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Trustees Council of Penn Women RecordsUPT 101.22

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Kaiyi Chen, revised by Timothy H. Horning
Preparation date
2001, revised February 2012
Date [inclusive]
1987-2001
Extent
10.5 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred to the University Archives in 2000, 2003 and 2007.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. An addition to the collection that was processed in 2012 was divided into five series and arranged alphabetically within.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Trustees Council of Penn Women (TCPW) was established in 1987 to strengthen the University’s commitment to the advancement of women throughout the Penn community. Alvin V. Shoemaker, then chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, is generally credited with providing the institutional support necessary to assure the early success of the TCPW. In the years since its founding, the TCPW has enjoyed steady growth and accomplishment. By 2000 the TCPW had become a national network of Penn alumnae, numbering over 100 women, all of whom are distinguished in their chosen fields and share a deep interest in the well being of the University.

The University’s Office of Alumni Relations has provided administrative support for the TCPW from its inception. The TCPW was initially organized into seven committees: membership, athletics, career planning, enriching the student experience, fund raising, institutional advancement for women, and sororities. The committee chairs, together with the TCPW chair, made up the Steering Committee, which, in late 1993, was re-named the Executive Committee. In the early 1990s, the committee structure was re-organized under six headings: Communications, Fundraising, Institutional Advancement, Leadership, Programming, and Student Life/Career Development. The activities of the Council’s committees mirror those of existing offices within the University administration. This facilitates a broad set of working relationships between member of the TCPW and the University. General support and coordination has remained with the Office of Alumni Relations.

When the TCPW was established, those members who were alumnae but not University Trustees were designated Associate Trustees of the University. Those who were not alumnae were invited to serve as honorary members of the TCPW, but without Associate Trustees status. The Associate Trustees status was dropped in 1995.

Throughout its history the TCPW has worked consistently to increase the representation of women on University governing bodies, including the Trustees, Boards of Overseers, and other senior leadership positions at Penn. TCPW has also committed itself to funding faculty chairs for women, making direct appeals to its own membership and cultivating the interest of others. TCPW has also participated actively in the University’s general fund-raising programs. TCPW has assisted in the evaluation and admission to Penn of promising high school students; has provided much-needed financial aid to qualified women students; and offers career counseling to students entering the work place. The TCPW has developed a series of regularly-scheduled programs, which include the Career Dinner, annual Spring and Fall Conferences, Faculty Tea, and sponsorship of events on various topics related to the promotion of women’s interest.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection documents the activities and internal organization of the Trustees Council of Penn Women from its creation in 1987 through 2001.

The collection includes files on Council membership and chair selection, minutes and correspondence of both the Steering / Executive Committee and the standing committees, meeting files and information packets related to the Council’s annual Spring and Fall Conferences, files of programs such as Career Dinner, Faculty Tea, Alumni Weekend, Tenth Anniversary celebration, etc., files concerning the publishing of the Council newsletter Communique, files of fund-raising activities, files of grants and awards sponsored by the Council, general administrative correspondence, and financial records.

The collection also includes non-manuscript material – two floppy disks, three videotapes, and a Wedgwood plate issued by the University in commemoration of its 200th anniversary.

The addition charts the planning of the 125 Years of Women at Penn celebration, a two-day event organized by the TCPW to honor 125 years of women attending the University of Pennsylvania. The bulk of the material pertains to the research on the women with Penn connections who were highlighted in the book created especially for the event called Franklin’s Daughters. There are files of the group’s research on the women, correspondence between the event organizers and the people who helped them research. There are files for each of the women as well containing biographical material for each of them. It should be noted that the TCPW utilized the help of other archival repositories while conduction their research. Not all of the highlighted women were Penn alumnae, so often times the TCPW contacted the institution that held the papers of the particular woman there were researching. Therefore, the files on the individual women contain photocopies of original primary documents that were obtained from other repositories.

Also included in the collection are approximately 200 photographs taken during the celebration. The photos cover things like the Trustees Dinner, bridge dedication ceremony, and the topical panels with guest speakers. Also included was a tote bag which was given as a gift to either the participants or attendants or both. The tote included a t-shirt, pins, notepad, and a magnet.

