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Beatrice B. Ettinger Papers

Identifier: SC-037

Scope and Contents

The papers have been arranged in three series by topic. Series I: Council for Continuing Education for Women, 1964-1997 is the largest series and fully documents the Council's activities and that of the Center that it sponsored. Its programs included Displaced Homemaker, Florida Women in Agriculture and Women in Citrus. The Center received awards from Walt Disney World in 1975, 1979, 1981, 1984 and 1986 when it received the "Spirit of Epcot" Award. Financial Aid for Career Training Inc. worked with the Center and provided loans for women to improve their skills so that they could return to the work force.

Series II: Other Organizations, 1971-1988 holds materials concerning various other organizations in which Ettinger had an interest. Most of these organizations concern women and education, such as, the Central Florida Educational Consortium for Women. However, political and community organizations, such as, the League of Women Voters and the Jewish Community Center are also represented here.

Series III: Personal, 1973-1991 contains documents of a more personal nature and includes Ettinger's date book, certificates, the documents prepared for her nomination to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame and information about her relationship with Valencia Community College.


  • Created: 1964-1998


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

Biographical or Historical Information

Beatrice B. Ettinger was born in New Jersey in 1917, and she was educated at the University of Miami and the University of Miami Law School. She was active in a variety of organizations, notably as Vice President of the Florida League of Women Voters, Director of Region IV of the National Displaced Homemaker Network and Secretary of Learning Institute for Elders. Usually, Known as Bea, Ettinger was instrumental in establishing the Central Florida Educational Consortium for Women. Her achievements were honored by the local community as Orlando's Outstanding Woman of the Year in 1977, Woman of Achievement in 1979 and Community Leader of the Year in 1981. She was nominated for the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1982 and 1984.

In 1966, a group of women met to start a Council for Continuing Education for Women in Orlando. The organization aimed to encourage and assist women in continuing their education. It was run by volunteers until 1974 when it cooperated with the Valencia Community College to establish the Center for Continuing Education for Women. The Center created and sponsored programs on a variety of topics designed to assist women who wanted to further their education and possibly return to the work force. Ettinger was president of the Council and directed the Center until 1986 when Connie Fisher became Director. In 1991, the Council moved from Valencia Community College and entered into a new agreement with the University of Central Florida where it continued with its work in association with the Women's Studies Program.


5.3 Linear Feet (6 Boxes)


The Beatrice B. Ettinger Papers contain correspondence, leaflets, posters, minutes and reports that show women's position in society in the 1970s and 1980s. Continuing Education is the focus of these papers since Ettinger accumulated many of the materials between 1970 and 1992 when she was President of the Council for Continuing Education for Women. This organization established a Center that was based first at Valencia Community College and later at the University of Central Florida. Ettinger also collected documents concerning other organizations in which she was interested that fostered women’s intellectual and political growth, such as, the Central Florida Women's Resource Center Inc. and the League of Women Voters. Additional materials provide some personal information about Mrs. Ettinger.

Method of Acquisition

Beatrice B. Ettinger donated these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries Special Collections Department in 2002 (CFM2002_02).

Related Materials

Similar materials may be found in the Phyllis J. Hudson Papers and the Lynda Van Scoyoc Papers.

Processing Information

Colletion processed by Judith Beale; finding aid prepared by Judith Beale. Duplications were removed, news clippings were photocopied onto acid free paper and the materials were rehoused.
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
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Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
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