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Association for Women in Computing records,

Identifier: CBI 49

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, audio tapes, and artifacts which document the history and activities of the Association for Women in Computing. Administration materials include officers' correspondence, administrative records, policies, legal issues, management of the association, directories, and committees. Papers regarding AWC activities include programs, other professional associations, logo, national newsletters, conferences, and workshops. Chapter materials contain correspondence on procedures for being chartered and writing bylaws, a file on chapter policy, and files on individual chapters that contain information on activities and local newsletters.

Subjects of note in the records include legal issues affecting the organization, management of the association, and information on other professional associations.

Conference materials are generally correspondence on planning and publishing of proceedings. A copy of the proceedings and eleven audio tapes from the 1982 conference are included. The conference programs for each year were placed in a separate file for easy reference.


  • Creation: 1978-1991


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Access to the collection is unrestricted.


The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Historical Note

The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) was founded on December 5, 1978 in Washington, D.C., with fifteen charter members. It was incorporated in the state of Maryland on February 26, 1979 to promote communication among women in computing and further the education, professional development, and advancement of women in computing. AWC sponsored seminars at local and national levels, maintained a speakers bureau, and bestowed awards.

The association published a newsletter, The Source, and supported the development of local chapters and newsletters. AWC organized and sponsored yearly programs at the ACM and NCC conferences, held an annual conference, and was a member of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS).


6 boxes (6.0 cubic feet)


Contains correspondence, minutes, reports, proceedings, audio tapes, and artifacts that document the history and activities of the AWC. The records include officers' correspondence, administrative records, AWC policies, committee minutes and correspondence, AWC conference programs, an incomplete run of the AWC Source, correspondence on procedures for being chartered and writing bylaws, and files documenting individual chapter's activities which sometimes contain local newsletters.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:

  1. Administration
  2. Activities
  3. Chapters

As far as possible, the original arrangement of the records has been retained. No attempt has been made to separate officers' correspondence found within committee files.


The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by the Association for Women in Computing in 1989, 1992 and 2001.

Association for Women in Computing Records, 1978-1991. Finding Aid.
Prepared by Pat Hennesy and Kevin D. Corbitt, June 1995; revised Matthew James Buell, May 2001 and Sasha Grossman, June 2006.
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Collecting Area Details

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Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55455