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Crowley Woman's Club

Collection 256

Crowley Woman's Club

20 inches, 28 volumes

The Crowley Woman’s Club was organized 19 January 1900 by eighteen women at the home of Mrs. J. B. Foley. It is the oldest women’s club in Crowley. Their stated objective was “the development of members in mental culture and the dissemination of helpful thoughts and ideas.” In 1918, the club operated as a local Red Cross Chapter in an effort to support the nation during World War I. The club joined the Louisiana Federation of Women’s Clubs [LFWC] in 1901 making it an automatic member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs [GFWC].

The collection contains records of the Crowley Woman’s Club; other LFWC groups in Crowley; and material from both LFWC and GFWC.

The collection was donated by officers of the Crowley Woman’s Club.

Series:

I. Crowley Woman's Club  
  A. Records  
    1. Constitution and By-Laws 1-01
    2. Minutes vol. 1 through vol. 18
    3. Financial Records 1-02 through 1-08
    4. Reports 1-07 through 1-08
    5. Yearbooks/Programs 1-09 through 1-17
    6. Other 1-18 through 1-25
  B. Publicity  
    1. Newspaper clippings 1-26 through 1-28
    2. Photographs 1-29
    3. Scrapbooks vol. 19 through vol. 25
  C. Correspondence 1-30 through 1-34
II. Other Clubs  
  A. Quilt Club (1936-1953) 2-01 through 2-05;
vol. 27 through vol. 28
  B. Other Crowley LFWC Clubs 2-06 through 2-11
III. Louisiana Federation of Women's Clubs / General Federation of Women's Clubs
  A. Louisiana Federation of Women's Clubs 2-12 through 2-15
  B. General Federation of Women's Clubs 2-16 through 3-05; vol. 26

Inventory:

I.   Crowley Woman's Club
A. Records
  1. Constitutions
1-01 Constitution and By-Laws; By-Laws, c. 1903, 1954 – 1988, n.d.
    also “Unwritten” and “Standing” Customs as amended July, 1954; Standing Rules, Feb. 1974
    [See also: Minute  books]
   
  2. Meeting Minutes Books (1900-1997)
    [These 18 volumes primarily contain meeting minutes, but also may include newspaper clippings, photos, awards, correspondence, constitution and by-laws, etc.]
Vol. 1 1900: Jan. – 1903: Jan.
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, Constitution & By-laws, and newspaper clippings]
Vol. 2 1903: Feb. – 1905: March
    [Includes minutes and membership]
Vol. 3 1905: April – 1911: May
    [Includes minutes; membership roll, dues, and attendance; Constitution and By-laws, and newspaper clippings]
Vol. 4 1911: Oct. -1919: March
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, Constitution and By-laws, and newspaper clippings]
Vol. 5 1927: Oct. -1932: Oct.
    [Includes minutes, constitution and by-laws, newspaper clippings, and programs]
Vol. 6 1932: Oct. -1937: April
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, newspaper clippings, and correspondence]
Vol. 7 1937: Oct. – 1946: June
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, and newspaper clippings]
Vol. 8 1946: Oct. – 1953: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, newspaper clippings, and financial materials]
Vol. 9 1953: May – 1965: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, Constitution and By-Laws, correspondence, and financial material]
Vol. 10 1965: Sept. – 1969: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, Constitution and By-Laws, correspondence, and financial material]
Vol. 11 1970: Jan. – 1973: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, Constitution and By-laws, newspaper clippings, and financial materials]
Vol. 12 1973: Sept. – 1978: April
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, newspaper clippings, some correspondence, and 1974-75 yearbook]
Vol. 13 1978: Oct -1981: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll, newspaper clippings, financial material, and certificate]
Vol. 14 1981: Sept. – 1982: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificate, photos, and brochures]
Vol. 15 1982, Sept. – 1984: May
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificates, financial materials, and history]
Vol. 16 1984: Sept. - 1988: May
    [Includes minutes, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.]
Vol. 17 1988: Oct. - 1990: April
    [Includes minutes, membership roll and dues, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and financial materials]
Vol. 18 1990: May – 1992: May; 10 Jan. 1997
    [Includes minutes; membership roll and dues; Constitution, By-laws, and Standing Rules (1978-    ); newspaper clippings, correspondence, financial materials; program materials]
   
  3. Financial Records (1919-1998)
1-02 Budgets, 1962/63 – 1988/89  (incomplete)
1-03 Treasurer’s Reports, 1969 -1985  (very scattered)
1-04 Bank Deposit Books and Statements, 1919 – 1972   (incomplete)
1-05 Check book: stubs and checks, 1968 - 1975
1-06 Receipts, 1962 – 1990
 
  4. Reports
1-07 Reports [to GFWC], 1974/76; 1990-1993
1-08 Reports, 1994 – 1998
   
  5. Programs/Yearbooks, 1915 – 2000
1-09 1915/16 – 1945/46
1-10 1946/47 – 1955/56
1-11 1956/57 – 1959/60
1-12 1960/61 – 1965/66
1-13 1966/67 – 1971/72
1-14 1972/73 – 1976/77
1-15 1977/78 – 1984/85
1-16 1985/86 – 1989/90
1-17 1990/91 – 1999/2000; also sheet “Points Used in Scoring Club Year Book,” n.d.
 
