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PCL MS 142 Romance Writers of America Archives

Introduction

This collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library in 1995 by the Romance Writers of America (RWA). Several additions have been made to the collection since, the latest coming in 2008. The collection contains RWA's organizational archives, including historical information relating to the founding of the organization, Board of Directors information, correspondence, Annual Conference planning records, and multimedia materials. The collection is open for research, but any reproduction of materials must comply with applicable copyright laws. The finding aid was completed by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in September, 2016.

Agency History

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) was founded in 1980 by a small group of writers to raise and maintain a national level of high quality romance writing in all genres; to strive to stimulate interest as well as an appreciation for the art of writing and to act as a central dissemination point for information concerning activities in the field of romance writing. The organization would also provide needed support and affiliation for published and unpublished romance writers everywhere. This group of authors felt the need to establish such a group since writers' conferences ignored the unique needs of romance authors and the publishing industry did not even consider romance writing to be a true literary genre.

Vivian Stephens, the founder of RWA, was an associate editor of Dell Candlelight Romances in 1979. She presented a workshop at the Southwestern Writers' Conference at the University of Houston on writing formula novels which eventually resulted in the formation of the organization. Her presentation sparked many of the attending writers to contact her about writing romance novels. Five women, Rita Clay Estrada, Parris Mton Bonds, Peggy Cleaves, Rita Gallagher and Sondra Stanford, who were all published authors, asked Vivian to help them form a romance writers' group. It was through their contact with Vivian Stephens and her editor-in-chief at Dell, that the first meeting of RWA was held in Houston, Texas on December 15, 1980. At this meeting, Rita Clay Estrada was elected RWA's first president. The first annual national conference of RWA was held the following year, 1981, also in Houston, Texas.

Today, RWA is the world's largest non-profit genre organization specializing in romance fiction. It has a membership of more than 9,000 members worldwide and more than 140 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Members include writers, editors, agents and other industry professionals. RWA is also a staunch supporter of literacy having raised nearly $410,000 for national and local literacy programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Scope and Content

This collection contains approximately 22 linear feet of the historical documents of the Romance Writers of America, the first national organization dedicated to representing the interests of writers of romance fiction. This collection documents the actions of the organization's Board of Directors as well as the day-to-day activities of its officers and staff. 

Researchers interested in the growth of romance fiction in the United States since 1980 will find this collection of great use. There is also a significant amount of material about topics such as romance fiction sales, the planning and execution of the organization's annual conference, the selection of annual award winners, and a considerable collection of press clippings relating to the genre.

Series Description

Board of Directors Materials
Arranged chronologically
1980-2008

Includes materials relating to the formation and regulation of the organization as well as the Board of Directors. Copies of the Articles of Incorporations and its amendments may be found here. Also present are the original and revised Bylaws, including discussion and correspondence relating to amending the document. Meeting minutes of the Board of Directors may be found here, along with the organization’s original and revised Policy & Procedure Manuals.

 

Organizational History
Arranged chronologically
1980-1999

Documents the founding and yearly accomplishments of the Romance Writers of America. Includes the files of the Historian Committee, founded in 1986 to document the founding and dearly days of the organization. Also present are annual files documenting the officers and accomplishments of each year. Files representing each year’s officer elections may also be found in this series.

 

Correspondence
Arranged chronologically
1981-1995

Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence sent to the organization, separated by year.

 

Officer & Staff Files
Arranged Chronologically
1981-1999

Documents the day-to-day activity of the organization’s officers and staff, as well as committees. Includes, correspondence, memoranda, and other documents that illustrate the operation of organization’s conferences, publications, and other activities.

 

Contests
Arranged chronologically
1981-1999

Includes documentation relating to the numerous awards given by the organization, primarily at its annual conferences. Includes a complete history of the Golden Heart and Golden Medallion (later called the RITA Award), as well as industry awards. Documents relating to nomination and judging of each award may be included in the file.

 

Annual Conferences
Arranged chronologically
1981-2008

Files relating to the planning and execution of the organization’s annual conferences may be found here. Includes attendee programs for most years, as well as hotel information, author and presenter biographies, and press materials. Copies of the workshop handouts are available for several years (2004-2007), in either paper or electronic form.

