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Women’s History Month panel-UTSA Special Collections Women’s Archives

March 28, 2016

PNB stacks 2On Thursday, March 24, 2016 as part of Women’s History Month, UTSA Special Collections participated in a panel discussion on UTSA Women’s Archives and the development of Women’s History Month.

Panelists spoke about the importance of preserving women’s history through unique archival collections, how collections can be used by researchers, future plans for growth of UTSA women’s history collections, and the evolution and planning of Women’s History Month over the years.

The panel was comprised of Amy Rushing, head of Special Collections, Melissa Gohlke, Assistant Archivist with Special Collections, Dr. Kirsten Gardner, Associate Professor of History at UTSA, and Ms. Luz Elena Solis Day, Mexican American Business and Professional Women’s Association.

Following the panel presentation, Amy Rushing and Ms. Solis Day engaged in a ceremonial signing over of the Mexican American Business and Professional Women’s Association records to UTSA Special Collections for preservation.


The Mexican-American Business and Professional Women’s Association (MABPW) was chartered in August of 1972 with 29 members. They are a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. MABPW is affiliated with the Texas and National Federations of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. They use education and public engagement as vehicles to promote awareness of issues of equal pay for women, women’s rights, and health care concerns. They also work to help the San Antonio community by sponsoring and participating in local events year-round. MABPW donated their organizational records to UTSA Special Collections in 2015. The collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, programs, yearbooks, photographs, newspaper articles, and other materials that document the activity of the club from its inception to the early 2000’s.


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