The archive is by no means complete, and consists principally of a mixture of minute books, student records and correspondence files. The earliest items are pasted in a scrapbook compiled by Edith C.Wilson (first Tutor for Women) (AWS/6). Registers record the names of women students entering the University, up to 1912, and women graduates, between 1883 and 1940 (AWS/5). Photographs of all the women students in the University, with their names indicated, are included for the years 1935-36 and 1938-39 (AWS/4).
The Adviser’s files (AWS/2) include material on student-staff relations, accommodation and employment, including relating to the Joint Committee on Student Affairs (1928-50),Civil Service Committee (1927-54), and the Social Sanctions Committee, the approval of which was required for all social events organised by students, from 1927-1961.
Women students had unsuccessfully sought membership of the Owens College Union from 1883, and resisted the formation of a separate Womens’ Union in case this made the achievement of their aim less likely. Eventually, however, they capitulated and a Women’s Union was created in 1899. A small amount of material relates to the Adviser's relations with the Women's Union.
Accommodation for women who did not live at home, was a key issue for many years. Eventually three main women's halls of residence were set up: Ashburne, Langdale and Ellis Llwyd Jones. Many other women students lived in lodgings and a ‘Rooms Committee’ was set up to approve suitable accommodation and deal with any problems. The records of this exist up from 1908-1944 (AWS/1).
The availability of scholarships for women was always a contentious issue, and whether women were to be entitled to compete with male students for existing scholarships provoked much debate. Initially only a very few, privately endowed scholarships, were earmarked for women. Eventually the “1918 Fund" was set up, in recognition of the excellence of the work of women during the War. This provided a number of entrance scholarships for women, and the archive contains the records of its establishment and administration (AWS/3).