 

Treasurer Files
Arranged by file type, then chronologically
1981-2007

Contains files produced by or for the treasurer of the organization addressing its financial health. Includes annual balance sheets, Treasurer’s reports, and annual audited financial statements for most years.

 

Chapter Information
Arranged by Chapter number
c. 1983-1999

Contains information gathered from each chapter relating to the organization’s umbrella 501(c)(6) group tax exemption across multiple years. Includes a balance sheet for the chapter in question as well as copies of its organizational and governing documents.

 

Press Clippings
Arranged chronologically
1984-1997

Contains articles and clippings from local and national publications relating to romance fiction, the romance publishing industry, and romance writers.

 

Video Tapes
1990-2006

Requires further inspection. This portion of the collection consists of Betacam and VHS tapes purporting to be recordings of annual awards ceremonies at various national conventions. The BPCL currently lacks the equipment to examine the tapes further.

 

Audio Cassettes
1985-1999

Requires further inspection. This series contains a collection of micro audio cassettes purporting to be recordings of various Board of Directors meetings, as well as a collection of regular-sized audio cassettes labeled as recordings of various interviews and annual conference sessions. The BPCL currently lacks the equipment to examine the tapes further.

 

Computer Disks
Undated

Requires further inspection. This series contains a collection of 3 ½” and 5 ¼” computer disks, some of which are labeled with file names and/or are accompanied by file tree printouts. The BPCL currently lacks the equipment to examine the disks further.

 

Promotional Items
1996-1997, undated

Contains a small collection of promotional items distributed at RWA’s Annual Convention, including t-shirts, a tote bag, and coffee mug.

Inventory

Box 1
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials
1 Board meeting minutes 1980
2 Minutes (regional board of directors meeting) 1981
3 Minutes 1982
4 Minutes 1983
5 Annual general meeting minutes June, 1984
6 Minutes

1984

7 Board meeting agenda packet documents 1986
8 Minutes 1987
9 Annual general meeting minutes July, 1988
10 Minutes 1988
11 Minutes 1989
12 Minutes March, 1991
13 Minutes November, 1991
14 Minutes January, 1992
15 Minutes 1992
16 Board meeting agenda packet July, 1992
17 Annual general meeting minutes and agenda July, 1992
18 Board meeting agenda packet September, 1992

 

Box 2
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 Minutes & board meeting agenda packet November, 1992
2 Board meeting agenda packet January, 1993
3 Board meeting agenda packet March, 1993
4 Annual meeting minutes & board meeting agenda packet July, 1993
5 Minutes & board meeting agenda packet October, 1993
6 Board meeting agenda packet, 1 of 2 November, 1993
7 Board meeting agenda packet, 2 of 2 November, 1993
8 Board meeting agenda packet November, 1994

 

Box 3
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 Minutes & board meeting agenda packet, 1 of 2 July, 1994
2 Board meeting agenda packet, 2 of 2 July, 1994
3 Minutes & board meeting agenda packet September, 1994
4 Minutes & board meeting agenda packet November, 1994
5 Board meeting agenda packet March, 1995
6 Board meeting agenda packet October, 1995
7 Board meeting agenda packet July, 1996
8 Annual general meeting packet July, 1996
9 Board meeting agenda packet November, 1996
10 Minutes November, 2007
11 Minutes 2008
12 Annual general meeting minutes July, 2008

 

Box 4
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 Board Meeting Minutes 1998 - 1999
2 Board Meeting Minutes 2000 - 2001
3 Board Meeting Minutes 2002 - 2003
4 Board Meeting Minutes 2004 - 2005
5 Board Meeting Minutes 2006 - 2007
6 Conference Call Board Meeting Minutes 1998 - 2007
7 Annual General Meeting Minutes 1998 - 2007

 

Box 5
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 RWA Board Policy Manual 1988
2 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 1991
3 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual (1 of 2) 1992
4 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual (2 of 2) 1992
5 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual (1 of 2) 1993
6 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual (2 of 2) 1993

 

Box 6
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual - Revisions 1993
2 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual - Replaced pages 1993
3 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual (1 of 2) 1994
4 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual (2 of 2) 1994
5 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 1995
6 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 1997
7 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 1998
8 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2001
9 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2002

