Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2019

by Inge Horton

Recording your history is rewarding however it takes some preparation to preserve your work records and donate them to an archive, but in June two archivists from the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) will come to the Bay Area and help you!
Younger and older women architects are encouraged to think about filling the gap in architectural history by saving their work and contributing it to an archive.

IAWA archivists are coming to San Francisco
Over the years, I have often talked to OWA Members about the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and urged them to donate their records to honor their professional legacy, fill a gap in architectural history and proudly promote themselves. Although we generally only think of older practitioners as potential donors we would also encourage younger women to consider their legacy and preserve their work. The collections will help researchers in architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history and other social science fields with their research. The IAWA has also created several programs such as the Milka Prize, which entice researchers and students to use the collections.

Among the many national and international collections which you may find in the IAWA is a large collection of our very own OWA member and CWED President Sigrid Lorenzen Rupp,. You can also discover over twenty collections of other women architects and related design professionals and their male office partners of the San Francisco Bay Area. The size of the collections ranges from extremely large such as Sigridís 219 cu. ft. to small collections such as a resume in the IAWA Small Collections of internationally known women architects such as Raili Pietila from Finland. Some architects so far donated part of their work as a sort of downpayment and the IAWA hopes that they will contribute their remaining documents.

The exciting news is that the two archivists, Samantha Winn and Aaron Purcell, Ph.D. will come to the San Francisco Bay Area in late June of 2019 and be available to consult with women architects and, if applicable, their male office partners, about their donation of records to the IAWA. They will give an introductory presentation for OWADP members and others interested in the Archive at a public meeting on:

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 5.30 p.m
in the Stong Conference Room on Floor 1
of the San Francisco Main Library

The archivists will be available for individual consultations either Thursday June 27, or Friday June 28 at locations yet to be determined. They will EVEN accept collections you have selected and packed for mailing and they will ship them from here to the IAWA so that you do not have to deal with it nor pay for it. This event will make it easier for you to make a donation of your work to the IAWA.

If you have any questions, please contact Inge Horton, former IAWA Board Member and longtime OWADP member, at or 415 681-7594.

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