Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women's League records, 1985-1999  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women's League
Title
Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women's League records
Dates
1985-1999 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 linear feet.
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0053owl (collection)
Summary
The records of the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women’s League document the activities of an organization of women activists based in Bellingham, Washington. The chapter worked to increase awareness of issues affecting older women.
Repository
Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
Bellingham, WA
98225
Telephone: 360-650-7534
cpnws@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the Washington State Legislature to the Washington Women's History Consortium. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Founded in 1980, the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women’s League comprised an organization of women activists based in Bellingham, Washington. As a local chapter of the national Older Women’s League (OWL) the group worked to increase awareness of socio-economic issues affecting middle-aged and older women. Founding members of the Mt. Baker Chapter included Margaret Keith, Catherine May, Pat Munroe and Grace Kenoyer.

Through community-level advocacy and support for legislative reform, members sought to remedy shortcomings and inequities in areas including employment and wages for older women, pensions, healthcare and social security. In addition to monthly meetings, chapter members held and attended local talks and forums on subjects such as adult health, care giving, housing and homelessness. For Mother’s Day each year, members held fund-raising events and mailed issue-related cards to legislators.

The Mt. Baker Chapter voted to disband in December 1998 due to a shortage of members to act as chapter officers.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records of the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women’s League (OWL) document the work of an organization of women activists in Bellingham, Washington. Spanning the period 1985-1999, the collection comprises administrative and financial records, materials documenting chapter activities, and publications.

Administrative records include an outline of the chapter’s history, correspondence, notices and minutes for the chapter’s monthly meetings and membership information. Correspondence contains incoming letters from OWL’s national office and Field Services Director, with information about legislative developments in Washington D.C., and focal issues for local chapters.

Financial records comprise correspondence, record sheets, annual statements and information about chapter dues. Financial correspondence documents some of the Chapter’s contributions to local charities or causes, including donation of remaining funds to the YWCA, Lydia Place, Dorothy Place and Agape House in Bellingham upon its dissolution.

Records documenting chapter activities and interests include national conference reports from OWL's Northwest regional representative and from OWL leadership training in 1996. Subject files contain information regarding the social security system and housing issues.

Publications include copies of the Mt. Baker Chapter newsletter circa 1996-1999 and various newsletters produced by other regional chapters of OWL. National OWL publications include the quarterly OWL Observer, the OWL Field Advocate (a monthly newsletter for OWL activists), annual Mother’s Day Reports, brochures and informational flyers. Non-OWL publications include a small number of newsletters and brochures regarding issues including healthcare and social security, and newspaper clippings about OWL’s history and activities.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Mt. Baker Chapter of the Older Women's League records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Series I:  Administrative Records , 1985-1999 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1987
1/2
By-laws and articles of incorporation
1992
1/3
Chapter Officers and Committee Chair job descriptions
1987 May
1/4
Correspondence
1989; 1992-1993,; 1995-1996, ; 1998
1/5
Meeting notices
1992-1993, ; 1996,; 1998
1/6
Meeting Minutes
1985 November – 1993 April; ; 1995 March – 1999 January
1/7
Meeting Attendance
1995
1/8
Membership index cards
1985 November – 1993 April, ; 1995 March – 1999 January
1/9
Membership lists
1991-1998
1/10
Membership information
undated
1/11
OWL directories
1996-1997
1/12
Chapter organization manual
1994
1/13
Blank stationary sample
undated
1/14
Yvonne Donelson Administrative and Ideas Folders
1991-1998
2/1
Gavel
undated
2/2
Chapter stamp
undated
2/3
Charter certificate
1981

Series II :  Financial Records , 1986-1999 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/4
Financial Correspondence
1986, ; 1990-1996
2/5
Financial Record Sheets
1992-1997
2/6
Financial Statements (Annual)
1986-1987, ; 1990-1993
2/7
Membership Dues collection
1996-1998

Series III:  Activities and interests, 1989-1999Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/1
Conventions
1993, ; 1998
3/2
National Meeting report
1997
3/3 - 3/5
OWL Leadership Institute,
1996
3/6
Photographs
1998, ; undated
3/7
Wonderful Older Women (W.O.W.) Award
undated
3/8
Songs for Mother's Day Event (Lyrics)
5-13-1989
3/9
Photo Album and Clippings Re: Long-Term Care Givers
1992
Subject Files
Box/Folder
3/10-3/11
Social Security
1997 – 1999
3/12
Housing Handouts/Reports
1990 – 1994

Series IV:  Publications, 1988-1999Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: OWL Publications
1990-1999
Box/Folder
3/13
Mt. Baker Chapter Newsletters
1996-1999
Other Regional/State OWL Chapter Newsletters
Box/Folder
3/14
California
1997
3/15
Columbia River (Vancouver Washington)
1996-1998
3/16
Northwest Connecticut
1996
3/17
San Diego County
1992; 1998
3/18
Seattle/King County
1989-1992,; 1999
3/19
Snohomish County
1989-1992
3/20
Southeast Florida
1998
National OWL Publications
Box/Folder
3/21
OWL Observer
1990–1998
3/22
OWL Field Advocate
1989–1998
3/23
OWL Mother’s Day Reports
1987–1998
3/24
OWL flyers and information (general)
circa 1991 – 1998
Subseries 2: Non-OWL Publications
1992-1998
Box/Folder
3/25
Citizens for the Improvement of Nursing Homes news
1992; 1996–1997
3/26-3/27
Healthcare Brochures/Handouts
1992-1998
3/28
General Handouts/Brochures
1992-1998
Subseries 3: Newspaper Clippings
1988-1998
Box/Folder
3/29
newspaper clippings
1988 -1998

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Older women -- Political participation -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Older women -- Social action -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Women -- Societies and Clubs -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Women in community organization -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Women social reformers -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Women's rights -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Older Women's League (U.S.). -- Mt. Baker Chapter (Bellingham, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Older Women's League (U.S.) (creator)