Guide to the Women's City Club Records
1922-1973

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Women's City Club (Seattle, Wash.)
Title: Women's City Club Records
Dates: 1922-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.76 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Location of Collection: 12a.2.12-13
Collection Number: 1973.5572
Summary: The Women's City Club Records comprise minutes, financial records, photographs, programs, reports, correspondence, six scrapbooks and other documents relating to the Women's City Club of Seattle, Washington.
Repository: Museum of History & Industry
Sophie Frye Bass Library

5933 6th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-324-1126
URL: http://www.mohai.org

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

The Women's City Club of Seattle was organized in 1922 by former Seattle Mayor Bertha K. Landes. The club was originally known as “The Women's Civic League,” but the name changed to the Women's City Club in December 1923. The purpose of the club was to educate women about local, state, national and world politics, and in cooperation with other organizations, to work towards securing the welfare of the city and improving civic conditions. The club was non-partisan and did not endorse particular candidates for office, however during election years it did invite all candidates for public office to address the club. Club meetings were held every Tuesday and individual meetings would focus on particular aspects of government.

The club grew quickly in popularity. In December 1923, the club reported 640 women on its membership rolls. Not long after establishing the club, Bertha Landes resigned as president. In November 1923, Mrs. Frederic J. Beull was elected president in her place. The club worked very actively with other community organizations, at one point having delegate representatives in thirteen other organizations such as the Anti-Tuberculosis League, the Red Cross, King County Home and others. The club was dissolved in 1973.

Content Description

The Women's City Club Records is mostly made up of financial records and meeting minutes. Both the financial records and meeting minutes span the entire life of the club, from 1923 – 1973, but include some gaps in the chronology.

Other records for the collection include a small number of photographs and programs, as well as a collection of correspondence spanning from 1924-1942, some reports written by club members, six scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings about the club ranging from 1923-1971, and other records relating to the club and its involvement in the community.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :  

Women's City Club Records, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Women's City Club Records is comprised of eight series, three of which have been further arranged into subseries. All series and subseries are arranged chronologically. The arrangement of the collection is as follows:

  • Series 1: Financial Records
    • Subseries A: Financial Reports, 1923-1972
    • Subseries B: Lists of Members and Record of Dues Paid, 1924-1972
  • Series 2: Minutes and Other Records of Meetings
    • Subseries A: Meeting Minutes, 1922-1972
    • Subseries B: Member register and Sign-in Sheets
  • Series 3: Correspondence, 1924-1942, undated
  • Series 4: Community Involvement and Involvement with other Organizations, 1927-1949
  • Series 5: Reports and Publications of the Women's City Club, 1923-1934
  • Series 6: Photographs of club members, 1932, circa 1958
  • Series 7: Programs
    • Subseries A: Women's City Club Annual Luncheons, 1948-1955
    • Subseries B: Regular Meetings, 1927, 1945
  • Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1923-1971

Acquisition Information :  

Source: Women’s City Club, January 4, 1973

Processing Note :  

Processed by Esther Benson 2008

Separated Materials :  

These materials are part of a donation by Women's City Club that also includes a number of artifacts such as flags, sound equipment, a gavel and other miscellaneous equipment. The artifacts are cataloged and stored separately by MOHAI’s Collections Department.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Financial Records, 1923-1972
17 bound volumes
Arranged chronologically
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Subseries A: Financial Reports
6 bound volumes
1923-1972
Box
1 Financial Reports
1 bound volume
1923 February – 1930 June
1 Financial Reports
1 bound volume
1930 June - 1932 August
1 Financial Reports
1 bound volume
1937 circa November –1939 circa July
1 Financial Reports
1 bound volume
1940 May - 1950 May
1 Financial Reports
1 bound volume
1950 May – 1963 May
1 Financial Reports
1 bound volume
1972 May – 1972 September
1 Subseries B: Lists of Members and Record of Dues Paid
11 bound volumes
1924-1972
Box
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1924 June – 1928 June
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1924 November –1932 May
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1928 September –1933 May
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1937 May –1940 May
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1941 May – 1944 May
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1944 May – 1945 May
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1945 June – 1948 February
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1948 February – 1950 September
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1950 September –1955 May
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1955 May – 1963 October
1 List of members and record of dues paid
1 bound volume
1963 October – 1972 April

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Series 2: Minutes and Other Records of Meetings, 1922-1973
11 bound volumes, 1 folder
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
2 Subseries A: Meeting Minutes
9 bound volumes
1922-1972
Box
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1922 November– 1928 May
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1948 May – 1950 June
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1950 August – 1952 August
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1952 September – 1955 February
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1955 March – 1957 September
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1957 October – 1961 May
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1961 May – 1963 November
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1964 January – 1966 June
2 Meeting minutes
1 bound volume
1966 August – 1972 September
2 Subseries B: Member register and Sign-in Sheets
2 bound volumes, 1 folder
various, 1971-1973
Box
2 Alphabetical Membership Register
1 bound volume
undated
2 Sign-in sheet
1 notebook
1971 March – 1972 September
Box/Folder
2/1 Membership list
1 folder
1972-1973

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Series 3: Correspondence, circa 1924-1942, undated
1 folder
Container(s)
box-folder
2/2

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Series 4: Community Involvement and Involvement with other Organizations, circa 1927-1949
1 folder
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/3 Bulletin of the Recreation Members of the Parent-Teacher Association and the Women's City Club 1927 April 1
2/3 Report and Membership Card to The Washington State Council for Protection of Roadside Beauty, made out to the Women's City Club circa 1932
2/3 Program for the 21st Annual Institute of Government, held at University of Washington, Seattle 1936 July
2/3 Address of Mrs. H.E. Maltby, 16th President of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs, at the formal dedication of the Federation Forest 1949 July 16
2/3 Certificate of Appreciation from the American National Red Cross to the Women's City Club undated
2/3 Certificate of Recognition from the Anti-Tuberculosis League of King County to the Women's City Club undated

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Series 5: Reports and Publications of the Women's City Club, 1923-1934
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/4 Roster of Seattle area clubs compiled by the Research Department of the Women's City Club circa 1923
2/4 Report on the progress of the Citizenship Class 1920-1930, prepared by the Chairman of the Women's City Club Citizenship Class 1930
2/4 Articles of Incorporation for the Women's City Club 1931
2/4 Historical sketch of the Women's City Club, written by the Women's City Club Publicity Committee for the Seattle Times 1934

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Series 6: Photographs of club members, 1934- circa1958
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/5 .40: J.D. Ross and Mrs. Adeline Cole at dedication (tree planting), of Diablo Dam along the Skagit River. 1934
2/6 .41: Members of Women's City Club and others at dedication (tree planting) Diablo Dam 1934
2/7 .42-.43: Members of Women's City Club on a trip to Diablo Dam
2 photographs
1934
2/8 .44: Women's City Club on a trip to Olympia circa 1958

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Series 7: Programs, 1927-1945
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/9 Subseries A: Women's City Club Annual May Luncheons
Missing programs for years 1950, 1953 and 1954.
1948-1955
2/9 Subseries B: Regular Meetings
3 programs
1927, 1945

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Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1923-1971

One stand-alone scrapbook and a set of five chronologically arranged scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings relating to the Women's City Club.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
2 Scrapbook
1 bound volume
1941-1945
Scrapbook set
5 bound volumes
1923-1971
Box
3 Volume 1 1923-1934
3 Volume 2 1934-1940
4 Volume 3 1940-1945
4 Volume 4 1945-1953
5 Volume 5 1953-1971

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Landes, Bertha Knight, 1868-1943
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Clubs--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Women in community organization--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Women--Societies and clubs

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