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Guide to the Oneira Women's Club Records MS 174
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  • Processing Information
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

  • Title: Oneira Women's Club Records
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 174
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 9.0 Linear feet (15 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1980
    Abstract: The collection contains records related to the activities of the Oneira Women’s Club of San Diego.
    creator: Oneira Women's Club.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Lauren Rasmussen on July 20, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Preferred Citation

    Oneira Women's Club Records, MS 174, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    During World War I, a group of women from Normal Heights organized a social club for Red Cross volunteers. When the war ended in November 1918, the women decided to continue on as a formal organization in order to pursue their philanthropic work. The first meeting of the Women’s Club of Normal Heights was held in February 1919. Later, the club changed their name to the Oneira Women’s Club; ‘oneira’ being a Greek word meaning “dreams or visions realized or come true,” accurately depicting the Club’s goal of civic advancement and community service. The word also contained all the letters common to the three names of the districts from which the Club drew its members: Normal Heights, Kensington Park, and Bonnie Brae. A charter of the San Diego Chapter of the Federated Women’s Club, Oneira had many active sections, including departments for music, gardening, literary study, and arts and crafts. The Club met for sixty years until interest waned; the organization was officially disbanded in 1980.


    The collection is arranged into ten series:
    Series I: Oneira Club History
    Series II: Administration
    Series III: Finances
    Series IV: Membership
    Series V: Correspondence
    Series VI: Oneira Club Garden Department
    Series VII: Oneira Club Orchestra and Choral Departments
    Series VIII: Federated Women’s Club
    Series IX: Newspaper Articles
    Series X: Miscellanea
    Items in each series are arranged by subject.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains records of the Oneira Women’s Club from its inception as a Red Cross volunteer organization in 1915 through the club’s disbandment in 1980. The records consist of meeting ledgers, financial materials, membership details, and club correspondence. The meeting minutes include the general Club meetings as well as those of the Club’s Executive Board of Directors and the individual Club departments. There are also scrapbooks detailing the history of the Oneira Club. In addition, materials related to the activities of the Club’s Gardening Department and the Orchestra and Choral Department are present. For the Gardening Department, this primarily consists of subject files related to specific gardening topics. For the Orchestra and Choral Department, a large selection of sheet music and musical programs are present. There are records regarding chapter meetings and activities of the Federated Women’s Club. Additionally, there are photographs and negatives and newspaper clippings related to Oneira Club events and members.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Mold found on phonographs (Box 15 folder 7); phonographs have been wrapped and sealed until later date when they can be treated properly.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Red Cross.
    Babcock, May
    Federation of Women's Clubs.
    Himmelman, Ella P.
    Ireland, Hattie
    Oneira Women's Club.
    Reese, Fannie M.
    Worden, Ella
    Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Sheet music
    Women -- Societies and clubs