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Junior Women's Club of Malvern scrapbooks


Held at: Malvern Historical Commission [Contact Us]Borough of Malvern, 1 East First Avenue, Suite 3, Malvern, PA, 19355

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The Junior Women's Club of Malvern (Chester County, Pennsylvania) first met on June 29, 1950. The club was sponsored by the Monday Afternoon Club and was attended by approximately fifty prospective members, as well as the Chairman of the Chester County Federation of Junior Women's Clubs. The basic purpose of the organization was welfare work, and the mission of the Club was "to maintain an organized center for and foster an interest in the intellectual moral, and social development of its members, to equip them for philanthropic service to the community and to promote the progress of Pennsylvania Federated Women's Clubs." The Club was federated in 1950. Officers of the Club were elected for one-year terms, and monthly meetings were held at the Monday Afternoon Club of Malvern's Clubhouse.

The Junior Women's Club of Malvern supported various activities in the community including annual fashion shows, dinner dances, and educational programs. The Club was also active in bringing Gaudenzia, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, to Malvern, and supporting the organization. Service projects by the Club supported the Royer-Greaves School for Blind in Paoli, PA, the Pocopson Home (a long-term healthcare facility in Chester County), the Needlework Guild of America, and area high school competitions.

Members of the Junior Women's Club of Malvern would leave the Club at the age of thirty-five with the expectation that they would go on to join the Senior Club, the Monday Afternoon Club of Malvern.

There was a gradual dissolution of the Junior Women's Club of Malvern in 1982, as women's roles changed and time management of home, work, and community commitments became an issue.


Schmitt, Nancy B. A Century in Malvern. Malvern, PA: Malvern Historical Commission, 1989.

This collection consists of five scrapbooks compiled by the Junior Women's Club of Malvern. Four of the scrapbooks (1965-1966, 1971-1972, 1972-1973, and 1973-1974) are organized by month and contain photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, yearbooks (with membership lists, by-laws, committees, and other yearly club information), pamphlets, programs, and other ephemera that relate to the Club's history, events, and activities. Some of the scrapbooks include objects, such as buttons.

One scrapbook, 1970-1972, consists of materials related to the Club's involvement in the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs' Community Improvement Program, focusing on the Junior Women's Club's work with the Friends of the Malvern-Paoli Libraries and sewer investigations.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 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 Malvern Historical Commission directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Leu and Anastasia Matijkiw 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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