Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records, 1943-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
Title
Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records
Dates
1943-1994 (inclusive)
1970-1984 (bulk)
Quantity
.7 linear ft.
Collection Number
SPC 991-0339 (collection)
Summary
Repository
Eastern Washington University
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collections
Eastern Washington University Libraries
320 Media Lane - 100 LIB
Cheney, WA
99004
-2453
Telephone: 509-359-2475
Fax: 509-359-4840
archives@ewu.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

General Federation of Women's Clubs

The General Federation of Women's Clubs traces its origins to 1868 and the founding of the Sorosis Club in New York. That year, a newspaperwoman named Jane Cunningham Croly (pen name Jennie June), along with other women, were denied entrance to a banquet for Charles Dickens held at the all male New York Press Club. Croly organized the Sorosis (Greek, meaning "an aggregation; a sweet flower of many fruits") Club soon after.

In 1889, Croly proposed a meeting in New York of women's clubs throughout the country (many in existence before the Sorosis Club was formed) to celebrate the 21st anniversary of her club. At that meeting, the delegates proposed to form a permanent organization of United States women's clubs. A committee was formed, chaired by Sorosis President Ella Dietz Clymer, which wrote a constitution. In 1890, the constitution of the General Federation of Women's Clubs was ratified, and Charlotte Emerson Brown of the Sorosis Club became its first president. The United States Congress chartered the GFWC in 1901.

The motto of the GFWC is "Unity in Diversity," after a line in a speech given by Clymer at the first conference. Their mission statement describes the GFWC as "an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service." Some notable members of the GFWC include Julia Ward Howe, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Chase Smith. They are currently located in 20 countries, with members volunteering 13 million hours of work and contributing $35 million annually. Their headquarters, which was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Parks Service and the Secretary of the Interior, is located in Washington, D.C., as is their archives, which keeps records dating back to the founding of the organization in 1890.

Through the years, the GFWC has supported many progressive legislative reforms, such as child labor laws, the Pure Food and Drug Act, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2000, they created the Women's Health Program. They have also been instrumental in forming public libraries. By the 1930s, 75 percent of the public libraries in the United States had been established by the GFWC.

Because of the vast number of individual women's clubs in the United States, the GFWC set up eight regions across the country. Washington State is located in the Western States Region, along with Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs

Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs (later the General Federation of Women's Clubs -- Washington State)

The Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs was established in 1896 as a member of the GFWC. The WSFWC is comprised of six districts: the Columbia, King County, North Central, Peninsula, Rainier Pacific, and Northeastern (comprised mainly of Spokane area women's clubs) Districts. By 1998, the WSFWC had changed its name to the General Federation of Women's Clubs -- Washington State.

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Junior Membership of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs

With the success of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs, there came a desire to train young women in how to become successful clubwomen when they became older. The idea was to form junior clubs for young women between the ages of 12 and 17. These clubs would serve as training schools for future clubwomen. When this did not produce the desired results, the age limit was changed. Women under the age of 40 could participate in junior clubs (this was later changed again: women between the ages of 18 and 35 were allowed).

The first junior club in Washington, the Rosalma Club, met in Yakima in 1925. In 1931, the first annual meeting of junior clubs was held, and in 1935, the Washington State Federation of Junior Women's Clubs was established, with 56 clubs as members and Charlotte Gyllenberg as its first president. The organization divided the state into the same districts as the WSFWC had.

The oldest Northeastern District (comprised of Spokane area clubs) junior federated club was the Beta Juniors, out of Spokane. Founded in 1949 and disbanded in 2002, the Beta Juniors were instrumental in forming the Northeastern District of Junior Clubs. An early form of the Northeastern District was the Tri Gamma Juniors, comprised of the Beta Juniors, the Spokane Valley Juniors, and the Delta Juniors.

In 1955, the GFWC ruled that there cannot be a state federation within a federal federation. As a result, the Washington State Federation of Junior Women's Clubs was forced to change its name to the Junior Membership of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs, and the title of President was changed to Director.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Glossary of Acronyms:

  • GFWC: General Federation of Women's Clubs
  • WSFWC: Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
  • GFWC-WS: General Federation of Women's Clubs -- Washington State
  • JMWSFWC: Junior Membership of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records of women's organizations belonging primarily to the Northeastern District of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs, including directories, photographs, newsletters, and project files.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Use of this collection is subject to the rules concerning access to archival and manuscript collections at Eastern Washington University. For more information, see: http://www.ewu.edu/Library/Services/Archives.xml

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. For more information or permission to publish, contact Eastern Washington University Libraries, Archives & Special Collections at (509) 359-2475, or archives@ewu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records; SPC 991-0339; box number; folder number; Archives & Special Collections, Eastern Washington University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Accession No. SPC 991-0339:  Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records, 1943-1994,   (bulk 1970-1984) Return to Top

2.0 cu. ft.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Washington Federation of Women's Clubs (WFWC)
Box/Folder
1:1
By-Laws. 1964-1983
1964-1983
1:2
Budgets. 1960-1963
1960-1963
1:3
Resolutions.
1974-1976
1:4
Conventions.
1987-1990
1:5
Convention Dinners.
ca 1987
1:6
Administrative Handbook. "Keys"
1968-1988
1:7
Directories.
1964-1988
1:8
Correspondence.
1981
1:9
Newsletters.
1974-1988
Northeastern District, WFWC
Box/Folder
1:10
Constitution and By-Laws.
1959-1981
1:11
Budgets.
1962-1964
1:12
Agendas and Minutes.
1948-1978
2:1
Minutes.
1968
2:2
Resolutions.
1961-1968
2:3
Conventions.
1955-1990
2:4
Pattern of Thought for Federated Women's Clubs
1974
2:5
History (typescript)
1949
2:6
Directories.
1983-1987
2:7
Correspondence.
1984
2:8
Reports.
1950-1981
2:9
Award Certificates.
1980
2:10
Year Books.
1952-1988
2:11
District Reports.
1972-1974
Cheney Tilicum Club
Box/Folder
2:12
Correspondence and attachments. C. Edgett.
1989
2:13
Agenda and Minutes.
1990
2:14
Convention.
1974
2:15
Reports.
1980-1981
2:16
Year Books.
1977-1978
2:17
Year Books.
1984-1989
Chewelah Women’s Club
Box/Folder
2:18
Constitution.
1957
2:19
Reports.
ca. 1981
2:20
Year Books.
1956-1989
Columbia District
Box/Folder
2:21
Poetry.
1985
Davenport Fortnightly Study Club
Box/Folder
2:22
Budget
1965
2:23
History (Typescript)
1981
2:24
Year Books (with newspaper clippings)
1950-1981
Endicott Cultus Club
Box/Folder
2:25
Year Books
1956-1957
Garfield Women's Club
Box/Folder
2:26
Reports.
1981
2:27
Year Books.
1940-1941
Oaksdale Park Altruistic Club
Box/Folder
2:28
Year Books.
1940-1942
PaIouse Round Table Club
Box/Folder
2:29
Year Books.
1956-1957
Pullman Women's Club
Box/Folder
2:30
History (Typescript).
1990
2:31
Reports.
1981
2:32
Year Books.
1939-1963
3:1
Year Books.
1963-1968
3:2
Year Books.
1970-1980
3:3
Year Books.
1980-1989
Reardan Study Club
Box/Folder
3:4
Year Books.
1940-1941
Ritzville Women's Club
Box/Folder
3:5
Report.
1968
3:6
History (Typescript).
1978
3:7
Photographs. Dinner and meeting. (black/white-2)
3:8
Photographs. Dinner and meetings. (color-2)
3:9
Photographs. CPR Class. (polaroid-10)
3:10
Year Books.
1946-1984
Rockford Women's Club
Box/Folder
3:11
History (Typescript).
1989
3:12
Report.
1981
3:13
Year Books.
1978-1979
Rosalia Study Club
Box/Folder
3:14
Year Books.
1956-1957
Spokane Beta Juniors
Box/Folder
3:15
Report.
ca. 1963
Spokane Poetry Scribes
Box/Folder
3:16
History (Typescript).
1990
Spokane Research Club
Box/Folder
3:17
Year Books.
1938-1939
Spokane Tri-Gamma Junior Women's Club
Box/Folder
3:18
Reports.
Spokane Twentieth Century Club
Box/Folder
3:19
Year Books.
1937-1938
Spokane Valley Women's Club
Box/Folder
3:20
Year Books.
1956-1957
Spokane Women's Club
Box/Folder
3:21
Reports.
1965
4:1
Year Books.
1917-1940
4:2
Year Books.
1940-1955
4:3
Year Books.
1957-1969
4:4
Year Books.
1970-1980
4:5
Year Books.
1980-1990
St. John Women's Club
Box/Folder
5:1
Administrative Handbook "Keys"
ca 1969
5:2
Resolutions.
1968
5:3
Reports.
1981
5:4
Year Books.
1937-1981
Washtucna Ladies of the Round Table
Box/Folder
5:5
Report.
1981
5:6
Year Books.
1936-1979
Washtucna Mother's Club
Box/Folder
5:7
Year Books.
1949-1953

Accession No. SPC 995-0373:  Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records, 1943-1994,   (bulk 1970-1984) Return to Top

0.3 cu. ft.

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Poetry Scribes of Spokane publications separately cataloged into SPC book collection

Container(s) Description Dates
Washington Federation of Women's Clubs
Box/Folder
1:1
Northeastern District Directories.
1988-1994
1:2
Washington Clubwoman (newsletter)
1992-1994
1:3
Memoranda and Correspondence: District Custodian.
1994
1:4
General Correspondence.
1992-1994
1:5
Leadership Workshop Materials.
1990
Cheney Tilicum Club
Box/Folder
1:6
Directories.
1989-1994
1:7
Controlled Substance Abuse Forum.
1992
1:8
Cheney Centennial Calendar.
1989
Chewelah Federated Women's Club
Box/Folder
1:9
Directories.
1992-1994
Pullman Federated Women's Club
Box/Folder
1:10
Directories.
1991-1994
Rockford Women's Club
Box/Folder
1:11
Directories.
1992-1994
St. John Federated Women's Club
Box/Folder
1:12
Directories.
1992-1994
Women's Club of Spokane
Box/Folder
1:13
Directories.
1992-1994
Poetry Scribes of Spokane
Box/Folder
1:14
History. First 50 Years
1:15
Turquoise Lanterns.
photocopy
1937
1:16
Turquoise Lanterns.
photocopy
1943

Accession No. SPC 995-0378 (or SPC 995-0380?):  Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records, UnknownReturn to Top

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Accession No. SPC 006-0625:  Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs Records, ????,   (bulk ?????) Return to Top

Abstract:

3.5 cu. ft.

