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Center for Information on Women in Engineering Records

Identifier: UA305

  • Staff Only


These records contain administrative files, biographical information and materials relating to the database maintained by the Center for Information on Women in Engineering and to the Center's solicitation of papers of women engineers.


  • 1944-1993 and undated (bulk 1985-1990)
  • Majority of material found within 1985 - 1990


General Physical Description note

(8 document cases and 1 half-size document case)

Restrictions: Access

Access to one folder in Series 3, Subseries 2 is restricted. Special equipment is required to access the floppy disks in Series 5. With these exceptions, there are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


3.4 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

Series 1 of this collection contains administrative files, including correspondence, reports, news clippings, and other materials relating to the Center and its operations. The research files in Series 2 consist of general materials on engineering organizations that include women as well as information on awards and patents received by women engineers. Also included in this series are publications on women in engineering. Series 3 contains two sets of alphabetical files with biographical information on individual women engineers. Series 4 is made up of files containing printouts of the database and literature and database searches. Electronic records in the form of 5 1/4" computer disks are found in Series 5.

Fuller descriptions of each series and subseries is found in the detailed description of the collection.

Administrative History of the Center for Information on Women in Engineering

The Center for Information on Women in Engineering, an institution jointly sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and the Georgia Institute of Technology, was formed to create a biographical database of women engineers and to collect the papers of prominent women in engineering. The Center remained in operation from 1986 to 1990.

Originally conceived in 1984 by Margaret Pritchard, the Society of Women Engineers Archives Chair, and Anne Bonds, the President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, it was decided to house the Center at Georgia Tech in 1984. The Georgia Tech Foundation provided initial funding in 1985; a grant from AT&T supported the project beginning in about 1986. The project was mainly run by Gail Garfinkle, Assistant to the Director of Libraries, and overseen by Miriam A. Drake, Director of Libraries at Georgia Tech. The group mounted the first database in May 1986. In later years, the Center undertook the integration of the database of the Society of Women Engineers with the Center's database, and it solicited the papers of prominent women engineers.

In January 1990, the Society of Women Engineers terminated sponsorship of the Center. The project apparently ceased operations completely later that year.


This collection has been arranged into five series (Series 2 and 3 are divided into subseries):

Missing Title

  1. SERIES 1. Administrative files
  2. SERIES 2. Research files
  3. SERIES 3. Individual biographical files
  4. SERIES 4. Database and data entry
  5. SERIES 5. Electronic records

When possible, the original order of the files has been retained.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

NOTE: Access to the disks in Series 5 requires special equipment that may not be available in the archives.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Immediate provenance is unknown (assumed to be donated by the Center for Information on Women in Engineering after the conclusion of its operations). Accession number: 2000.071.

Related Materials

The Lottye E. Miner Papers (MS310) were acquired by the Georgia Tech Archives as a result of the work of the Center.

Separated Material

Photographs from this collection have been separated and will be processed as VAUA305. Some accession records have been removed from the files and placed in the Georgia Tech Archives' administrative files.

General Physical Description note

(8 document cases and 1 half-size document case)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these records in October 2006.

Inventory of the Center for Information on Women in Engineering Records, 1944-1993 and undated (bulk 1985-1990)
Christine de Catanzaro
Copyright October 2006.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA