The Coalition for Women's Economic Development Collection documents the activities, programs, services, and policies of the first microenterprise development organization in Los Angeles, California. The collection also reveals early collaborative efforts within the field of microenterprise development during its inception in the United States. The collection dates from 1980-1999, with the bulk of materials dating from 1986-1999. It consists of three series: Administrative Files (1986-1999), Programming Materials (1980-1996), and Press and Promotional Materials (1989-1998).
Series I, Administrative Files, is further divided into four subseries. Subseries A, Office of the Executive Director (1989-1997), contains correspondence, memos, and announcements for board and staff meetings. It covers the tenure of some, but not all who held the role of Executive Director during CWED's operating years. Subseries B, Meetings and Events (1989-1996), contains agendas and minutes from board and staff meetings, retreats, and various luncheons as well as some planning notes, photographs, and event programs. Duplicative items may exist within the Board of Directors files. Subseries C, General Administrative Files (1988-1999), consists of housekeeping records such as employee forms, sample proposals, policies and procedures, as well as some financial documents, licenses, and contracts. Fundraising resources, proposals, correspondence, and reports are also included. Subseries D, Affiliated Organizations (1986-1996), contains materials related to many of the organizations with whom CWED cooperated. The nature of affiliation varies and may include programming collaboration, contracted services, and/or funding solicitation. The files consist of contracts, correspondence, financials, some meeting agendas and minutes, notes, proposals, and reports depending on the organization and the nature of affiliation. Publications such as brochures, newsletters, and annual reports are also included. All subseries within Series I are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.
Series II, Programming Materials, is further divided into four subseries which follow the planning, delivery, and outcome of CWED's training and lending services. Subseries A, Program Development (1980-1996), consists of publications such as articles, brochures, pamphlets, reports, workbooks, and videos which likely served as resources for CWED curriculum planning and policy collaborations. Related committee agendas, notes, and proposals are also included. Subseries B, Workshop Materials (1989-1996), consists primarily of workbooks, forms, and handouts used in CWED's training and lending programs. A small number of staff forms and policies are also included, as well as outside resources for students and graduates. Subseries C, Student Materials (1989-1996), contains completed workshop assignments, a portfolio of Solidarity Circle participants, photographs of students at workshops and events, and a notebook which documents the status of students' loan applications. Subseries D, Statistics, Reports, and Evaluations (1989-1996), is made up of various reports and surveys documenting the demographics of CWED's students and borrowers; some of this information is seen in larger reports and proposals to affiliated organizations. Also included are focus group notes and evaluations intended to gauge and improve CWED's services. All subseries within Series II are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.
Series III, Press and Promotional Materials, primarily consists of newspaper clippings and videos featuring CWED, its students, or related microenterprise efforts. The series also includes awards and recognition presented to CWED along with the coalition's official publications, such as its newsletter, press kit, promotional brochures. Series III is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.