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A Finding Aid for the American Association of University Women (Big Rapids, Mich. Branch) Records 1954

Collection Summary

Collection Title: American Association of University Women (Big Rapids, Mich. Branch) Records

Creator: American Association of University Women. Big Rapids Mich. Branch

Dates: 1954

Abstract: The records consist of individual surveys called the Community Survey of Women Power and a report summary of the survey conducted by the American Association of University Women in 1954.

Language: English

Quantity: 0.50 cubic feet; 1 half records center box

Identification: UA 32.15.4

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

The American Association of University Women was founded in January 1882 by 65 women college graduates living in Boston, Massachusetts. Local chapters began to form by 1882. The vision of the AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

In 1946, the Big Rapids, Michigan chapter was established. Many of the leaders of the organization worked at Ferris Institute. The chapter is still in existence today.

Scope and Content Note

The Community Survey on Women Power is a snapshot of women in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1954. The survey provides individual answers to question, as well as a compilation of answers to questions about educational levels, work experience, community experience, hobbies and interests in adult education courses. This collection only contains the project by the AAUW chapter and does not contain any administrative records such as minutes, membership lists, etc.


The papers are divided into a single series.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The American Association of University Women (Big Rapids, Mich. Branch) Records are open for research to all users in accordance with University Archives and Records Management access policies. It is available in the reading room of the Ferris State University Archives.

Conditions of Use

Requests for permission to publish material should be directed to the University Archivist. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Copyright interests for this collection have not been transferred to Ferris State University. For more information, contact the University Archivist.

Subject Headings

Below are a list of names, organizations and subjects relating to the collection. Names have been taken from Library of Congress Authority headings whenever possible.

Related Materials

None specified.

Administrative Information


Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box (or url). American Association of University Women (Big Rapids, Mich. Branch) Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

These records were transferred to the University Archives at some point prior to October 2002. There is no documentation of the transfer of the records.

Processing Information

The American Association of University Women Big Rapids Branch Records were processed to the folder level by Lindsay Stevenson in December 2008. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0. A collection level MARC-21 record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).

Technical Requirements

This collection consists of typed and handwritten papers in an 8.5 x 11 inch format.

Content Listing

Series 1. Survey records. 1954.

This series consists of 0.5 cubic feet of records of a survey of women's educational levels and community engagement in Big Rapids, Michigan in 1954.

The records begin with a report summary followed by individual survey reports arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Community Survey. Report Summary. 1954.
1 2 Community Survey. Individual surveys. A-B. 1954.
1 3 Community Survey. Individual surveys. C-D. 1954.
1 4 Community Survey. Individual surveys. E-F. 1954.
1 5 Community Survey. Individual surveys. G-H. 1954.
1 6 Community Survey. Individual surveys. J-K. 1954.
1 7 Community Survey. Individual surveys. L-M. 1954.
1 8 Community Survey. Individual surveys. N-P. 1954.
1 9 Community Survey. Individual surveys. Q-R. 1954.
1 10 Community Survey. Individual surveys. S. 1954.
1 11 Community Survey. Individual surveys. T-V. 1954.
1 12 Community Survey. Individual surveys. W-Z. 1954.