American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Smithtown Area Branch Collection
Manuscript Collection 391

Papers, 1973-2005.
2.5 cubic feet.
Organization: filed by document type and then chronologically. The collection contains files generated by the Smithtown Area Branch of the AAUW, including newsletters, membership directories, albums and scrapbooks, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and memorabilia.

Processing completed by the Special Collections Department, December 2005.
Online finding aid completed by Kristen J. Nyitray, January 2006. Updated July 2006.

Scope and Content
Container Listing


Since 1881, the American Association of University Women has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. The AAUW promotes lifelong education and positive societal change. Nationally, the organization consists of more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 500 college and university partners. The AAUW's online museum provides a comprehensive history of the organization through the use of archival documents and photographs.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Smithtown Area Branch
was founded in the early 1970s in Smithtown, NY. Fourteen women attended the first meeting which was held on May 12, 1973 at St. Thomas of Cantebury Church in Smithtown, NY. On December 26, 1973, the Board of Directors of the AAUW in Washington, DC granted formal recognition of the Smithtown Branch.

Today, the Smithtown Area Branch has over 80 members and is very active within the local community as demonstrated by its involvement with Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society and The Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence. The branch year is July 1 through June 30. The requirement for membership is a 4-year baccalaureate or an associate degree or its equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.


This collection was donated by the Smithtown Area Branch of the AAUW in the fall of 2005. Ms. Mildred DeWitt served as the liaison between the AAUW and the Special Collections Department.

Scope and Content

The American Association of University Women - Smithtown Area Branch Collection is comprised of approximately 2.5 cubic feet of general office materials including: newsletters, membership directories, albums and scrapbooks, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and memorabilia.

The collection's original order has been maintained where applicable and re-created in others to assist researchers more easily. Items housed in acidic or metal housings have been removed and placed in acid-free folders and containers in accordance with accepted archival standards of preservation.

In citing the collection, please credit it as follows: American Association of University Women - Smithtown Area Branch Collection, Special Collections Department, University Libraries, Stony Brook University.

Materials within this collection may be located with the use of the collection's finding aid available in hardcopy and online through the University's Libraries' webpage.

Container Listing

Box 1: Newsletters and Branch Awards

the AAUW Smithtowner
(newsletter), 1989
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1990
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1991
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1992
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1993
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1994
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1995
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1996
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1997
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1998
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 1999
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 2000
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 2001
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 2002
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 2003
the AAUW Smithtowner (newsletter), 2004

Branch Awards

Branch Awards, 1992-2001
Branch Awards, 2001 (continued) - 2004

Box 2: Membership Directories and Bylaws

AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1975-1976
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1976-1977
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1978-1979
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1979-1980
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1980-1981
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1981-1982
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1982-1983
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1983-1984
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1984-1985
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1985-1986
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1986-1987
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1987-1988
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1988-1989
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1989-1990
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1990-1991
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1991-1992
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1992-1993
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1993-1994
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1994-1995
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1995-1996
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1996-1997
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1997-1998
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1998-1999
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 1999-2000
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 2000-2001
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 2001-2002
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 2002-2003
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 2003-2004
AAUW Directory (Smithtown Branch), 2004-2005

Charter and Bylaws

AAUW Charter and Bylaws, 1977
AAUW Charter and Bylaws, 1979
AAUW Charter and Bylaws, 2003

Box 3: Album (1)

1973-1980 (wood)

Box 4: Albums (4)

1980-1983 (brown)
1984-1985 (brown)
1985-1989 (blue)
1990-1997 (red)

Box 5: Newspaper Clippings

AAUW Clippings, 1975
AAUW Clippings, 1977
AAUW Clippings, 1978
AAUW Clippings, 1979
AAUW Clippings, 1980
AAUW Clippings, 1983
AAUW Clippings, 1984
AAUW Clippings, 1985
AAUW Clippings, 1986
AAUW Clippings, 1996
AAUW Clippings, 1997
AAUW Clippings, 1998
AAUW Clippings, 1999
AAUW Clippings, 2000
AAUW Clippings, 2001
AAUW Clippings, 2002
AAUW Clippings, 2003
AAUW Clippings, 2005
AAUW Clippings, no date (n.d.)

Box 6: Plaque and Guest Book

Plaque: "Presented to Smithtown Branch of AAUW for the Largest Number of Eleanor Roosevelt Honor Roll Members 1998"

Guest Book: "Guests of A.A.U.W. Smithtown" (1981-1999)

Box 7: AAUW Publications

Graduate Woman, 1986
Graduate Woman, 1987
Graduate Woman, 1988
Leader in Action, 1988
New York Leader, 1986-1989
New Yorker, 1986, 1988