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Woman's Club of Swarthmore records

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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

Overview and metadata sections

The Woman's Club of Swarthmore was founded in 1898. It first met in the home of Mrs. Maria Kemp Hoadley, wife of Swarthmore College faculty member, George Hoadley. The group soon decided to start a club open to all members of the community. Ellen Price framed a constitution for the group and guided members in parliamentary procedure. Mrs. Hoadley served as the first president. The Club's mission was "the education of Women in all lines affecting their special work in the home and their general influence in the Community."

In 1900 the Club became a member of the Federated Women's Clubs. In 1907, it purchased a lot on Park Avenue, and in 1908, Swarthmore Woman's Club moved into its own clubhouse, designed by Edward Stanton in the Mission Style. In the early days, the Club was divided into study groups called "Sections," including Mothers' Section, Current Events, and Garden.

The Club offered women of the community a means of support and education, a place to meet and find common interests. It nurtured the founding of a number of community organizations, including the Needlework Guild and the Swarthmore Public Library. The Clubhouse was open to all community groups and became the home for the newly founded Players Club of Swarthmore, Girl Scout Troop 16, and social dances for teens.

While it was a central focus in the community through the mid-20th century, declining membership and rising costs forced the Club to sell its Clubhouse in 1991. With the funds derived from the sale, the Woman's Club reorganized as the Woman's Club of Swarthmore Foundation and increased its philanthropic efforts, including donations to community service groups and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. In 2008, the Foundation was dissolved and its assets donated to the Swarthmore Public Library.

The collection contains materials concerning women's interests, philanthropy and service organizations, and local history.

Gift of the Woman's Club following the sale of its building.

Papers transferred in 1993 by Club Historian, Irma E. Zimmer, in two metal file cabinets, with general inventory of the contents. Additional papers deposited, including scrapbooks compiled by Irene Moore. Sorted, labeled, and stored in eight storage cartons. Original order created by Irma Zimmer was maintained.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2011
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Friends Historical Library staff at friends@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

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Collection Inventory

Constitution and By-Laws, 1898.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Includes original members list, 1901-1902. 1914-1925 by-laws, including all amendments. By-laws, 1956, 1983.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Includes annual reports, committee reports, correspondence, funeral records.

Minutes, 1901-1908.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Includes information in Inauguration, copy of corporate by-laws, copy of mortgate for property.

Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1909-1927.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 5/1927 - 2/1937.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 3/1937 - 12/1939.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1/1940 - 12/1949.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 7
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1/1950 - 5/1955.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 8
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 10/1951 - 4/1952.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 9
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 10/1955 - 5/1957.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 10
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 2/1956, 2/1958, 4/1959.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 11
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 10/1957 - 6/1959.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 12
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 11/1959 - 4/1961.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 13
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 11/1961 - 5/1963.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 14
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1963 - 1965.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 15
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1966 - 1971.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 16A
Physical Description

1 folder

Material relating to Rutgers Avenue lot, copy of 1908 deed and assumption of ownership by Swarthmore Borough, 1968.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 16B
Physical Description

1 folder

President's Book, 1968 - 1970.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 17A
Physical Description

1 folder

President's Book, 1974 - 1976.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 17B
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1970 - 1972.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 10/1972 - 3/1978.
Box 1 (offsite box FHL-1273) Folder 19
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1974 - 1975.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 20
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1976 - 1980.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 21
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1978 - 1984.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 22
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1985 - 1993.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 23
Physical Description

1 folder

Junior Woman's Club Minutes, 6/1969 - 4/1974.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 24
Physical Description

1 folder

Junior Woman's Club Minutes, 1974 - May 12, 1982.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 25
Scope and Contents

Junior Woman's Club discontinued May 12, 1982.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Executive Board Minutes (incomplete) 1951-1972 and 1974-1980 are included with Stated Meeting Minutes.