 

Box 7
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2003
2 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2004
3 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2005
4 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2006
5 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2007
6 RWA Policy & Procedure Manual 2008
7 RWA Office Policy & Procedure Manual 1989
8 RWA Office Policy & Procedure Manual 1992
9 RWA Office Policy & Procedure Manual 1993
10 Conference Volunteer Instructions undated
11 Long Form Volunteer Instructions- Master Copies 1993
12 Chapter Contact Packet 1995

 

Box 8
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, cont'd
1 Bylaws- Correspondence 1981
2 Bylaws- Correspondence 1983
3 Bylaws- Correspondence 1984
4 Bylaws- Correspondence 1985
5 Bylaws- Correspondence 1986
6 Bylaws- Correspondence 1987
7 Bylaws- Correspondence 1990
8 Bylaws- Correspondence 1991
9 Bylaws- Correspondence 1992
10 Bylaws- Correspondence 1993
11 Bylaws- Correspondence 1994
12 Bylaws- Correspondence undated
13 Bylaws- Brochure bid 1991
14 Bylaws committee- Proposed plan of work 1991-1992
15 Bylaws of Expired/Disaffiliated chapters 1989-1993
16 Change of Registered Agent undated

 

Box 9
FolderDescriptionDate
Board of Directors Materials, Oversize
1 Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Amendment, Certificate of Incorporation 1981, 1983, 1984
2 Articles of Amendment 1982, 1983
3 Certificate of Amendment 1982, 1982
4 Bylaws of RWA, Inc. 1981, 1984, 1985
5 Articles of Incorporation and amendments 1996 - 2007
6 Proposed Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation 1981
7 RWA Bylaw Revision Notes 1985 - 1987
8 RWA Bylaws- Proposed Revisions undated, 1992
9 RWA Chapter and Corporation Bylaws undated
10 Survey of Member Contracts- Sample Contracts 1996

 

Box 10
FolderDescriptionDate
Organizational History
1 Historian Committee- Minutes 1986
2 Historian Committee- Correspondence 1986
3 Historian Committee- Vivian Stephens Interview 1986
4 Historian Committee- Article Drafts 1986
5 Historian Committee- RWA Award Logo 1986
6 Historian Committee- RWA Newsletters 1981
7 Historian Committee- Historical Items & Clippings 1981, 1987
8 Organizational History 1980
9 Organizational History 1981
10 Organizational History 1982
11 Organizational History 1983
12 Organizational History 1984
13 Organizational History 1985
14 Organizational History 1986
15 Organizational History 1987
16 Organizational History 1988
17 Organizational History 1989

 

Box 11
FolderDescriptionDate
Organizational History, cont'd
1 Organizational History 1990
2 Organizational History 1991
3 Organizational History 1992
4 Organizational History 1993
5 Organizational History 1994
6 Organizational History 1995
7 Elections 1982
8 Elections 1983
9 Elections 1984
10 Elections 1985
11 Elections 1986
12 Elections 1987
13 Elections 1988
14 Elections 1989

 

