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Women in Action Records, 1970-1998 | University of Houston Libraries

By Joanie South-Shelley, June 2003

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Collection Overview

Title: Women in Action Records, 1970-1998

ID: 02/2001-006

Primary Creator: Women in Action

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002

Subjects: Nonprofit organizations - Texas - Houston, Women - Services for, Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston, Women in Action, Young Women's Christian Association

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Minutes, Newsletters

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection arrived in the archives in good order, and the original order has been maintained for the most part. The collection consists of material dating from 1970 to 1998, and is arranged into four series: Administrative Records, Financial Records, T.A.M.I. House, and Ephemera. The first two series include material pertaining to general W.I.A. activities and to T.A.M.I. House, such as board of director's minutes and newsletters; the T.A.M.I. House series' material pertains only to that project. The folders are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Biographical Note

Women in Action (W.I.A.), a coalition of member organizations, was founded in 1970 as a committee in the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) and incorporated in 1974. The following year Women in Action obtained the status of a (501) (c) corporation and in 1976 earned tax-exempt status in Texas. Original members included representatives of women's groups, such as the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters, as well as individual women dedicated to improving the lives of women in the Houston area.

For the first fifteen years of its existence, Women in Action coordinated a number of different projects designed to improve the lives of women. Some of the main programs included the Jail Committee and the Welfare Committee. The first of these provided assistance to women in jail, serving as liaisons with attorneys and the inmates' families, appearing in court as a moral support network and to ensure that the inmate was treated fairly, or simply by acting as pen pals to incarcerated women. The Welfare Committee provided assistance in navigating the welfare system and completing the paperwork necessary for receiving assistance. W.I.A. also conducted numerous workshops on health issues, such as venereal disease, aided senior citizens in registering to vote, and was involved with the Women's Information and Referral Exchange Service (W.I.R.E.S.).

By the early 1980s, Women in Action's interests began to shift increasingly toward the problem of teenage pregnancy. Women in Action sought to establish a group home for teenage mothers and their infants; this goal reached fruition in 1985 with the purchase and remodeling of a house. In April 1986 T.A.M.I. House, Women in Action's group home, opened as the only licensed, long-term facility in Houston designed to provide safe housing for teenage mothers and their infants. The T.A.M.I. House program was also designed to prepare the teenagers to lead productive lives and to be responsible and caring parents. The mothers received instruction in child care, nutrition, and basic housekeeping skills; they were encouraged to develop social skills, to return to school, and to acquire the discipline necessary to hold a job. In short, the T.A.M.I. House program provided a caring and nurturing environment while teaching the mothers real-life skills necessary for raising a child.

Women In Action, by a vote of its members, dissolved in 1998 and its assets were conveyed to the Abundant Life Educational Center, Inc., as required by the articles of incorporation.

Subject/Index Terms

Nonprofit organizations - Texas - Houston
Women - Services for
Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston
Women in Action
Young Women's Christian Association

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, obtaining permission to publish from 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.

Acquisition Method: Donation by Marjorie Green, 2002.

Related Materials:

Houston Area Women's Center Videos, 1980-(http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=350)

Houston Area Women's Center Photographs, 1977- (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=349)

Houston Area Women's Center Records, 1975-1990 (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=351)

Preferred Citation: Women in Action Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records],
[Series 2: Financial Records, 1973-1994],
[Series 3: T.A.M.I. House, 1985-1997],
[Series 4: Ephemera],

