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Woman’s Club of Bowling Green - MS 186

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The collection from the Woman’s Club of Bowling Green dates from 1921 – 2001. Contained in the collection are the club’s annual program booklets which list club members, officers, standing committees, departments, by-laws, and program topics for their monthly meetings.  Two scrap books from the club’s Garden Group are also included in the collection; these contain newspaper clippings, photographs and correspondence and encompass the years 1951-1952 and 1953-1954.

The collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections on August 14, 1981 by the Woman’s Club of Bowling Green through club member Dorothy Slagle, with additions in June and July 2007 by Joan Gordon.  There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for research purposes.   The finding aid was completed by Kat Milbrodt in November 2006, with revisions in July 2007 and August 2009 by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts. More materials were acquired in 2013 and the finding aid was updated by Annie Rose Land, Library Associate I.

 Agency History

The Woman’s Club of Bowling Green was organized in May 1920 with the intent to bring together the women of Bowling Green and the surrounding areas for personal and community improvement.  Along with monthly meetings, club members organized and sponsored cultural and intellectual events including concerts, book discussions, local theatre, lectures, study groups, and ran a dining room at the clubhouse.  Within the first several years of federation, the Woman’s Club had helped establish a public play ground, municipal swimming pool and a recreation park in the city of Bowling Green.  The women of the club also organized several specialized groups within the larger organization.  One of the more active committees was the Garden Group who documented their activities in scrap books.  The Woman’s Club of Bowling Green is still a viable organization and has remained active in the community and within in its parent organizations: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Lakeside Federation of Women’s Clubs.  

 Scope and Content

The collection of the Woman’s Club of Bowling Green contains material from 1921 – 2007.  The bulk of the collection consists of annual program booklets, but also includes recent newsletters, a notebook of certificates of awards from 1982-2002, general scrapbooks from around 1984 through 1990 and two scrap books from the Woman’s Club Garden Group and a photograph of the Woman’s Club clubhouse.  The collection maintains a large collection of the Woman’s Club board meeting and stockholder’s meeting minutes.  Meeting minutes discuss various club activities and programs and the stockholders meeting minutes discuss the club’s stock and contains lists of stockholder proxy sheets.  

The program booklets, while not very detailed, contain a variety of information.  Each book contains a list of club officers and members, a list of club committees, displays the club constitution, and outlines a calendar of dates and presentation topics for club meetings.  Program books from 1927-1939 also include an itemized treasure’s report.  The collection of booklets is nearly complete from 1921-1967 but thereafter includes only two booklets from the 1970s, three from the 1980s and the 2000-2001 booklet.

The general scrapbooks with clippings and photographs document various Club activities for 1962-1963 and between 1984 and 2003.  Two of the scrap books included in the collection pertain specifically to the Woman’s Club Garden Group for the years 1951-1952 and 1953-1954.  These books are comprised primarily of newspaper articles describing the group’s activities, but also contain some photographs of club members, original poems, and correspondence to Mrs. L. B. Barnes, the president of the Garden Group from 1951-1954.  Both books had been submitted to The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs for judging and both received special commendation.

The collection also contains information about membership, programming, reports to GFCW/OFCW, general correspondence, legal documents pertaining to the Clubhouse, and information about the GFCW/OFCW directories, handbooks, and conventions.

A two-volume published history of the GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs from 1954-1994 has been separately cataloged into the general book collection.

 Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES/RECORDS BOOKS
1947-2005
Arranged chronologically
Board meeting minutes, stockholders meeting minutes, and records books containing the minutes dating back to 1947.  Records books contain information pertaining to both board meetings and stock holders meetings dating 1947-2003.  Board meeting minutes discuss items pertaining to club activities and programs dating 1971-2004. Stockholders meeting minutes discuss the use of club stocks and date from 1922-2005.  Series also includes stockholder proxies.

MEMBERSHIP
1954-2002, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Contains membership lists, board of directors lists, and member surveys.   

PROGRAMING/REPORTS
1980-2010, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Contains club notes and proceedings for programs as well as reports to the OFWC/GFWC about accomplishments made during the year.

VARIOUS PROCEEDINGS
1973-2005, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Consists of materials of various club activities such as the “Maiden in Ohio” program and the Lakeside Federation of Woman’s Clubs Conventions.

CORRESPONDENCE

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE
1946-2004, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Contains general correspondence about the Woman’s Club activities.

SUBJECT FILES

OFWC/GFWC INFORMATION
1981-2005, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Consists of OFWC/GFWC documents of conventions, directories, and handbooks.  

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

LEGAL DOCUMENTS
1940-2003, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Contains legal documents of the Woman’s Club such as County Return of Taxable Business Property information, city dealings with the Clubhouse, and lease contracts for the Clubhouse.

