Finding Aid for the Helen Matthewson Club. History notebooks. 1923-1986.

Finding aid prepared by University Archives staff, 1991 February; finding aid revised by Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 July; machine-readable finding aid created by Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 July.
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©1991 February

Title: Helen Matthewson Club. History notebooks.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 443
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Date: 1923-1986
Abstract: Record Series 443 contains the history notebooks of the Helen Matthewson Club.
Creator: Helen Matthewson Club. 1923-


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Matthewson Club. History notebooks (University Archives Record Series 443). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.

Historical Note

The Helen Matthewson Club (HMC) was established in the fall of 1923 by Dean of Women Helen Matthewson Laughlin as a living cooperative where self supporting University women could enjoy the companionship of others, obtain adequate housing at a fair price, and serve the school and community. The HMC was initially located at Oakwood House near the Vermont Ave. campus of the University of California Southern Branch [UCLA]. With the Fall 1929 opening of UCLA's Westwood campus, the HMC relocated to a new home at 900 Hilgard Ave.
On June 30, 1950 the HMC house at 900 Hilgard Ave. was "dissolved" and the property used for a new UCLA religious center. With the help of the Helen Matthewson Club Alumnae (HMCA) the remaining HMC active members joined the Phenix [sic] Club in Santa Monica. In 1954 the Phoenix Club formally merged with the HMC. In 1957 the HMC acquired a house at 820 Levering Ave. As a result of decreasing membership, the Levering Ave. house closed in 1965. In the same year, 1965, the Helen Matthewson Memorial Scholarship fund was established and administered by the HMCA.
Helen Matthewson Laughlin (b.1881-d.1960) served as the Los Angeles State Normal School Dean of Women (1911-1919) and the UCLA Dean of Women (1919-1946).

Scope and Content

Record Series 443 contains the history notebooks of the Helen Matthewson Club. Files contain articles, photographs, drafts for a book of the club's history, and other documents relating to the Helen Matthewson Club.
Acronyms and Initialisms appearing in this series include:
  • HMC = Helen Matthewson Club
  • HMCA = Helen Matthewson Club Alumnae
This is an inactive record series; no additional University records are expected to be added.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1720430 

Box 1

Articles and documents. 1923-1986.

Box 1

Articles, photographs, and questionnaire. 1923-1986.

Box 1

First draft of book four. 1986.

Extent: 2 folders
Box 1

First draft of book one and two. 1986.

Box 1

First draft of book three. 1986.

Box 2

History book six. Operations. 1986.

Box 2

Phenix Club history. Merger with Matthewson Club. 1948-1966.

Box 2

Second draft of history book four. 1986.

Box 2

Second draft of history. 1986.