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Altrusa International of Tiffin, Ohio - MS 1165

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series DescriptionInventory

 Introduction

The records of the Altrusa International Club of Tiffin, Ohio were donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections on October 6, 2011, with the assistance of Harriet White. The records, dating from 1965 to 2011 include minutes, yearbooks, newsletters, some financial reports, literary productions associated with the Club’s 25th anniversary and printed material.

No restrictions exist on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and described by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in November 2011.

 Agency History

Altrusa International is an international association of professional women and men who volunteer their energies and expertise in projects dedicated to community betterment. Altrusa is also a community service organization that espouses volunteerism, service and fights for literacy and against AIDS. It is comprised of over 400 clubs located throughout the United States and in ten countries around the world. First organized in 1917, as a women’s service organization, over the years it has supported vocational training for women and graduate research for women in developing countries in addition to its long standing commitment to literacy.

Altrusa International of Tiffin, Ohio, was officially organized in 1966. The club quickly began its program of service to the community with its first project of providing trash cans for the downtown area, and continued from there with a long history of lending the enthusiasm, talent and money of its members to such projects as Easter Seals, a domestic violence shelter, Make-a-Wish, literacy campaigns, and participation in International Altrusa initiatives.

Altrusa of Tiffin is still an active Club within Altrusa International, District Five.

 Scope and Content

The Altrusa of Tiffin, Ohio collection is comprised largely of minutes for the later years of the Club, program yearbooks from the late 1960s through the mid 1990s, a small book of clippings and memorabilia from the Club’s 25th anniversary in 1991, plus a run of the newsletter, Altrusa Tiffinette.

Although incomplete in coverage and lacking in substantial correspondence or financial records other than information found in the minutes, the collection gives a good overview of the activities and operation of this organization.

 Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES
1995-2001, 2003-2009
Arranged chronologically.
Includes both Board and Regular meetings, with information on officers, members, programs, business conducted, correspondence, committee and financial reports.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
1998
Copies of forms submitted for membership maintenance, including new members, deletions, dues, and updates of data, with full alphabetical member listing

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES/YEARBOOKS
1966, 1969-1994, 1999-2000, 2004-2005
Booklets with membership rosters, officer and committee assignments, the annual program for the year, and general Altrusa information

SUBJECT FILES

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
2000-2005
Clippings and other public relations items

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL/DISTRICT 5 INFORMATION
1990-2005
Files with general organizational and club information, including list of all District 5 clubs and their dates of chartering

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

CHAPTER HISTORY/ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
1991
Notebook copy of a chapter history from 1966 to 1991,from the 25th anniversary celebration

CHAPTER MEMBERS BIOGRAPHIES
2000
Autobiographical sketches written by chapter members.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

FINANCIAL REPORTS
2004-2009
Budget summary and account spread-sheet reports for operating and service accounts

PRINTED MATERIAL

DIRECTORY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES IN SENECA COUNTY
1973
Arranged chronologically
Guide to local organizations and services, compiled by Tiffin Altrusa

PROGRAMS
1965-1991
Miscellaneous programs, including program from the Tiffin Club Organizational meeting, Christmas parties, installation dinners, and District 5 and National conferences

NEWSLETTER - TIFFIN “REFLECTIONS”
Nov/Dec 1988
Monthly newsletter of the Altrusa Club of Tiffin, Ohio (single issue)

NEWSLETTER - ALTRUSA TIFFINETTE
2009-2011
Arranged chronologically.
Monthly newsletter of the Altrusa Club of Tiffin, Ohio which includes information on business meetings, service projects, personal interest stories, and news from District Five and Altrusa International.

 Inventory

Box 1

Folders

  1. Minutes, 1995-1998
  2. Minutes, 1999-2001
  3. Minutes, 2002-2003
  4. Minutes, 2004-2005
  5. Minutes, 2006-2007
  6. Minutes, 2008-2009
  7. Member information, 1998
  8. Yearbooks/program books, 1966, 1969-1974
  9. Yearbooks/program books, 1974-1981

Box 2

Folders

  1. Yearbooks/program books, 1982-1989
  2. Yearbooks/program books, 1989-1994, 1999-2000, 2004-2005
  3. Tiffin Altrusa Public Relations Committee clippings, 2000-2005
  4. Altrusa District 5 club listing, 1990
  5. Altrusa International Encyclopedia, 2002
  6. Altrusa International New Club Building Manual, 2005
  7. Tiffin Altrusa 25th Anniversary and History, 1991
  8. Tiffin Altrusa member biographies, 2000
  9. Financial reports, 2004-2009
  10. Directory of Community Services in Seneca County, 1973
  11. Miscellaneous programs, 1965-1991

Box 3

Folder

  1. Altrusa Tiffin “Reflections”, Nov/Dec 1988
  2. Altrusa Tiffinette, Aug 2009-Mar 2011

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