University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club
Collection Title River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club Records
Dates 1977-2007
Identification 02/2006-007
Physical Description 6.00 Linear Feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club or ROBWEC was formed on February 12, 1976 when fewer than ten business and professional women met for the first time in the Travel Lodge. It was the idea of Marilyn Elam, a recent law school graduate who had moved to Houston to take a federal district court law clerkship. The small group of women continued to meet informally until July 2, 1976, when Jeanne Atherton moved the meetings to the River Oaks Country Club and officially organized the River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club. The plan was quickly implemented to recruit women of professional strength and power, each a leader in her field in the greater Houston area.

The purpose of ROBWEC is to bring together businesswomen of the city of Houston. This business and professional women's organization meets monthly for networking opportunities and business support. ROBWEC provides its members with web access to the membership directory, a monthly newsletter, special interest groups, and socials. Members interact with other business and professional women and hear informative speakers who educate, inspire, and entertain. From its humble beginnings in 1976, ROBWEC now has nearly one hundred members representing dynamic and diverse backgrounds and occupations.

Scope and Contents

The collection is housed in 3 boxes and 2 drawers and is organized into 10 series entitled: Organizational Documents, Roster/Year Books, Newsletters, Photographic Works, ROBWEC Anniversaries, Invitations and Greetings, Clippings, Correspondence, Notes, and Ephemera. The bulk of the material documents the organization’s operations and events of the club. Some materials are contained in map drawers which are located in the back corner of the stacks.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club
Genre/Form of Material:
Geographic Name:
River Oaks (Tex.)
Topical Term:
Business networks -- Texas -- Houston
Businesswomen -- Texas -- Houston
Women -- Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Detailed List of Contents

Organizational Documents

Scope and Contents
This section houses Information with regard to the organization from the time of its inception in 1977. The meeting records of the organization are compiled together.
Box Folder
1 1 ROBWEC History
2 Constitution and By-laws
3 Duties and Responsibilities
4 Guidelines and Applications
5 Meeting Records 1978-1981
6 Meeting Records 1982
7 Meeting Records 1984
8 Meeting Records 1985-1987
9 Meeting Records 1988-1989
10 Meeting Records 1990
11 Meeting Records 1992-1995
12 Meeting Records 1997-2000
13 Meeting Records 2001-2002
14 Meeting Records and Miscellaneous 2003-2006
14a Meeting Records 2006-007

Rosters/Year Books

Scope and Contents
This series houses the year books and membership information of ROBWEC.
Box Folder
1 15-17 Year books (Bound) 1993-1996
18 1978-1979
19 1980-1998
20 2000-2001
21 Membership Classifications
22-26 Miscellaneous
27 Directory 1978-1979
28 Directory 1998
Box Folder
2 1 Member Biographies

Newsletters 1977-2006

Box Folder
2 2 1977-1979
3 1980-1981
4 1983-1984
5 1985
6 1986-1987
7 1988
8 1989-1997
9 1998-2000
10 2001-2002
11 2003-2004
12 2005-2006

Photographic Works

Scope and Contents
Photographs pertaining to the various ROBWEC parties and anniversary celebrations.
Box Folder
3 1-3 Prints
4 Images on disc
5 20th Anniversary 1996
6 Hat Day 1996
7 Miscellaneous
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.1 1 1997
1 Christmas Party
1 Hat Day


Scope and Contents
Five year anniversary celebrations and publicity material form part of this series.
Box Folder
3 8 1981, 1986 and 1991
9 1996 and 2001

Invitations and Greetings

Scope and Contents
Consists of printed invitations to events both ROBWEC and others. Also included are greeting cards for various occasions.
Box Folder
3 10-11 Miscellaneous


Scope and Contents
Newspaper clippings describing women empowerment, news regarding ROBWEC or other organizations of its like.
Box Folder
3 12-15 Clippings mostly undated


Scope and Contents
General business correspondence and membership correspondence are housed in this series.
Box Folder
3 16 Membership 1977-1992
17 Membership 1993-1996
18 Membership 1998-2001
19-20 General


Box Folder
3 21 Notes


Scope and Contents
This series contains oversized materials related to ROBWEC. The series includes a deconstructed scrapbook of organization presidents and exhibition boards.
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.1 2 Presidents' Scrapbook undated
1 Timeline Exhibition Board 1977
2 Timeline Exhibition Board 1981
3 Timeline Exhibition Board 1988
4 Timeline Exhibition Board 1992
Drawer Item
F.2 1 Timeline Exhibition Boards 1979
2 Timeline Exhibition Boards 1983
3 Timeline Exhibition Boards 1986
4 Timeline Exhibition Boards 1990
5 Timeline Exhibition Boards 1994
6 Timeline Exhibition Boards 1996