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AC001_AMERICAN_ASSOCIATION_OF_UNIVERSITY_WOMEN_COLLECTIONTHE TYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY AC -001 The American Association of University Women Collection, 1937-1997 111 Due R I WY CIV The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Beaumont Branch, formed March 25, 1937 around a program of study and action in the areas of community education, cultural interests, and international relations. Membership comprises women who held baccalaureate degrees from a college or university accredited by the National AAUW. Sorority affiliation was not required and the national organization desegregated in 1949. Twenty-five Beaumonters were among the original charter members with Mrs. J.A. Bybee as their first branch president The Beaumont branch summarized its mission in 1965 when it declared that the organization sought to "educate women so that they might wield an intelligent influence on society." This collection contains ten volumes of scrapbooks pieced together between 1937 and 1974. They are arranged chronologically by month and year. Each scrapbook includes a collection of yearbooks, monthly newsletters, membership rosters, and photographs. A well arranged and preserved compilation of newspaper articles faithfully recount the activities of the Beaumont branch in study groups and community outreach programs. No restrictions apply