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Volume 72, Issue 47, Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Women's Archive and Research Center marks anniversary

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The Friends of Women's Studies hosted an event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Women's Archive and Research Center Saturday.

The Women's ARC, part of the Special Collections at the M.D. Anderson Library, contains items provided by various women's organizations from the Houston area.

"We try to stay in our neighborhood," archivist Dick Dickerson said.

The mission of the Women's ARC is to "collect, preserve and share the stories of women's contributions to the life and culture of Texas and Houston," Mary Scott Hagle, president of the Friends of Women's Studies, said.

The Friends of Women's Studies, established in 1991, is a non-profit group with over 200 active members that provides support to the Women's Studies program at the University.

The display Hats off to HER-story featured artwork and writings donated from the group Women in the Visual and Literary Arts for the evening's silent auction.

The WIVLA artists were shown some of the pieces in the Women's ARC, which in turn inspired them to create the items on display, Hagle said.

The proceeds from the auction and the admission charge went to the Women's ARC and Women's Studies program.

The University has one of the largest collections of papers, reports, personal items and photographs from women's groups in Texas.

The Houston Area Women's Center is one of the groups that have contributed to the Women's ARC, with photos and videos as well as financial records and procedural manuals.

"Houston has a wonderful history," said Dickerson.

"These are things that someone could pick up in 100 years from now," he said.

While the archives mainly consist of materials gathered from Greater Houston, the Women's ARC wants to branch out by collecting items from around the state.

The Women's ARC is working to become a nationally recognized archive of women's oral histories and papers.

Information on the Women's ARC can be found on the library's Web site,, under Libraries and Collections, or by calling Friends of Women's Studies at (713) 743-3773.

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