Austin History Center

Barbara Vackar Papers

A Preliminary Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Vackar, Barbara
Title: Barbara Vackar Papers
Abstract: Biographical materials about Barbara Vackar that highlight her involvement in The Woman's Museum: An Institute for the Future and the Chautauqua Women's Club.
Identification: AR.2009.068
Quantity: .20 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

Biographical Note

Barbara Vackar was born September 7, 1943 in Gonzales, Texas. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in home economics. Her first job was at the University of Texas as a food service supervisor; later, she was promoted to Director of Special Events for the President's office. She then went on to become President and owner of Adams Vackar Caterers. She was founder and president of Vacker Associates, a firm which did political consulting, lobbying, and advising. She was also vice-president of Vacker Interests, Inc., which was formed to arrange a project financing land acquisitions. As an active supporter of women's rights, she served as director of Texans for ERA. In 1979, she worked for nine months in the White House office of presidential assistant Sarah Weddington planning national strategies for securing adoption of the ERA. In 1980, she ran for Travis County Democratic party chairman where she served as official spokesperson on all countywide party matters.

Vackar has also dedicated much of her time helping to improve womens' lives through a variety of volunteer leadership positions. She is a founding member of the National Advisory Board for The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future. She is also the founder of the Austin Women's Network and the Austin Consumer Counseling Services for Child and Family Services. In addition, Vackar served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood and as the coordinator for St. David's Hospital Foundation 100 Women Fund.

In 2005 Vackar was named President of Chautauqua Women's Club after ten seasons of residency at the Chautauqua Institution. Vackar will conclude her 6th season in the leadership position of the Chautauqua Women’s Club at the end of the 2010 season. Under her leadership the CWC has established the Contemporary Issues Brown/Giffin Lectureship allowing the Club to bring to Chautauqua esteemed speakers such as Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jane Pauley and Gail Sheehy.

Source: Texas Archival Resources Online

Accessed: 2010 July

Source: Chautauqua Women's Club website

Accessed: 2005 April and 2010 July

Scope and Contents

The collection contains biographical materials such as newspaper clippings, magazine articles, press releases and photographs that highlight Vackar's life. Also included are marketing materials for the The Woman's Museum: An Institute for the Future and the Chautauqua Women's Club.


The collection is arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Vackar, Barbara, 1943-.
Chautauqua Women's Club.
Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, N.Y.)
Women’s Museum.
Austin (Tex.)
Chautauqua (N.Y.)
Women--Societies and clubs.
Document Types:
Printed materials.
Newspaper clippings.

Related Material

Barbara Vacker Papers at the Texas Woman's University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barbara Vackar Papers (AR.2009.068). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2009/056

Donation Date: 2009 September, 2009 October

Processing Information

Finding aid and encoding by: Molly Hults/2009 October


Additional donations expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Barbara Vacker Papers, 1976-2007

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical materials, 1976-2005
2 Chautauqua Women's Club, 2005-2007
3 Photographs, 2005-2007
4 The Woman's Museum: An Institute for the Future, 1999-2000