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Brandeis National Committee

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 04-MWalB00003A

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.


  • 1948-2008, undated


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.

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.


33 Linear Feet

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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

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. 15 cu. ft. of unprocessed Addenda (15 record center boxes) were sent offsite in December 2007. 

Source of Acquisition

Donated by various members of the National Women's Committee

Accruals and Additions

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

Related Publications

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

Processing Information

Boxes 24-27 were also part of the 2020 accession, but are not yet listed in the fiding aid. Partial contents list located in each box.


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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections