Preliminary Guide to the Association for Women Veterinarians Records

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Association for Women Veterinarians.
Association for Women Veterinarians records
Date [inclusive]
7.75 Linear feet 9 boxes
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use. MS.1999.35: 2-2-8-2; MS.2001.21: 2-2-4-4; MS.2004.18: 2-16-19-1; MS.2005.22: 2-6-11-4; MS.2005.12: 2-2-19-5; MS.2006.02: 2-2-22-7; MS.2010.12: 1-38-5-1)
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Association for Women Veterinarians (known as Women's Veterinary Medical Association prior to 1980) began in 1947 as the idea of veterinarian Mary K. Dunlap of Kansas City, Missouri. It was her hope to form an organization of women working in a male dominated profession. A preliminary gathering was held in April with the first official meeting held in August. The first officers elected were: President, Lucille Dimmerling; Vice Presidents, Edith Williams, Elinor McGrath, and Patricia O’Connor; Secretary, Doreen Hatfield; and Treasurer, Josephine Brown. The membership of the Association consists of those holding Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, students at accredited professional veterinary schools, or any person interested in the association who is active in an allied field. These are known as active, student, and associate memberships respectively. In recent years, men have also been included as members. (See Cage 648)

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains records for the Association of Women Veterinarians, from 1950 to 2008. It includes scholarship applications and awards [access note: these files are restricted], incoming and outgoing correspondence, event schedules and pamphlets, the AWV Bulletin, AWV constitutions, finance related documents, internal reports, address lists, surveys, questionnaires, articles, newspaper clippings, and biographical information about AWV members. The collection also contains papers concerning student chapters, occupational health issues, gender discrimination in the workplace, insurance, various symposiums and conferences, as well as the AVW 50th Anniversary. Additionally, the collection includes photographs and advertisement posters.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It consists of multiple accessions received between 1999 and 2010: MS.1999.35, MS.2001.21, MS.2004.18, MS.2005.12, MS.2005.22, MS.2006.02, MS.2010.12. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


Most materials in this collection are open and available for research use, but some documents (such as scholarship applications) may be restricted. Please contact repository for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Chris Stone Payne, Marilyn Brown, Deb Nickelson, and the Association of Women Veterinarians to Washington State University Libraries in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2010. This is an unprocessed collection with multiple accessions.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Association for Women Veterinarians (Cage 648)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association for Women Veterinarians.


  • Veterinarians
  • Women veterinarians

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