This is the Year of Auburn Women

Women have come a long way since 1892 and we’re celebrating all of it: the pioneers who broke boundaries and opened doors for others; the brilliant stars who transcended negativity and propriety to shine around the world; the doers and dreamers who knew that this practical world runs on work, hard work. Join us for a year of celebration and appreciation for all that our alumnae have done and continue to do through Auburn University.

The first three

These women were the first to attend Auburn, enrolling in 1892.

A vintage photo of Willie Little

Willie Little

Willie Gertrude Little (1873-1949) was the daughter of Auburn’s mayor and one of the first women to attend Auburn University in 1892. She graduated two years later with a bachelor’s degree and honors. Little has a hall in the Upper Quad named in her honor.

A vintage photo of Katherine Brown

Katherine Broun

Katherine C. Broun (1873-1952) was the daughter of Auburn University President William L. Broun, who held the position from 1882-1902. In order to be admitted as an inaugural female student, Broun took tests in English, Latin, history, and mathematics. She was most notably Auburn’s first graduate student after receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1894.

A vintage photo of Margaret Teague

Margaret Teague

Margaret Kate Teague (1873-1960) moved from Arkansas to Auburn after her mother’s death. Along with Little and Broun, Teague was admitted to the university and graduated with honors. Teague Hall in the Upper Quad is named in her honor.

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Artifacts Wanted

Auburn Women mid-50s

In marking the university’s celebration of 125 Years of Auburn Women, members of the Auburn family who have unique artifacts related to the history of women at the university are invited to donate these items to the archives.

Located on the ground floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the Special Collections and Archives Department collects, preserves, makes available and publicizes institutional records, personal manuscripts, photographs, rare books and selected artifacts in support of the research, teaching, and outreach missions of Auburn University.

Such items may include letter sweaters, diplomas, beanie caps, basketball jerseys, rare scrapbooks, photographs (identified), or any number of unique Auburn-related artifacts.

Special Collections will evaluate each donation to ensure that all items comply with the department’s collecting policies–see here for more information on this policy.  Donors will be asked to sign a gift agreement formally transferring ownership to Auburn University.

Items donated to Special Collections and Archives may be used in public exhibits and digital collections.

Those interested in participating in this project are encouraged to email the department at or call 334-844-1732.

“I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.”

“I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.”

“I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.”

“I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.”


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