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Collection Overview

Title: Hispanic Women in Leadership Records, 1977-2000

Predominant Dates:1987-2000

ID: 02/1999-007

Primary Creator: Hispanic Women in Leadership

Extent: 8.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1999

Subjects: Hispanic Americans - Texas - Houston, Hispanic American women - Texas - Houston, Hispanic Women in Leadership, Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Records (documents), Videocassettes

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hispanic Women in Leadership collection contains information about the group's conferences, meetings, organization, and programs. The conferences series is the largest, as the annual conference is the main activity of Hispanic Women. The group organized their papers in three-ring binders, but in order to facilitate access to the collection, the material has for the most part been re-arranged chronologically in broad series such as administrative, correspondence, and conferences, and then further divided into sub-series. For preservation reasons, facsimiles on thermofax paper and newspaper articles have been copied onto regular paper, and newspapers have been placed in a separate oversize box.

Two boxes of unprocessed material were donated in 2016 and are identified as Accession #2016-029.

Biographical Note

The idea for a Hispanic women's leadership group originated in 1987, when a small group of Hispanic women in Houston planned a women's conference. The Hispanic Women's Leadership Conference Committee's March conference, held in conjunction with the YWCA, was a success. In June 1988, Hispanic Women in Leadership was formed as a separate, nonprofit, tax exempt organization. The organization has grown from the approximately twenty original members to over two hundred, the majority of whom are professional Hispanic women. Members include doctors, lawyers, accountants, educators, media representatives and other professionals who provide positive role models to women and girls.

Hispanic Women in Leadership's main goal is to promote leadership skills among Hispanic women in Houston. In conjunction with this goal, the organization promotes education of Hispanic women and girls, identifies successful role models, develops a network of professional women, and encourages Hispanic women to embrace and celebrate their cultural heritage.

Hispanic Women in Leadership's major activity is their annual conference, held each spring in Houston. These conferences, which have grown over the years, have themes relevant to Hispanic women. They feature local and national educators and professional women and men who present workshops on issues such as the glass ceiling in the workplace and child care. The conferences raise money for scholarships to deserving young Hispanic women. In addition to the annual conference, Hispanic Women in Leadership also sponsors other fundraisers, such as fashion shows and garage sales.

Subject/Index Terms

Hispanic Americans - Texas - Houston
Hispanic American women - Texas - Houston
Hispanic Women in Leadership
Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston

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:

Original donations by Hispanic Women in Leadership, 1999-2000.

Accession #2016-029. 2 boxes of unprocessed material donated in 2016

Preferred Citation: Hispanic Women in Leadership 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.

Processing Information:

Joanie South-Shelley, May 2000.

Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.

Finding Aid Revision History: Fri Jul 25 13:40:02 CDT 2003 urn:taro:uh.warc.00006 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (20030505). Revised March 3, 2017.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative, 1988-2000],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1988-2000],
[Series 3: Conferences, 1988-2000],
[Series 4: Scholarships, 1992-1999],
[Series 5: Activities, 1988-1999],
[Series 6: Outside Organizations, 1977-1999],
[Series 7: Ephemera],
[Series 8: Oversize],
[Series 9: Unprocessed additions, 2001-2013],

Series 1: Administrative, 1988-2000

The Administrative series contains the papers pertaining to the administration of Hispanic Women in Leadership from the organization's inception in 1988 through 2000. The series is divided into three sub-series, Organizational, President, and Secretary. The Organizational subseries contains three folders, dating from 1988 to 2000. They contain basic information on the group's history, organization, and leadership. The President sub-series contains six folders, dating from 1989 to 1999, and includes mainly financial records. The Secretary sub-series contains nineteen folders, dating from 1988 to 1999. This sub-series contains items such as agendas and minutes of board and general meetings, calendars, membership information, newsletters, and news clippings. A separation sheet in the folder indicates if a newspaper has been removed to the oversize box. The material in both the President and Secretary sub-series is arranged chronologically.

In order to facilitate access, the material in the President and Secretary sub-series has been significantly re-arranged and a new order imposed. Hispanic Women in Leadership used binders to arrange the majority of the papers in the Administrative series. Each officer, at the beginning of their term of office, was given a binder for their papers. Some of the binders were better organized than others, and some of the binders for a particular officer or year were missing. There was also a lot of duplication of papers. To create a consistent and clear arrangement, the material has been divided functionally between the offices of president and secretary. These were the only consistent binders, and many of the papers in other binders, such as vice-president, were also found in the president or secretary binders.