Series 1: Administrative Records
This series contains twenty-nine folders, dating from 1970 to 1998, arranged alphabetically. This material pertains to the general activities of W.I.A., and includes information on meetings and membership, as well as newsletters and correspondence.
Box 1
Folder 1: Board Duties, 1980-1995
Folder 2: Board of Directors/Assembly, 1974-1976
Folder 3: Board of Directors/Assembly, 1991-1992
Folder 4: Board of Directors/Assembly, 1993-1994
Folder 5: Board of Directors/Assembly, 1995
Folder 6: Board of Directors/Assembly, 1996-1997
Folder 7: Brochures/Information, 1970-1996
Folder 8: Conferences - Texas United Community Services, 1976
Folder 9: Conferences - Women In Action, 1975
Folder 10: Correspondence From, 1973-1995
Folder 11: Correspondence To, 1974-1995
Folder 12: Correspondence - Support Letters, 1994
Folder 13: Directories, 1973-1995
Folder 14: Divisions - Criminal Justice, 1974-1975
Folder 15: Divisions - Welfare, 1974-1975
Folder 16: Handbooks, 1989
Folder 17: Legal - Miscellaneous, 1974-1993
Folder 18: Legal - Dissolution, 1997-1998
Folder 19: Membership, 1977-1985
Folder 20: Membership, 1987-1989
Folder 21: Membership, 1991
Folder 22: Membership, 1992
Folder 23: Membership, 1995-1996
Folder 24: Newsletters, 1975-1978
Folder 25: Newsletters, 1979-1997
Folder 26: Newspaper Clippings, 1975-1976
Folder 27: Notes, 1975-1976
Folder 28: Stationery, undated
Series 2: Financial Records, 1973-1994
The thirty-nine folders in this series are dated from 1973 to 1994 and contain material relating to the finances of Women in Action and T.A.M.I. House.
Box 1
Folder 29: Bills, Receipts, January 1994
Folder 30: Bills, Receipts, February 1994
Folder 31: Bills, Receipts, March 1994
Folder 32: Bills, Receipts, April 1994
Folder 33: Bills, Receipts, May 1994
Folder 34: Bills, Receipts, June 1994
Folder 35: Bills, Receipts, July 1994
Folder 36: Bills, Receipts, August 1994
Folder 37: Bills, Receipts, September 1994
Folder 38: Bills, Receipts, October 1994
Folder 39: Bills, Receipts, November 1994
Folder 40: Budget, 1973-1976
Folder 41: Deposit Slips, 1974-1975
Folder 42: Ledger (part 1), 1975
Box 2
Folder 1: Ledger (part 2), 1974-1975
Folder 2: Ledgers, 1976
Folder 3: Ledgers, June-July 1992
Folder 4: Ledgers, August 1992
Folder 5: Ledgers, September 1992
Folder 6: Ledgers, October 1992
Folder 7: Ledgers, November 1992
Folder 8: Ledgers, December 1992
Folder 9: Ledgers, January 1993
Folder 10: Ledgers, February 1993
Folder 11: Ledgers, March 1993
Folder 12: Ledgers, April 1993
Folder 13: Ledgers, May 1993
Folder 14: Ledgers, June 1993
Folder 15: Ledgers, July 1994
Folder 16: Ledgers, August 1994
Folder 17: Ledgers, September 1994
Folder 18: Ledgers, October 1994
Folder 19: Ledgers, November 1994
Folder 20: Ledgers, December 1994
Folder 21: Petty Cash Vouchers, January-March 1994
Folder 22: Petty Cash Vouchers, April-June 1994
Folder 23: Petty Cash Vouchers, September-December 1994
Folder 24-25: Receipts, 1979-1980
Series 3: T.A.M.I. House, 1985-1997
This series contains twenty-three folders dating from 1985 to 1997. The series has been divided into three sub-series: Building Records, Administrative Records, and Agencies. Most of the material concerns the renovation and operation of T.A.M.I. House, with the third sub-series concerned with government agencies with which T.A.M.I. House interacted.
Sub-Series 1: Building Records
Box 2
Folder 26: Architects, 1985
Folder 27: Architects/Contractors, 1985
Folder 28: Building Inspections, City of Houston, 1985
Folder 29-31: Building Specifications, 1985
Folder 32: Building Survey, 1985
Folder 33: Harris County Appraisal District, 1985
Folder 34: Harris County Appraisal District Personal Property Forms, 1986-1989
Folder 35: Inspection Report, 1985
Box 3
Folder 1: Lien Notice, 1985-1988
Folder 2: Loan Agreement, 1985
Folder 3: Subcontractors, 1985
Folder 4: Title Survey, 1985
Sub-Series 2: Administrative Records
Box 3
Folder 5: Articles, 1995, 1997
Folder 6: Directory, 1986
Folder 7: Insurance, 1993-1994
Folder 8: Inventory, 1985
Folder 9: Invitations, Tenth Anniversary Celebration, 1996
Folder 10: Sales Tax, 1993
Folder 11: Statistics, 1986-1991
Folder 12: Statistics, 1991-1996
Folder 13: Volunteers, 1986
Sub-Series 3: Agencies
Box 3
Folder 14: League of Women Voters, undated
Folder 15: Texas Commission on Human Rights Lynn Moreno Complaint, 1993
Folder 16: Texas Department of Commerce Economic Censuses, 1992
Folder 17: Texas Department of Human Services, 1992
Folder 18: Texas Department of Human Services Cost Report, 1993
Folder 19: Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, 1995
Folder 20: Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Information, 1988
Folder 21: Texas State Department of Public Welfare, undated
Folder 22: United Way, 1992-1993
Series 4: Ephemera
Box 3
Folder 23: Volunteer Pin, undated

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[Series 2: Financial Records, 1973-1994],
[Series 3: T.A.M.I. House, 1985-1997],
[Series 4: Ephemera],

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