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By Kristen R. Walker

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Collection Overview

Title: Federation of Houston Professional Women Records, 1981-2000

ID: 02/1998-006

Primary Creator: Federation of Houston Professional Women

Extent: 10.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1998

Subjects: Business networks - Texas - Houston, Businesswomen - Texas - Houston, Federation of Houston Professional Women, Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston, Women in the professions

Forms of Material: Fliers (printed matter), Minutes, Photographs, Records (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of the Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW) consist primarily of meeting notices, agendas, and minutes; fliers for Federation or Federation-sponsored activities; financial reports; membership rosters; and photographs. The majority of the material falls between 1990 and 1997. The collection does, however, contain the minutes of the original meeting of the FHPW in 1981. Member organization rosters give researchers an impression of women's business and professional activities throughout the Houston area in the 1980s and 1990s.

The records are arranged into four series: Administration, Events, FHPW Educational Foundation, and Mixed Media. The original organization of the records varied according to president. Usually it was chronological by year, topical within each year, then chronological within each topic. Material from the earliest years was interspersed throughout the different series. The current organization was imposed upon the collection to standardize the filing, and to integrate the years.

Biographical Note

Throughout 1980, the various Houston area chapters of the American Business Women's Association gathered at quarterly "Community Meetings" in order to "exercise greater impact" through coordinated organization. In March 1981 these meetings opened to other Houston area women's groups. The overwhelming response of women throughout the city suggested a need to create an "umbrella" organization. From this effort sprang the Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW), established in September 1981, and chartered by the state of Texas in 1982. The FHPW would "help professional women serve as a resource to each other and to the community by providing educational, networking, and support group activities to its members, focus on empowering individuals to achieve their goals by addressing general concerns of women in civic, community, personal, and professional pursuits, and unite individuals of our member organizations to promote a place of influence and power." Together, the various groups involved in the Federation would attempt to educate women about the political process to foster activism that would create a more favorable environment for business women in Houston. (General FHPW information is found in Box 1, Folder 7).

As of 1994, the FHPW Foundation, Advisory Board, Executive Board, Board of Directors, several committees, and the voting delegates of the member organizations composed this "organization of organizations." Various prominent personalities from the Houston area sat on the Advisory Board. The Board of Directors included the Executive Board and the Directors of the various committees; the number and names of the committees have varied over the years. Until 1993, the FHPW published its news in the Federation Exchange. After 1993, the newsletter became known as the Federation Focus. A bulk mailing, the Delegate Digest, informed delegates of upcoming activities. Delegates kept their organizations informed about FHPW activities, and had voting privileges in Federation decisions.

Initially, the Federation planned four major activities: quarterly general meetings, a spring event, an annual awards banquet, and various workshops throughout the year. As the organization grew, the executive body and number of meetings multiplied. The FHPW continued to hold quarterly meetings open to all women involved in the Federation, as well as annual Delegate Updates to inform new voting delegates about their responsibilities and the FHPW's activities. The Executive Board and Board of Directors met monthly, as did several committees. The Awards Banquets in the autumn of each year continue to honor prominent and active women in Houston's business community. The Federation continues its educational outreach not only through workshops, but also through community service and the sponsorship of conferences promoting women in business and politics.

The FHPW's Educational Foundation was planned in 1993 with a mission to award scholarships and gifts to aid and advance the education and knowledge of women in the community. FHPWEF received tax-exempt status 501(c)3 in 1994 and as a charitable foundation is able to receive funds from contributions by individuals or member organizations, gifts, and special fundraisers. The Educational Foundation's Governing Board includes the FHPW's current president and president-elect. Five additional members are nominated by a committee consisting of the Educational Foundation's current president and the FHPW's current president and immediate past president. The Educational Foundation's voting body is the Governing Board and the FHPW Board of Directors.

Subject/Index Terms

Business networks - Texas - Houston
Businesswomen - Texas - Houston
Federation of Houston Professional Women
Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston
Women in the professions

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 the Federation of Houston Professional Women, 1998 and 2002.

