Guide to the East Palo Alto Women's Club Records

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Guide to the East Palo Alto Women's Club Records

Collection number: MSS-2010-02-18



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by:
Kimberly Koshiyama
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Kimberly Koshiyama
© 2011 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: East Palo Alto Women's Club Records
Dates: 1917-1995
Bulk Dates: 1922-1955
Collection number: MSS-2010-02-18
Creator: San Jose State University
Collection Size: 3 boxes, 3.75 linear feet
Abstract: The East Palo Alto Women's Club Records consists of administrative records and artifacts documenting the club's activities from 1917-1995 (bulk 1920-1955). The collection contents include standard organizational formats such as minute record books, community service records, the organization's constitutions and by-laws, district and state reports published between 1917-1995, scrapbooks and news clippings, and certificates and awards. In addition to the printed materials the collection includes a wooden gavel and a workable seal stamp used by the organization. This collection is arranged into one series I: Administrative Records and Artifacts, 1917-1995 (bulk 1920-1955).
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 19A
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Guide to the East Palo Alto Women's Club Records, MSS-2010-02-18, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing by Kimberly Koshiyama. Processing completed by Kimberly Koshiyama. EAD encoding by Kimberly Koshiyama.

Organizational History

The East Palo Alto Women's Club Records document the history and accomplishments of the organization from 1917-1995 (bulk dates 1922-1955). Starting in 1893 as the Mother's Club, they formally incorporated on June 20, 1894 as the Woman's Club of Palo Alto with 24 members. The main objectives of the Club focused on self-improvement, mutual aide, and community work. During their formative years, club women played a significant role in city government through fund-raising efforts and demands for municipal services. Between the years 1893-1896, the club founded the first reading room and library in the city, and they contributed to the founding of the first elementary school.
Prior to California women receiving the vote in 1911, Palo Alto Club women proposed two sewer bonds and they worked to beautify the city with trees. Following the suffrage victory, the Club expanded its membership and focused on civic and philanthropic activities, as well as organized a variety of educational and cultural events. The club provided a social outlet for club members through a variety of programs, including plays and musical celebrations. Today the club continues to provide leadership in philanthropy and is affiliated with the State and National Federation of Women's Clubs.

Scope and Content of Collection

The East Palo Alto Women's Club Records consists of administrative records and artifacts documenting the club's activities from 1917-1995 (bulk 1920-1955). The collection contents include standard organizational formats such as minute record books, community service records, the organization's constitutions and by-laws, district and state reports published between 1917-1995, scrapbooks and news clippings, and certificates and awards. In addition to the printed materials the collection includes a wooden gavel and a workable seal stamp used by the organization.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into one series I: Administrative Records and Artifacts, 1917-1995 (bulk 1920-1955).

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Women -- Societies and clubs
Women's rights -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Women's rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century
East Palo Alto Women's Club -- 20th century
Women's clubs -- San Francisco Bay Area

Bibliography

http://www.womansclubofpaloalto.org/wcpa/History.html

Collection Contents

 

Series I Administrative Records and Artifacts 1917-1995, 1922-1955

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The East Palo Alto Women's Club Records document the history of the organization from their early formation as a "Mother’s Club" to become an official branch of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GWFC). Women's clubs across the United States influenced local, state, and national politics long before women were granted full voting rights nationally. The Palo Alto Women's Club records provide an interesting view of the activism of women in the South Bay during the formative years of the club and after. Typical organizational records of this kind, the collection includes information concerning the annual budgets, memberships and officer lists, the club charter, constitution and by-laws, as well as scrapbooks that document club events.

Arrangement

The administrative records are arranged chronologically and by subject.
Box 1

Administrative Records 1917-1991

Folders 1-2

Community service 1956-1958

Folder 3

Citizen of the year 1956-1958

Folder 4

Miscellaneous events 1956-1957

Folder 5-7

Pamphlets 1917-1962

Folder 8

Scrapbook/Newspaper clippings 1947-1956

Folder 9-12

Awards 1970-1982

Folder 13

Yearbooks 1952-1972

Folder 14

District/state reports on Americanism 1952-1972

Folder 15

GFWC blueprint 1980-1982

Box 2

Constitutions, by-laws and meeting minutes 1922-1995

Folder 16-17

Constitutions and by-laws 1925-1970

Folder 18-26

Meeting minutes 1917-1971

Box 3

Gavel and Seal Stamp undated