Austin History Center

Women's Equality Day Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Richards, Ann
Title: Women's Equality Day Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1973-1979
Abstract: Correspondence, printed material, creative works, oversized material and artifacts document Austin women's views on gender equality in 1979. Materials were gathered as part of the Women's Equality Day reception held at the Austin Women's Center on August 29, 1979.
Identification: AR.R.012
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe PO BOX 2287 Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

On August 26, 1979, a number of local women's groups held a reception at the Austin Women's Center to celebrate Women's Equality Day. This day was established in 1971 with legislation introduced by Congresswomen Bella Abzug (1971-1976) to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment (also called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women in the United States full voting rights in 1920. As part of this event and in commemoration of the opening of the new Faulk Public Library, which also occurred on August 26, 1979, Ann Richards, first female Commissioner of Travis County (1976-1982) and women's rights advocate, asked individuals to bring their own interpretations of women's equality written in prose or poetry, photographs, sketches or drawings. Materials were then donated to the Austin History Center, known at that time as the Austin-Travis County Collection.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection (1973-1979) is comprised of creative works by the Women's Equality Day reception participants. Participants represent multiple generations of women and primarily local organizations in support of gender equality. Among the notable indiviuals are Liz Carpenter, Aralyn Hughes Cepeda, Ruthe Winegarten, Dorothy Turner, and Barbara Vacker. Material is listed in alphabetical order by participant name and includes biographical information, reminiscences, poetry, prose, art on paper, photographs, news clippings, organizational histories, printed literature on women's issues (e.g., reproductive health, family/relationship, employment), a musical score, a self-published artzine, The Guerilla and a 1976 calendar, Women in Texas History. The remainder of the collection (1979) includes correspondence between Ann Richards, Audrey Bateman, former Curator of the Austin History Center and Ann Bowden, Associate Director of the Austin Public Library, explaining Richards' intention to create and contribute a gift to the library in the hope that, " will help future generations better understand the complexity of attitudes and thoughts relating to women and equality in 1979." In addition, there is a small quanity of printed material (1979, undated) including the Austin Women's Center invitation sent out for the event and government proclamations and a resolution issued at federal, state and local levels in observance of Women's Equality Day.


This collection is arranged into 5 series:
I. Correspondence
II. Printed Material
III. Creative Works
IV. Oversized Material
V. Artifacts


Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Barrow, Ethel.
Baylor, Hazel.
Bode, Mary Jane.
Buss, Edith.
Carpenter, Liz.
Cepeda, Aralyn Hughes.
Creamer, B.
Duke, Barbara.
Hejl, Shirley.
Hessin, Margaret.
Hickie, Jane.
Hill, Margaret Loise.
Koock, Mary Faulk.
Lopiano, Donna.
McBee, Sue Brandt.
McNaughton, Charlotte.
Nosek, Peg.
Polk, Karen.
Shalot, Susan.
Simond, Ada.
Smith, Cookie.
Turner, Dorothy.
Twitchell, Chaste.
Watson, Portia A.
Weddington, Sarah.
Werner, Magdaline C.
Winegarten, Ruthe.
Richards, Ann.
Turner, Dorothy.
Vacker, Barbara.
Wright, Ariadne Rogers.
Austin Women's Center.
Austin Women's Political Caucus.
Capitol City Federated Business and Professonal Women.
Center for Battered Women.
Insurance Women of Austin.
Mexican American Business and Professional Women.
Mothers, Incorporated
Women and Their Work.
Women's Organic Farm.
Zonata Club of Austin.
Austin (Tex.).
Women's Rights.
Woman - Suffrage.
Woman - Society and Clubs.

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AF Biography Files

  • Barrow, Ethel
  • Bode, Mary Jane
  • Buss, Edith
  • Carpenter, Liz
  • Duke, Barbara
  • Otto L. Koock (Mary Faulk)
  • Lopiano, Donna
  • McBee, Frank Wilkins Jr.(Sue Brandt)
  • Simond, Ada
  • Smith, Edward, Everett (Cookie)
  • Weddington, Sarah
  • Richards, Ann
  • Turner, Dorothy
  • Vacker, Barbara

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  • Capital City Federated Business and Professional Women's Club Records - AR.1991.041
  • Jane McCallum Papers - AR.E.004
  • McBee Family Papers - AR.1991.051
  • Texas/Austin Women's Political Caucus Records - AR.1998.015
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Separated Material

Duplicate copies of printed material have been recycled.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Women's Equality Day Papers (AR.R.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #DO/1979/094:

Donation Date: 1979 October 10

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid by Susan Rittereiser 2010 March 15

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Correspondence, 1979

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, August 22, 1979

II. Printed Material, 1979, undated

Box Folder
1 2 Group list, invitation, 1979
3 Proclamations, resolution 1979

III. Creative Works, 1973-1979, undated

Box Folder
1 4 Barrow, Ethel, 1979
5 Baylor, Hazel, S., 1979
6 Bode, Mary Jane, 1979
7 Buss, Edith, 1979
8 Carpenter, Liz, 1977
9 Cepeda, Aralyn Hughes, 1973, 1978-1979, undated
10 Creamer, B., undated
11 Duke, Barbara, 1977
12 Hejl, Shirely, undated
13 Hessin, Margaret E., undated
14 Hickie, Janie, 1979
15 Hill, Margaret Louise, undated
16 Koock, Mary Faulk, undated
17 Lopiano, Donna A., undated
18 McNaughton, Charlotte, 1979
19 Nosek, Peg, 1979
20 Polk, Karen, 1979
21 Shalot, Susan, 1979
22 Simond, Ada, 1979
23 Smith, Cookie, 1979
24 Turner, Dorothy, 1979
25 Twitchell, Chaste, 1979
26 Vacker, Barbara, 1974-1975, 1979
27 Watson, Portia A., undated
28 Werner, Magdeline C., undated
29 Winegarten, Ruth, 1978-1979
30 Wright, Ariadne Rogers, 1979
31 Wulf, Anna Freeman, 1979
32 American Association of University Women, undated
33 Austin Women's Center, 1979
34 Austin Women's Political Caucus, 1979
35 Capitol City Federated Business and Professional Women's Club, undated
36 Center For Battered Women, undated
37 Guerilla, 1979
38 Insurance Women of Austin, undated
39 Mexican American Business and Professional Women of Austin, 1979
40 Mothers Incorportated, 1979
41 Women And Their Work, 1979
42 Women's Organic Farm, 1979
43 Zonta Club of Austin, undated
44 Women in Texas History Calendar, 1976

IV. Oversized Material, 1979

Location BoxItem
qAR 07/114-115 Poster, pen and ink drawing on paper, 1979

V. Artifacts, 1979, undated

Location BoxItem
Artifacts 95/003-006 Buttons, Susan B. Anthony dollar 1979, undated