Austin History Center

National Association of Women Business Owners, Austin Chapter Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: National Association of Women Business Owners, Austin Chapter
Title: National Association of Women Business Owners, Austin Chapter Records
Inclusive Dates: 1985-1992
Abstract: The National Association of Women Business Owners (NABWO) is a chapter-based organization that works to represent and promote women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. The Austin chapter of NABWO was established in 1986 and folded in 1992. The administrative files, board minutes, correspondence, membership lists, event information, and scrapbook in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1986 to 1992.
Identification: AR.2002.026
Quantity: 2 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 scrapbook)
Location: Archives stacks and Oversize Volumes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NABWO) was established in 1986 by the Chapter Formation Committee whose members included: Cheryl Booth, Byrlan Cass-Shively, Susan C. Holeman, Lil Cleary, Kathy Fineg, Cathy Roush, Oma Talley and Gwen Klein. The first meeting (formation dinner) was held on May 20 at the Sheraton Crest Hotel and was attended by 28 women. The NAWBO provided opportunities for networking, hosted speaker events, sponsored fundraising events and published a newsletter. On June 30, 1992 it was announced that the Austin Chapter of the NAWBO was folding and would cease to exist.

Scope and Contents

The Administrative Files series (1986-1992) includes chapter bylaws, start-up history, membership lists, calendars, sponsor information, public and corporate relations files, public and corporate affairs materials, and miscellaneous administrative files. The Minutes series (1986-1992) consists of agendas and minutes of the NABWO Board and of the membership that offer insight into the activities of the organization. Supporting documentation includes financial records, agendas for general meetings, work plans, lists of objectives and event flyers. The Correspondence series (1986-1992) includes correspondence from and to the NABWO national office. The Conferences and Events series (1987-1992, undated) is an assortment of event planning documentation, potential speaker biographies, event flyers and correspondence for events and national conferences. The Printed Materials series (1985-1991) includes newspaper clippings and a research file on women's issues. The Scrapbook series (1986-1992) consists of a single scrapbook with newsletters, national organization communications, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence and brochures highlighting the activities of the organization.


Arranged into 5 series:
I. Administrative Files
II. Minutes
III. Correspondence
IV. Events
V. Printed Materials
VI. Scrapbook


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Cass-Shively, Byrian.
Eppler, Gaynell.
Holeman, Susan C.
Maulding, Pam.
Pauley, Susan.
Riley, Bobbi.
Wiggins, Zara.
National Association of Women Business Owners, Austin Chapter.
Austin (Tex.)
Women in business--Texas--Austin.

Separated Material

National NWWBO newsletters as well as other chapter's newsletters were deaccessioned.

The local chapter newsletter "NAWBO News" was moved to Periodicals Collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a founding member of the organization in 2002.

Preferred Citation

National Association of Women Business Owners, Austin Chapter Records (AR.2002.026). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2002/102, DO/1993/071

Donation Date: 2002, 1993

Processing Information

Collection was donated in 3-ring binders. Material was removed from the binders and foldered in original order with original file titles maintained. This collection is a combination of two separate donations from board members of the organization. Because original order was maintained there is some overlap in folder contents.

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2010. Additional materials added and finding updated by Rusty Heckaman in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Files, 1986-1989

Box Folder
1 1 Chapter bylaws and start-up history, 1986-1989
2 Calendar, 1989
3 Membership lists, 1986-1989
4 Sponsors, 1989
Box Folder
3 1 Rules and procedures, 1991-1992
2 New members, 1988-1992
3 National membership, 1988-1989
4 Miscellaneous administrative files, 1986-1988
Box Folder
2 10 Public affairs, 1988-1992
11 Public relations, 1989-1991
12 Corporate affairs, 1991-1992
13 Corporate relations, 1988-1992
14 National Foundation for WBO, 1990-1991

II. Minutes, 1986-1990

Box Folder
1 5-7 Board minutes, 1986-1990
Box Folder
2 4 Board minutes, 1991-1992
5 Board minutes, 1989-1990
6 Board minutes, 1988
7 Board minutes, 1986-1987
8 General meeting minutes, 1990-1992

III. Correspondence, 1986-1990

Box Folder
1 8 National correspondence (incoming), 1986-1990
9 Correspondence to National (outgoing), 1986
Box Folder
2 1 National correspondence, 1986-1992
9 Austin Chapter correspondence, 1988-1991

IV. Conferences and Events, 1987-1990, undated

Box Folder
1 10 Hospitality information, 1988-1990
11 Speaker information for programs, 1987-1989, undated
12 Miscellaneous activities, 1987-1989
Box Folder
2 2 National Board Conference, 1991
3 National Board Conference, 1991-1992

V. Printed Materials, 1985-1991

Box Folder
1 15 Newspaper clippings , 1988, 1991
16 Information on women's issues, 1985-1986

VI. Scrapbook, 1986-1992

Oversized Volumes Scrapbook, 1986-1992