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Mothers in Council of Germantown records


Held at: Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Germantown 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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Mothers in Council of Germantown was founded in Philadelphia in 1897 to provide parenting education for its members. Lectures on topics of interest to mothers were presented at regular meetings, and the organization also engaged in community outreach. On its 50th Anniversary, the club reflected on its early work: "We organized in several schools mothers' clubs from which have stemmed the present parent-teacher organizations; to help in problems of juvenile delinquency we engaged and supported a probation officer until that work was taken over by the city; we also engaged and supported the first visiting nurse in Germantown until a branch of the Visiting Nurse Society was established here; and we have taken a lesser part in many other community projects."


"Mothers in Council of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1946-1947." Pamphlet found in collection.

This collection consists of administrative and financial records of the Mothers in Council, as well as scrapbooks, meeting programs, and clippings. The administrative records include meeting minutes, Executive Committee minutes, and annual meeting minutes, 1897-1949; president's books, 1926-1934; and a roll book, 1901-1904. The financial records include treasurer's books, 1914-1922; a daybook, 1933-1940; and bills, receipts, cashbooks, and loose financial records from the 1950s and 1960s. The collection also contains a clippings scrapbook (circa 1897) and a 50th anniversary scrapbook (1947), lecture notes, meeting programs, and clippings.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza 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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