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New Century Club of Chester records


Held at: Delaware County Historical Society [Contact Us]408 Avenue of the States, Chester, Pennsylvania, 19013

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Delaware County Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The New Century Club of Chester, part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, was founded in 1893 in the city of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. "A progressive feminist organization devoted to improving city condition[s] and offering opportunity for women," its object was "to form an organized centre for the intellectual, social, and moral development of its members, and to strengthen their individual efforts for humanity." In addition to holding lectures and classes for members on science, literature, languages, and other topics, the club established a free kindergarten and was involved in other philanthropic projects. The club founded the YWCA, a horticultural society, and in 1896 hosted President William McKinley.

The New Century Club of Chester continued to exist at least as late as 2010.


Croly, Jane Cunningham. The History of the Woman's Club Movement in America. New York: Henry G. Allen and Company, 1898. "The New Century Club of Chester." Pages 1041-1044. Accessed June 24, 2013.

McDermond, Linda. "New Century Club of Chester Celebrates 117th Anniversary." December 21, 2010. Accessed June 24, 2013.

Panzer?, Mary. "The L.D.W. Collection at the Delaware County Historical Society." (Fall 1980-Spring 1981). Article found in vertical file for Louise D. Woodbridge.

This collection consists of various records of the New Century Club of Chester from the time it started in 1893 through the early 1990s. It includes guest books, materials about the building and selling of the clubhouse, clippings, and other materials. A rough inventory is provided below: 100th anniversary Activities Annual reports, 1893-1996 Awards and certificates Box of plates for photo reproduction Building of clubhouse Club hand stamp Constitution, bylaws, and membership list Financial records Furnishings committee Golden Anniversary proceedings (1943) Guest books (1897-1902, 1936-1952, 1952-1967) Installation of officers Minutes of various committees about building a new clubhouse, circa 1922-1924 Miscellaneous Obituaries Press and publicity clippings, 1928-1929 Scrapbook, 1964-1966 Selling of clubhouse State Federation of Pennsylvania Women, officers, etc. with minutes of the Local Board, 1898, etc. Unidentified photos

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Delaware County Historical Society directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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