Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs records, 1889-1999 PDF
- Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs
- Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs records
- 1889-1999 (inclusive)18891999
- 6.25 cubic feet (8 boxes)
- Collection Number
- 5175 (Accession No. 5175-001)
- Records of a Seattle, Washington, women's federation involved in community service and academic study.
- University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
The papers are open to all users.
- Additional Reference Guides
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs (SFWC) was founded in 1889 as a branch of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs (WSFWC) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC). The SFWC was incorporated in 1922 and registered by the state of Washington. In 1966 it was granted non-profit status. Its purpose was to bring member clubs together to contribute to the community through service and academic study. In later years the federation became more centered on community service. For example, the group participated in projects such as the Community Improvement Program, an effort sponsored at the national level by the GFWC and Sears, Roebuck and Company. The program's aim was to improve the quality of life through city beautification projects, recycling programs, environmental awareness poster competitions, and other activities.
In 1908 the SFWC purchased a clubhouse on Harvard Avenue on Capitol Hill. The clubhouse had been purchased with funds acquired through the sale of stock certificates between 1908 and 1923; consequently, the stockholders were granted an interest in the clubhouse and possibly a share of any funds resulting from the sale of the property. In 1973 the clubhouse was sold due to high taxes and maintenance costs. As the by-laws of the SFWC were unclear about what would happen in the event of a sale, the SFWC filed a lawsuit against Washington State in order to determine if it would be legal to sell the building without having to surrender profits to remaining stockholders. The courts ruled in the SFWC's favor. The SFWC disbanded in 2000 due to dwindling membership.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection includes general records of the Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs (SFWC), records of its various departments and projects, and a small selection of minutes from a member club, the Women's Education Club. The general records include minutes, financial records, reports, legal documents, organizational information, stock records, and scrapbooks and focus mostly on the details of running the federation. Documentation concerning the Community Improvement Program includes reports on projects by SFWC member clubs, writings, presentation slides, clippings, a certificate, a photograph montage, and a scrapbook.
SFWC minutes document general meetings of the SFWC and its executive board meetings. The minutes include accompanying material such as treasurer's reports, annual departmental reports, attendance records, and a small quantity of correspondence. The set of general minutes is nearly complete, starting in 1901 and ending in 1991, with a gap in 1922.
The bulk of the legal documents concerns the purchase and sale of the SFWC clubhouse, and the related lawsuit. The stock records include the original stock ledger and stock record book, and a typed version of the stock record book from 1968.
The records include a small quantity of correspondence, the bulk of which is from the law firm that represented the SFWC in the lawsuit concerning the clubhouse. Other correspondents include the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs, Mildred T. Powell, and Seattle Public Schools, among others.
The SFWC historical scrapbooks are organized chronologically in boxes 4-8. These scrapbooks mostly contain clippings regarding the club and current social issues of the day. A few also contain photographs, notices, invitations, programs, and tickets.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The literary rights of representatives of the records-creating organization have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
[Title of item], [date of item if known], [box/folder number], Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs Records, Accession No. 5175-001, University of Washington Libraries.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1922-1983Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/1
CorrespondenceReturn to Top
Boettiger, Anna Roosevelt
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Holman, Marion, Perkins, Coie and Stone (Law Firm)
Powell, Mildred T.
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
State Humane Society of Washington
Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
MinutesReturn to Top
General (Board and Regular Meetings)
General (Board and Regular Meetings)
Building Board Minutes
Property Planning Committee
Public Welfare Department of the Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs
Women's Education Club
ReportsReturn to Top
SFWC Departmental Reports
Yearbooks, 1919, 1922, 1965, 1972-1984, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/22-24
NewslettersReturn to Top
Internal Newsletters, Board Meeting Notices, etc.
Miscellaneous Bulletins, Meeting Announcements
|1950, 1960, 1970-1991|
Appointment Lists, 1944-1978, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/29
Resolutions, 1949-1992, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/30
Program Files Return to Top
Community Improvement Program
Speeches and Writings
Includes nine photographs from the 1970 NIKE Project event.
Coterie Club Reports
Cosmopolitan Club Reports
Most likely part of a presentation for the Community Improvement Program.
|Miscellaneous Oversize Box 9||
Certificate and Photograph Montage
Rules and Procedures, 1949-1973, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/44
Schedules, 1939, 1964, 1978, 1983-1984Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/45
Speeches and Writings, 1963-1982, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/46-47
Includes presidential speeches and memorials.
Conferences and Conventions, 1972-1984, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 2/48
Includes convention records of the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs.
Attendance Book, 1964-1970Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/2
Financial RecordsReturn to Top
Financial Ledgers (Bound)
|1971, 1977, undated|
Record Book of Stockholders
Legal DocumentsReturn to Top
Purchase of Clubhouse
Sale of Clubhouse
Request for Non-Profit Status
|1913, 1973, undated|
Publication: Seattle Magazine, 1965Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/33
Photographs, undatedReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/34
One photograph of a Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs poster exhibit and two other unidentified photographs.
Ephemera, 1938-1962Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/35
Includes flyers, a copy of the club song, and other material.
Clippings, 1939-1982Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/36
Includes articles about awards, events, projects, and programs of the SFWC.
Plaque, 1960Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 3/37
First place in the GFWC Sewing Contest.
Memorial Book, 1959-1977Return to Top
Container(s): Box 4
A memorial to prominent deceased club members. The book includes a portrait and short account of each member's life and work.
ScrapbooksReturn to Top
Contains photographs, a few clippings, and a few pieces of ephemera. The photographs concern the Bernadine sewing competition, the grade school poster competition, and several other SFWC events.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Civic improvement--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Real property--Ownership--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Women civic leaders--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Women--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Women--Washington (State)--Seattle--Societies and clubs
- Women--Washington (State)--Seattle--Societies and clubs--Archives
- Personal Names :
- Powell, Mildred T., b. 1886
- Corporate Names :
- Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs--Archives
- Seattle Public Schools
- Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
- Geographical Names :
- Seattle, Wash.--Social life and customs
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- financial records
- ledgers (account books)
- Legal documents
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)