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American Association of University Women, Norfolk Branch (AAUW) Records

Collection ID: MG 74

Scope and Contents

The collection contains information about the history and organization of the American Association of University Women, Norfolk Branch. Included in the records are meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, conference brochures, branch reports, and other publications by and about the organization.


  • circa 1902-2000, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/28/2000



14.80 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Biographical or Historical Information

The roots of the Norfolk branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) can be traced to December 10, 1902, when ten women met in Norfolk, Virginia. to form the College Club of Norfolk. The purpose of this group was to support higher education for women. The requirement for membership was a minimum of one year of college at any Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA) approved college. In 1918, the College Club of Norfolk united with the Southern Association of College Women (SACW) and became part of the AAUW as a result of the 1921 merge of the SACW and the ACA. In 1922 the first national convention of the AAUW was held in Kansas City, Missouri and a representative from the Norfolk branch was in attendance. One of first projects for the branch was creating a scholarship for women to attend an approved college. In 1909, Miss Nettie Sterling of Gloucester, Virginia received the first scholarship. In 1922, Miss Cherry Nottingham, referred to as the "Branch's intellectual core," joined the AAUW and in later years this scholarship became known as the Cherry Nottingham scholarship. In the 1920s, the Norfolk branch of the AAUW joined national AAUW efforts to purchase a gram of radium to present to Madame Curie as a gift of American women on the occasion of Curie's visit to the United States. The Norfolk branch of the AAUW was among the first racially integrated women's organizations. Other major interests of the branch over the years have been pre-schools, nurseries, daycare centers, poverty, school integration, civil rights, and international relations. Men are also admitted to the Norfolk branch of the AAUW on the basis of their educational qualifications. More information about the American Association of University Women, Norfolk Branch can be found on their website.

Note written by Tonia Graves

Language of Materials



The AAUW is a national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls. The Norfolk Branch began as a college club in 1902, then joined the AAUW in 1921. The collection spans the years 1902 to 1999 and includes meeting minutes, annual reports, publications, information about branch activities and scrapbooks.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into twelve series: Series I: History; Series II: Organization; Series III: Minutes; Series IV: Reports; Series V: Issues/Activities; Series VI: Annual Conventions; Series VII: Handbooks; Series VIII: Yearbooks; Series IX: Publications; Series X: Miscellaneous; Series XI: Promotional Materials; and Series: XII. Scrapbooks.

Source of Acquisition

Mary Wright Thrasher

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A2000-4

A Guide to the American Association of University Women, Norfolk Branch (AAUW) Records
Tonia Graves
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU Community Collections Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US