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River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club Records


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Rosters/Year Books


Photographic Works


Invitations and Greetings





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By Advaith Krishna, Timothy Wyatt

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Collection Overview

Title: River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club Records, 1977-2007

Predominant Dates:1977-2002

ID: 02/2006-007

Primary Creator: River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club

Extent: 6.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2006

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 3 boxes and 2 drawers and is organized into 10 series entitled: Organizational Documents, Roster/Year Books, Newsletters, Photographic Works, ROBWEC Anniversaries, Invitations and Greetings, Clippings, Correspondence, Notes, and Ephemera. The bulk of the material documents the organization’s operations and events of the club. Some materials are contained in map drawers which are located in the back corner of the stacks.

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:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: Donated by ROBWEC members.

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, 1977-2006],
[Series 4: Photographic Works],
[Series 5: Anniversaries],
[Series 6: Invitations and Greetings],
[Series 7: Clippings],
[Series 8: Correspondence],
[Series 9: Notes],
[Series 10: Ephemera],

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
Folder 14a: Meeting Records, 2006-007
Series 2: Rosters/Year Books
This series houses the year books and membership information of ROBWEC.
Box 1
Folder 15-17: Year books (Bound) 1993-1996
Folder 18: 1978-1979
Folder 19: 1980-1998
Folder 20: 2000-2001
Folder 21: Membership Classifications
Folder 22-26: Miscellaneous
Folder 27: Directory, 1978-1979
Folder 28: Directory, 1998
Box 2
Folder 1: Member Biographies
Series 3: Newsletters, 1977-2006
Box 2
Folder 2: 1977-1979
Folder 3: 1980-1981
Folder 4: 1983-1984
Folder 5: 1985
Folder 6: 1986-1987
Folder 7: 1988
Folder 8: 1989-1997
Folder 9: 1998-2000
Folder 10: 2001-2002
Folder 11: 2003-2004
Folder 12: 2005-2006
Series 4: Photographic Works
Photographs pertaining to the various ROBWEC parties and anniversary celebrations.
Box 3
Folder 1-3: Prints
Folder 4: Images on disc
Folder 5: 20th Anniversary, 1996
Folder 6: Hat Day, 1996
Folder 7: Miscellaneous
Drawer F.1
OVS_Folder 1: 1997
Item 1: Christmas Party
Item 2: Hat Day
Series 5: Anniversaries
Five year anniversary celebrations and publicity material form part of this series.
Box 3
Folder 8: 1981, 1986 & 1991
Folder 9: 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 3
Folder 10-11: Miscellaneous
Series 7: Clippings
Newspaper clippings describing women empowerment, news regarding ROBWEC or other organizations of its like.
Box 3
Folder 12-15: Clippings, mostly undated
Series 8: Correspondence
General business correspondence and membership correspondence are housed in this    series.
Box 3
Folder 16: Membership, 1977-1992
Folder 17: Membership, 1993-1996
Folder 18: Membership, 1998-2001
Folder 19-20: General
Series 9: Notes
Box 3
Folder 21: Notes
Series 10: Ephemera
This series contains oversized materials related to ROBWEC. The series includes a deconstructed scrapbook of organization presidents and exhibition boards.
Drawer F.1
OVS_Folder 2: Presidents' Scrapbook, undated
Item 1: Timeline Exhibition Board, 1977
Item 2: Timeline Exhibition Board, 1981
Item 3: Timeline Exhibition Board, 1988
Item 4: Timeline Exhibition Board, 1992
Drawer F.2
Item 1: Timeline Exhibition Boards, 1979
Item 2: Timeline Exhibition Boards, 1983
Item 3: Timeline Exhibition Boards, 1986
Item 4: Timeline Exhibition Boards, 1990
Item 5: Timeline Exhibition Boards, 1994
Item 6: Timeline Exhibition Boards, 1996

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Organizational Documents],
[Series 2: Rosters/Year Books],
[Series 3: Newsletters, 1977-2006],
[Series 4: Photographic Works],
[Series 5: Anniversaries],
[Series 6: Invitations and Greetings],
[Series 7: Clippings],
[Series 8: Correspondence],
[Series 9: Notes],
[Series 10: Ephemera],

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