Preferred Citation: Federation of Houston Professional Women 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:

Leigh Fought, March 1999

Additional processing by Pavan Sirsi, April 2003; Reprocessed by Joanie South-Shelley, January 2004

Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Kristen R. Walker, Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Kristen R. Walker, March 2005

Finding Aid Revision History:

21 March 2005 Encoding started. Encoding completed. 1 March 2005.

Revised February 27-28, 2017

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administration],
[Series 2: Events],
[Series 3: FHPW Educational Foundation],
[Series 4: Audiovisual, Photographs, and Slides],
[Series 5: Oversize],

Series 1: Administration
This series contains material pertaining to the administrative activities of the FHPW. It has been divided into five sub-series: Organizations, Boards, Committees, Financial, and Delegates. The majority of the items concern meetings of various boards and committees.
Sub-Series 1: Organization
This sub-series consists of administrative material pertaining to the history of the FHPW, including correspondence and legal documents, dating from 1981 to 1999. It is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1
Folder 1: By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, 1982-1997
Folder 2: Calendars, 1981-1999
Folder 3: Call Logs, 1998-1999
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1985-1994
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1996-1999
Folder 6: Job Descriptions, 1996-1997
Folder 7: History, 1981-1993
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1987-1996
Folder 9: Policy and Procedures Manual, 1990
Folder 10: Proclamations, 1992, 1994
Folder 11: Stationery, undated
Sub-Series 2: Boards
This sub-series contains thirteen folders, dating from 1981 to 1999, arranged alphabetically. The majority of the material pertains to the activities of the Board of Directors, and includes notices, agendas, and minutes for the Board and Executive meetings. The meeting minutes of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board have been interfiled chronologically.
Box 1
Folder 12: Advisory, 1989-1996
Folder 13: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1981-1987
Folder 14: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1988-1990
Folder 15: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1992-1993
Folder 16: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1994-1995
Folder 17: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1996
Folder 18-19: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1997
Folder 20-21: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1998
Folder 22: Board of Directors and Executive Board, 1999
Box 2
Folder 1: Rosters, 1986-1993
Folder 2: Rosters, 1993-1999
Sub-Series 3: Committees
This sub-series contains fifteen folders, dating from 1982-1999 and is arranged alphabetically, concerning the various committees that report to the FHPW Board of Directors.
Box 2
Folder 3: Ambassador, 1996-1997
Folder 4: By-Laws, 1988-1999
Folder 5: Civics Projects, 1986-1999
Folder 6: Civics Projects, Classy Clown Corps, 1994-1998
Folder 7: Communication, 1984-1997
Folder 8: Credit Union, 1988
Folder 9: Database, 1988-1999
Folder 10: Education, 1987-1997
Folder 11: Internet, 1996
Folder 12: Long-Range Planning, 1987-1996
Folder 13: Membership, 1987-1999
Folder 14: Nominating, 1982-1996
Folder 15: Program, 1988-1999
Folder 16: Speakers Bureau, 1982-1996
Folder 17: Ways and Means, 1988-1999
Sub-Series 4: Financial
This sub-series of twelve folders comprises the group's financial records from 1982-1999. Most of the material consists of Treasurer's Reports.
Box 2
Folder 18: Audits, 1982, 1991
Folder 19: Credit Cards, 1993, 1996
Folder 20: Dues Reports/Membership, 1983-1999
Folder 21: Income Tax Information, 1985-1990