Inventory

 

General File 

Box

Folder

Achievements and goals, 1993-1995 

1

1

Ad hoc Grants, applications and responses, 1997 

1

2

Addendum to Briefing Material, 1987 

1

3

Allocation Committee 

1990-1991 

1

4

1991-1993 

1

5

1993-1996 

1

6

Alumni Back to College Program, 1996 

1

7

Alumni Relations–Sales, revenue and expenditures summary, 1994 June – 1995 June 

1

8

Alumni Run, 1992 

1

9

Alumni Task Force survey, 1994 April 

1

10

Alumni Weekend 

1991 

1

11

1993 

1

12

1995 

1

13

check copies, 1994 

1

14

seminar, 1992 

1

15

Special Events, 1993 

1

16

Special Events, income and expenditure breakdown, 1996 

1

17

Alumni/Faculty Exchange, 1991-1994 

1

18

Anita Hill lecture, 1992 

1

19

Anniversary, Tenth, celebration 

1997 

1

20

1997-1998 

1

21

Attendance replies, 1997 

1

22

Remarks, etc., 1997 

1

23

Annual Report to the University Trustees 

1988 October 

1

24

Overview drafts and correspondence, 1988 

1

25

Annual Report, drafts, 1989-1991 

1

26

Athletics, 1987-1993 

1

27

Background information of suggested candidates 

1989-1991 

1

28

1989-1992 

1

29

Beacon Award Luncheon, November 1994 

1

30

Bids for the printing of Council of Penn Women newsletter, 1993 

1

31

Board and committee work, correspondence, 1993-1995 

1

32

Body Language program, 1995 

1

33

Brownlee Chair, 1989 

1

34

Budget general 

1993-1994 

1

35

1988-1989 

1

36

1988-1995 

1

37

Career Dinner 

1988 fall 

1

38

1988 fall, Council attendees 

2

1

1988 fall, student attendees 

2

2

1988-1991 

2

3

1989 Nov 

2

4

1991 (I) 

2

5

1991 (II) 

2

6

1993 

2

7

1994 Nov 

2

8

1994 Nov. Reservation Form 

2

9

1994 Nov., added invitees 

2

10

1994 Nov., photos, 

2

11

1994, attendance form 

2

12

[1994?], photos (I) 

2

13

[1994?], photos (II) 

2

14

“Changing Opportunities for Women in Health Care,” 1997 March 26 

2

15

City Hall reception and Fall Conference, 1993 Oct 

2

16

Class of 1970, 25th reunion, major prospect list and Volunteer Solicitor notebook, 1995 

2

17

Clippings 

1994-1998 

2

18

1996-1997 

2

19

Commencement and Awards, 1989-1995 

2

20

Committee chairs selection, etc., 1997 

2

21

Conference Call, 1996 Oct. 31 

2

22

Correspondence 

1987-1989 

2

23

1987-1998 

2

24

1988 (I) 

2

25

1988 (II) 

2

26

1989 

2

27

1995 

2

28

1995-1996 

2

29

1997 (I) 

2

30

1997 (II) 

2

31

1998 

2

32

Internal, 1994-1995 

3

1

Internal, 1994-1996 

3

2

Internal, 1994-1997 

3

3

Council Chair selection, 1992 

3

4

Council Chair, nomination 

1994 

3

5

1996 

3

6

1997 

3

7

Council Communique 

1993-1997 (copies) 

3

8

1994 

3

9

1995 Fall 

3

10

1995, photo contributions 

3

11

1995, publishing 

3

12

1996 fall, a photo album 

3

13

1996 fall, photograph contributions 

3

14

1996 fall, publishing 

3

15

1996-1997 (articles and correspondence) 