Bound Minutes, 1902-1913.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 26
Physical Description

1 folder

Bound Minutes, 1910-1919.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 27
Physical Description

1 folder

Bound Minutes, 1913-1927.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 28
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1/1951-2/1955.
Scope and Contents

See Stated Meeting Minutes, through 1972.

Minutes, 6/1955-5/1956.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 6/1957-3/1959.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 5/1959-6/1961.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1961-1963.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1963-1965.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1964-1965.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1927-1937.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1966, 1969-1972.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 4/1966, 1/1970, 6/1972, 4/1973, 1/1974, 5/1974.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 6/1968-5/1970.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 6/1970-4/1974.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 9/1970-4/1972.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 29
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1972-1973.
Box 2 (offsite box FHL-1274) Folder 30
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1973-1974.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 31
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1974-1980.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 31
Scope and Contents

Incomplete. See Stated Meeting Minutes.

Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1981-1984.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 32
Scope and Contents

Includes copy deeding Clubhouse to Players Club.

Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1985-1993.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 33
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1907-1908.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 34
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 5/1907-6/1910.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 35
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 6/1919-3/1930.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 36
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1939-1959.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 37
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 4/1962-4/1963.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 38
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1964-1965, 1968-1969.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 39
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 1907-1911.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 40
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, 10/1911-5/1919.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 41
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1898-1909.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 42
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1909-1916.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 43
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1916-1921.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 44
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1919-1932.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 45
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1921-1923.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 46
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1925-1930.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 47
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1932-1935.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 48
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1940-1945.
Box 3 (offsite box FHL-1275) Folder 49
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1945-1950.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 50
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1945-1953.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 51
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1946-1961.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 52
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1950-1954.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 53
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1954-1957.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 54
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1958-1959, 1960-1961.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 55
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1960-1969.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 56
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1962-1969.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 57
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial Records, 1985-1986.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 58
Physical Description

1 folder

Repayment of Stock Information.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 59
Physical Description

1 folder

Stock Certificate Register.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 60
Physical Description

1 folder

Stock Certificates.
Box 6 (offsite box FHL-1278)
Scope and Contents

Bound volumes.

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Early Days of the Woman's Club of Swarthmore, From 1898 to 1900, " AMs by Elizabeth N. Garrett, 1914.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 61
Physical Description

1 folder

Histories of the Club by Elizabeth Garrett, Marjorie Told, Eliza K. Ullman, Irma Zimmer, Estelle Jarden.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 62
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence concerning Histories.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 63
Physical Description

1 folder

Admission Committee Reports, 1951-1965.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 64
Physical Description

1 folder

Admissions, Record Book and Duties, 1926-1963.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 65
Physical Description

1 folder

American Home.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 66
Physical Description

1 folder

Antiques Fair.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 67
Physical Description

1 folder

Art, 1945-1959.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 68
Physical Description

1 folder

Calling.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 69
Physical Description

1 folder

Career Dressing.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 70
Physical Description

1 folder

Club House.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 71
Scope and Contents

Includes copy of payment for title search in 1968 on Rutgers Avenue lot, sale of building in 1982 and 1990.

Physical Description

1 folder

Communications.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 72
Physical Description

1 folder

Community Contacts.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 73
Physical Description

1 folder

Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 1946.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 74
Physical Description

1 folder

Drama.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 75
Physical Description

1 folder

Education.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 76
Scope and Contents

Includes information on Elizabet Hubbard Bonsall Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Physical Description

1 folder

Fashion Show.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 77
Physical Description

1 folder

Federation Projects.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 78
Physical Description

1 folder

Garden.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 79
Physical Description

1 folder

Health and Welfare.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 80
Scope and Contents

Folder

Physical Description

1 folder

Health and Welfare.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 81
Scope and Contents

Notebook

Physical Description

1 folder

Home.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 82
Physical Description

1 folder

Hospitality.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 83
Physical Description

1 folder

House.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 84
Physical Description

1 folder

Junior Advisor.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 85
Physical Description

1 folder

Legislation.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 86
Physical Description