Box 12
FolderDescriptionDate
Organizational History, cont'd
1 Elections 1990
2 Proxy Ballot Bids 1993
3 Election Ballot Bids 1994
4 Elections 1996
5 Election Bio- Amelia Autin 1996
6 Election Bio- Angie Butterworth 1996
7 Election Bio- Roxanne Renee Erb 1996
8 Election Bio- Maria Ferrer 1996
9 Election Bio- Olivia Hall 1996
10 Election Bio- Debbie Hancock 1996
11 Election Bio- Naomi Jeffers 1996
12 Election Bio- Denise Koch 1996
13 Election Bio- Betina Krahn 1996
14 Election Bio- Rebecca Hagan Lee 1996
15 Election Bio- Pam McCutcheon 1996
16 Election Bio- Theresa D. Myers 1996
17 Election Bio- K. Sue Morgan 1996
18 Election Bio- Linda Prine 1996
19 Election Bio- Helene B. Radjeski 1996
20 Elections 1997
21 Elections- Bio/Vision Statements 1997
22 Election Bio- Amelia Autin, Treasurer 1997
23 Election Bio- Sara Brockunier, PAN Laision 1997
24 Election Bio- Monica Caltabiano, Treasurer 1997
25 Election Bio- Donna Caubarreux, Region 5 Director 1997
26 Election Bio- Lynn Coddington, Region 6 Director 1997
27 Election Bio-Corky Conrad, Region 2 Director 1997
28 Election Bio- Alice B. Countryman, Region 2 Director 1997
29 Election Bio- Jo Ann Ferguson, PAN Liasion 1997
30 Election Bio- Marietta Kaye Garcia, Region 5/ National Board 1997
31 Election Bio- Shirley Hailstock, Region 1 Director 1997
32 Election Bio- Nessa Hart, Region 3 Director 1997
33 Election Bio- Naomi R. Jeffers, Region 4 Director 1997
34 Election Bio- Betina Krahn, PAN Liasion 1997
35 Election Bio- Karen K. Litscher, Region 2 Director 1997
36 Election Bio- Jan C. Minter, Secretary 1997
37 Election Bio- Modean Moon, Board of Directors/ Region 5 1997
38 Election Bio- Patricia Potter, Region 3 Director 1997
39 Election Bio- Jennifer Cruise Smith, PAN Liasion 1997
40 Elections 1999

 

Box 13
FolderDescriptionDate
Correspondence
1 General correspondence 1981
2 General correspondence 1982
3 General correspondence 1983
4 General correspondence, 1 of 2 1984
5 General correspondence, 2 of 2 1984
6 General correspondence 1985
7 General correspondence 1986
8 General correspondence 1987
9 General correspondence 1988
10 General correspondence 1989
11 General correspondence 1990

 

Box 14
FolderDescriptionDate
Correspondence, Cont'd
1 General correspondence January - April 1991
2 General correspondence May - July, 1991
3 General correspondence August - December, 1991
4 General correspondence January - February, 1992
5 General correspondence March - June, 1992
6 Thank you letter from President George H.W. Bush June, 1992
7 General correspondence July - September, 1992
8 General correspondence October, 1992
9 General correspondence November, 1992
10 General correspondence December, 1992

 

Box 15
FolderDescriptionDate
Correspondence, cont'd
1 General correspondence January, 1993
2 General correspondence February, 1993
3 General correspondence March, 1993
4 General correspondence April, 1993
5 General correspondence May, 1993
6 General correspondence, 1 of 2 June, 1993
7 General correspondence, 2 of 2 June, 1993
8 General correspondence July, 1993

 

Box 16
FolderDescriptionDate
Correspondence, cont'd
1 General correspondence August, 1993
2 General correspondence, 1 of 2 September, 1993
3 General correspondence, 2 of 2 September, 1993
4 General correspondence, 1 of 2 October, 1993
5 General correspondence, 2 of 2 October, 1993
6 General correspondence November, 1993
7 General correspondence December, 1993
8 General correspondence 1993

 

Box 17
FolderDescriptionDate
Correspondence, cont'd
1 General correspondence January, 1994
2 General correspondence February, 1994
3 General correspondence March, 1994
4 General correspondence April, 1994
5 General correspondence May, 1994
6 General correspondence June, 1994
7 General correspondence July, 1994
8 General correspondence August - Septmber, 1994
9 General correspondence October - December, 1994
10 General correspondence 1994
11 General correspondence 1995
12 General correspondence 1996
13 General correspondence 1997
14 General correspondence Undated
15 Board correspondence 1994
16 Board correspondence- Golden Choice Award 1994
17 Board Correspondence 1995

 

Box 18
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files
1 Membership Statistics 1982 - 1988, 1992
2 Ethics Committee 1984
3 RWA Contracts Committee 1983 - 1984
4 Sample New Member Kit 1986
5 RWA Contracts Committee 1986
6 RWA Contracts Committee January - April, 1987
7 RWA Contracts Committee May - July, 1987
8 Royalty Statements Committee 1986 - 1989
9 Janice Young Brooks 1981 - 1988
10 RWA Committee Programs 1987
11 Group Tax Exemption Documentation 1987-1994
12 Outreach Committee 1989
13 Professional Authors' Network- General Correspondence 1989 - 1991
14 Appeals Committee 1991
15 Editorial Review Committee 1991
16 Bylaws proxy bid request 1991