3

16

1997 Spring, photograph contributions 

3

17

1997 Spring, publishing 

3

18

Newsletter, 1994-1997 

3

19

Council solicitation, 1988-1993 

3

20

Daily Pennsylvanian, clippings, 1997 

3

21

Davies, Helen and Robert, Term Chair, 1994 

3

22

Donors of Overseers, quarterly reports, 1995-1997 

3

23

Emergency Grant, 1994-1996 

3

24

Enriching the Student Experience Committee/Student life, 1987-1991 

3

25

Executive Committee 

1994, minutes 

3

26

1994 May-1995 Jan., minutes and agenda 

3

27

1995 April-July 

3

28

1995 Jan. 17, agenda and correspondence 

3

29

1995 Oct. – Nov 

3

30

1996 Jan. 16 

3

31

1996 June 12, agenda and correspondence 

3

32

1996 June, correspondence, etc. 

3

33

Faculty chairs inspired by Trustees’ Council of Penn Women or given by Its members, 1988-1997 

3

34

Faculty Tea 

1992-1993 

3

35

1994 

3

36

1995 

3

37

Fall Conference 

1987, Reply Form 

3

38

1987-1992, minutes 

3

39

1988 

3

40

1988, correspondence re Fall meeting and Career Dinner 

3

41

1989 (I) 

4

1

1989 (I) 

4

2

1991 Oct 

4

3

1993 (I) 

4

4

1993 (II) 

4

5

1993 Oct.-Nov. (Fall Conference and follow-up) 

4

6

1994 

4

7

1994 Nov. Reservation Form 

4

8

1995 

4

9

1997 

4

10

1998 

4

11

Female standing faculty and senior women administrators, list, 1994-1998 

4

12

FEW (Fund to Encourage Women) Grant 

1993-1995 

4

13

1995-1997 

4

14

Fundraising 

1988 

4

15

1988-1992 

4

16

1990-1993 

4

17

1991-1995 

4

18

1993-1994 

4

19

1994-1995 

4

20

General Alumni Society, 1996 

4

21

General Alumni Society, 1997-1998 

4

22

General Fund, 1989-1996 

4

23

General information about the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, 1991-1992 

4

24

General information about the University of Pennsylvania, 1996-1997 

4

25

Governance procedures and bylaws, 1988-1993 

4

26

Graduate Student Project, 1994 

4

27

Honorary Degrees conferred by Penn, 1757-1994, list 

4

28

Information for Newsletter, 1993-1994 

4

29

Information package for new members,1998 

5

1

Information package 

1993 spring 

5

2

1994 spring 

5

3

Institutional Advancement of Women Subcommittee 

1986-1988 

5

4

1987-1991 (general) 

5

5

1987-1995 

5

6

1990-1992 (general correspondence) 

5

7

1992-1993 (general correspondence) 

5

8

1992-1995 (general correspondence) 

5

9

1996 April, minutes 

5

10

1997, past record review 

5

11

1997 Oct. 23, Minutes on the 10th anniversary celebration 

5

12

Introduction of new members, 1995 Nov 

5

13

Investment Club, 1996 

5

14

Leadership Award, 1990-1996 

5

15

Leadership Committee, Status report, 1993 Oct 

5

16

Leadership Conference, 1987 Oct 

5

17

Letters of recommendation/prospective members, 1989-1992 

5

18

Letters welcoming the new members elected, 1989-1992 

5

19

Mailing labels, n.d. 

5

20

Manual, general information, 1988-1989 

5

21

“The Many Faces of Law Panel,” 1996 March 28 

5

22

Meeting package 

1988 spring 

5

23

1988 fall 

5

24

1989 fall 

5

25

1991 fall 

5

26

1993 fall 

5

27

1994 spring and summer 

5

28

1994 fall (I) 

5

29

1994 fall (II) 

5

30

1995 spring 

5

31

1995 fall 

5

32

1996 spring 

5

33

1997 spring 

5

34

1997 fall 

5

35

Member areas of interest survey, Return Sheet, [1987] 

5

36

Membership and nominations, 1990-1994 

6

1

Membership commitment, 1993 

6

2

Membership dues, 1990-1994 

6

3

Membership information, 1989-1990 

6

4

Membership pending, 1992-1997 

6

5

Memberships on Trustees and University Boards and Committees, 1994-1997 

6

6

Miscellaneous, 1987-1997 

6

7

Mission and purpose, working paper, 1986-1988 

6

8

Mission statement, 1987 March 27 

6

9

Networking Questionnaire, 1992 

6

10

New member packet, 1996 

6

11

Newsletter, 1993-1994 

6

12

Newsletter, 1994 Spring 

6

13

Nuts and Bolts of Job Interviewing, 1995 Feb. 9 

6

14

Organizational meeting, April 10, 1987 

Incomplete invitation from Alvin V. Shoemaker 

6

15

Reply card 

6

16

Overview, 1988-1989 

6

17

Penn Alumni Relations, correspondence, 1997-1998 

6

18

Penn Women Luncheons, 1995 fall 

6

19

PennQuest, 1991-1992 

6

20

Planning Meeting, Organization Meeting, and the Mission Statement, 1987 Jan. – April 

