Associated Women Students Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Michigan State College. Associated Women Students.
Michigan State University. Associated Women Students.
Associated Women Students records
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Historical Note

The Associated Women Students of Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) was formed to be the governing board for women students living on and off campus. According to the 1964 constitution, the objectives of AWS were to provide government serving women students, to coordinate women's activities, to recommend standards of conduct and regulations for women students, and to consider problems relating to women students. The organization was divided into two separate councils. The Judiciary-Legislative Council was responsible for establishing, interpreting, and enforcing the rules by which female students were governed. This council sought to maintain high social standards among students. The Activities Board/Council organized the activities of all women students on campus.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains constitutions, undated correspondence between future attendees of Michigan State and the association, which include such information as formal sorority rush and a list of freshman books required for fall semester 1944. There are also blank forms that a student would fill out for the council, including student information sheets, petition for offices and chairmanships in organizations, certificate of service for cooperative extension work and a sickness report form. The Rule Handouts and Handbooks explain some of the more important regulations that the organization upheld. These include the time ration book explanation sheet for overnight and late time coupons and the social rules for dances and dinners. Also in this folder is the Associated Women Students handbook for 1948-1949, outlining its constitution and all of the rules each woman student is governed by in the college.

Other material includes dress regulations, Intercollegiate Association of Women Students publications, handbooks, and a history of the organization. The Report on Women's Closing Hours, published in 1967, includes suggestions for updating the rules and regulations of the current AWS policies on curfew for women.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  November 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Constitutions
  • Handbooks and manuals
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Reports

Personal Name(s)

  • Williams, Mildred


  • College student government -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Women college students -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Constitution 1964-1965 

F.D. 1

Correspondence and Blank Forms Undated 

F.D. 2

Dress Regulations 1956, 1967 

F.D. 3

Events 1948, 1960-1961, 1963-1964, Undated 

F.D. 4

Feminine Focus, Intercollegiate Association of Women Students Publication, 1969-1970 

F.D. 5

Handbooks 1957-1964 

F.D. 6

History and Information about the organization Undated 

F.D. 7

Judiciary 1964, Undated 

F.D. 8

Past Presidents Undated 

F.D. 9

Report on Women’s Closing Hours 1967 

F.D. 10

Rule Handbook and Handouts 1948, Undated 

F.D. 11

Student Conduct 1963, 1966, Undated 

F.D. 12

This is IAWS- The Intercollegiate Association of Women Students 1956-1957 

F.D. 13

Who’s Who and What’s What 1962-1963 

F.D. 14

Work Manual for the Board Member-Officers and Advisors 1963-1964 

F.D. 15


#753: Who's Who and What's What 

#755: (MSU) Woman 

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