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Established in 1993, the Archives of Women of the Southwest (AWSW) at DeGolyer Library documents the profound impact women have had at the local, state and national levels. However, with limited funding available for collection development, many acquisitions that would expand the scope and scholarly value of the archives are unattainable.

To remedy the situation, a new initiative launched by Central University Libraries (CUL) is raising funds specifically for AWSW collection development.

To date, $9,903 has been donated toward the initial goal of $50,000. These gifts will be used to purchase rare materials such as books, manuscripts, photographs and more that will add to the historical significance of the AWSW and increase its coverage across formats and subjects.

The archives offer SMU students and other scholars the opportunity to explore women's roles in shaping the history and culture of the region. The collection comprises letters, diaries, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, periodicals, oral history recordings and other print, audio and video resources.

The AWSW relates to a significant set of University interests and programs, including the SMU sponsorship of an annual Women's Symposium, the longest continuously running program of its kind in the nation.

To contribute to the Archives of Women of the Southwest collection development fund or to learn more about it, contact Paulette Mulry '83, CUL Director of Development, at or 214-768-1741.