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Whatcom County Woman's Christian Temperance Union Records, 1928-1968

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Whatcom County Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Title
Whatcom County Woman's Christian Temperance Union Records
Dates
1928-1968 (inclusive)
1949-1968 (bulk)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0059WCTU (collection)
Summary
The Whatcom County Woman's Christian Temperenace Union records document the activities and ideals of this organization. As a chapter of an important national organization, the WCTU actively promoted complete abstinence from alcohol through education, outreach, and activism. Of primary interest are the detailed meeting minutes and financial records.
Repository
Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
98225-9123
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Whatcom county chapters of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union date back to 1883. At various times since then, there have been simultaneous chapters in Sehome, Fairhaven, Lynden, Sumas, Bellingham, and possibly elsewhere. The consolidated Whatcom County chapter is documented in this collection from 1932 (right before the repeal of prohibition) to 1958. During this period the chapter organized resistance to the sale and use of alcohol (and, to a lesser extent, tobacco) through protest and education. The chapter also promoted other Christian causes, such as their effort to have the Lord’s prayer recited in public schools.

As a national organization, the WCTU was formed in 1874 to spread the message of complete abstinence from alcohol. Their web site, www.wctu.org (2006) claims that they are the oldest continuing non-sectarian women’s organization in the world.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Whatcom Christian Temperance Union records document the organization’s activities and philosophy from 1932 to 1958. A full and detailed volume of meeting minutes is the most valuable document to researchers, since it describes the WCTU’s ceremonies, positions, goals, and procedures. Other materials include financial records (mostly treasurer’s reports), event programs, by-laws and position recommendations, and a small amount of correspondence and clippings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Whatcom County Woman's Christian Temperance Union 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

Series I:  WCTU Administrative Records,  1932-1958Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Articles of Incorporation (Revised)
1956
1/2
Resolutions and By-Laws
1946-1958
1/3
Meeting Minutes
1932-1958
1/4
Correspondence
1957
1/5
Newspaper Clippings
1945-1958

Series II:  WCTU Financial Records,  1945-1958Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/6
WCTU Treasurer's Reports
1945-1958

Series III:  WCTU Activities and Events,  1938-1958Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/7
WCTU Event Programs
1938-1958