Women in Communications, Inc. was founded in 1909 and the Springfield Chapter was founded in 1977. There was an attempt in 1979-1980 to remove the word “women” from the name of the organization. At the WICI annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in October 1996, the delegates voted to dissolve Women in Communications, Inc., and form The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) as its successor organization. The local organization is currently known as the Association for Women in Communications-Springfield Chapter.
The collection contains material related to the local, regional, and national organization from 1977-1983. Local materials includes annual reports, correspondence, correspondence about Freedom of Information and the Equal Rights Amendment, bylaws, newsletters, programs, a book list, and tshirts sales. The Regional materials include the North Central Region newsletters from 1979-1981 and Regional Conference 1982. The National materials include newsletters and other publications, a membership directory, application, Clarion Award 1982, National Issues Alert 1981, Annual National Meeting, name change, incommunication, inc logo, Equal Rights Amendment, and “Words into Action” guides.