Papers of the Bangor and North Wales Association of University Women

Scope and Content

Comprises material relating to the Bangor and North Wales Association of University Women and the International and British Federations of University Women. Consists of booklets, articles, memoranda, newsletters, annual reports, leaflets, minute book, poster, press cuttings and letters relating to the general activities, special events and conferences carried out by these organisations, and information relating to their general aims and history.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the aftermath of World War 1, several women graduates of Britain and the United States had the idea of an international federation of university women with the aim of doing what they could to prevent such an event happening again. At the first international conference held in London in 1920, eight national federations were represented, some of which had been formed since the end of the nineteenth century. Encouraged by the existence of the international group, many other national federations of university women were founded and subsequently became affiliated to the International Federation

The British Federation of University Women was founded in 1907 to promote the education and interests of women graduates worldwide. Today it promotes opportunities for women and girls in education and public life as part of an international organisation to safeguard the human rights of women and to encourage local, national and international friendship.

The Bangor and North Wales Association was founded in 1923. This group was active locally, holding meetings with speakers on varied subjects and reporting on matters of local, national and international concern. In July 1973 the British Federation of University Women held its Annual General Meeting at Bangor, attended by representatives of 66 local associations from all over Britain. Further information on The British Federation of Women Graduates  and The International Federation of University Women is available from their websites.


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Presented by Patricia and Geraint Jones, Old Colwyn in March 1999.


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, February 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 38964-38994

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.