18, 1987
13 Second Annual Conference, Photographs, February 17-18, 1987
14 Third Annual Encampment, June 26-28, 1987
15 Third Annual Encampment, Photographs, June 26-28, 1987
Box Folder
9 1 Trade Mission to Switzerland, May 1988
2 Remarks by Cyndi Taylor Krier to the Texas Women's Alliance, March 14, 1988
3-5 Strategies For Economic Strength, Conference, March 14-15, 1988
6 Strategies For Economic Strength, Conference, Photographs, March 14-15, 1988
7 Fourth Annual Encampment, June 24-26, 1988
8 Conference on Public Education Reform, March 1, 1989
9 Distinguished Service Award to Rita Clements, March 1, 1989
10 Fifth Annual Encampment, June 16-18, 1989
11 Fall Event, November 16, 1989
12 Winter Retreat, January 9, 1990
Box Folder
10 1 Lone Star Politics, Spring Conference, March 15, 1990
2 Sixth Annual Encampment, June 22-24, 1990
3 Education for the 21st Century, Fall Event, October 17, 1990
4 Winter Conference, February 5-6, 1991
5 Spring Retreat, April 30-May 1, 1991
6 Seventh Annual Encampment, August 9-11, 1991
7 Fall Event, Distinguished Service Award to Kay Bailey Hutchison, November 6, 1991
8 Winter Conference, February 4-5, 1992
Box Folder
11 1 Spring Event, April 28-29, 1992
2 Eighth Annual Encampment, July 24-26, 1992
3 Fall Event, October 14, 1992
4 Winter Event, January 30, 1993
5 Agriculture and Ranching Meeting, February 9, 1993
6 Spring Conference, May 4-5, 1993
7 Ninth Annual Encampment, July 30-August 1, 1993
8 Eleventh Annual Encampment, September 29-October 1, 1995
9 Conference on Criminal Justice and Judicial Selection, 1995



 

Issue Files

This series includes newspaper clippings, reports, newsletters, pamphlets and other publications encompasses background information collected by TWA members, concerning issues they were studying. Issues include: Pay Equity, Public Schools, Teacher Certification, Higher Education, Home Equity Loan legislation, Tax Equity, U.S.–Mexico Trade, and Women in Politics.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box Folder
11 10-12 Comparable Worth (Pay Equity)
Box Folder
12 1 Comparable Worth (Pay Equity)
2-3 Higher Education
4 Home Equity Loan Legislation
5 Public Schools
6 Tax Equity
7 Teacher Certification
Box Folder
13 1 U.S.-Mexico Trade Relations
2-3 Women in Politics and Women's Groups