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River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club Records


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

Organizational Documents

Rosters/Year Books


Photographic Works

ROBWEC Anniversaries

Invitations and Greetings




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By Advaith Krishna

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Collection Overview

Title: River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club Records, 1977-

ID: 02/2006-007

Primary Creator: River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Business networks - Texas - Houston, Businesswomen - Texas - Houston, River Oaks (Tex.), River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club, Women - Societies and clubs

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Newsletters, Photographs, Typescripts

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is housed in 4 boxes and is organized into 9 series entitled: Organizational Documents, Roster/Year Books, Newsletters, Photographic Works, ROBWEC Anniversaries, Invitations and Greetings, Clippings and Correspondence. The bulk of the material documents the organization’s operations and events of the club.

Biographical Note

River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club or ROBWEC was formed on February 12, 1976 when fewer than ten business and professional women met for the first time in the Travel Lodge. It was the idea of Marilyn Elam, a recent law school graduate who had moved to Houston to take a federal district court law clerkship. The small group of women continued to meet informally until July 2, 1976, when Jeanne Atherton moved the meetings to the River Oaks Country Club and officially organized the River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club. The plan was quickly implemented to recruit women of professional strength and power, each a leader in her field in the greater Houston area.

The purpose of ROBWEC is to bring together businesswomen of the city of Houston. This business and professional women's organization meets monthly for networking opportunities and business support. ROBWEC provides its members with web access to the membership directory, a monthly newsletter, special interest groups, and socials. Members interact with other business and professional women and hear informative speakers who educate, inspire, and entertain. From its humble beginnings in 1976, ROBWEC now has nearly one hundred members representing dynamic and diverse backgrounds and occupations.

Subject/Index Terms

Business networks - Texas - Houston
Businesswomen - Texas - Houston
River Oaks (Tex.)
River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club
Women - Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Even though the material in this collection is in the public domain, the University of Houston Libraries owns the physical items. Copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs, and the researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of University of Houston Libraries’ material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate curator

Acquisition Source: Donated by ROBWEC members in 2006

Preferred Citation: River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Organizational Documents],
[Series 2: Rosters/Year Books],
[Series 3: Newsletters],
[Series 4: Photographic Works],
[Series 5: ROBWEC Anniversaries],
[Series 6: Invitations and Greetings],
[Series 7: Clippings],
[Series 8: Correspondence],
[Series 9: Notes],

Series 1: Organizational Documents
This section houses Information with regard to the organization from the time of its inception in 1977. Also, the meeting records of the organization are compiled together.
Box 1
Folder 1: ROBWEC History
Folder 2: Constitution and By-laws
Folder 3: Duties and Responsibilities
Folder 4: Guidelines and Applications
Folder 5: Meeting Records, 1978-1981
Folder 6: Meeting Records, 1982
Folder 7: Meeting Records, 1984
Folder 8: Meeting Records, 1985-1987
Folder 9: Meeting Records, 1988-1989
Folder 10: Meeting Records, 1990
Folder 11: Meeting Records, 1992-1995
Folder 12: Meeting Records, 1997-2000
Folder 13: Meeting Records, 2001-2002
Folder 14: Meeting Records & Miscellaneous, 2003-2006
Series 2: Rosters/Year Books
This series houses the year books and membership information of ROBWEC.
Box 1
Folder 15: Year books (Bound) 1993-1996
Folder 16: Year books (Bound) 1993-1996
Folder 17: Year books (Bound) 1993-1996
Folder 18: 1978-1979
Folder 19: 1980-1998
Folder 20: 2000-2001
Folder 21: Membership Classifications
Folder 22: Miscellaneous
Folder 23: Miscellaneous
Folder 24: Miscellaneous
Folder 25: Miscellaneous
Folder 26: Miscellaneous
Box 2
Folder 27: Member Biographies
Series 3: Newsletters
Newsletters from 1977-2006 are housed in this series.
Box 2
Folder 28: 1977-1979
Folder 29: 1980-1981
Folder 30: 1983-1984
Folder 31: 1985
Folder 32: 1986-1987
Folder 33: 1988
Folder 34: 1989-1997
Folder 35: 1998-2000
Folder 36: 2001-2002
Folder 37: 2003-2004
Folder 38: 2005-2006
Series 4: Photographic Works
The photographs are pertaining to the various ROBWEC parties and anniversary celebrations.
Box 3
Folder 39: Prints
Folder 40: Prints
Folder 41: Prints
Folder 42: Images on disc
Series 5: ROBWEC Anniversaries
Five year anniversary celebrations and publicity material form part of this series.
Box 4
Folder 43: 1981, 1986 & 1991
Folder 44: 1996 & 2001
Series 6: Invitations and Greetings
Consists of printed invitations to events both ROBWEC and others. Also included are greeting cards for various occasions.
Box 4
Folder 45: Miscellaneous
Folder 46: Miscellaneous
Series 7: Clippings
Newspaper clippings describing women empowerment, news regarding ROBWEC or other organizations of its like.
Box 4
Folder 47: Clippings, mostly undated
Folder 48: Clippings, mostly undated
Folder 49: Clippings, mostly undated
Folder 50: Clippings, mostly undated
Series 8: Correspondence
General business correspondence and membership correspondence are housed in this    series.
Box 4
Folder 51: Membership, 1977-1992
Folder 52: Membership, 1993-1996
Folder 53: Membership, 1998-2001
Folder 54: General
Folder 55: General
Series 9: Notes
Box 4
Folder 56: Notes

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Organizational Documents],
[Series 2: Rosters/Year Books],
[Series 3: Newsletters],
[Series 4: Photographic Works],
[Series 5: ROBWEC Anniversaries],
[Series 6: Invitations and Greetings],
[Series 7: Clippings],
[Series 8: Correspondence],
[Series 9: Notes],

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