Sub-Series 1: Organizational
Box 1
Folder 1: Mission Statement/History, 1988-2000
Folder 2: Constitution/By-Laws, 1988-1999
Folder 3: Board of Directors, 1991-2000
Sub-Series 2: President
Box 1
Folder 4: Financial, 1989-1993
Folder 5: Financial, 1994-1996
Folder 6: Financial, 1997-2000
Folder 7: Annual Report, 1992
Folder 8: Legal Considerations, undated
Folder 9: Training/Education, 1991
Sub-Series 3: Secretary
Box 1
Folder 10: Meetings, 1988-1991
Folder 11: Meetings, 1992-1993
Folder 12: Meetings, 1994
Box 2
Folder 1: Meetings, 1995-1996
Folder 2: Meetings, 1997-1998
Folder 3: Meetings, 1999-2000
Folder 4: Membership, 1988-1990
Folder 5: Membership, 1991-1992
Folder 6: Membership, 1993
Folder 7: Membership, 1994
Folder 8: Membership, 1995-1997
Folder 9: Membership, 1998-1999
Folder 10: Blank Forms, 1989-1999
Folder 11: Calendars, 1991-1999
Folder 12: Hall of Fame, 1989-1999
Folder 13: Letterhead/Stationery, 1997-1999
Box 3
Folder 1: News Clippings, 1988-1999
Folder 2: Newsletters, 1989-2000
Folder 3: Robert's Rules of Order, undated
Series 2: Correspondence, 1988-2000
This series contains nine folders, dating from 1988 to 2000. The material is arranged chronologically, not by writer or recipient. It does not include correspondence relating to conferences, which is in the conferences series.
Box 3
Folder 4: 1988-1990
Folder 5: 1991-1992
Folder 6: 1993
Folder 7: 1994
Folder 8: 1995
Folder 9: 1996
Folder 10: 1997
Folder 11: 1998
Folder 12: 1999-2000
Series 3: Conferences, 1988-2000
This series contains ninety folders and comprises the bulk of the material in the Hispanic Women in Leadership collection. The materials date from 1988 to 2000. This series is arranged chronologically, and within each year, items have been divided, in general, into ten subjects. These ten subjects were common to most of the conferences except the early ones. As time went on, the annual conference became larger and more elaborate. The earliest conferences therefore do not contain as much material or as many subjects as more recent conferences The subjects are conference committees, correspondence, evaluations, exhibitors, financial, hotel, program, public relations/publicity, registration, and speakers. They are arranged alphabetically. The 2000 conference correspondence folder includes a letter from Texas Governor George W. Bush congratulating Hispanic Women in Leadership on a successful conference.
Box 4
Folder 1: Program, 1988
Folder 2: Conference Committees, undated
Folder 3: Exhibitors, undated
Folder 4: Financial, 1989
Folder 5: Program, 1989
Folder 6: Conference Committees, 1989
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1989-1990
Folder 8: Evaluations, 1990
Folder 9: Exhibitors, 1989-1990
Folder 10: Program, 1990
Folder 11: Registration, 1990
Folder 12: Speakers, 1990
Folder 13: Conference Committees, 1991
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1990-1991
Folder 15: Exhibitors, 1991
Folder 16: Financial, 1990-1991
Folder 17: Program, 1991
Folder 18: Public Relations/Publicity, 1991
Folder 19: Registration, 1991
Folder 20: Speakers, 1990-1991
Folder 21: Conference Committees, 1991-1992
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1991-1992
Folder 23: Exhibitors, 1991
Folder 24: Financial, 1992
Folder 25: Hotel, 1991-1992
Folder 26: Program, 1992
Folder 27: Speakers, 1991-1992
Folder 28: Public Relations/Publicity, 1992
Box 5
Folder 1: Conference Committees, 1992-1993
Folder 2: Evaluations, 1993
Folder 3: Exhibitors, 1993
Folder 4: Financial, 1993
Folder 5: Program, 1993
Folder 6: Registration, 1993
Folder 7: Speakers, 1993
Folder 8: Conference Committees, 1993-1994
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1993-1994
Folder 10-12: Evaluations, 1994
Folder 13: Exhibitors, undated
Folder 14: Financial, 1994
Folder 15: Program, 1993-1994
Folder 16: Public Relations/Publicity, 1994
Folder 17: Registration, undated
Folder 18: Speakers, 1993-1994
Folder 19: Conference Committees, 1994-1995
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1994-1995
Box 6
Folder 1: Exhibitors, 1994-1995
Folder 2: Financial, 1995
Folder 3: Hotel, 1994-1995
Folder 4: Program, 1995
Folder 5: Public Relations/Publicity, 1995
Folder 6: Registration, 1995
Folder 7: Speakers, undated
Folder 8: Conference Committees, 1995
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1996
Folder 10: Evaluations, 1996
Folder 11: Exhibitors, 1996
Folder 12: Financial, 1995-1996
Folder 13: Hotel, 1995-1996
Folder 14: Program, 1996
Folder 15: Public Relations/Publicity, 1995
Folder 16: Registration, 1996
Folder 17: Speakers/Entertainment, 1995-1996
Folder 18: Conference Committees, 1996-1997
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1996-1997
Folder 20: Exhibitors, 1997
Folder 21: Financial, 1997
Box 7
Folder 1: Hotel, 1997
Folder 2: Program, 1997
Folder 3: Registration, 1997
Folder 4: Public Relations/Publicity, 1997
Folder 5: Speakers/Entertainment, 1996-1997
Folder 6: Conference Committees, 1997-1998
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1997-1998
Folder 8: Financial, 1997-1998
Folder 9: Hotel, 1997-1998
Folder 10: Program, 1998
Folder 11: Public Relations/Publicity, 1998
Folder 12: Registration, undated
Folder 13: Speakers/Entertainment, 1998
