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Women's League records


Women's League records
Women's League
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0.50 linear feet
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

The Women's League, formerly the Women's Student Government Association, was formed in 1935 to promote leadership development and to encourage scholarship, self-reliance, and high standards of conduct among female students of the University of Maryland. Although mainly concerned with the formulation, administration, and interpretation of the rules of social conduct for women, the Women's League also played an active role in student government. The records of the Women's League consist of two minute books, dated 1934-1940 and 1940-1941, and printed rules from academic year 1940-1941.

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Historical Note

The Women's League, formerly called the Women's Student Government Association, was formed in 1935 at the University of Maryland as a self-governing body of women students. Its purposes were to promote the development of leadership and to encourage good scholarship, self-responsibility, and higher standards of conduct among the co-eds. The League consisted of three divisions; the Executive Council, Legislative Council and Judicial Board. Every woman enrolled at the University was automatically a member of the Women's League. The women students then elected a president, vice president, secretary, and various representatives. The representatives to the organization came from sororities, dormitories, off?campus housing, and from each class. Although mainly concerned with the formulation, administration, and interpretation of the rules of social conduct for women, the Women's League had an active role in the Student Government Association and the League's president was a voting member on the Executive Council of the S.G.A. The Women's League was replaced in the academic year 1952-53 by the organization known as the Associated Women Students.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Women's League consist of two minute books dated 1939-1940 and 1940-1941 as well as printed rules from the academic year 1940-41. The minutes document the attendance of members and topics discussed at the bi-weekly meetings. Subjects include: the planning of the organization's social events, formulation and revision of the League's rules, establishment and execution of punishments for infractions against the rules, and some charitable activities of the members of the League.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the Women's League were transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in the 1970s.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Susan Francis in October 1990. Revised November 1990.

Processing note:

The materials have been placed in acid?free folders and in an acid?free box. The guide was then revised.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, December 2008.

Arrangement of Collection

The records have been divided into the following series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Minute Books, 1939-1941 (.25 linear feet)

The minute books document the meetings of the League. Most of the concerns of the League center around its rules and individual co-eds' violations of the rules and their various punishments. Each meeting entry lists women's names, their offense, and the penalty meted out by the League. The members established new rules and revised existing ones with the cooperation of the Dean of Women. Routine activities, such as allocating their budget from the S.G.A. and planning the League's social functions, are also discussed. The minutes have been arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Minute Books (2 volumes), 1939-1941 series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Rules, 1940-1941 (1 item)

This series consists of a printed list of the Women's League rules for the academic year 1940?41. This document lists rules and the penalties for breaking the rules governing such areas as: social conduct in residences and at university functions, male visitors, individual rooms, late leaves, and quiet hours.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Rules (3 items), 1940-1941 series 2box 1folder 1

Related Material

Materials related to this collection may be found under the heading "Student Organizations, Women's League" in the University Publications collection of the Archives and Manuscripts Department. They include the social conduct booklet, "To Do or Not To Do," written and published by the members of the Women's League. The constitution and by-laws for the academic years 1951-52 and 1952-53 and Women's League Rules from the academic years 1942-43 and 1948-49 are also to be found in the publications collection. Other materials related to the Women's League may be found in the papers of Adele H. Stamp in Historical Manuscripts.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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