ACWR a national organization of approximately 350 members, was born out of awareness that religious archives are unique. A separate organization was needed to address their issues. The first meeting, initiated by a small group of women religious, was held as a roundtable at the 1990 Conference of the Society of American Archivists.

ACWR is open to archivists of women’s religious congregations, historians of women’s history, and anyone supportive of its mission. An executive board sets policy for the organization and carries out its operations. ACWR depends on donations from individuals and congregations to cover expenses.

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