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California Federation of Women's Clubs Records
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  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Arrangement note
  • Arrangement note
  • Administrative History
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content
  • Separated Material
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: California Federation of Women's Clubs records
    creator: California Federation of Women's Clubs
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.011
    Physical Description: 60 Linear Feet 101 boxes; 1 oversize folder
    Date (inclusive): 1900-2016
    Language of Material: English
    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.
    Container: Box 1-101; 1 oversized folder
    Container: 70-97; 100-101
    Container: 1


    Collection is open for research

    Acquisition Information

    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

    Arrangement note

    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 The Federation News, The California Federation News, currently known as The California Clubwoman.

    Arrangement note

    The general arrangement follows chronological order, whereas the Club Histories are divided into Districts and then alphabetically by club name.

    Administrative History

    The California Federation of Women's Clubs (CFWC) is part of an international community service organization 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. In May 1900 the California Federation joined a General Federation of Women's Clubs, the oldest women's volunteer organization in the United States. The Federation endorsed 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 campaigned 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.

    Preferred Citation

    California Federation of Women's Clubs records. MS 11. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Related Material

    MS 73 Santa Cruz Women's Club Records, 1907-1982
    MS 115 Durham Women's Club Records, 1920-1995
    MS 236 Paradise Women's Improvement Club Records, 1921-1997

    Scope and Content

    The material documents the California Federation of Women's Clubs general history and administrative activity, as well as the individual club histories.

    Separated Material

    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 number HQ1905.C3.
    Linda Phipps, 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-[1920], 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

    Publication Rights

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women -- Societies and clubs -- Sources
    Women -- California -- Societies and clubs -- History
    California Federation of Women's Clubs