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Altrusa International of Mansfield, Ohio - MS 1169

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series DescriptionInventory

 Introduction

The records of the Altrusa International Club of Mansfield, Ohio were donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections on November 9, 2011, with the assistance of Norma Hiner and Linda Atwell. The records, dating from 1951 to 2010 include minutes, membership information and annual program books, financial reports, scrapbooks, and photographs. Also received with this material were scrapbooks from the Altrusa Club in Ashland, Ohio dating from 1947, which had been in the custody of Norma Hiner after that club was dissolved.

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 Mansfield, Ohio, was officially organized on April 6, 1951, receiving its charter October 12. The club quickly began its program of service to the community with such projects as printing a directory of health and welfare services, support for a Senior Citizens Center, and sponsoring a Speech Contest for High School Students, as well as participation in International Altrusa initiatives such as those related to literacy.

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

Also included with this material are some scrapbooks detailing the activities of Altrusa of Ashland, Ohio from its establishment in 1948 through 1992. When the club was disbanded custody of these volumes was retained by member Norma Hiner who transferred to become a member of the Mansfield club. Hiner also served during 1991-1993 as President of Altrusa International.

 Scope and Content

The Altrusa of Mansfield, Ohio collection is comprised largely of minutes, membership information and annual program books, financial reports, scrapbooks, and photographs.

The largest group of materials in this collection with an unbroken date run is the club newsletter, “Our Guided Missile” from 1958-2009. Along with annual scrapbooks dating from 1951-1990, and 1993-1995 that include clippings, programs and ephemera, and annual program books from 1991-2010, a good picture of the club activities and membership can be seen. Rounding this out is a run of Board, Business and Program meeting minutes from 1955-1960, 1991-2002, 2005-2008 that detail the officers, members, programs, business conducted, correspondence, committee and some financial reports. A history written in 1970 also provides an outline view of the Mansfield club.

Although incomplete in coverage with only minor correspondence and financial records primarily from information found in the minutes and treasurer’s reports, the collection gives a good overview of the activities and operation of this organization.

As an addition to the Mansfield records, there are also some scattered items from their sister club in Ashland, Ohio. Significant in this group of materials is a long run of the Ashland club scrapbooks. Ashland Club member Norma Hiner, who transferred to the Mansfield Club when Ashland closed, later became the President of Altrusa International between 1991 and 1993.

 Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES
1955-1960, 1991-2002, 2005-2008
Arranged chronologically.
Includes Board, Business and Program meeting minutes, some separated and others combined, with information on officers, members, programs, business conducted, correspondence, committee and some financial reports.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION SHEETS
1999-2004
Copies of forms for membership applications, renewals, deletions or changes

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES/PROGRAM YEARBOOKS
1991-2010
Printed annual booklets with club programming information and a directory of members

CORRESPONDENCE

PRESIDENTS’ CORRESPONDENCE
1951-1957
Notebook with correspondence and notes from early chapter Presidents, includes correspondence, but also clippings and other material

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE
2005-2008
Scattered incoming correspondence

SUBJECT FILES

COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE
1998-2001
Budgets, minutes, correspondence and project information

ASTRA CLUB MATERIAL
1991-1998
Correspondence, brochures, clippings, and membership list

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

CHAPTER HISTORY (MARILOU SCHWAN)
1970
Mansfield chapter history from 1951 to 1970

REMINISCENCES
n.d.
Interview “I remember”

AWARD SUBMISSIONS
1994-1995, 1995-2010
Packets submitted for various Altrusa project awards, along with certificates noting awards won

SPEECHES/PROGRAMS
2009
Focus on Mansfield: Altrusa tv script

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

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

ALTRUSA OF MANSFIELD FOUNDATION
2004-2009
Documents on the establishment and operation

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIAL

ANNUAL SCRAPBOOKS
1951-1990, 1993-1995
Compiled clippings, programs and ephemera

PRINTED MATERIAL

NEWSLETTERS
1958-1990
Club newsletters, including “Our Guided Missile”, “Altrusa News”, “E-News” & “Altrusa International Mansfield, Ohio”

PROGRAMS
1990-2006
Scattered programs from local and District 5 conferences

PROCLAMATIONS
2006, 2010
Proclamation certificates from the City of Mansfield for the International Day of Peace and for Add an Altrusan Week

CLIPPINGS
1992, 1999-2008
Advertisement placed in the Mansfield News Journal for the 75th anniversary of Altrusa, a copy of article on the “Tools for Schools” project, and various other clippings on club activities and obituaries

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
1992-1994, 2001, 2008-2010, n.d.
Photos of Altrusa activities and members, some with identification

PHOTO CDs
2001-2002, 2004-2005
Compact disks with photos of the 2001 Altrusa Bee, an Altrusa Dinner in 2002, and two Altrusa conferences in 2004-2005

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL OF ASHLAND, OHIO ADDITION

SUBJECT FILES

GRANTS-IN-AID PROJECT
1961-1963
Club project in support of Mei-rong Ree Chow

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIAL

SCRAPBOOKS
1947-1975, 1981-1982
Scrapbooks with programs, clippings, photographs, newsletters, and other ephemera. Oversize volumes are wrapped

PRINTED MATERIAL

NEWSLETTERS
1958-1988
Various club newsletters including the Altrusa Chit-Chat, Ashland Chronicle, and Ashland Altrusa Alert

CERTIFICATES
1967, 1976
Altrusa awards and proclamation certificates

PROGRAMS
1983-1992
Programs from local and District activities

CLIPPINGS
1975-1993
Clippings related to Ashland Altrusa activities with one folder on Norma Hiner and Altrusa International

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
1981, n.d.
Unidentified loose photographs

