Aftermath Club records, 1895-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Aftermath Club
Title
Aftermath Club records
Dates
1895-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
5 linear feet
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0001aftermath (collection)
Summary
The collection documents the activities of the Aftermath Club, a women’s literary and social organization founded in New Whatcom (later Bellingham), Washington, in 1895. Materials include administrative, financial and legal records, yearbooks, and papers relating to Club’s interests and activities.
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

The Aftermath Club was a literary and social organization of women in Bellingham. The club was founded in 1896 as the Aftermath Reading Circle by twelve young women in New Whatcom. Within the first year, the group organized a constitution and by-laws as well as an annual agenda of study and presentations on a wide range of topics. In 1907, the club moved into the Aftermath Building in downtown Bellingham. The club also rented the building to other groups for meetings and events, and eventually the site became a center for social and cultural activity for the city.

Following the sale of the Aftermath Building in 1977, members continued to meet and sponsor programs until the club's dissolution in June 2003. In addition, the club also donated to local agencies and institutions and provided scholarships for Western Washington University students. The records donated to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies reflect the growth and evolution of the Aftermath Club. They also provide a source for study of the changing roles and concerns of thoughtful, active, urban women in the Pacific Northwest during most of the past century.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Aftermath Club records span the period 1895-2003, and comprise Administrative records, Financial and Legal records, Club Activities, Yearbooks, Club History, and Artifacts. Administrative records span the period 1897-2003, and contain Articles of Incorporation (1904), incoming and outgoing correspondence (1948-1988) and minute books documenting the Club's meetings from 1899 until its disbandment in June 2003. The first volume contains the Constitution and By-Laws of the Aftermath Reading Circle (the original name of the Aftermath Club), as well as the first membership roll. Later volumes include press reports of meetings, printed yearbooks of scheduled activities, and a small number of photographs. Financial and Legal records contain legal material regarding the clubhouse, the treasurer's financial reports, and Member and Dues ledgers dated 1931-1997. The series also contains nine volumes of redeemed and unsold stock certificates sold by the Aftermath Club from 1904-1977.

Club Activities records include annual reports written by the club historian. The first of these histories was written by Mrs. Helen Phillips, the first Aftermath Historian, whose report spans the period 1895 through 1907. The annual histories, presented at the final meeting each year, begin in 1908 and continue through 2003 and include clippings, fliers, letters, and some photographs. The series also includes newspaper clippings and press releases, scrapbooks covering the period from 1990-2003, and papers presented by members to the rest of the club. These are listed as "Presentation Materials," and span the dates 1898-1986. The collection also contains Yearbooks spanning the period from 1898-2003 (with the exception of the yearbook from 1906-1907), which contain a general listing of annual officers, weekly meeting programs, and a listing of active members. Club History records contain papers and an inventory written by Susan Fahey for the members of the Aftermath Club in 1994, as well as Fahey's 1994 Master's thesis. Artifacts comprise the incorporated seal of the Aftermath Club and a hand-painted pin commemorating the centennial of the Club in 1986.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Aftermath Club 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, 1897-2003 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1904 February 8;; 1986
Oversize Folder
1
Framed Certificate of Incorporation,
1904 March 12
Box/Folder
1/2
Ballot Returns on "Centennial Givings" (1/10 sampling)
1995 February 1
1/3
Century Corporation Certificate
2004 March 12
1/4
Committee Reports
1952-1977
1/5
Constitution and By-laws
1925, ; 1987
Correspondence
Box/Folder
1/6
Incoming
1948-1988
1/7
Outgoing
1948-1988
1/8
Sample club stationery
undated
Box/Folder
1/9
Corresponding Secretary’s records
1959-1986
1/10
Constitution, By-Laws, and Minutes
1897-1899
1/11
Minutes
1900-1903
1/12
Minutes
1903-1907
1/13
Minutes
1907-1910
1/14
Minutes
1910-1914
1/15
Minutes
1915-1920
1/16
Minutes
1920-1923
1/17
Minutes
1923-1925
1/18
Minutes
1927-1930
1/19
Minutes
1930-1933
1/20
Minutes
1933-1936
1/21
Minutes
1936-1944
1/22
Minutes
1944-1951
2/1
Minutes
1951-1956
2/2
Minutes
1956-1960
2/3
Minutes
1961-1969
2/4
Minutes
1969-1984
2/5
Minutes
1984-1997
2/6
Minutes
1997-1998
2/7
Minutes
1999-2000
2/8
Minutes
2000-2003
2/9
Survey of the Aftermath Club membership re. distribution of funds upon club’s dissolve; Aftermath Club Survey
2003 March 3,; 1986 June 2

