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Barbara Kreuzer Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4262

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information regarding the activities of the Women’s Education Coalition located in Kalamazoo from 1984 to 1999. Documents directly or indirectly concern Barbara Kreuzer the co-chairwoman of the WEC and later the Leadership Committee Chair.

Documents include a variety of information regarding public outreach, personal correspondence, and internal activities of the Women’s Education Coalition and Barbara Kreuzer’s participation within it.


  • Creation: 1984-1999


Biographical / Historical

The Women’s Education Coalition was a subgroup of Kalamazoo Network. The Kalamazoo Network existed from 1980 to 2012. The goal of the Women’s Education Coalition was to raise money to provide grants for women to further their education. The earliest document regarding the Women’s Education Coalition from 1984 shows initial tentative planning and ambitions as well as data gathering. The Operations fund was established in 1993, and the official campaign kick-off was on April 20th, 1994 ending in 1997 when 1 million dollars were successfully raised. The remaining information extending to 1999 concerns the Grant program and recipients of the funds raised by the Coalition.


0.25 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The donor, Barbara Kreuzer, was a member of the Women’s Education Coalition.

Related Materials

Further information on the Kalamazoo Network can be found in their collection, A-2155.

Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.25 cubic feet and is composed of various materials primarily concerning the Women’s Education Coalition, with several documents about the Kalamazoo Network.

The collection ranges from 5 ¾ by 4 ¾ in. to 8 ½ by 11 in. A majority of the material is typed either electronically or with a typewriter, some documents have blue, red, or black pen notes and signatures added, primarily those located in correspondence and meeting notes. Invitation envelopes are handwritten in black, blue, and gold ink. Graphite identification of individuals in the photo are listed on the back of one of the photocopies. Contents are in decent condition, although some show signs of yellowing, notation, or tearing along the edges.

Barbara Kreuzer Collection finding aid
Hannah Garrod (print version); Stephanie Chapman (digital version)
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490