Guide to the Reseda Woman's Club Collection, 1918-1997

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Reseda Woman's Club Collection
Dates: 1918-1997
Identification: URB/RWC
Creator: Reseda Woman's Club (Reseda, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Physical Description: 13.86 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: The Reseda Woman's Club Collection documents the Club's founding in 1918 as the Mother's Club of Marian, through its twentieth century evolution into a member club of the California Federation of Women's Clubs, Sierra-Cahuenga District. Materials provide insight into social networks in the San Fernando Valley and women's role in local charity organizations, social service, and fundraising.

Historical Note:

The Reseda Woman’s Club began in 1918 when a group of nineteen women gathered at Marian Elementary School to organize the Mother’s Club of Marian. Martha McClure, principle of the school and club initiator, was elected the first president. In 1922, the club changed its name to the Reseda Woman’s Club after the town of Marian was renamed Reseda. The club incorporated into the California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC) in January 1923, becoming one of thirty-three members of the CFWC Sierra-Cahuenga District. The Reseda Junior Woman’s Club branch was founded in 1950 to bring together young women from the ages of 18 to 35 residing in Reseda. The junior club branch dissolved in 1970.
The Club’s motto, “service,” reflects its philanthropic mission to help a variety of charities. The Club raised funds to help the elderly, the handicapped, children, veterans, and students through sponsoring a host of community projects. Sponsored organizations included the Fatherless Children of France, American Legion, American Red Cross Los Angeles Chapter, and San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge). In addition to fundraising for charities, the Club also participated in local events, including the Los Angeles County Fair, the annual Flower Show of the San Fernando Valley Horticultural Society, the Armistice Day Parade, and the crusade to drive gambling rings out of Reseda.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

California Federation of Women's Clubs
Reseda Woman's Club (Reseda, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Scrapbooks

Geographic Name:

San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- History

Administrative Information

Accruals:

2002

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall and Xinoquan Han, 1988

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Electronic Format:

Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.  For more information please see http://digital-library.csun.edu/.  

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1924-1997
Series II: Financial Secretary Records, 1954-1980
Series III: Club History Records, 1918-1995

Scope and Contents

The Reseda Woman's Club Collection documents the Club's founding, administrative decisions, committee work, and philanthropy, as well as the administration of the Reseda Junior Woman's Club. History and press clipping scrapbooks assembled by members documents Club history and activities, while award certificates highlight achievements. The collection is divided into three major series: Administrative Records (1924-1997), Financial Secretary Records (1954-1980), and Club History Records (1918-1995).
Series I, Administrative Records, contains the Club’s yearbooks and bound minute books. These records include information on the constitution, by-laws, board of directors and general membership meetings, club events calendar, and committee assignments. This series also includes copies of publications from the California Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, and then chronologically within boxes.
Series II, Financial Secretary Records, contains ledger sheets documenting deposits, revolving funds, membership dues and expenses related to rentals, luncheons, community services, and donations.  Ledger sheets are arranged in chronological order.
Series III, Club History Records, contains club historian notebooks and member scrapbooks that include minutes, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, year-end reports, ephemera, and newsletters. Documented events include installation of club officers, business luncheons and picnics, fund-raising bazaars, fashion shows, flower shows, district club conventions, interclub reciprocity programs, and the annual husband’s night dinner. These are arranged chronologically within boxes.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Administrative Records, 1924-1997