 

Box 19
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Other Documents for Conferences, Membership, Etc. 1989 - 1992
2 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy 1991 - 1992
3 Sample Board of Directors Orientation Packet 1992
4 Region Five Board Retreat Report 1992
5 Other documents 1992 - 1993
6 Miscellaneous Office Documents 1993
7 Other documents 1994
8 General correspondence 1993 - 1994
9 Bylaws bid 1993
10 Public Relations Committee 1993 - 1997
11 Membership Survey Results 1994
12 Board of Directors 1994
13 Chapter President's Retreat 1994
14 Correspondence- President 1994
15 Correspondence- Vice President 1992 - 1994
16 Correspondence- Vice President 1994 - 1995

 

Box 20
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Secretary 1995
2 President 1994 - 1995
3 Vice-President 1995
4 Bylaws Committee 1994 - 1995
5 Treasurer 1994 - 1995
6 Board Elections 1995

 

Box 21
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Conference Memos 1995
2 Confidentiality Statements 1995
3 Elections Committee 1995
4 Executive Manager Correspondence, 1 of 2 1995
5 Executive Manager Correspondence, 2 of 2 1995
6 Executive Manager- 1994 Conference Planning 1995
7 Golden Heart Competition Forms 1995
8 Insurance Committee 1995
9 Long Range Plan Committee 1995
10 National Literacy Committee 1995
11 Outreach Committee 1995

 

Box 22
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Published Authors Network Committee 1995
2 Parliamentarian 1995
3 Public Relations Committee 1995
4 RWA Hotline Committee 1995
5 Publicity Committee 1995
6 Romance Writers Report Editorial Committee 1995
7 Romance Writers Report Production Bids 1995
8 Region One 1995
9 Region Two 1995
10 Region Three 1995
11 Region Four 1995
12 Region Five 1995
13 Region Six 1995

 

Box 23
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Research + Development 1995
2 RITA Entrant Instructions 1995
3 Annual Conference Site Committee 1995
4 Nora Siri Block- Region 1 Representative 1995
5 Amarillas, Karen- Orange County Chapter #55 1995
6 Correspondence- Kathy Clark 1991 - 1992
7 Correspondence- Pat Collinge 1991
8 Correspondence- Bonnie Hamre 1991 - 1992
9 Correspondence- Cynthia Holt 1991
10 Correspondence- Janis Reams Hudson 1991 - 1992
11 Correspondence- Janet Hunsicker 1991 - 1992
12 Correspondence- Belva Plain 1995
13 Sample Employee Code of Conduct 1995

 

Box 24
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 President 1996
2 Vice President 1996
3 Secretary 1996
4 Treasurer 1996
5 American Booksellers Association 1996
6 Board of Directors 1996
7 Bylaws Committee 1996
8 Conference Planning, 1 of 2 1996
9 Conference Planning, 2 of 2 1996
10 Confidentiality Statements 1996

 

Box 25
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 RITA Contest, 1 of 2 1996
2 RITA Contest, with 3 1/2" disks, 2 of 2 1996
3 Elections Chairperson Faxed Letters + Info 1996
4 Executive Manager Correspondence 1996
5 Industry Statistics 1996
6 Kennedy/Lee Contract 1996
7 Library Committee 1996
8 Literacy Committee 1996
9 Membership Committee 1996
10 Outreach Committee 1996
11 Published Authors Network Committee, with 5 1/4" floppy disk 1996
12 Professional Relations Committee 1996
13 Public Relations Committee 1996
14 Public Relations File 1996

 

Box 26
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Region One 1996
2 Region Two 1996
3 Region Four 1996
4 Region Six 1996
5 Regional Director 1996
6 Research + Development 1996
7 Rules for Committee Action 1996
8 RWA Records Management 1996
9 Romance Writers Report Production Bids 1996
10 Annual Conference Site Selection 1996
11 Trade Show 1996
12 Website 1996
13 Welcome Letter 1995
14 Miscellaneous Committees 1996

 