1 folder

Luncheon.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 87
Physical Description

1 folder

Mailing List.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 88
Physical Description

1 folder

Membership.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 89
Physical Description

1 folder

Music.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 90
Physical Description

1 folder

Mutual Exchange Sale.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 91
Physical Description

1 folder

Needlework Guild.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 92
Physical Description

1 folder

Opening Tea.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 93
Physical Description

1 folder

Property.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 94
Physical Description

1 folder

Program.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 95
Physical Description

1 folder

Publicity, Annual Reports, and Press Releases, 1956-60, 1976-79.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 96
Physical Description

1 folder

Reciprocity Teas.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 97
Physical Description

1 folder

Remembrance.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 98
Physical Description

1 folder

Rental.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 99
Physical Description

1 folder

Rhythmic Exercises.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 100
Physical Description

1 folder

Travel.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 101
Physical Description

1 folder

Ways and Means.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 102
Physical Description

1 folder

Programs and Monthly Calendars, 1906-1919.
Box 4 (offsite box FHL-1276) Folder 103
Physical Description

1 folder

Programs and Monthly Calendars, 1920-1930.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 104
Scope and Contents

Incomplete, some undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Programs and Monthly Calendars, 1940-1960.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 105
Scope and Contents

Incomplete

Physical Description

1 folder

Programs and Monthly Calendars, 1970-1980.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 106
Scope and Contents

Incomplete

Physical Description

1 folder

Women's Suffrage Petitions, 1911-1912.
Box 6 (offsite box FHL-1278) Folder 107
Physical Description

1 folder

50th Anniversary Program.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 108
Physical Description

1 folder

65th Anniversary Speech - Eliza K. Ullman.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 109
Physical Description

1 folder

75th Anniversary Materials.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 110
Physical Description

1 folder

90th Anniversary Materials.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 111
Physical Description

1 folder

Poems.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 112
Physical Description

1 folder

Scripts.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 113
Physical Description

1 folder

Delaware County Federation of Women's Clubs.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 114
Physical Description

1 folder

Guest Books, 1982-1987.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 115
Physical Description

1 folder

A Collect for club women.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 116
Physical Description

1 folder

Membership Mailings and Lists, 1976-1986.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 117
Physical Description

1 folder

Program Schedules, 1983-1985.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277) Folder 118
Physical Description

1 folder

Scrapbook, Histories and Documents compiled by Irma E. Zimmer, 1992.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277)
Scope and Contents

Includes the efforts to save the Clubhouse.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scrapbook/Memorabilia, 1898-1993.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277)
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Irma E. Zimmer. Includes Anniversary booklets, yearbooks 1910-27.

Physical Description

1 folder

Cookbook, "Good Things to Eat", n.d.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277)
Scope and Contents

(Incomplete)

Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs of Woman's Club Presidents, 1898-1953.
Box 6 (offsite box FHL-1278)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1923.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1925-1927.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1931-1938.
Box 7 (offsite box FHL-1279)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1938-1941.
Box 7 (offsite box FHL-1279)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1940-1941.
Box 5 (offsite box FHL-1277)
Scope and Contents

Junior Section.

Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1947-1948.
Box 7 (offsite box FHL-1279)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1953-1954.
Box 7 (offsite box FHL-1279)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1954-1955.
Box 7 (offsite box FHL-1279)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1956-1966.
Box 7 (offsite box FHL-1279)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook of Clippings, 1958-1984.
Box 6 (offsite box FHL-1278)
Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook, "History Book", 1978-1988.
Box 8 (offsite box FHL-1280)
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Irene R. Moore, Historian.

Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook, "History Book", 1988-1995.
Box 8 (offsite box FHL-1280)
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Irene R. Moore, Historian.

Physical Description

1 volume

Scrapbook, Junior Woman's Club of Swarthmore, 1975-1976.
Othertype OE
Scope and Contents

Compiled by Alice Sevareid, President

Physical Description

1 volume

Print, Suggest