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Komen Foundation, Houston Records

Identifier: 2008-009

The processed Komen Foundation, Houston Records are housed in 35 boxes. The materials are arranged chronologically in ongoing yearly series with the following recurring subseries: Administrative Documents, Organizational Documents, Roster, Scholarships and Grants, Informational Material, Newsletters, Sponsors, Events, Race for Cure, Clippings and Correspondence, etc. Most notably, this collection documents organizational events and fundraising efforts from 1998 to 2012.

In addition, 21 linear feet of records that arrived 2016-2017 are not yet fully processed.


  • 1992-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1997-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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57.0 linear feet

Historical Information

In 1980, Susan Goodman Komen lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 36. In the last months of Susan’s life, her sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, made a promise to dedicate the rest of her life to increasing awareness and support of breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. In 1982, Nancy’s promise launched the global breast cancer movement and the creation of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which was renamed Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2009.

In 1990, Brinker established The Komen Houston Affiliate. It is ranked number one, topping 125 affiliate groups worldwide, in recognition of providing the most funding for education, screening and treatment both globally and in its seven-county service area in Southwest Texas. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure, the affiliate’s largest fundraiser, attracted a record 30,000 participants in 2008 amidst the devastation and confusion of the Hurricane Ike aftermath. As a grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, the organization works to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find cures.

The Komen Foundation, as a whole, is the global leader of breast cancer awareness and support. As of 2008, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation had invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. The Komen Foundation is the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Komen Foundation, Houston Board of Directors, 2008. Additional materials were acquired in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017 as part of a donation by Komen Foundation.

Guide to the Komen Foundation, Houston Records
Advaith Krishna, Timothy Wyatt
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA