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Finding Aid for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (Duarte, Calif.) Records, 1909-1939
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Description
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) provided a national voice through which women expressed their views on social and political issues, and was also a vast grass roots organization that worked for charitable and political solutions to social problems during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The collection consists of material related to the Duarte, California chapter of the WCTU including minutes and accounts.
Background
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was the first mass movement of American women; during the last quarter of the nineteenth century the WCTU was the major vehicle through which women developed a changing role for themselves in American society; the union played two important roles: it provided a national voice through which women expressed their views on social and political issues, and it was also a vast grass roots organization that worked for charitable and political solutions to social problems; reaching into small towns and large cities, it cut across sectional, racial, and ethnic boundaries to include women from nearly every sector of American life; WCTU played a major role in heightening women's awareness and became one of the most powerful instruments of women's consciousness-raising of all times.
Extent
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.