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American Association of University Women Papers

Identifier: DP-002-15

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents related to the Columbus, MS branch of the American Association of University Women. The documents included generally relate to the scholarship that is given every year to a graduating student from the Mississippi University for Women, who is attending graduate school directly after. The folders are arranged based on the academic year, and include correspondence between committee members, copies of letters sent to prospective candidates, application packets from students who have applied for the scholarship, and letters that were sent to the candidate chosen. In some of the folders, there are also correspondence that shows proof of attendance and proof of transfer for the funds to the school the award winner is attending. The dates for this collection begin in 1956, but significant gaps exist between 1956-1990 within the collection, specifically pertaining to the scholarship. We do not have any other minutes or related documents for the branch besides these scholarship papers, as the University of Mississippi's Archives & Special Collections houses the American Association of University Women Collection (collection number MUM00007), and documents from the Columbus branch are most likely located there.

Within the collection the main correspondence is between the scholarship committee, as they make the decision on who to award the scholarship to each year. Below are the members of the scholarship committee, based on what information is available within the collection.

1990 - Only Patsy McDaniel is known 1991 - Only Patsy McDaniel is known 1992 - Dot Burdeshaw, Patsy McDaniel, Nancy Wheeley 1993 - 2002 - Only Patsy McDaniel is known 2003 - Holleen Krogh, Patsy McDaniel, Nancy Wheeley 2004 - Patsy McDaniel, Nancy Wheeley 2005 - Holleen Krogh, Patsy McDaniel, Nancy Wheeley 2006 - Only Patsy McDaniel is known 2007 - Holleen Krogh, Patsy McDaniel, Nancy Wheeley 2008 - Holleen Krogh, Nancy Wheeley 2009 - Beverly Joyce, Holleen Krogh, Nancy Wheeley 2010 - Lauren Brandon, Holleen Krogh, Nancy Wheeley


  • Creation: 1922 - 2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is closed until 2082, as all student records in this series are subject to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restrictions of 75 years from the date of creation of the record.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

All unpublished materials are protected by copyright held by Mississippi University for Women. Permission to publish or reproduce must be requested in writing to the University Archivist. Published materials may also be protected by copyright, and the user must locate and request permission from copyright holder to publish or reproduce.

Biographical / Historical

The American Association of University Women was founded in 1881 in Boston, Massachusetts, under the name of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. The association later merged with the Southern Association of College Women in 1921, to become the American Association of University Women. Since then, the AAUW has focused on issues regarding civil rights, education, economic security, and Title IX. Their website cites that "AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to empower women and girls. With the member-voted Public Policy Priorities as our guide, AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women." The Columbus chapter began sometime prior to 1956, but the earliest information included in the collection shows 1956 as an active year for the scholarship committee. This chapter has focused on projects such as organizing voter registration drive on campus, voter education, Start Smart salary negotiaion projects, ACT Prep programs at local high schools, and SAT Math prep for MUW students.


1 Linear Feet (contains 24 folders)

Language of Materials



Arranged into 1 series, containing 24 folders related to the scholarship given out each year. The folders are arranged chronologically beginning with the newest date and going backwards.


This collection is slated for permanent retention.


American Association of University Women. Our History, 2018, Accessed 16 Apr. 2018.

American Association of University Women Papers
Whitney Baswell
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Repository Details

Part of the Beulah Culbertson Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fant Memorial Library
1100 College Ave, MUW-1625
Columbus Mississippi 39701