Series II:   Financial and Legal records, 1904-2002Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/10
Check and Deposit Registers
1974-2000
2/11
Materials re. the Aftermath Club Building
1904-1987
2/12
Materials re. status as non-profit organization
1980-1997
3/1
Membership and Dues Ledgers
1931-1944
3/2
Membership and Dues Ledgers
1944-1953
3/3
Membership and Dues Ledgers
1954-1977
3/4
Membership and Dues Ledgers
1978-1988
3/5
Membership and Dues Ledgers
1989-1997
Stock Books
Box/Folder
3/6
#1-200
1907-1916
3/7
#201-253
1917-1921
3/8
#254-305
1921-1931
3/9
#305-354
1931-1939
3/10
#358-405
1944-1948
3/11
#406-457
1948-1952
3/12
#458-507
1952-1956
3/13
#508-558
1956-1961
3/14
#559-610
1961-1972
3/15
#611-631
1972-1977
Treasurers Reports
Box/Folder
3/16
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1946-1948
3/17
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1965-1970
3/18
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1970-1978
3/19
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1978-1987
3/20
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1987-1990
4/1
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1990-1994
4/2
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1994-1998
4/3
Treasurer’s Reports – Monthly and Annual
1998-2001
Box/Folder
4/4
Western Washington University Endowment and Memorials
1992-2002
4/5
Whatcom Community College Foundation Annual Report- Aftermath Club Scholarship information
2002-2003

Series III:  Club Activities, 1895-2003Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/5
1895-1907
4/6
Historian's Reports
1908-1922
4/7
Historian's Reports
1923-1927
4/8
Historian's Reports
1927-1935
4/9
Historian's Reports
1935-1955
4/10
Historian's Reports
1958-1971
4/11
Historian's Reports
1972-1973
4/12
Historian's Reports
1900-1981
4/13
Historian's Reports
1975-1982
4/14
Historian's Reports
1995-2003
4/15
Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases
1905-2003
4/16
Presentation materials (collected by Mrs H.E. Hadley)
1898-1900
4/17
Presentation materials
1905-1986
4/18
Programs
1986-2001
5/1
Scrapbook
1904-2003 ; 1992-2003
5/2
Scrapbook
1904-2003 ; 1992-2003
5/3
Scrapbook by Barbara McCollum (Club President from 1990-1992)
1990-1993
5/4
Songbooks
1939

Series IV:  Yearbooks, 1898-2003Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/1
Yearbooks
1898-1913
6/2
Yearbooks
1913-1931
6/3
Yearbooks
1931-1951
6/4
Yearbooks
1951-1970
6/5
Yearbooks
1970-1991
6/6
Yearbooks
1991-2003

Series V:   Club History, 1992-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/7
Fahey, Susan. “The Aftermath Club of Bellingham: 1896-1990,” written for the members of the Aftermath Club
1994
6/8
Fahey, Susan. “Description and Inventory of the Aftermath Club Papers,” prepared for the members of the Aftermath Club (used in thesis); A Quiet Region of the Mind: The Aftermath Club of Bellingham, 1896-1990 (Western Washington University, MA Thesis)
1992; 1994
6/9
"100th Birthday of Bellingham - Then and Now - Scenes from the Northwest Collector's Calendar," with history of the Aftermath Club
2004 February
6/10
List of Active, Associate and Honorary members, 1905-1906
undated

Series VI:  Artifacts,  1986 ,  undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
6
Incorporated Seal for the Aftermath Club
undated
6
Centennial Pin, hand-painted by Mary Blake
1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Literature -- Societies, etc. -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham.
  • Women -- Societies and clubs -- Washington (State) -- Bellingham.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Aftermath Club -- Bellingham, Wash. -- Archives. (creator)