Box 27
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 President 1997
2 Vice President 1997
3 Secretary 1997
4 Treasurer 1997
5 Anaheim Workshops 1997
6 Published Authors Network- Book Expo America 1997
7 Bulk Mailing Postage 1997
8 Bylaws 1997
9 Romance Writers of America Calendar 1997
10 Confidentiality Statements 1997
11 Romance Writers Report- Editorial 1997
12 Education 1997
13 Election 1997
14 Executive Manager 1997
15 Permission Statements for "Keys to Success" 1997

 

Box 28
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Industry Statistics 1997
2 Library Liaison 1997
3 Literacy Committee 1997
4 Long Range Planning Committee 1997
5 Member Petitions + Letters 1997
6 Membership 1997
7 Professional Relations Committee 1997
8 Public Relations Committee 1997
9 Published Authors Network 1997
10 Published Authors Network Retreat 1997
11 Records Management Agreement 1997
12 Region Four 1997
13 Region Five 1997
14 Rules for Committee Action 1997
15 Annual Conference Site Selection 1997
16 Survey Specialist 1997
17 Trade Show 1997
18 Website 1997

 

Box 29
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 President 1998
2 Vice President 1998
3 Secretary 1998
4 Treasurer 1998
5 Bylaws 1998
6 Chapter Liaison 1998
7 Chicago Workshops 1998
8 Editor/Agent Liaison 1998
9 Education Committee 1998
10 Education/Workshops 1998
11 Executive Manager 1998
12 RWA Five Year Plan 1998
13 Industry Statistics 1998
14 Internet Committee 1998

 

Box 30
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 Legionnaires Disease 1998
2 Library Liaison 1998
3 Literacy Committee 1998
4 Long Range Planning 1998
5 Membership 1998
6 Professional Relations 1998
7 Public Relations 1998
8 Published Authors Network 1998
9 Region Two Correspondence 1998
10 Region Four Correspondence 1998
11 Region Five Correspondence 1998
12 Region Six Correspondence 1998
13 Romance Writers Report/ Editorial Committee 1998
14 Annual Conference Site Committee 1998
15 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1998

 

Box 31
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 President 1999
2 Vice President 1999
3 Secretary 1999
4 Treasurer 1999
5 Appeals 1999
6 Board of Directors 1999
7 Board Meetings 1999
8 Bylaws 1999
9 Chapter Liaison 1999
10 Conference 1999
11 Editor/Agent 1999
12 Executive Manager 1999
13 Industry/ Service Awards 1999
14 Internet Committee 1999
15 Library Liaison 1999
16 Literacy Committee 1999
17 Long Range Planning 1999
18 Member Correspondence 1999
19 Membership 1999
20 Professional Relations 1999
21 Public Relations 1999
22 Published Authors Network 1999
23 Annual Conference Site Committee 1999

 

Box 32
FolderDescriptionDate
Officer and Staff Files, cont'd
1 National Membership Month Planning Kit 1989
2 Public Relations Committee 1993
3 Press Releases 1996 - 1997
4 Romance Writers Report- miscellaneous 1992 - 1994
5 Romance Writers Report- Ad Books 1993 - 1994
6 Press Releases- Most Romantic Poll 1992 - 1996
7 Agent Lists undated
8 Speakers File 1987 - 1988
9 Agents/Editors List- with 3 1/2" disk 1981 - 1986
10 Publicity/Public Relations- with 3 1/2" disk 1994 - 1996
11 The Author's Guild- Contract Advice 1985 - 1986
12 Regional & Chapter Newsletters 1993
13 Regional & Chapter Event Announcements 1992 - 1993
14 RWA Brochures undated
15 Newsletter- The Love Line 1982

 

Box 33
FolderDescriptionDate
Contests
1 Award Nomination Letters- Janet Dailey Award 1996
2 Award Nomination Letters- Favorite Book of the Year Award 1996
3 Award Nomination Letters- Industry Award 1997
4 Award Nomination Letters- Librarian of the Year 1997
5 Award Nomination Letters- Lifetime Achievement Award 1997
6 Award Nomination Letters- Veritas Award

1997

7 Award Nomination Letters- Service Award 1997
8 Award Nomination Letters- Industry/Service Awards 1997
9 Award Nominations 1998

 