Box 1, Folder 1

Awards and Certificates, 1924-1935

Box 1, Folder 2

Awards and Certificates, 1960-1962

Box 1, Folder 3

Awards and Certificates, 1963-1968

Box 1, Folder 4

Awards and Certificates, 1969-1979

Box 1, Folder 5

Awards and Certificates

Box 1, Folder 6

California Federation of Women's Clubs Clubwoman Magazine, April 1963

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1939-1970

Box 1, Folder 8

General Federation of Women's Clubs Clubwoman Magazine, March 1964

Box 1, Folder 9

Minute Book, July 1948-June 1955

Box 1, Folder 10

Minute Book, July 1955-November 1959

Box 1, Folder 11

Minute Book, November 1959-August 1963

Box 2, Folder 1

Minute Book, September 1963-June 1968

Box 2, Folder 2

Minute Book, July 1968-September 1970

Box 2, Folder 3

Minute Book, September 1970-October 1972

Box 2, Folder 4

Minute Book, November 1972-December 1976

Box 2, Folder 5

Minute Book, December 1976-September 1978

Box 3, Folder 1

Minute Book, September 1978-April 1982

Box 3, Folder 2

Reseda Junior Woman's Club Constitution

Box 3, Folder 3

Reseda Junior Woman's Club Yearbook, 1959-1960

Box 3, Folder 4

Vaccination Report, 1959-1962

Box 3, Folder 5

Yearbooks, 1930-1931

Box 3, Folder 6

Yearbooks, 1946-1949

Box 3, Folder 7

Yearbooks, 1950-1953

Box 3, Folder 8

Yearbooks, 1954-1958

Box 3, Folder 9

Yearbooks, 1958-1962

Box 3, Folder 10

Yearbooks, 1962-1965

Box 3, Folder 11

Yearbooks, 1967-1970

Box 3, Folder 12

Yearbooks, 1979-1982

Box 3, Folder 13

Yearbooks, 1982-1985

Box 3, Folder 14

Yearbooks, 1985-1987

Box 9, Folder 1

Annual Report to California Federation of Women's Clubs, 1985 December 31

Box 9, Folder 2

Annual Report to General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1982

Box 9, Folder 3

Annual Report to General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1983

Box 9, Folder 4

Beautification Report, 1980 March 1-1981 March 1

Box 9, Folder 5

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1986 July 2-1968 December 3

Box 9, Folder 6

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1969 January 7-1969 October 7

Box 9, Folder 7

California Federation of Women's Clubs Annual Convention Report, 1966-1967

Box 9, Folder 8

California Federation of Women's Clubs Clubwoman Magazine, 1968-1969

Box 9, Folder 9

California Federation of Women's Clubs Awards and Correspondence, 1986-1997

Box 9, Folder 10

California Federation of Women's Clubs Convention Program and Reseda Woman's Club Yearbook, 1988-1990

Box 9, Folder 11

California Federation of Women's Clubs Workshop Program, 1968 September 17

Box 9, Folder 12

Club Membership List, 1968-1969

Box 9, Folder 13

Committee Reports, 1968-1969

Box 9, Folder 14

Committee Reports, Crafts, 1969-1978

Box 9, Folder 15

Committee Reports, 1976-1977

Box 9, Folder 16

Committee Reports, 1981 March 1-1982 March 1

Box 9, Folder 17

Committee Reports, 1981 March 1-1982 March 1

Box 9, Folder 18

Committee Reports, 1984

Box 9, Folder 19

General Membership Meeting Minutes, 1968 September 10-1969 June 10

Box 9, Folder 20

Lee, Elva Speeches, 1982-1984

Box 9, Folder 21

Newsletter, September 1968-June 1969

Box 9, Folder 22

75 th Anniversary Correspondence and Invitation, 1997 October 16-21

Box 9, Folder 23

Sierra-Cahuenga District Bulletin, August 1968-April 1969

Box 9, Folder 24

Special Meeting Minutes, 1960 September 20-23

Box 9, Folder 25

Stump, Mildred Correspondence, 1990 May 2-9

Box 9, Folder 26

Theodore Payne Foundation Newsletter, 1990

 

Series II: Financial Secretary Records, 1954-1980

Box 3, Folder 15

Ledger Sheets, 1954-1960

Box 3, Folder 16

Ledger Sheets, 1960-1965

Box 3, Folder 17

Ledger Sheets, 1966-1972

Box 3, Folder 18

Ledger Sheets, 1972-1980

Box 9, Folder 27

Budget Reports, 1968

Box 9, Folder 28

Budget Reports, 1969

Box 9, Folder 29

Budget Reports, 1970

 