6

21

Preview of the 125th Anniversary Sculpture, 2003 Nov. 7 

6

22

Project ideas (inspiration from a People Magazine article), 1995 

6

23

Publicity, 1990-1992 (I) 

6

24

Publicity, 1990-1992 (II) 

6

25

Regional Career gathering, 1988 

6

26

Reminders for dues and contributions, 1996 

6

27

Safety Committee meeting, 1989-1993 

6

28

Scholarship Fund and emergency grants, 1987-1996 

6

29

Scholarship grant, letter of thanks and photographs of a recipient, 1994 

6

30

Screening session, 1991-1993 

6

31

Second meeting, 1987 Oct. 9, minutes, etc. 

6

32

Solicitation, 1988-1992 

6

33

Sorority Housing and Sorority Subcommittee, 1987-1990 

6

34

Sorority Subcommittee, 1987-1988 

6

35

Speakers’ Roster, 1995 

6

37

Spring Conference 

1988 April (I) 

6

38

1988 April (II) 

7

1

1989 April 

7

2

1988-1990, minutes 

7

3

1990 

7

4

1991 (I) 

7

5

1991 (II) 

7

6

1993 April 

7

7

1994 April (I) 

7

8

1994 April (II) 

7

9

1994 April, photographs, 83, with negatives 

7

10

1995 April 27-28 

7

11

1995 April 27-28, photographs, 43 

7

12

1996 (I) 

7

13

1996 (II) 

7

14

1998 April, agenda material 

7

15

Steering Committee 

1987 June 16, minutes and follow-up 

7

16

1987 June-1988 Nov., minutes 

7

17

1988 Nov., minutes 

7

18

1988-1991, correspondence 

7

19

1988-1992, correspondence 

7

20

1989 Feb.-1990 Nov., minutes 

7

21

1990-1991, minutes and correspondence 

7

22

1991, minutes 

7

23

1992, minutes 

7

24

1992-1993 

7

25

1993, Steering Committee/Executive, minutes 

7

26

1993, correspondence 

7

27

Strategic Planning Survey, 1997 

7

28

Strengthening the Community, Commission on, 1994 

8

1

Student Career Planning Advisory Committee, 1989 

8

2

Student involvement, 1987 

8

3

Summer Research Grant, 1993-1997 

8

4

Treasurer, 1989-1993 

8

5

Undergraduate academic advising 

8

6

Undergraduate Admissions Yield project, 1987-1990 

8

7

Undergraduate listing by region requests, 1988 

8

8

University logo (coat of arms), n.d. 

8

9

University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society, Executive Committee, 1998 March 19, agenda 

8

10

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Women’s Health Research and Policy: A National Directory, 1996 

8

11

University of Pennsylvania Trustees, mailing addresses, 1988 Nov 

8

12

University sexual harassment policy, 1987-1994 

8

13

Welcome to new member letter, 1988 

8

14

Women’s Studies Faculty Advisory Board, 1998 

8

15

Women’s Studies project, 1992 

8

16

Women’s studies, 1989-1991 

8

17

World Conference on Women, fourth, Beijing, 1995 

8

18

 

Non-manuscript Material 

Box

Folder

Floppy disks, three: one of Judith Rodin’s Inauguration in 1994, one of Speakers’ Roster (1995), the other with no title 

8

19

VHS cassettes (2)-Alvin Shoemaker Reception and Luncheon, n.d. 

