The Association of Junior Leagues
International, Inc. (AJLI) is a non-profit organization that consists of nearly 300 local
Junior Leagues throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Junior Leagues define
themselves as educational and charitable women's organizations focused on improving their
communities through volunteerism and building their members' civic leadership skills. The
first Junior League was founded in New York City in 1901 while the local Junior League of
Los Angeles (JLLA) was formed in 1925 and accepted in the Association of Junior Leagues in
1926. This collection documents the history and philanthropy of the JLLA primarily through
their minutes and press clippings.
In 1925 Mrs. Victor Jacomini (Katherine Thomas), Mrs. Harold Braly (Henriette Janss), and
thirty-two other like-minded women formed a group known as the Convalescent Children's
League (CCL). Having researched the community needs, CCL piloted the operation and support
of a twelve-bed children's convalescent home on Ingraham Street, which became part of
Children's Hospital Los Angeles. This original founding group was admitted to The
Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) in 1926 and became the Junior League of
Los Angeles (JLLA).
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