Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle Lantern Slides, circa 1914  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Women's Commercial Club of Seattle
Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle Lantern Slides
circa 1914 (inclusive)
2 boxes, (26 lantern slides)
Collection Number
Lantern slides related to the Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle.
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle, founded in 1910, was an organization of Seattle women in business and professions. In 1914, an article about the club in Collier’s reported a membership of over 100 women, including “an architect, a dentist, a surgeon, an editor, several printers, a florist, and the proprietor of a livery barn.” Club activities appear to have included both social functions and business-related meetings and tours.

As of the Collier’s article’s printing, the Club was led by Zamora Criswell Cauffman (president) and Mrs. Jesse Monroe Lightfoot (secretary). Cauffman owned the Cauffman Company Factory Hair Store, and Lightfoot worked as a clerk and secretary at Pacific Telephone and Telegraph and Stuff Printing Concern, Ltd. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. E.M. Rhodes, Mrs. Leone S. Vanasse, and Mrs. Louisa Lepper took over as president, secretary, and treasurer. Lepper was the director of Lepper’s School of Physical Education. In 1915, Mrs. Inez Z. Morgan served as Club secretary. The Women’s Commercial Club disappears from the Seattle City Directory listings after 1915.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Lantern slides depicting meetings, activities, and members of the Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle. Contains a number of portraits of women in the club leadership, especially Zamora Criswell Cauffman and Jesse Monroe Lightfoot. Also includes two reproductions of political cartoons and one reproduction of an article about the club.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle Lantern Slides, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
1 2007.30.4: Reproduction of Collier’s article about WCCS 1914 January
1 2007.30.5-6: Portraits of women circa 1914
1 2007.30.7: Ida Weaver circa 1914
1 2007.30.8:  Emma Rhodes circa 1914
1 2007.30.9: Josephine Johnson circa 1914
1 2007.30.10:  Zamora Criswell Cauffman circa 1914
1 2007.30.11:  WCCS business session circa 1914
1 2007.30.12: WCCS members seated at table
circa 1914
1 2007.30.13: Cauffman addressing club
Caption “Great rejoicing over the Ad Club invitation”
circa 1914
1 2007.30.14: Cauffman and Jesse Monroe Lightfoot, secretary
Caption “West Virginians to the fore in the Far West”
circa 1914
1 2007.30.15: Two WCCS members going to a club picnic circa 1914
1 2007.30.16: WCCS picnic circa 1914
2 2007.30.17: Group photograph in large dining room circa 1914
2 2007.30.18: Group photograph in large dining room
Caption "Luncheon last Tuesday for Portola Girls. Given by Women's Commercial Club"
circa 1914
2 2007.30.19: WCCS group
Caption “The secretary reading the invitation from the Ad Club to this Luncheon”
circa 1914
2 2007.30.20: WCCS group walking outdoors
Caption “On our way to the automobiles”
circa 1914
2 2007.30.21:  Club members in 4 cars in Volunteer Park
Caption “Loaded up and ready to start”
circa 1914
2 2007.30.22: WCCS group in a warehouse
Caption “Manufacturer of Beds”
circa 1914
2 2007.30.23: Group of women, men, and children having tea in a barn
circa 1914
2 2007.30.24: WCCS group outside “Wilbur’s” store circa 1914
2 2007.30.25: Group photograph in large dining room circa 1914
2 2007.30.26:  WCCS group wearing costumes
Caption “The Women’s Commercial Club in their Initiation Robes”
circa 1914
2 2007.30.27: Lightfoot and Cauffman
circa 1914
2 2007.30.28: Reproduction of cartoon related to Ad Club and its President Blethen circa 1914
2 2007.30.29: Reproduction of cartoon of Cauffman and two others circa 1914

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Women--Societies and Clubs--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Cauffman, Zamora Criswell
  • Corporate Names :
  • Women’s Commercial Club of Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Lantern Slides