Box 34
FolderDescriptionDate
Contests
1 Contests- Golden Heart 1981
2 Contests- Golden Heart 1982
3 Contests- Golden Heart 1983
4 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion 1984
5 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion/ Golden Treasure 1985
6 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion 1986
7 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion 1987
8 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion 1988
9 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion 1989
10 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion Judging 1989
11 Contests- Golden Heart/ Golden Medallion 1990

 

Box 35
FolderDescriptionDate
Contests, cont'd
1 Contests- Golden Heart/ RITA 1991
2 Contests- Golden Heart/ RITA 1992
3 Contests- Competition Bible 1993
4 Contests- Golden Heart/ RITA 1995
5 Contests- Inspirational Category 1995
6 Contests- Romantic Times Awards 1996
7 Contests- Planning 1996
8 Contests- Golden Heart/ RITA 1997
9 Contests- Golden Heart/ RITA 1998
10 Contests- Golden Heart/ RITA 1999

 

Box 36
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences
1 Annual Conference Materials (includes photographs) 1981
2 Annual Conference Materials 1982
3 Annual Conference Materials 1983
4 Annual Conference Materials 1984
5 Annual Conference Materials (includes photographs) 1985
6 Annual Conference Materials 1986

 

Box 37
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences, cont'd
1 Annual Conference Materials 1987
2 Annual Conference Materials 1988
3 Annual Conference Materials 1989
4 Annual Conference Materials 1990

 

Box 38
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences, cont'd
1 Annual Conference Site Plan Committee 1990
2 Annual Conference Planning 1990 - 1991
3 Annual Conference Site Plan Committee 1991
4 Annual Conference- Author Photographs 1992
5 Annual Conference 1992
6 Annual Conference- Contests 1992
7 Annual Conference- Planning 1993
8 Annual Conference- Press Kit 1993
9 Annual Conference- Requests & Correspondence 1993
10 Annual Conference- Media Lists 1993
11 Annual Conference Site Plan Committee 1993

 

Box 39
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences, cont'd
1 Annual Conference- Committee Correspondence 1993
2 Annual Conference- Press Releases/Articles 1993
3 Annual Conference- Author Photographs 1993
4 Annual Conference 1994
5 Annual Conference- Press Kit 1994
6 Annual Conference- Programs 1994
7 Annual Conference- Final Report 1994
8 Annual Conference- Planning 1994
9 Annual Conference- Press Clippings 1994
10 Annual Conference- Invitations & Awards 1994
11 Annual Conference 1995
12 Annual Conference- Signings Planning 1995
13 Annual Conference 1996
14 Annual Conference- Speaker Bios A-M 1996
15 Annual Conference- Speaker Bios N-Y 1996

 

Box 40
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences, cont'd
1 Annual Conference 1997
2 Annual Conference 1998
3 Annual Conference- Programs 1999
4 Annual Conference- Programs 2000
5 Annual Conference- Programs 2001
6 Annual Conference- Programs 2002
7 Annual Conference- Programs 2006
8 Annual Conference- Programs 2007
9 Annual Conference- Programs 2008

 

Box 41
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences, cont'd
1 Annual Conference- Final Report, 1 of 2 1991
2 Annual Conference- Final Report, 2 of 2 1992
3 Annual Conference- Public Relations Final Report, 1 of 2 1995
4 Annual Conference- Public Relations Final Report, 2 of 2 1995

 

Box 42
FolderDescriptionDate
Annual Conferences, cont'd
1 Annual Conference- Workshop Handouts, paper 2005
2 Annual Conference- Workshop Handouts, paper 2007
3 Annual Conference- PRO Workshop, "Promotions & Business Basics", Handouts 2005, 2007
3 Annual Conference- Workshop Handouts, CD-ROM 2004
4 Annual Conference- Workshop Handouts, CD-ROM 2005
5 Annual Conference- Workshop Handouts, CD-ROM 2006
6 Annual Conference- Workshop Handouts, CD-ROM 2007

 