Series III: Club History Records, 1918-1995

Box 4, Folder 1

Historical Notebook, 1918-1921

Box 4, Folder 2

Historical Notebook, 1921-1923

Box 4, Folder 3

Historical Notebook, 1923-1926

Box 4, Folder 4

Historical Notebook, 1926-1929

Box 4, Folder 5

Historical Notebook, 1929-1931

Box 4, Folder 6

Historical Notebook, 1952-1954

Box 5, Folder 1

Historical Notebook, 1934-1937

Box 5, Folder 2

Historical Notebook, 1937-1940

Box 5, Folder 3

Historical Notebook, 1940-1942

Box 5, Folder 4

Historical Notebook, 1942-1947

Box 5, Folder 5

Historical Notebook, 1947-1950

Box 6, Folder 1

Historical Notebook, 1950-1952

Box 6, Folder 2

Historical Notebook, 1952-1954

Box 6, Folder 3

Historical Notebook, 1954-1955

Box 6, Folder 4

Historical Notebook, 1955-1957

Box 6, Folder 5

Historical Notebook, 1957-1958

Box 6, Folder 6

Historical Notebook, 1958-1959

Box 7, Folder 1

Historical Notebook, 1959-1960

Box 7, Folder 2

Historical Notebook, 1960-1961

Box 7, Folder 3

Historical Notebook, 1961-1962

Box 7, Folder 4

Historical Notebook, 1962-1963

Box 7, Folder 5

Historical Notebook, 1963-1964

Box 7, Folder 6

Historical Notebook, 1964-1965

Box 7, Folder 7

Historical Notebook, 1965-1967

Box 7, Folder 8

Scrapbook Number 1, Los Angeles Times and Valley News Newspaper Clippings, 1972-1974

Box 8, Item 1

Brassel, Sara L., Chairman Scrapbook, 1953-1954

Box 9, Folder 30

Photographs, ca. 1950-1969

Box 9, Folder 31

Historical Notebook Loose Award, Correspondence, and Program, 1961-1962, 1995

Box 9, Folder 32

Press Book Loose President Report, 1969-1971

Box 10, Folder 1

Historical Notebook, 1969-1975

Box 10, Folder 2

Historical Notebook, 1969-1975

Box 10, Folder 3

Historical Notebook, 1969-1975

Box 10, Folder 4

Historical Notebook, 1969-1975

Box 10, Folder 5

Historical Notebook, 1975-1980

Box 10, Folder 6

Historical Notebook, 1975-1980

Box 10, Folder 7

Historical Notebook, 1980-1981

Box 10, Folder 8

Historical Notebook, 1980-1981

Box 10, Folder 9

Historical Notebook Loose Press Clippings and Reports, 1984-1989

Box 10, Folder 10

Photographs, ca. 1984-1991

Box 10, Folder 11

Scrapbook Loose Correspondence, Newsletter, and Programs, 1988-1990

Box 10, Folder 12

Scrapbook Loose Awards, Correspondence, Newsletters, and Programs, 1989-1990

Box 11, Item 1

Historian Scrapbook, 1960-1961

Box 11, Item 2

Historian Scrapbook, 1961-1962

Box 12, Item 1

Historian Scrapbook, 1984-1986

Box 13, Item 1

Club Event Scrapbook, 1988

Box 14, Item 1

Historian Scrapbook Access Copy, April 1988-December 1989

Box 14, Item 2

Historian Scrapbook, April 1988-December 1989

Box 15, Item 1

Press Scrapbook, 1968-1969 May 4

Box 15, Item 2

Press Scrapbook, 1969-1971

Box 16, Item 1

Hawaii Trip Scrapbook, 1963

Box 16, Item 2

Mexico Trip Scrapbook, 1965

Box 16, Item 3

Redwoods Trip Scrapbook, 1970