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Arkansas Women's History Institute Collection [Board Files], 1983-2002

Arkansas Women's History Institute Collection [Board Files], 1983-2002

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Arkansas Women's History Institute Collection [Board Files], 1983-2002 UALR.MS.0140

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-29T17:10-0600

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Arkansas Women's History Institute Collection [Board Files], 1983-2002
Dates: 1983-2002
Quantity: 8.0 Linear feet14 document boxes, 1 oversize box
Identification: UALR.MS.0140


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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains legal papers, board minutes, financial reports, fundraising correspondence and research on fundraising, grant proposals, financial records, board and officer correspondence, biographical information, press releases, and news articles of the Board of the Arkansas Women's History Institute (AWHI). It also contains correspondence and research papers related to the AWHI Susie Pryor Award and copies of award entries, and various materials related to the planning and production of the exhibit and handbook (both entitled), "Behold, Our Works Were Good."

Series I: Minutes, meetings, legal papers

Series II: Financial reports, fundraising, grants

Series III: Board correspondence

Series IV: Biographical information on board members, job applicants, and researchers

Series V: Publicity, Press Releases, Brochures

Series VI: Susie Pryor Award

Series VII: Special projects (handbook, exhibit, etc.)

Biographical Note

The Arkansas Women's History Institute was founded by Betsey Wright, then chief of staff for Governor Bill Clinton. Wright hoped an exhibit, similar to the Texas Women's History exhibit, could be created on Arkansas women. At the same time, an invitation was sent to Hillary Clinton to send an exhibit to the Women's Pavilion of the 1984 New Orleans (Louisiana) World's Fair. The AWHI was founded in 1983 and incorporated in January 1984. The board is composed of 18-25 women from around the state and meets quarterly.

The first major project was the creation of a traveling exhibit, "Behold, Our Works Were Good," which was circulated throughout the state in 1984 (and is still available for display through the Arkansas Humanities Council Resource Center). The exhibit was expanded as part of the state's sesquicentennial celebration in 1986. The Susie Pryor Award, in honor of U. S. Senator David Pryor's mother, was established in 1985. The $1000 award, bestowed annually, recognizes the best unpublished article on women history. The Institute then began work on a history of Arkansas women, which was published with August House in 1988 under the title, "Behold, Our Works Were Good." The handbook includes the traveling exhibit materials, a history of women in the state, and a bibliography.

Arkansas Women's History Institute.
Arkansas Women's History Institute. (source)
Arkansas--Women--History--20th century


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This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

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Bibliographic citation:

Arkansas Women's History Institute Collection [Board Files], 1983-2002, UALR.MS.0140. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

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Description of item, file number, box number, series number, Arkansas Women's History Institute Collection [Board Files], 1983-2002, UALR.MS.0140.

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