Box 43
FolderDescriptionDate
Treasurer Files
1 Treasurer- Balance Sheets 1982 - 1988
2 Treasurer- Budgeting 1984 - 1997
3 Treasurer's Report 1983 - 1984
4 Treasurer's Report 1987 - 1988
5 Treasurer's Report 1988 - 1989
6 Treasurer's Report 1989 - 1990
7 Treasurer's Report 1990 - 1991
8 Treasurer's Report 1991 - 1992
9 Treasurer's Report 1992 - 1993
10 Treasurer's Report 1993 - 1994
11 Executive Secretary Reports to Board 1983, 1987, 1990
12 Annual Reports 1989

 

Box 44
FolderDescriptionDate
Treasurer Files, cont'd
1 Audit- Correspondence 1983 - 1994
2 Financial Statements- Audited & Unaudited 1981 - 1982
3 Financial Statements- Audited & Unaudited 1982 - 1983
4 Financial Statements- Audited & Unaudited 1983 - 1984
5 Financial Statements- Audited 1984 - 1985
6 Financial Statements- Audited 1985 - 1986
7 Financial Statements- Audited 1986 - 1987
8 Financial Statements- Audited 1987 - 1988
9 Financial Statements- Audited 1988 - 1989
10 Financial Statements- Audited 1989 - 1990
11 Financial Statements- Audited 1990 - 1991
12 Financial Statements- Audited 1991 - 1992

 

Box 45
FolderDescriptionDate
Treasurer Files, cont'd
1 Financial Statements- Audited 1992 - 1993
2 Financial Statements- Audited 1993 - 1994
3 Financial Statements- Audited 1994 - 1995
4 Financial Statements- Audited 1996 - 1997
5 Financial Statements- Audited 1998 - 1999
6 Financial Statements- Audited 2000 - 2001
7 Financial Statements- Audited 2003 - 2004
8 Financial Statements- Audited 2005 - 2006
9 Financial Statements- Audited 2006 - 2007

 

Box 46
FolderDescriptionDate
Chapter Information
1 501(c)(6) Group Tax Exemption Planning/Determination 1983 - 1987
2 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 1-18 multiple
3 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 19-34 multiple
4 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 35-50 multiple
5 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 51-62 multiple

 

Box 47
FolderDescriptionDate
Chapter Information
1 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 63-80 multiple
2 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 81-100 multiple
3 Chapter Historical Information, by Chapter #- 101-154 multiple
4 Chapter Historical Information- Inactive Chapters multiple

 

Box 48
FolderDescriptionDate
Press Clippings
1 Press Clippings 1984
2 Press Clippings 1988 - 1989
3 Press Clippings 1991
4 Press Clippings 1992
5 Press Clippings 1993
6 Press Clippings 1994
7 Press Clippings 1995
8 Press Clippings 1996
9 Press Clippings 1997
10 Press Clippings- Reprints/Copies 1986 - 1994
11 Press Clippings- miscellaneous multiple
12 Press Clippings- "Romance In The News" (primarily photocopies) 1989 - 1993

 

Box 49
FolderDescriptionDate
Video Tapes
1 10 Betacam SP tapes 1999
2 10 VHS tapes labeled Casablance Productions undated
3 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony 1990
4 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony 1992
5 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony 1993
6 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony (2 copies) 1994
7 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony (2 copies) 1995
8 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony 1996
9 VHS Tape- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony (2 copies) 1997
10 DVD- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony 2004
11 DVD- Annual Convention Awards Ceremony 2006
12 7 VHS tapes- Various workshop sessions 1994

 

Box 50
FolderDescriptionDate
Audio Cassettes
1 Minicassettes used to record board meetings 1991 - 1994
2 Cassette recordings of Annual Conference workshop sessions and interviews (duplicates) 1985-1999

 

Box 51
FolderDescriptionDate
Computer Disks
1 Computer disks containing unknown files, mostly 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" formats undated

 

Box 52
FolderDescriptionDate
Promotional Items
1 Conference t-shirt (x2) 1996
2 Conference t-shirt 1997
3 Conference tote bag undated
4 RWA Coffee Mug undated
5 Pouch with pens, lanyard undated

 

Transfers

Several issues of the Romance Report newspaper and Romance Writers Report magazine were separated from this collection and put into the general collections with like items.

A collection of 98 audio cassettes containing interviews with writers of romance fiction were separated and can be found in the Browne Popular Culture Library catalog. These are stored off-site and take 1-2 business days to retrieve.