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A Guide to the Women Students' Association Scrapbooks

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Women Students' Association.
Title: Women Students' Association Scrapbooks
Dates: 1948-1961
Abstract: Scrapbooks containing news clippings, photographs, fliers, drawings, and material pertaining to the Association.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 2 volumes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 76
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Women Students' Association was established at the University of Florida in the spring of 1948 soon after the University of Florida became coeducational. In December 1948, the Executive Council of Student Government ratified the constitution of the WSA. The three purposes of the WSA were: 1) to promote the welfare of women on campus, 2) to deepen the sense of individual and collective responsibility, and 3) to promote loyalty to all college activities and organizations and to uphold high social and academic standards among university women students. One of their activities was that of producing Coedikette, a handbook for incoming freshmen women. The handbook provided information on various aspects of campus life, organizations, and conduct rules.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two scrapbooks and photocopies. The first was compiled by Margaret Gunaker, the president of WSA from 1948-49 and contains a few newspaper clippings and the original photograph of the council members elected in 1948. There is a photocopy of the original scrapbook. The second scrapbook, dated 1948-1961, contains newspaper clippings, fliers advertising events, drawings of "L'il Orange" (the design icon used by WSA), copies of the Coedikette from 1950-1961, and a copy of the organization's constitution.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women Students' Association Scrapbooks, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Phyllis Meek.

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