8

20

DVDs (2)-Alvin Shoemaker Reception and Luncheon, n.d. [Converted from VHS January 2012] 

8

21

Videotape (VHS): 21st Century Ideas: Rebecca Rimel’s Speech, 1997 Oct. 23 

8

22

Artifact–Wedgwood plate, red, Law School Portal design, [1929] 

8

23

 

125 Years of Women at Penn 

Box

Folder

Biographical Information (includes photocopies of primary source documentation as dated below) 

Alexander, Sadie Tanner Mossell (1898-1989), 1950-2001, n.d. 

9

1

Asbury, Ida Elizabeth Bowser (1870-1955), 1926-2001, n.d. 

9

2

Bennett, (Mary) Alice (1851-1925), 1876-2001 

9

3

Brown, Denise Scott (b. 1931), 1981-2001, n.d. 

9

4

Brownlee, Rebecca Jean (1911-1995), 1995-2001, n.d. 

9

5

Dickens, Helen Octavia (1909-2001), 1990-2001 

9

6

Faust, Drew Gilpin (b. 1947), 2001 

9

7

Flanigan, Anne Lockhart (1852-1928), 1905-2001, n.d. 

9

8

Gannett, Mary Thorn Lewis, (1854-1952) 1952-2001, n.d. 

9

9

Gregory, Emily Lovira (1841-1897), 1897-2001, n.d. 

9

10

Hottel, Althea Kratz (1907-2000), 2001, n.d. 

9

11

Kilgore, Carrie Burnham (1838-1909), 1997-2001, n.d. 

9

12

Klein, L. Ruth Murray (1910-1998), 1963-2001 

9

13

Klingelsmith, Maragaret Center (1859-1931), 1916-2001 

9

14

Knauer, Virginia Harrington (1915-2011), 2001, n.d. 

9

15

Lindsay, Anna Robertson Brown (1864-1948), 1892-2001, n.d. 

9

16

Mark, Mary Ellen (b. 1940), 2001 

9

17

Murphy, Constance E. (1904-?), 1997-2001 

9

18

Paul, Alice (1885-1977), 1909-2001, n.d. 

9

19

Paul, Alice (1885-1977), “The Story of Alice Paul”, 1977 

9

20

Pennington, Mary Engle (1872-1952), 1953-2001, n.d. 

9

21

Peters, Helen Frame (b. 1948), 2001 

9

22

Pierce, Gertrude Klein (1859-1953), 1941-2001 

9

23

Putney, Martha Settle (1916-2008), 2001 

9

24

Rodin, Judith (b. 1944), 1994-2001 

9

25

Scott, Jesse (b. circa 1915), 2001, n.d. 

9

26

Shoemaker, Louise Proehl (1928-), 1985-2001 

9

27

Tantaquidgeon, Gladys (1899-2005), 1995-2001 

9

28

Bennett, (Mary) Alice (1851-1925), 1898 (legal-size documents) 

11

1

Office Files 

Miscellaneous 

Penn Arts and Sciences, Summer 2001 [SAS quarterly newsletter], 2001 

 OS 1

 

125 Years of Women at Penn event brochure, 2001 

10

8

Franklin’s Daughters-Profiles of Penn Women, by Linda Mallon and Anita Sama, 2001 

10

9

Official printed material, c. 2001 

10

10

Photographs 

Author’s Book Event, 11/1/2001 

10

11

Beacon Award Presentation, c. 11/2001 

10

12

Breakfast Honoring Woman Who Paved the Way, c. 11/2001 

10

13

Bridge Dedication, 11/2/2001 

10

14

Business Panel, 11/2/2001 

10

15

Health Care Panel, 11/2/2001 

10

16

Miscellaneous-signage, tent, registration, race, 11/1/2001-11/2/2001 

10

17

Networking Party, 11/2/2001 

10

18

Philanthropy Panel, c. 11/2001 

10

19

Politics and Media Panel, 11/2/2001 

10

20

Trustees Dinner, Andrea Mitchell keynote, 11/1/2001 

10

21

Vagina Monologues Event, 11/1/2001 

10

22

Memorabilia 

T-Shirt, 2001 

 OS 2

 

Disposable Camera, 2001 

 OS 2

 

Pen, 2001 

 OS 2

 

Notepad, 2001 

 OS 2

 

Pins (2), 2001 

 OS 2

 

Magnet, 2001 

 OS 2

 

Tote Bag, 2001 

 OS 2