SCRAPBOOK MATERIAL

SCRAPBOOKS
1951-2003
General scrapbooks with clippings and photographs documenting various Club activities between 1984 and 2003 and two scrap books from Woman’s Club Garden Group dating 1951 – 1952 and 1953 – 1954.  Include newspaper articles, photographs, magazine clippings and other printed material documenting Garden Group activities.  Oversize scrapbooks are wrapped.

MISCELLANEOUS SCRAPBOOK MATERIAL
1927, 1952 – 1960, 1960-2013, 1982, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Loose materials found in the 1951 – 1952 Garden Group scrapbook.  Includes newspaper clippings dating from 1927, 1982, 1960-2013.

PRINTED MATERIAL

ANNUAL PROGRAM BOOKLETS
1921 – 2001
Arranged chronologically
Annual schedule of monthly meetings, member roster, list of club
officers, list of club committees, club constitution and a list of club members with their addresses.

NEWSLETTERS
2005-2007
Arranged chronologically
Monthly newsletter with club activities, news notes, and lists of officers.  

CERTIFICATES
1982-2012, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Certificates of awards recognizing the Bowling Green Woman’s Club for its activities.
 
MAGAZINES
2001-2005
Arranged chronologically
Club Woman Magazine.

OFWC/GFSC INFORMATION
1959-2011
Arranged chronologically
Contains printed materials from the OFWC/GFCW pertaining to directories, booklets and guidelines, and convention programs.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPH
[193-?]-1992, December ?, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Photograph of seven women in front of dining room entrance to Woman’s Club of Bowling Green clubhouse.  Several photographs and negatives of Woman’s Club activities.

 Inventory

Box 1 - Proceedings

Folders

  1. Lakeside Federation of Woman’s Club Convention, 1978-2005, n.d.
  2. “Maiden in Ohio” Woman’s Club Orders/Sales, 1973-1978, n.d.
  3. Member Surveys, 1991, n.d.
  4. Membership, Officers, and Board of Directors Lists, 1954-2002, n.d.
  5. Meeting Minutes, September 1971-May 1972
  6. Meeting Minutes, May 1972-May 1973
  7. Meeting Minutes, August 1973-May 1974, n.d.
  8. Meeting Minutes, May 1974-April 1975
  9. Meeting Minutes, May 1976-June 1977
  10. Meeting Minutes, August 1977-May 1978
  11. Meeting Minutes, May 1978-May1979, n.d.
  12. Meeting Minutes, May 1979-May 1980, n.d.
  13. Meeting Minutes, June 1980-1981
  14. Meeting Minutes, May 1981-May 1982, n.d.
  15. Meeting Minutes, May 1982-May 1983, n.d.
  16. Meeting Minutes, May 1983-May 1984
  17. Meeting Minutes, May 1984-May 1985
  18. Meeting Minutes, June 1985-May 1986
  19. Meeting Minutes, June 1986-June 1987
  20. Meeting Minutes, August 1987-May 1988
  21. Meeting Minutes, June 1988-May 1989

Box 2 - Proceedings

Folders

  1. Meeting Minutes, May 1989-May 1990
  2. Meeting Minutes, June 1990-May 1991
  3. Meeting Minutes, August 1991-November 1991
  4. Meeting Minutes, March 1997-December 1999
  5. Meeting Minutes, January 2000-January 2004, n.d.
  6. Programming, 1995-2001, n.d.
  7. Reports for OFWC/GFWC, 1980-1996
  8. Reports for OFWC/GFWC, 1997-2001, n.d.
  9. Reports for OFWC/GFWC, 2008
  10. Reports for OFWC/GFWC, 2009
  11. Reports for OFWC/GFWC, 2010

Box 3 - Proceedings

Folders

  1. Records Book, 1947-1953
  2. Records Book, 1952-1953
  3. Records Book, 1952-1956
  4. Records Book, 1955-1974
  5. Records Book, 1956-1959
  6. Records Book, 1961-1965

Box 4 - Proceedings

Folders

  1. Records Book, 1965-1987
  2. Records Book, 1968-1972
  3. Records Book, 1973-1978
  4. Records Book, 1975-1976
  5. Records Book, 1978-1980 (scattered), n.d.
  6. Records Book, 1980-1982 (scattered)
  7. Records Book, 1981-1982
  8. Records Book, 1992-1993

Box 5 - Proceedings

Folders

  1. Records Book (1), 1995-1997
  2. Records Book (2), 1995-1997
  3. Records Book (1), 1997, 1998, 1999
  4. Records Book (2), 1997, 1998, 1999
  5. Records Book (1), 1999, 2000, 2001
  6. Records Book (2), 1999, 2000, 2001
  7. Records Book (3), 1999, 2000, 2001
  8. Records Book, 2000-2001

Box 6 - Proceedings

Folders

  1. Records Book (1), 2001, 2002, 2003
  2. Records Book (2), 2001, 2002, 2003
  3. Records Book (3), 2001, 2002, 2003
  4. Rules and Bylaws, 1974-1992, n.d.
  5. Stock Recording Procedures, n.d.
  6. Stockholder’s Meeting Minutes, 1922-2000
  7. Stockholder’s Meeting Minutes, 2001-2005
  8. Stockholders Meeting Proxies, 1976-1991
  9. Stockholders Meeting Proxies, 1992-1995
  10. Stockholders Meeting Proxies, 1997-2003, n.d.

