Take an Inspiring Tour Through the History of SWE

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Participants at the founding meeting of the Society of Women Engineers, May 27, 1950.

 

The SWE Archives are an integral part of our identity, mapping our history by preserving society artifacts and memorializing the moments and members who have faded into memory. Originally established in 1957 by the nationally standing Archives Committee, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan became the permanent home of the archives in 1993.

 

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Attendees play baseball at the SWE founding meeting, May 27, 1950.
Engineer Mary Munger from the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation inspects equipment, circa 1960s.
Engineer Mary Munger from the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation inspects equipment, circa 1960s.
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Members ride on a tour bus at the 1965 Society of Women Engineers National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.
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Attendees dance during the career fair opening ceremony during WE11 in Chicago, Illinois, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The archives contain photos, memorabilia and artifacts from throughout SWE's history, offering a fascinating look at numerous important moments in our history, from SWE's founding at Camp Greenwood all the way up to WE14. Of course, the archives are more than just a collection of pictures and mementoes. Spend some time looking through them and you'll discover inspirational insight into the many moments that have helped shape the SWE story. The SWE archives are more than an overview of where we've been-it is also an invaluable source of guidance, inspiration and professional renewal.

Society of Women Engineers Lillian Moller Gilbreth Scholarship recipients Eliz Hinton, Valerie Peterson, and Phyllis Gaylard stand in the registration area for the First International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists in New York City, June 1964.
Society of Women Engineers Lillian Moller Gilbreth Scholarship recipients Eliz Hinton, Valerie Peterson and Phyllis Gaylard stand in the registration area for the First International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists in New York City, June 1964.
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Joy Arthur works in her laboratory in the Missile Electronic Technical Area of the Army Electronics Command at White Sands Missile Range to perfect instrumentation that will insure the immunity of Army missiles in hostile environments, 1960-1969.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head to the Walter P. Reuther Library website for a look at all pieces of the SWE Archive currently available online, and follow SWE on Tumblr to receive updates with new selections from the archives.