 Inventory

Box 1

Folders

  1. Minutes, 1955-1957
  2. Minutes, 1957-1960
  3. Board meeting minutes, 1991-1994
  4. Business and Program meeting minutes, 1992-1993
  5. Business meeting minutes, 1994-1995
  6. Program meeting minutes, 1994-1995

Box 2

Folders

  1. Board minutes, 1996-1997
  2. Business meeting minutes, 1996-1997
  3. Program meeting minutes, 1996-1997
  4. Minutes, 1997
  5. Minutes, 1998
  6. Minutes (corresponding secretary), 1998-1999

Box 3

Folder

  1. Business meeting minutes, 1998-2000
  2. Board meeting minutes, 1998-2000
  3. Business meeting minutes, 2000-2001
  4. Board meeting minutes, 2000-2001
  5. Business meeting minutes, 2001-2002
  6. Board meeting minutes, 2001-2002

Box 4

Folders

  1. Board meeting minutes, 2005-2007
  2. Business meeting minutes, 2005-2008
  3. Membership forms, 1999-2004
  4. Annual program/member directory, 1991-1995
  5. Annual program/member directory, 1995-1999
  6. Annual program/member directory, 1999-2002

Box 5

Folders

  1. Annual program/member directory, 2002-2010
  2. Correspondence & notes from Presidents, 1951-1957
  3. General incoming correspondence, 2005-2008
  4. Community Service Committee, 1998-2001
  5. ASTRA Club of Mansfield, 1991-1998

Box 6

Folders

  1. Mansfield Altrusa History 1951-1970 (Marilou Schwan), 1970
  2. Interview “I remember”, n.d.
  3. Project entry (Mamie L. Bass Award) “Woman to Woman”, 1994
  4. Project entry (Leatha H. Brown Award) “Earning by Learning”, 1995
  5. Project entry (Jessie Harwood Award) “Bee for Literacy”, 1995
  6. Awards and certificates, 1995-2010
  7. Altrusa’s 75th anniversary: ideas/planning, 1992-1993
  8. Focus on Mansfield: Altrusa script, 2009
  9. Financial reports, 2002-2003
  10. Financial reports, 2003-2005
  11. Financial reports, 2005-2006
  12. Altrusa of Mansfield Foundation, 2004-2009

Box 7

Folders

  1. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1951-1952
  2. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1952-1953
  3. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1953-1954
  4. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1954-1955
  5. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1955-1956
  6. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1956-1957
  7. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1957-1958
  8. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1958-1959

Box 8

Folders

  1. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1959-1960
  2. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1960-1961
  3. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1961-1962
  4. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1962-1963
  5. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1963-1964
  6. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1964-1965
  7. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1965-1966

Box 9

Folders

  1. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1966-1967
  2. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1967-1968
  3. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1968-1969
  4. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1969-1970
  5. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1970-1971
  6. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1971-1972
  7. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1972-1973
  8. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1973-1974
  9. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1974-1975
  10. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1975-1976
  11. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1976-1977

Box 10

Folders

  1. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1977-1981
  2. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1981-1983
  3. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1983-1986
  4. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1986-1987
  5. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1987-1988
  6. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1988-1989

Box 11

Folders

  1. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1989-1990
  2. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1993-1994
  3. Annual scrapbook/clippings, 1994-1995

Box 12

Folders

  1. Newsletter “Our Guided Missile”, 1958-1963
  2. Newsletter “Our Guided Missile”, 1963-1974, 1967-1977
  3. Newsletter “Altrusa News”, 1989-1995
  4. Newsletter “Altrusa News”, 2001-2005
  5. Newsletter “E-News” & “Altrusa International Mansfield, Ohio”, 2006-2009
  6. Miscellaneous programs, 1990-2006

Box 13

Folders

  1. City of Mansfield proclamations, 2006, 2010
  2. Clippings, 1992, 1999-2008
  3. Newman Elementary School thank you notebook for “Keep Books” project, n.d.
  4. Photographs, “Summer Swing” golf (loose), n.d.
  5. Photographs (loose), 1992-1994, 2001, 2008-2010
  6. Photographs (pages), 1999-2008
  7. Photo CD, Altrusa Bee, 2001
  8. Photo CD, Altrusa Dinner, 2002
  9. Photo CD, Altrusa conferences, 2004-2005

Ashland Altrusa Materials: Box 1

Folders

  1. Subject file - Grants-in-aid project (Mei-rong Ree Chow), 1961-1963
  2. Newsletter - Altrusa Chit-Chat, 1958-1959, 1977
  3. Newsletter - Ashland Chronicle, 1947-1977
  4. Newsletter - Ashland Chronicle, 1976-1985
  5. Newsletter - Ashland Altrusa Alert, 1987-1990
  6. Scrapbook pages (clippings, mementoes, etc.), 1955-1965
  7. Ashland 20th Anniversary proclamation certificate, 1967
  8. Altrusa Lucilla B. Poston Award certificate, 1976
  9. Ashland Altrusa programs (miscellaneous), 1983-1992
  10. Clippings - Norma Hiner, 1987-1993
  11. Clippings (Loose), 1975-1992
  12. Photographs, 1981, n.d.

Ashland Altrusa Materials: Wrapped Scrapbooks

  1. Scrapbook, 1947-1950
  2. Scrapbook, 1950-1953
  3. Scrapbook (Virginia Mohn), 1953-1967
  4. Scrapbook, 1956-1957
  5. Scrapbook, 1957-1958 [cover removed and discarded due to mold]
  6. Scrapbook, 1960-1961
  7. Scrapbook, 1961-1970
  8. Scrapbook, 1966-1975
  9. Scrapbook, 1981-1982

[Scrapbook, 1954-1955 - discarded due to mold damage]
[Scrapbook, 1959-1960 - discarded due to mold damage]

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