April 10, 2008
The first lady of the United States, a U.S. Senator, Dallas civic leaders and memorable Moms were among 74 women honored recently through a project of the Archives of Women of the Southwest at SMU.
Their names will be inscribed on plaques in SMU’s DeGolyer Library building, which houses the Archives. Through the Archives’ “Remember the Ladies!” Campaign, donors have made contributions of $5,000 or more each to honor notable women of their choosing. The gifts will help fund an endowment to hire an archivist for the collection, which includes the letters, documents and diaries of more than 150 women, as well as the records of women’s organizations.
The Archives include the papers of women who have made a significant impact on the development of the Southwest. Among them are pioneering African-American journalist Julia Scott Reed, women’s legal advocate Louise B. Raggio and Dallas real estate legend Ebby Halliday.
The campaign takes its name, “Remember the Ladies!,” from the plea that Abigail Adams made to John Adams in a letter to him in 1776, when he was serving as Massachusetts’ representative to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
The Archives honor all women, says Jackie McElhaney, chair of the Archives of Women of the Southwest Board. “Preserving the papers of the women of the Southwest honors their legacy and ensures that future generations can learn from their lives.”
Those interested in making contributions and adding to the list of honorees should contact Anne Brabham, development officer, at 214-768-7874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about donating the papers of women who have made an impact on Southwest history, contact Russell Martin, director of DeGolyer Library, at 214-768-3234 or email@example.com.
“As we prepare young women for leadership, they need a sense of history,” says Dean and Director of University Libraries Gillian McCombs.
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