Scope and Content
Title: California Federation of Women's Clubs records
Collection number: MS 11
California Federation of Women's Clubs
85 linear ft.
University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Convention, board minutes and reports, club histories, yearbooks, journals, and articles recording the general history and
activities of the California Federation of Women's Club and the individual clubs within the region.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Collection is open for research
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
California Federation of Women's Clubs records. MS 11. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of
California, Santa Cruz.
Boxes 1-33, 35-39 received in October 1983
Boxes 34, 40-61, 98-101 received in June 2004
Boxes 61-69 received September 2009
The California Federation of Women's Clubs (CFWC,
) is part of an international community service orginization that focuses on projects that "promote education, eliminate illiteracy,
encourage productive citizenship, preserve nations natural resources, encourage healthy lifestyles, fight to prevent crime,
support the Arts, and contribute to international understanding".
The State Federation was founded in January 17, 1900 with forty clubs, representing six thousand women. Mrs. Robert J. Burdette,
Los Angeles, became the first president. Same year, in May 1900 the California Federation joined a General Federation of Women's
), the oldest women's volunteer organization in the United States. The Federation endoresed and supported the Child Labor
Law, which was enacted in 1906. In that same year, the Federation urged its affiliates to give financial assistance to women
seeking a higher education or industrial training and employment, giving birth to the scholarship idea. The organization
also campainged for equal suffrage, which was achieved in a state constitutional amendment election in October 1911.
Today this non-profit organization is divided into twenty-six districts that are governed by a president and an executive
board. It's volunteer based membership covers the cities and towns across the California.
Scope and Content
The material documents the California Federation of Women's Clubs general history and its' administrative activity as well
as the individual club histories.
The archive is divided into eight series; CFWC History & Information (1900-2000), CFWC Convention and Board Minutes, Reports
and Projects (1921-2004), Club Histories (1988-2004), Publications (1900-2004), Misc. Newspapers & Magazines (1906-1955),
Objects (ca. 1925-1940), Photographs (1919-2000) and Microfilm (1916-2004). The publications series contains both bound and
unbound periodicals and yearbooks
The Clubwoman, later retitled as
The Federation News,
The California Federation News, currently known as
The California Clubwoman.
The general arrangement follows a chronological order, where as the Club Histories are divided into Districts and then by
alphabetically by club name.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California Federation of Women's Clubs--Archives.
Women--Societies and clubs--Sources.
Women--California--Societies and clubs--History.
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
California Federation news
MS 73 Santa Cruz Women's Club Records, 1907-1982
There are 34 microfilm reels of CFWC minutes & reports (1927-1990), yearbooks (1984-1990), and periodicals (1916-1990) available
for use at McHenry Library, Microforms Room. Consult library's online catalog for more complete content details. See call
Eras of Elegance : Fashionable Clothing 1850-1935 : The Anna Lee Shetler Collection, 1995, Gift of Tustin Area Woman's Club, Spec. Coll. GT596 .P495 1995,
Women's Club of Palo Alto,
Women's Club of Palo Alto : Minutes 1894-, Spec. Coll. HQ1906.P35 W66 1990 v.1-3
Women's Club of Palo Alto,
Woman's [i.e. Women's] Club of Palo Alto : summary of minutes, 1894-1920, Spec. Coll. HQ1906.P35 W66 1990b c.2