Folder 14: Conference Committees, 1999
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1998-1999
Folder 16: Financial, 1999
Box 8
Folder 5: Correspondence, 2000
Folder 6: Program, 2000
Series 4: Scholarships, 1992-1999
This series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1992 to 1999. The majority of this series is scholarship applications from 1992 and 1993, with some correspondence specifically related to the scholarships. For privacy reasons, transcripts of students applying for scholarships have been removed and destroyed. The applications are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically, and the correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Box 8
Folder 7: Applications - A-L, 1992
Folder 8: Applications - M-Z, 1992
Folder 9: Applications - A-D, 1993
Folder 10: Applications - F-G, 1993
Folder 11: Applications - H-Mc, 1993
Folder 12: Applications - Me-R, 1993
Folder 13: Applications - S-Z, 1993
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1992-1993
Box 9
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1995-1999
Folder 2: Scholarship Committees, 1992-1999
Folder 3: Awards, 1997
Folder 4: Blank Applications, 1992-1999
Folder 5: Judges' Tally Sheets, undated
Series 5: Activities, 1988-1999
This series contains seventeen folders, dating from 1988 to 1999. The material includes information about activities other than the annual conferences, such as fashion shows, art exhibits, and garage sales. The material is arranged chronologically.
Box 9
Folder 6: 1988-1989
Folder 7: 1990-1991
Folder 8: 1992
Folder 9: 1993
Folder 10: Young Hispanas, 1993
Folder 11: 1994
Folder 12: 1995
Folder 13: 1996
Folder 14: 1997
Folder 15: 1998
Folder 16: 1999
Folder 17: Invitations to Non-HWL Activities, 1991-1999
Folder 18: Photographs - Hall of Fame, 1999
Folder 19: Photographs - Hall of Fame, 2000
Folder 20-21: Photographs, 1996
Box 10
Folder 1-3: Photographs, 1996
Folder 4: Photographs, 1998
Folder 5: Photographs, undated
Series 6: Outside Organizations, 1977-1999
This series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1977 to 1999 and consists of material about organizations other than Hispanic Women in Leadership, but which are of interest to the group. The material is arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization.
Box 10
Folder 6: A-F, 1990-1996
Folder 7: H-Hi, 1989-1992
Folder 8: Houston Area Women's Shelter, 1977-1997
Folder 9: Ho-Mc, 1989-1999
Folder 10: Mujer a Mujer (Sisters of Charity Health Care System), 1992
Folder 11: Mus-Tenneco, 1990-1993
Folder 12: Texano-Correspondence, 1993
Folder 13: Texano-Facsimile Numbers, 1993
Folder 14: Texano-Newsletters, 1993-1995
Folder 15: Texano-Notes and Tidbits, 1989, 1993
Folder 16: Te-United, 1994-1998
Folder 17: United Way, 1991-1995
Folder 18: Wh-Z, 1990-1999
Series 7: Ephemera
This series contains five items, a cloth book bag with the logo of the Hispanic Women's Conference Committee, a pen from Rice University, a satchel with the logo of Hispanic Women in Leadership, and two videotapes of awards presentations at the 1998 and 2000 conferences. Other than the videotapes, none of the items in this series are dated. The videotapes are shelved with the collection next to box 10.
Box 11
Item 1: Cloth Book Bag, undated
Item 2: Rice University Pen, undated
Item 3: Satchel, undated
Item 1: Videotape - Hispanic Women in Leadership Hall of Fame, 1998
Item 2: Videotape - Hispanic Women in Leadership Award to Ninfa Lorenzo, 2000
Series 8: Oversize
This series contains newspapers and newspaper articles dating from 1988 to 2000. They were removed and placed in an oversize box for preservation reasons. Separation sheets in the folders refer the researcher to the oversize box. This series also contains two large, framed proclamations, both dated 2000. One is from the office of Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown, and the other is from the office of Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella; both are in honor of Hispanic Women in Leadership.
OVS_Box 11
OVS_Item 1: Newspaper Articles, 1988-1999
OVS_Item 2: Proclamation from Houston Mayor, 2000
OVS_Item 3: Proclamation from Stafford Mayor, 2000
Series 9: Unprocessed additions, 2001-2013

Accession #2016-029. 2 boxes of unprocessed material donated in 2016. Materials date from 2001-2013.

This accession includes 2 boxes with annual reports, board members' directory/information, meetings, budgets/reports, banking, annual fundraiser and other events information, email conversation, the organization's Constitution and By Laws, Facebook and website content (printed copies), and press releases.

This collection is not yet fully processed. Some materials may be restricted and not available for access. Contact the curator with questions regarding access to this material.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative, 1988-2000],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1988-2000],
[Series 3: Conferences, 1988-2000],
[Series 4: Scholarships, 1992-1999],
[Series 5: Activities, 1988-1999],
[Series 6: Outside Organizations, 1977-1999],
[Series 7: Ephemera],
[Series 8: Oversize],
[Series 9: Unprocessed additions, 2001-2013],

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