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Society of Women Engineers, Houston Records

Identifier: 2011-006

The collection is primarily concerned with the Society of Women Engineers- Houston Area Section, though it also contains material from the regional and national levels of the organization. Material in the collection includes correspondence, business and financial records, photographs, and publications of the organization. The collection is divided into eleven series: Correspondence, Financial Documents, Organizational Governance, Meeting Minutes, Society of Women Engineers Publications, Printed Materials, Society of Women Engineers Regional and National Conference Materials, Retreats and Workshops, National Materials and Programs, Audiovisual and Digital Media, and Various. All series are arranged topically and chronologically.


  • 1952-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1992-2005

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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10.0 linear feet

Historical Information

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was founded on May 27, 1950 at the Green Engineering Camp of the Cooper Union in New Jersey as a non-profit educational resource and support to help promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for women. On October 14 of the same year, the National Board met under the first president of the SWE, Dr. Beatrice A. Hicks. The following year not only saw the first National Conference in New York City but also the first chapter in Pittsburgh. Sections were chartered in Chicago and Los Angeles soon after, as well as student sections at Drexel and Purdue universities. Over the last six decades the SWE has grown to include ten regional sections made up of numerous professional and student sections. The Houston Area section was chartered July 1, 1979 as the thirty-third section.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Xuan VandeBerg Harris of Society of Women Engineers, Houston Area on May 4, 2011.

Guide to the Society of Women Engineers, Houston Records
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