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The Women’s Museum donates archives to TWU


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Cutline: Sherilyn Bird, left, dean of the TWU Libraries, and Kimberly Johnson, coordinator of special collections for the TWU Libraries, unpack documents and artifacts donated to the university by The Women’s Museum.

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The Women’s Museum donates archives to TWU

February 8, 2012 – DENTON — The spirit of The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future will live on through its archives, which have been gifted to Texas Woman’s University. The archives will be incorporated into the nationally renowned TWU Woman’s Collection, the best concentration of resources on U.S. women in the Southwest.

The Woman’s Collection, a preeminent research center for women’s history, is located in the Blagg-Huey Library on TWU’s Denton campus. TWU will incorporate some of the museum’s artifacts into its exhibits and will provide onsite and online access to the archives.

Artifacts donated to the Woman’s Collection reflect pop culture as well as organized movements – from Betty Boop nesting dolls to political buttons for Geraldine Ferraro, Ann Richards and NOW (the National Organization for Women). Historical documents related to the museum’s programs, exhibits and the museum itself also are included, along with artifacts from the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). TWU is home to the official WASP archives.

Museum Board co-chair Liz Minyard said, “The contributions from the Women’s Museum will enhance the available women’s research for individuals around the world, and sustain and honor the museum’s mission. We were particularly impressed with TWU’s women’s research programs that are recognized nationally.”

“The Dallas Women’s Museum has found the perfect home for continuing its legacy and expanding awareness of women’s significant contributions to our nation and world,” said Sherilyn Bird, dean of the TWU Libraries. “TWU’s rich history as an institution for women uniquely qualifies the institution as an appropriate home for the archives and exhibits.”

The Women’s Museum and TWU have had a relationship through student internships and loaned items since the museum’s inception.

“We are pleased to have this history added to our Woman’s Collection,” said Kimberly Johnson, coordinator of special collections for the TWU Libraries. “It’s not just women’s history; it’s public history, and it will appeal to research scholars as well as a general audience.”

Bill Alcorn, co-chair of the museum’s board with Minyard, adds, “Our respective missions are mutually supportive, and we are pleased that the works from the Women’s Museum will supplement the programs that TWU has implemented.”

The Women’s Museum closed its doors Oct. 31, 2011. Exhibits on loan to the museum were returned to the individuals or organizations that owned them. Items owned by the museum that were deemed valuable to other museums were gifted to those entities, including the extensive Annie Leibovitz Collection to the National Women’s History Museum, and a number of items to the Dallas Historical Society and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

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Karen Garcia
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