Brandeis National Committee Edit


04 MWalB00003A


  • 1948-2008, undated (Creation)


  • 33 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in five subseries: 1. Administration, 1949-2008, undated; 2. Study Groups, 1953-1995, undated; 3. Regions and Chapters, 1949-2005, undated; 4. Personal Papers of Members, 1948-1998, undated; 5. Addendum [New administrative materials], 1973-1993.

    Series one and five are arranged by sub-series, series two and three are arranged by sub-series then chronologically, series four is arranged by main heading then chronologically.

    For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

    16 manuscript boxes, 3 record center boxes, 2 irregular boxes, 1 folio, 1 volume

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    We do not have any copyright permissions on the oral histories, so copies of the tapes or transcripts cannot be made of these materials.

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Donated by various members of the National Women's Committee

  • Accruals and Additions

    Addendum of various materials added 2002: 6 RC boxes, 6+ boxes of slides, 2 unorthodox boxes of tapes.

  • Custodial History

    Box 19, Kate Weil (Sherman) Papers:  folder entitled, Chicago chapter early minutes, 1948-1949, identified as missing on Sept. 5, 2006.

    Past Presidents' Oral History Interviews (10 master tapes) are housed offsite at Harvard Depository.

    **15 cu. ft. of unprocessed Addenda (15 record center boxes) were sent offsite to Harvard Depository in December 2007.  See InMagic OFFSITE database for inventory.

  • Related Publications

    Copies of the "Imprint", The Brandeis University National Women's Committee's newsletter, are located in the University Publications Collection.

  • Preferred Citation

    Brandeis National Committee, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    The Brandeis University National Women’s Committee (BUNWC) is an autonomous non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds for the University libraries; it consists of over 55,000 members in 115 chapters throughout the United States.  In addition to raising money for books, the committee supports library endowment funds, such as the Library Trust Fund.  The BUNWC also sponsors study groups and other educational and leadership programs, such as the University-on-Wheels program in which Brandeis faculty members give lectures at local chapters.

    The governing structure of the BUNWC consists of a National President who presides over an Executive Committee and a National Board.  An Executive Director and a professional staff support this governing structure.  The BUNWC was founded in 1948 to help develop the library collection, since at that time the library consisted of only a few thousand volumes that were inherited from Middlesex University.  Mrs. Harry L. Michaels was the founder and first president of the BUNWC.  From 1948 to 1995, the Women’s Committee raised over $60 million in support of the University Libraries.  In 1996 the BUNWC celebrated the library’s acquisition of its millionth book.  The BUNWC also publishes a newsletter, "Imprint." In 2008 the organization officially changed its name to the Brandeis National Committee.

  • Related Materials

    For additional information on the Brandeis University National Women's Committee search the following catalog entries in the Brandeis University Libraries' on-line catalog LOUIS: Subject Search: Brandeis University--National Women's Committee Author Search: Brandeis University--National Women's Committee See also the Brandeis University National Women's Committee Website at

  • Scope and Contents

    Files in this collection were created from 1948 to 2008.  Materials include correspondence, newsletters, meeting notes, course syllabi,  memos, photographs, and one VHS video tape.  Subjects covered by the files include bylaws; the history of the organization; national conferences; regional chapters, particularly St. Louis; fundraising; committee membership; study group courses; and the papers of individual members.  The files of individual members include correspondence with Abram Sachar.


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    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator
    19 manuscript boxes, 9 rc boxes, 13 irregular boxes, 2 flat files, 3 objects
  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator
    1-4, 6-14, 17-22