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These original materials are available in Special Collections.
The Houston Area Women's Center Photographs contain both color and black and white photographs of varying sizes, proof sheets, negatives, slides, and some correspondence. Items date from 1978 to 1995 with most of the material dating from the late 1980s and early 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. Examining the collection chronologically, the collection also illustrates the development and growth of H.A.W.C. from a small volunteer organization to a well-staffed office with multiple prominent fundraisers annually.
Researchers may also wish to consult other collections held at the University of Houston Archives, including the Nikki Van Hightower Papers, covering the years 1967-1997, the Houston Area Women's Council Records, including the years 1975-1990, and the H.A.W.C. Council for Abused Women/Family Violence Program Records, spanning 1978-1984. Complete runs of the (call number HQ 1439.H68 C46) and (call number HQ 1439.H68 C375), HAWC newsletters, are cataloged and available in the University of Houston Archives. Also held at the University of Houston and of possible interest to the researcher is the National Women's Conference Collection.
The records are arranged into eight series: Staff Photos, Staff Activities, Fundraisers/Activities, Conferences/Seminars/Ceremonies, Rallies/Demonstrations, Facilities, Educational/Promotional Materials and Miscellaneous. The original arrangement has been kept intact where possible, although substantial rearrangement was necessary to facilitate research. 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 and with illustrations. Mitzi Vorachek, editor of the newsletters for a good deal of the period, may have taken many of the photographs.
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 a 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 1977- (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=351)
The Houston Area Women's Center Videos 1980- (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)