Box 1 - Correspondence, Subject Files, Legal Documents

Folders

  1. Correspondence: General, 1946-1989
  2. Correspondence: General, 1991-2004, n.d.
  3. Subject Files: OFWC/GFWC Conferences and Programs, 1981-2005, n.d.
  4. Subject Files: OFWC/GFWC 2000-2002 Directory, 2000-2002
  5. Subject Files: OFWC/GFWC 2000-2002 Handbooks, 2000-2002
  6. Legal Documents: Clubhouse, City, 1998
  7. Legal Documents: County Return of Taxable Business Property, 1996-2003
  8. Legal Documents: Lease Contracts for Club House, 1940-1978, n.d.

Box 1 - Scrapbooks

Folders

  1. Scrapbook: Woman’s Club of Bowling Green Garden Group (1), 1951-1952
  2. Scrapbook: Woman’s Club of Bowling Green Garden Group (2), 1951-1952
  3. Scrapbook: Woman’s Club of Bowling Green, 1981-1982
  4. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (1), 1982-1986
  5. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (2), 1982-1986

Box 2 - Scrapbooks

Folders

  1. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club, 1983-1984
  2. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club, 1984-1985
  3. Scrapbook: Woman’s Club Bowling Green, 1984-1985
  4. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club Pt. 3, 1986-1987
  5. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (1), 1986-1987
  6. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (2), 1986-1987
  7. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club Company (1), 1987-1988

Box 3 - Scrapbooks

Folders

  1. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club Company (2), 1987-1988
  2. Scrapbook: Preventing Assault and Other Crimes Program, April 9, 1988
  3. Scrapbook: BG Woman’s Club 70th Year/GFWC Centennial, 1989-1990
  4. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (1), 1989-1990
  5. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (2), 1989-1990

Box 4 - Scrapbooks

Folders

  1. Scrapbook: BG Woman’s Club/GFWC Centennial (1), 1989-1990
  2. Scrapbook: BG Woman’s Club/GFWC Centennial (2), 1989-1990
  3. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (1), 1990-1991
  4. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club (2), 1990-1991
  5. Scrapbook: GFCW/ACLI Long-Term Care, 1991-1992

Box 5 - Scrapbooks

Folders

  1. Scrapbook: Bowling Green Woman’s Club, 1991-1992
  2. Scrapbook: Convention, 2000, 2000
  3. Scrapbook: Miscellaneous Materials, 1927, 1982, n.d.
  4. Scrapbook Material: Newspaper Clippings, 1960-2013
  5. Scrapbook Material: Newspaper Clippings, n.d.
  6. Scrapbook Materials: BG History Book, n.d.

Box 1 - Printed Material

Folders

  1. Annual Program Booklets 1921-1930
  2. Annual Program Booklets 1930-1940
  3. Annual Program Booklets 1940-1950
  4. Annual Program Booklets 1950-1954, 1955-1957, 1958-1960
  5. Annual Program Booklets 1960-1963, 1965-1967
  6. Annual Program Booklets 1973-1974, 1978-1979, 1981-1983, 1984-1985, 2000-2001
  7. Certificates (District, State, National) 1982-1995

Box 2 - Printed Material

Folders

  1. Certificates (District, State, National), 1997-2012, n.d.
  2. Club Woman Magazine, 2001-2005
  3. GFWC Guidelines Booklets, 1960-2002
  4. GFCW/OFCW Convention Programs, 1959-2011
  5. Miscellaneous, 1959-2001, n.d.
  6. Newsletters, 1981-2003
  7. Newsletters, 2005-2007
  8. OFWC Directory, 1970-1977

Box 1 - Photographs

Folders

  1. Photographs, n.d.
  2. Photographs and Negatives, [193-?]-1992, n.d.
  3. Photographs and Negatives, n.d.

Wrapped

Scrapbook – Woman’s Club of Bowling Green Garden Group 1953 –1954
Scrapbook - General Women’s Club Activities 1986-1987
Scrapbook - Woman’s Club of Bowling Green 1962-1963

Removals to General Collection

Frances Haas and Mary A Davis. History of the GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women's Clubs, 1974-1994, v.4, Centennial ed.

Wells, Mildred White.  Unity in diversity : the history of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  1965 Diamond Jubilee Ed.  

 

 

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