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Altrusa Club (Fostoria, Ohio) - MS 729

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Inventory


The Altrusa Club (Fostoria, Ohio) collection consists of minutes, reports, news clippings, award files, correspondence, financial records, and printed material, dating from 1964 to 1990. The collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections in January 1997, with the cooperation of Kathleen Howard. No restrictions exist on the research use and duplication of this collection.

The collection was arranged and finding aid completed by Ann Bowers in April 2004.

 Agency History

Altrusa International is a service organization for women in professions or holding executive positions in business. Community service is an important component of Altrusa International.

In May 1964 the Altrusa Club of Fostoria, Ohio was organized and officially chartered on December 10, 1964, with thirty-eight members. The first year activities of this Club included assisting with the Heart Fund Drive, ensuring that vocational counseling services were available to the local schools, and initiating the "Let Freedom Ring" project. Over the next forty years, the Club initiated a revolving scholarship fund, supported various activities at nursing homes, purchased subscriptions to the local library and equipment for the local hospital, sponsored students to Buckeye Girls State and various camps, and given financial support to many Fostoria community organizations.

The Fostoria Altrusa Club has increased its membership over the years and continues to be an active participant in District Five activities.

 Scope and Content

The records of the Altrusa Club, Fostoria, Ohio, include minutes, officer reports, and financial reports, dating from 1982-1980. Correspondence includes letters received upon becoming a chartered member of Altrusa International in 1964, and routine correspondence dating from 1975-1985. Initiation services and orientation packets for new members date from the late-1970 through the mid-1980s. Files documenting the revolving scholarship fund and Club nominations for District Five awards exist for 1976-1984.

Club yearbooks, 1969-1989, document the programs, officers and membership. Newsletters, both Chapter and District are available, although not complete, for the years 1965-1985. An oversized scrapbook which includes minutes, programs, yearbooks, news clippings and newsletters for the year 1977-1979, provides a very complete picture of the Club's purpose and activities.


Box 1


  1. Minutes, officer reports, committee files, 1982-1983
  2. Minutes, officer reports, committee files, 1982-1986
  3. Corresponding Secretary notebook, 1986-1989

Box 2


  1. Minutes, officer reports, committee files, 1986-1988
  2. Minutes, officer reports, committee files, 1986-1988
  3. Treasurer's reports, 1973-1982

Box 3


  1. Correspondence-charter of Fostoria Altrusa, 1964-1965
  2. Correspondence-general, 1975-1985 (scattered dates)
  3. Initiation service-new members, 1979-1980, n.d.
  4. Orientation-new members, 1985-1987, n.d.
  5. Special events/programs, 1978-1980, 1983, 1989
  6. Installation programs, 1976, 1977

Box 4


  1. District Five subject file, 1965-1984 (scattered dates)
  2. Mamie L. Bass Award nominations-includes plaque for third place for Safety Town, 1976-1979, 1987-1988
  3. Scholarship Loan File, 1978-1984
  4. Women in American History-radio script, n.d.
  5. Chapter Yearbooks, 1969/70, 1972/73-1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89
  6. Altrusa  Scanner newsletters, 1985-1990 (scattered dates)
  7. Miscellaneous printed pamphlets on Altrusa, 1976-1981, n.d.

Oversize Box


  1. Orientation for new members notebook/poster, n.d.
  2. Scrapbook, 1977-1979

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