Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club records, 1894-2013  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club
Title
Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club records
Dates
1894-2013 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (8 boxes)
Collection Number
WCMss.001
Summary
This collection contains minutes, schedules, programs, and scrapbooks from the Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club between 1894 to 2013.
Repository
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
99362
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
archives@whitman.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club was founded in 1894 as a reading group devoted to "a critical study of such writings as may be deemed best to promote the literary culture of its members." The club's officers typically consist of a president, vice-president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, and treasurer. Membership is limited to 30 women; new members are nominated and voted upon by the club. In 1896, the club became a charter member of the Washington Federation of Women's Clubs.

At weekly or bimonthly meetings, the Woman's Reading Club discusses literature and presents papers written by the members. Primarily a study club, the group has occasionally become involved in philanthropic endeavors and civic improvements in the town of Walla Walla, most notably participating in the effort to establish a public library from approximately 1896 to 1905.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The first box contains annual programs which document the dates and locations of meetings, the reading list for the year, and the membership of the club. The richest sources of information are the secretaries' books, which contain minutes of the club's meetings. The minutes record information about the day's program, motions made, committees appointed, planning for special events, and amendments to the club constitution and bylaws. There are also scrapbooks, which contain the annual programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera. The scrapbook presented to the club in 1922 by Mrs. Howard S. Brode contains several histories of the club written by members.

The collection also contains meeting programs and resolutions issued by the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs (WSFWC) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club was active in the WSFWC, and the two programs document WSFWC conventions held in Walla Walla. The General Federation of Women's Clubs presented the resolutions at its Seattle convention in 1932.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Annual Programs, 1896-2008Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Annual Programs
1896-1900
1 2
Annual Programs
1900-1905
1 3
Annual Programs
1905-1910
1 4
Annual Programs
1910-1915
1 5
Annual Programs
1915-1920
1 6
Annual Programs
1920-1925
1 7
Annual Programs
1925-1930
1 8
Annual Programs
1930-1935
1 9
Annual Programs
1935-1940
1 10
Annual Programs
1940-1945
1 11
Annual Programs
1945-1950
1 12
Annual Programs
1950-1955
1 13
Annual Programs
1956-1960
1 14
Annual Programs
1960-1964
1 15
Annual Programs
1965-1970
1 16
Annual Programs
1970-1975
1 17
Annual Programs
1975-1979
1 18
Annual Programs
1982-1985
1 19
Annual Programs
1986-1990
1 20
Annual Programs
1990-1995
1 21
Annual Programs
1998-2008

2:  Correspondence, 1919-1992Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 12
Correspondence, incoming
1986-1992
2 13
Correspondence re: 25th Anniversary
1919
2 14
Invitation to Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club 50th Anniversary Celebration
1944

3:  Secretary's Records, 1894-2013Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Secretary's Book
1894-1896
2 2
Secretary's Book
1898-1905
2 3
Secretary's Book
1905-1912
2 4
Secretary's Book
1912-1918
2 5
Secretary's Book
1919-1924
2 6
Secretary's Book
1924-1928
3 1
Secretary's Book
1928-1939
3 2
Secretary's Book
1939-1947
3 3
Secretary's Book
1947-1956
3 4
Secretary's Book
1956-1962
4 1
Secretary's Book
1962-1975
4 2
Secretary's Book
1975-1989
4 6
Report of the Civic Improvement Committee
1906-1907
4 4
Book Reviews
2010-2011, undated
4 5
Meeting minutes
2007-2013
4 3
Secretary's book
1996-2007

4:  Programs and Resolutions of Club Federations, 1910-1932Return to Top

General Federation of Women's ClubsWashington State Federation of Women's Clubs
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 7
Program: Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
1910
4 8
Program: Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs 31st Annual Convention
1927
4 9
Resolutions to be Presented at the Biennial Convention
1932

5:  Scrapbooks, 1922-2012Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box object
5 1
Scrapbook
1922-1949
6
Scrapbook
1934-1941
6
Scrapbook
1932-1956
7
Scrapbook
1944
7
Scrapbook
1949-1960
6
Scrapbook
1960-1994
8
Scrapbook
2011-2012
8
Scrapbook
2005-2009
6
Scapbook
2002-2005
8
Scrapbook
1996-2002

6:  Ledger Books, 1896-1922Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
6
Account Book
1896-1922

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Corporate Names :
  • Walla Walla Woman's Reading Club