Folder 22: Treasurer's Report, 1986-1989
Folder 23: Treasurer's Report, 1992-1993
Folder 24: Treasurer's Report, 1994
Folder 25: Treasurer's Report, 1995
Box 3
Folder 1: Treasurer's Report, 1996
Folder 2: Treasurer's Report, 1997
Folder 3: Treasurer's Report, 1998
Folder 4: Treasurer's Report, 1999
Sub-Series 5: Delegates
This sub-series of twenty folders dates from 1981 to 2000, and contains material regarding delegates to the FHPW. The Delegate Digest was a monthly mailing of fliers intended to keep delegates from the member organizations informed about FHPW activities. The Quarterly General Meetings information, consisting of notices, agendas, and minutes, was sent to delegates in packet form.
Box 3
Folder 5: Delegate Digest, 1989
Folder 6: Delegate Digest, 1990-1991
Folder 7: Delegate Digest, 1992
Folder 8: Federation Exchange, 1989
Folder 9: Information Packets, 1985-1997
Folder 10: Focus, 1993-1994
Folder 11: Focus, 1995-1997
Folder 12: Focus, 1998-1999
Folder 13: Member Roster, 1981-1984
Folder 14: Member Roster, 1985-1989
Folder 15: Member Roster, 1992-1994
Box 4
Folder 1: Member Roster, 1995-1996
Folder 2: Member Roster, 1997-1998
Folder 3: Member Roster, 1999
Folder 4: Quarterly General Meetings, 1981-1984
Folder 5: Quarterly General Meetings, 1987-1990
Folder 6: Quarterly General Meetings, 1992-1997
Folder 7: Quarterly General Meetings, 1998-2000
Folder 8: Update, 1984-1998
Folder 9: VIP, 1997
Series 2: Events
This series concerns the activities and events sponsored by the FHPW. It is divided into two sub-series: Awards Banquet and Programs and Workshops. These contain fliers , programs, and paperwork pertaining to the many events sponsored by the FHPW.
Sub-Series 1: Awards Banquet
This sub-series is arranged chronologically and contains material regarding the annual awards banquet, the FHPW's largest annual event.
Box 4
Folder 10: 1982-1987
Folder 11: 1988-1990
Folder 12: 1991-1992
Folder 13: 1993
Folder 14: 1994
Folder 15: 1994
Folder 16: 1995
Folder 17: 1996
Folder 18: 1997-1998
Folder 19: 1999
Folder 20: 2000
Folder 21: 2001
Sub-Series 2: Programs and Workshops
This sub-series contains eleven folders dating from 1981-1994, arranged in chronological order.
Box 5
Folder 1: Miscellaneous, 1981-1993
Folder 2: Miscellaneous, 1994-1997
Folder 3: A Quality You, 1987
Folder 4: Team Politics in Organizations, 1988
Folder 5: Garage Sale, 1989
Folder 6: Logo Contest, 1989
Folder 7: Women of the 90s, 1989
Folder 8: The Women's Event, 1994
Folder 9: Visions, the Women's Expo, 1994
Folder 10: Houston Women's Show, 1994
Folder 11: Houston International Festival, 1994
Series 3: FHPW Educational Foundation
This series consists of the records of the FHPW Educational Foundation. Materials consist primarily of event records and scholarship applications, with the majority dating from 1995 to 1998 and a small amount from before 1995. The series also contains minutes, logos, and mission statements. This series is arranged into three sub-series: Administration, Scholarships, and Events.
Sub-Series 1: Administration
This sub-series contains six folders pertaining to the administrative of the Educational Foundation.
Box 5
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1996-1997
Folder 13: Financial, 1996-2000
Folder 14: Governance Documents, 1994-1998
Folder 15: Governing Board, 1994-2000
Folder 16: Minutes, 1994-2000
Folder 17: Miscellaneous, 1996-1997
Sub-Series 2: Scholarships
This sub-series contains scholarship applications pre-dating the formation of the Educational Foundation, as well as material from after its creation. The records consist primarily of applications and correspondence related to scholarships. Additionally, the series includes sample application forms, rules governing the application and scholarship awarding process, and background research conducted about other organizations that had similar scholarship schemes.