Need scope/content from Charlie

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Book -- Unity in Diversity: The History of the General Federation of Women's Clubs
1965
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Box Folder
1 2
Manual (1 of 2)
1978-1980
1 3
Manual (2 of 2)
1978-1980
1 4
Program Materials
2002-2004
1 5
Annual Convention Program
1995
1 6
Annual Convention Program
2002
1 7
Annual Convention Program
2003
1 8
Western States Region Conference Program
2002
Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs (General Federation of Women's Clubs -- Washington State)
Box Folder
1 9
Magazine -- The Washington Clubwoman
1946
1 10
Advisor Handbook
1978
1 11
Resolutions through 1998
1998
1 12
Annual Convention Program
2001
1 13
Annual Convention Program
2002
WSFWC Northeastern District
Box Folder
1 14
President's Book (1 of 2)
1981-1988
1 15
President's Book (1 of 2)
WSFWC Northeastern District
Box Folder
2 1
Club Reports (1 of 3)
1984-1989
2 2
Club Reports (2 of 3)
1990-1993
2 3
Club Reports (3 of 3)
1994-2002
2 4
Carol Larsen -- Public Affairs and Northeast District Coordinator
1992-1994
2 5
Yearbook
2002-2004
Junior Members WSFWC
Box Folder
2 6
History of Juniors Clubs -- Washington State
1978
2 7
Meeting Minutes
1952-1976
2 8
Awards
1988
JMWSFWC Northeastern District
Box Folder
2 9
Official Registration Book -- Fall and Spring Conferences
1956-1987
2 10
Officer's Records (1 of 2)
1960-1987
JMWSFWC Northeastern District
Box Folder
3 01
Officer's Records (2 of 2)
1960-1987
3 02
Reports
undated
3 03
Reports
1961-1962
3 04
Reports
1962-1963
3 05
Reports
1963-1964
3 06
Reports
1964-1965
3 07
Reports
1965-1966
3 08
Reports
1966-1967
3 09
Reports
1967-1968
3 10
Reports
1968-1969
3 11
Reports
1969-1970
3 12
Reports
1970-1971
3 13
Reports
1971-1972
3 14
Reports
1972-1973
3 15
Reports
1973-1974
3 16
Reports
1975-1976
3 17
Reports
1976-1977
3 18
Reports
1977-1978
3 19
Reports
1978-1979
3 20
Reports
1979-1980
3 21
Reports
1980-1985
3 22
Conference and Meeting Minutes
1980-1986
JMWSFWC Northeastern District
Box Folder
4 01
Bylaws from Other Clubs and JMWSFWC Northeastern District
1972-1976
4 02
District Conferences and Board Meetings (1 of 2)
1976-1996
4 03
District Conferences and Board Meetings (2 of 2)
1976-1996
4 04
After School Enrichment Programs
1978
4 05
Yearbook
1978-1979
4 06
Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Budget Reports
1978-1986
4 07
Conference Agendas and Minutes
1980-1982
4 08
Treasury Reports, Directories, Bylaws
1980-1982; 1988-1990
4 09
Roll Call, Budgets, Conference Minutes
1983-1987
4 10
Correspondence -- Beverly Schaad to Carol Winters RE Spring Conference
1983
4 11
Bylaws
1984
4 12
Community Service Programs
1990-1991
4 13
Reports
1991-1993
4 14
Chewelah Women's Club -- Roster and Schedule, Community Improvement Program Report
2000-2005
4 15
The Other Club -- Member List, Dues and Contribution Form
2002-2003
4 16
Poetry Scribes of Spokane -- Turquoise Lanterns
1966-1967; 1994-1995
4 17
Pullman Federated Women's Club -- Community Improvement Program Report
2000-2002
4 18
Tilicum Club of Cheney -- Correspondence, General Meeting Attendance Book
1975-1979
4 19
Tilicum Club of Cheney -- Rosters and Calendars, Community Improvement Program Report
1978-1982; 1991-1992; 2000-2004
4 20
Woman's Club of Spokane -- Roster and Calendar
2003-2006
Beta Juniors
Box Folder
5 1
Membership Folder
undated
5 2
Instillation and Initiation Ceremonies
undated
5 3
Volunteer Award Information
undated
5 4
Socials
undated
5 5
Yearbook Material
undated
5 6
Advisor of the Year Entries
undated
5 7
Calls to Conventions and Other Meetings
1958; 1977; 1986
5 8
Membership Applications
1964-1977
5 9
Membership and Accounts Ledger
1968-1978
5 10
Founder's Day
1975-1976
5 11
Yearly Extension Reports
1975-1981
5 12
Yearbook Reference
1976-1981
5 13
Homelife Department, Community Service Projects
1976-1986
5 14
Letters of Endorsement
1976-1986
5 15
Calls to Conference and Conference Agendas
1976-1985
5 16
Membership
1976-1980
5 17
Endorsements for Office
1977-1987
5 18
Club Honors
1977-1984
5 19
Club Projects
1977-1979
Beta Juniors
Box Folder
6 01
Healthy Baby Week
1978
6 02
Check Register
1978-1983
6 03
Secretary's Folder
1978-1980
6 04
Correspondence In and Out
1978-1987
6 05
Newsletters
1978-1980
6 06
Bylaws, Officer Position Descriptions
1978-1979
6 07
Postcards, Community Activities, Reports
1978-1980
6 08
Dean of Chairman and Yearbook Information, Correspondence
1978-1980; 1986
6 09
General Information
1979-1996
6 10
Membership and Orientation Folder
1980-1984
6 11
Member and Officer Lists
1980-1995
Beta Juniors
Box Folder
7 01
Proposed Budgets
1980-1982
7 02
Bernina Sewing Contest
1982-1983
7 03
Officer Lists and Meeting Schedules
1982-1984
7 04
Awards
1984-2002
7 05
Attendance Records and Volunteer Information
1986-1996
7 06
Membership and Officer Lists, Budget Proposals
1986-1988
7 07
Reports
1988
7 08
City of Spokane -- Washington State Legislative Recommendations
1989
7 09
Fundraising and Community Service Activities
1989-1990
7 10
Reports, Convention Programs
1990
7 11
Convention Programs, Newspaper Clippings
1992-1993; 1996
7 12
Special Projects, Thank You Cards
1995-1996
7 13
Meeting Programs, Convention Programs and Information
1998
7 14
Community Improvement Program Report
2000-2002
7 15
Correspondence -- Jeanette Jester to Carol Larsen RE: Disbanding of Beta Juniors
2002
Beta Juniors
Box Folder
8 01
Meeting Minutes and Roll Call
1949-1955
8 02
Meeting Minutes and Roll Call
1954-1958
8 03
Meeting Minutes and Roll Call
1958-1960
8 04
Meeting Minutes and Roll Call
1960-1963
8 05
Meeting Minutes and Roll Call
1973-1977
8 06
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1975
8 07
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1976
8 08
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1977
8 09
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1978
8 10
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1979
8 11
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1980
9 1
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1981
9 2
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1982
9 3
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1983
9 4
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1984
9 5
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1985
9 6
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1986
9 7
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1987
9 8
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1988
9 9
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1989
9 10
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1990
9 11
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1991
9 12
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1992
9 13
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1993
9 14
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1996
9 15
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
1997
9 16
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
2000
Ephemera
Box Folder
10 1
Gavels -- 2
undated
10 2
Gavel Base
undated
10 3
Anchorage Women's Club -- Wooden Nickel
undated
10 4
JMWSFWC -- Stickers
undated
10 5
Photographs (1 of 3)
undated
10 6
Photographs (2 of 3)
undated
10 7
Photographs (3 of 3)
undated
10 8
Beta Juniors -- Plaque
1994
10 9
Commemorative Buttons and Magnet
undated
10 10
Smokey the Bear Fliers
undated
Large Items
GFWC -- Sign
undated
Beta Juniors -- Platter
1955-1956
JMWSFWC -- Meeting Minutes
1952-1976

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Women poets, American--Washington (State)
  • Women--Societies and clubs
  • Women--Societies and clubs--Directories
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs--Records and correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Directories
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Poetry Scribes of Spokane (Society) (creator)