Guide to the Washington State University Women's Club Papers 1913-1995
Cage 627

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington State University Women's Club Papers
Title
Washington State University Women's Club Papers
ID
Cage 627
Date [inclusive]
1913-1995
Extent
6.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Collection includes business records, newsletters, publicity materials, etc.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 627, Washington State University Women's Club Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Washington State University Women's Club was started by Hattie Bryan in 1913 under the title of the Matron's Club. In 1951, the group changed its name to the Women's Faculty Club. Again, in 1969, the group revised its title to the Washington State University Women's Club

The purpose of the organization was to cultivate friendship among women in the university community as well as to welcome newly arrived women into their social network. In 1913 when the Matron's Club was begun it was the only social club for State College women outside of those sponsored by churches. For many years, the organization consisted of women whose husbands were on the faculty of the State College. Later women on the faculty also entered the organization, and ultimately the scope became women who worked for the Washington State University, or who had a spouse who was a university employee. Throughout, the purpose of the organization remained friendship. This objective was achieved by group dinners and other social events.

During the 1970s in response to the changing roles of women in society, the club adopted an ``interest group" format that broadened the club's scope of activities beyond that of afternoon teas and formal dinner/dances.

Historical sketches of the organization are found in the records among documents concerning the 75th anniversary of the club and in a historical file.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of business records, newsletters, and publicity materials relevant to the workings of the WSU Women's Club. The bulk of the material is from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, although the minute books are complete from 1913 forward.

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Arrangement note

The records are organized as alphabetical subject files. This practice reflects original order, to some extent, although much loose material was interfiled into the system by the Libraries. The filing remain informal.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1995

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The WSU Women's Club of Pullman, Washington, donated its records to the Washington State University Libraries in several installments from 1981 through 1994 (accessions MS81-25, MS85-35, MS86-29, and MS94-49. In March 1996 a further accession (MS96-16) was made, and at the same time the early minute books of the organization were relocated from the University Publications section of Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, where they had been long held.

Processing Information note

A large number of duplicate items were discarded at the Libraries. These were of duplicated and photocopies documents, of which copies appeared in multiple folders. Some multiple copies remain.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Matron's Club. WaPS
  • Washington State University Women's Club--Records and correspondence
  • Women's Faculty Club. WaPS

Personal Name(s)

  • Washington State University Women's Club--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)
  • Women
  • Women--Education--Washington (State)--Societies, etc
  • Women--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Women--Societies and clubs--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

75th Anniversary Celebration 1988 

1 1

Business Records 

Box Folder

Finances 1963-1981 

1 2

President's Job Outline and Reports 1949-1989 

1 3

President's File 1988-1989 

1 4

Secretary's Record 1966-1988 

1 5

Secretary's Miscellaneous File 

1 6

Vice-President 1985-1991 

1 7

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Box Folder

Bylaws and Constitution 1952-1985 

1 8

Community Holiday Gala 1984-1994 

2 9

Evaluation Forms undated 1993-1994 

2 10

Fashion Show 1984 

2 11

Historical Information 1913-1988 

2 12

Interest Groups 1972-1989 

2 13

"Inventory, Silver and Tablecloths" 1977-1987 

2 14

Mailing Lists 1973-1989 

2 15

"Membership Lists," to ca 1980 

2 16

"Membership Lists," from ca 1980 

2 17

Minutes 

Box Folder

 1913-1927 

3 18

 1927-1939 

3 19

 1940-1954 

3 20

 1954-1967 

3 21

 1966-1978 

4 22

 1987-1993 

4 23

 1980-1987 

4 24

(informal minutes) 1940-1965 

4 25

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Box Folder

Newcomer's Reception 1957-1986 

4 26

Newsletters 1949-1990 

5 27

"Newsletters, announcements, programs" 1950-1973 

5 28

Newspaper Clippings 1958-1960 

5 29

Progressive Dinner 1986-1992 

5 30

Publicity 

Box Folder

 undated 

5 31

 1950-1959 

5 32

 1960-1969 

5 33

 1970-1973 

5 34

 1973-1974 

5 35

 1974-1975 

5 36

 1975-1981 

5 37

 1984-1988 

5 38

 1989-1991 

5 39

 1993-1995 

5 40

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Box Folder

Spring Luncheon 1989 

5 41

Miscellaneous oversized items including a scrapbook, ledgers, and a wooden gavel 

6 o.s.