  6. Other
1-18 Program on history of club
    12 Sept. 1980, Mrs. D. C. McCuller: narrative and scrapbook including photocopies of early records
1-19 Histories or descriptions of club – many not dated or identified
    includes: biography of members: Iris Blum; Myrtie K. Hill (Mrs. A. C.); Stella McGinn (Mrs. Wallace); dates some members joined
1-20 Minutes 1979: 12 Oct.; 1980: March – 1981: Jan.; program, 1981/82; information on LFWC’s Community Improvement Project, 1980-82; tickler notes for talk by incoming  president and preparation of annual report, n.d.
1-21 Programs
    “Crowley Once a Cow Pasture,” Mary Alice Fontenot speaker, n.d.
    “Acadian Lore,” Sept. and Oct., 1963  handwritten
    2 audio cassette tapes from 1977 program: personal history of members
1-22 Certificates/Awards, 1950 – 1998
    50th Anniversary :Scroll” from GFWC [also napkins]; others mostly from Louisiana Federation of Women’s Clubs; also from General Federation of Women’s Clubs; The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education
    [See also: Scrapbooks and Minute books]
1-23 Memorials: 1974 [certificates from LFWC], 1997
    [See also: Scrapbooks and Minutes books]
1-24 Guest Book, 75th Anniversary Tea, [Oct., 1975]; roster, n.d.  [15 names]; calendar: 1980-1981 [Mitzi Kiesel’s calendar so also has information about Jewish Sisterhood meetings: See Collection 207]
1-25 General guidelines on leadership, strengthening club, etc.; wall plaque “CWC 1900”
   
B. Publicity
  1. Newspaper Clippings (1958-2000)
1-26 clippings, 1958 – 1969
1-27 clippings, 1976 – 1986
1-28 clippings, 1990 – 2000
 
  2. Photographs
1-29 Photographs: print and negatives – many with no identification
    black and white, and color
   
  3. Scrapbooks (1902-1990)
    Crowley Women’s Club and Louisiana Federation of Women’s Clubs, 7th District
Vol. 19 1958 - 1959
    Three-Ten; Beta Delphian Study Club; etc.; Louisiana Federation of Women’s Clubs, District 7; General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Vol. 20 1959 - 1960
    Program book and newspaper clippings [same subjects]
Vol. 21 1960 - 1961
    Program book and newspaper clippings
Vol. 22 1961 - 1962
    Program book, newspaper clippings, photos, and programs
Vol. 23 1962 - 1963
    Program book; newspaper clippings
Vol. 24 1940 [1980] – 1990
    newspaper clippings, 1940 – 1975, (very scattered); 1980 – 1990; photographs; programs; certificates  [much more Crowley Women’s Club than LFWC]
Vol. 25 1901 - 1996
    photographs: 1901 – 1988; newspaper clippings, awards, and cards, 1990 - 1996
   
C. Correspondence
1-30 Letters: 1962 – 1995, n.d.
1-31 “Thank You” Cards and Letters: 1962 - 1995)
1-32 Telegrams: 1950  [congratulations for Semi-Centennial, 5 items]
1-33 Resignation Letters: 1962 – 1995
1-34 Authorization Memos to Treasurer: 1962 – 1963  [3 items]
   
II.   Other Clubs
A. Quilt Club (1936-1953
2-01 Constitution: copied 1952
2-02 Minutes: 1936-1938
    [contains newspaper clippings, luncheon menus, membership roll and attendance, resolutions, financial records, and a resignation letter]
Vol. 27 Minutes: l938: May – 1946: 5 March
    [includes membership rolls and attendance; financial records; and newspaper clippings]
Vol. 28 Minutes: 1946: 19 March – 1952: April 29
    [includes membership information and newspaper clippings]
2-03 Receipts: 1942 – 1952
2-04 Correspondence: 1938 – 1953
    including “thank you” cards and resignation letters
2-05 Miscellaneous
    recipes; household hints; menus; Mary Stewart prayer
   
B. Other Crowley Clubs in LFWC
2-06 Attakapas Study Club: roster, n.d.
2-07 Beta Delphian: roster, n.d.
2-08 Charter ’67: roster, n.d.   [1 name]
2-09 Solitic Club: roster, n.d.  [2 names]
2-10 Three Ten: roster, n.d.   [7 names]
2-11 Town and Country: roster, n.d.   [1 name]
   
III. Louisiana Federation of Women’s Clubs; General Federation of Women’s Clubs
A. Louisiana Federation of Women’s Clubs
2-12 LFMC manual, 1972-74; pages from others during 1970s
2-13 LFMC convention materials, 1934 – 1998 (scattered)
    programs, announcements, pre-conference board of directors’ minutes
2-14 LFWC newsletters (various titles), 1980-81   [5 items]
2-15 LFWC other
    Treasurer’s Report, LFWC, 2nd district, 13 March 1998
scholarship information material
projects: Reforestation/soil conservation in Guatemala; Louisiana Youth Leadership Seminar
Fine Arts and Crafts Contest Entries
   
B. General Federation of Women’s Clubs
2-16 GFWC Manual, 1978-1980
Vol. 26 GFWC of Louisiana Directory, 1996 - 1998
2-17 GFWC Clubwoman, 1980  (3 issues)
2-18 GFWC Clubwoman, 1981 (3 issues); 1982 (2 issues)
2-19 GFWC Clubwoman, 1997   (1 issue)
   
3-01 GFWC general correspondence, n.d.  [4 items]
    mainly introduction of programs or group health insurance options
    [for other GFWC correspondence see 1-30 and 2-04]
3-02 GFWC Administration Program Handbook, 1980-1982, “GFWC Blueprint – 21st Century”
3-03 GFWC Convention Call and Credentials, 89th Annual Convention, 1980
3-04 GFWC program materials
    Community Improvement Program, 1980 – 1982: general information; report procedures; instructions on preparing record book
Traffic Safety Awards Competition, 1982: official entry form
“Why Go On Driving Blind? A program to make driving at night safer and easier"
“Women Make the Difference” [film]
“Source Materials from the National Coalition to Prevent Shoplifting”
"GFWC/EIL International Hospitality Program”
3-05 GFWC Universal Membership Directory, 1978/1979