Box 5
Folder 18: Applications, 1988-1996
Folder 19: Applications, 1997
Folder 20: Applications, 1998-1999
Folder 21: Background Research, 1993-1998
Folder 22: Outside Sources, 1994-1997
Sub-Series 3: Events
The seven folders in this sub-series contain material regarding the Educational Foundation's events. The Alley shows were of significance since they were the prime fundraisers for the foundation, which awarded scholarships from these funds.
Box 5
Folder 23: Alley Theatre, 1995-1997
Folder 24: Alley Theatre, 1998
Folder 25: Alley Theatre, 1999-2000
Folder 26: Coffee, Tea and Italia, 1997
Folder 27: Coffee, Tea and Italia, 1998
Folder 28: Galveston Summer Musical, 1996
Folder 29: Ideahouse Grand Revue and Tour, 1998
Series 4: Audiovisual, Photographs, and Slides
This series contains photographs, slides, and different kinds of tapes. The series is divided into two sub-series: Photographs and Slides, and Tapes. The three audio tapes mainly concern FHPW orientations. The magnetic tapes contain records of FHPW logos, mission statements, awards banquet meeting minutes, and Board minutes. The videotapes are of awards banquets.
Sub-Series 1: Photographs and Slides
This sub-series of thirty-four folders contains photographs, slides and negatives dating from 1984-1995. It is divided into three sub-sub-series: events, meetings, and people. Included are photos taken during awards banquets and rehearsal tea parties, as well as official headshots of the honorees.
Sub-Sub-Series 1: Events
Box 6
Folder 1: Awards Banquet, 1984
Folder 2: Awards Banquet, 1985
Folder 3: Awards Banquet, 1988
Folder 4: Awards Banquet Rehearsal Tea, 1991
Folder 5-7: Awards Banquet, 1992
Folder 8-9: Awards Banquet, 1993
Folder 10: Awards Banquet, 1994
Folder 11: Awards Banquet Rehearsal Tea, 1995
Folder 12: Awards Banquet, 1996
Folder 13: Awards Banquet, undated
Folder 14: Exhibit, 1991
Folder 15: Miscellaneous, 1984-1986
Folder 16-17: 10th Anniversary - Slides, 1991
Folder 18: Awards - Slides, 1993
Folder 19: Federation Exchange - Slides, 1991
Sub-Sub-Series 2: Meetings
Box 6
Folder 20: Delegate Update, 1985-1986
Folder 21: General, 1985
Folder 22: General, January 1986
Folder 23: Historian Committee, 1986
Folder 24: Miscellaneous, 1990's
Sub-Sub-Series 3: People
Box 6
Folder 25: Honorees - Slides, 1982
Folder 26: Honorees - Slides, 1983
Folder 27: Honorees - Slides, 1984
Folder 28: Honorees - Slides, 1985
Folder 29: Honorees - Slides, 1994
Folder 30: Honorees - Slides, 1995
Folder 31: Honorees - Slides, 1996
Folder 32: Honorees - Slides, 2001
Folder 33: Members - Slides, 1994
Folder 34: Miscellaneous, 1984-1990
Sub-Series 2: Tapes
This sub-series is divided into three sub-sub-series: Audio, Magnetic, and Video, dated 1993-1999. The three audio tapes mainly have the federation orientations. The magnetic tapes contain records of federation logos, mission statements, awards banquet meeting minutes, and federation board meeting minutes. The videotapes are of awards banquets and the opening of the federation.
Sub-Sub-Series 1: Audio
Box 7
Item 1: FHPW, 1987
Item 2: Federation Orientation (Old), undated
Item 3: Federation Orientation, undated
Sub-Sub-Series 2: Magnetic
Box 7
Item 4: FHPW Logo/Statements, undated
Item 5: Awards Banquet, 1997
Item 6: Awards Banquet, Focus, 1997
Item 7: Minutes, 1997
Item 8: Board Meeting, 1998
Sub-Sub-Series 3: Video
Box 7
Item 9: Awards Banquet, 1987
Item 10: Awards Banquet, 1990
Item 11: Awards Banquet, 1991
Item 12: Awards Banquet, 1993
Item 13: Awards Banquet, 1994
Item 14: Awards Banquet, 1996
Item 15: Awards Banquet, 1998
Item 16: Awards Banquet, 1999
Item 17: Rehearsal Tea, 1997
Item 18: Federation Opening, undated
Item 19: Untitled, undated
Series 5: Oversize
materials from several different series are resprented in this oversize box
OVS_Box 1
OVS_Item 1: Miscellaneous

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