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The Houston Area Women’s Center Photographs contain both color and black and white photographs of various sizes, proof sheets, negatives, slides, and some correspondence. Items date from 1978 to 2001 with most of the material dating from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. The bulk of the collection chronicles the varied activities of the organization, including staff activities such as work, picnics and parties, fundraisers, demonstrations, conferences, seminars and programs. Included in the collection are photographs of the Astros Wives Galas, the 5 K Run, Annual Meetings, Anniversary Celebrations and special speaker events. There are also photographs of Nikki van Hightower’s trip to Germany in 1984, where she met with members of different women organizations and government officials. The collection illustrates the development and growth of H.A.W.C. from a small volunteer grass roots organization to a professional group with a complex agenda and organizational structure.
Researchers may also wish to consult other collections held at the University of Houston Archives, including the Houston Area Women Center Records, and the Nikki Van Hightower Papers, covering the years 1967-1997. The HAWC newsletters, Centerline (call number HQ 1439.H68 C46) and Catalyst (call number HQ 1439.H68 C375) are cataloged and available in the University of Houston Archives.
The records are divided into ten series: Staff Photos; Staff Activities; Fundraisers/Activities; Confrences/Seminars/Ceremonies; Rallies/Demonstrations; Facilities; Educational/Promotional Materials; Miscellaneous; Negatives and Slides; and Nikki Van Hightower. Material is arranged either alphabetically or chronologically within each series and sub-series. When possible, folder headings from office files used by HAWC have been used in arranging and describing the photographs. None of the photographs are identified by the name of the photographer, although many of them seem to have been taken to furnish Centerline and Catalyst with illustrations. Mitzi Vorachek, editor of the newsletters for a good deal of the period, may have taken many of the photographs.
The unusual arrangement with repeating series is the result of the merging of three separate collections that arrived at different times. The original arrangement has been kept intact where possible, later additions have been cross referenced to facilitate research, but there is some chronological overlap as well.
Basic preservation techniques have been applied, such as removing staples, paperclips, tape and other materials from the photographs. The condition of the photographs, slides and proof sheets is generally good, although a small number of the negatives are in poor or deteriorating condition. No more than three photographs have been placed in a folder together, depending on the size and condition of the photograph itself. Most of the photographs also have negatives, which have been placed in separate folders.
NOTE ABOUT ABBREVIATIONS USED IN CONTENTS COLUMN:
+: non photographic material (i.e., correspondence, etc.)
NEGATIVES: strip of negatives
an asterisk (*) indicates that the negatives are in box 13
The Houston Area Women's Center Records (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=351)
The Houston Area Women's Center Videos (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=350)
The Nikki Van Hightower Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=304)
Series 1: Staff Photos
Series 2: Staff Activities
Series 3: Fundraisers/Activities
Series 4: Conferences/Seminars/Ceremonies
Series 5: Rallies/Demonstrations
Series 6: Facilities
Series 7: Educational/Promotional Materials
Series 8: Miscellaneous
Series 9: Negatives and Slides
Series 10: Nikki Van Hightower