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Finding aid of the Art Center Wives Club
RG 18  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Art Center Wives Club
    Dates: 1956-1977
    Collection number: RG 18
    Creator: Art Center Wives Club
    Collection Size: .5 linear foot 1 box
    Repository: Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)
    Pasadena, California 91103
    Abstract: Founded in 1956, the Art Center Wives Club was sponsored by Art Center to serve as a social and support group for the wives of the college’s male students. This collection consists of newsletters, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and other materials which document the planning activities, events and meetings of the Art Center Wives Club.
    Physical location: Art Center Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No restrictions. Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to Art Center College of Design Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Art Center Wives club. RG 18. Art Center College of Design Archives. Pasadena, California.

    History

    Founded in 1956, the Art Center Wives Club was sponsored by Art Center to serve as a social and support group for the wives of the college's male students. With monthly meetings, the group had guest speakers, played bridge, and shared news of jobs and available apartments. After it had become well established, the Art Center Wives Club sponsored dances, picnics, and talent shows, and volunteered time to a variety of community organizations. The group tried to make new students' wives welcome and often had a part in student orientation. In the mid 1960s the club organized and printed a cookbook, as well as put on a skit parodying the trials of new students and their wives. The group printed another cookbook in 1974. For most of the organization's approximate twenty-year history, it printed a monthly newsletter, The Breadwinners Review. The group's liaison with the school was Mildred Heredeen. It is not clear when the club ceased to exist.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Newsletters, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and other materials document the planning activities, events and meetings of the Art Center Wives Club. More than one half of the records is the club newsletters (1956-1971, 1977), which provide rich information regarding the club and its members. Often the newsletter included annual schedules, membership lists, and synopsis of meeting minutes. The second largest group of material is minutes (1963-1967, 1971, 1977), but it is not as complete a series as the newsletters, and mostly mirrors what can be found in the newsletters. Correspondence includes letters to the general membership, thank you notes, and invitations to Art Center Wives Club events such as the new student reception and an Annual Student Faculty party. Guidelines and suggestions for how to run meetings, program schedules, and questionnaires sent to the members, all provide additional insight into the club's activities and concerns. A play script (ca. 1966) written by a club member and performed for new students, is a humorous look at the wives' view of their husbands' experiences at Art Center. Two photographs also document the women working on the play. All photographs have been removed to the photograph collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)
    Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Societies and clubs
    Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)--Societies and clubs
    Cookery
    Women--Societies and clubs

    Separated Material

    29 photographs removed to photograph archives.