A Guide to the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs Records, 1907-1958 Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs, Records, 1907-1958 25115

A Guide to the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs Records, 1907-1958

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 25115


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
25115
Title
Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs Records, 1907-1958
Physical Characteristics
7.2 cu. ft.
Physical Location
Personal papers collection, Acc. 25115
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs. Records, 1907-1958. Accession 25115, Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs, 1 April 1960.


Biographical/Historical Information

The Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs was founded in 1907 in Lynchburg, Virginia. The first president elected was Mrs. James Kyle, of the Lynchburg Woman's Club. The Virginia Federation was a state branch of the national organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, which had been established in New York in 1892. The organization consisted of literary, sewing, and social clubs that were founded primarily as a means for self-education and development for women. Gradually, the emphasis of most local clubs changed to community service and improvement.

The Virginia Federation was organized into six geographic districts, with a seventh added in 1932, and further divided into several departments, American Home, Education, Fine Arts, Legislation, International Relations, and Public Welfare. Issues addressed included penal reform, highway beautification, birth control, illiteracy, and education. Among the many accomplishments of the club was the establishment of the Etta Belle Nature Camp in 1945 (Natural Bridge, Va.); the restoration of the McLean House (Appomattox, Va.) in 1951; the association of Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, Va.), a women's liberal arts college, with the University of Virginia in 1944; and numerous libraries established in Virginia during the 1920-1930's. As of 1999 the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs was still in existence.

For further information on women's clubs, researchers should consult: THE VIRGINIA FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS: 1907-1957, by Etta Belle Walker Northington; THE HISTORY OF THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS FOR THE FIRST TWENTY-TWO YEARS OF ITS ORGANIZATION, by Mary I. Wood; and REACHING OUT: A STORY OF THE GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS, by Mary Jean Houde.

Scope and Content Information

The Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs (VFWC) records are housed in 18 archival boxes and are arranged alphabetically by folder title, with oversized materials and research cards arranged to the rear. The collection documents the history of the Federation's contribution to Virginia's social welfare, including environmental conservation, homefront service during both World Wars, improvement of health conditions, child welfare, volunteer work, fund-raising, and charities. The records consist of research materials gathered by members of the VFWC in connection with the organization's golden anniversary celebration in 1957. The materials were also used in the writing of Etta Belle Walker Northington's book, THE VIRGINIA FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS: 1907-1957.

These records include biographical files, clippings, correspondence, district reports, financial records, histories, minutes, pamphlets, photographs, research cards, scrapbooks, serials, and other sundry materials. The records of the Junior Women's Clubs, a subsidiary of the Federation, are also included. Of note within the collection are the biographical files, district reports, and research cards. The biographical files are organized by presidential terms and contain pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, yearbooks, club directories and genealogical information, 1907-1958. The correspondence is rather limited, although some letters to Virginia politicians are included. The files of Etta Belle Northington, for example, contain correspondence with Governor William M. Tuck, 1946. It should be noted that the biographical files also contain minutes, and researchers should consult both the biographical and minute files for each specific year.

The district reports are arranged alphabetically by club name and are a good source of information on club activities and events. The reports include information on club history, yearly activities, officers, finances, and often contain photographs and programs. The research notecards contain indexed information from the federation files and were established as a reference guide for the Golden Anniversary Research Committee. The cards are arranged chronologically in two sections: grouped by presidential term and by year. Each section is then subdivided into subjects, for example, projects, war work, personalities, Virginia history, and awards.

The collection also includes a number of scrapbooks from the federation and its districts. Of note is a war bond scrapbook, 1943-1946, chronicling the efforts of Virginia club women to sell bonds and raise money for military equipment during World War II. Fighter planes were purchased through the efforts of the Virginia clubs, namely, the "Wings of the Alexandria Woman's Club" in 1944, and "H.J. Miracle", for the Hilton Village Juniors, in 1943.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
American Home Department, 1929-1935
Box 1
Folder 2
Biographical files, Mrs. James R. Kyle, Pamphlets, 1907-1909
Box 1
Folder 3
Biographical files, Mrs. James R. Kyle, Papers, 1907-1909
Box 1
Folder 4
Biographical files, Mrs. Alexander B. Carrington, 1909-1910
Box 1
Folder 5
Biographical files, Mrs. William Wyatt King, 1910-1912
Box 1
Folder 6
Mrs. Manley M. Caldwell, 1912-1915
Box 1
Folder 7
Biographical files, Ms. Helen Norris Cummings, 1915-1917
Box 1
Folder 8
Biographical files, Mrs. John Lyle Hagan, 1917-1919
Box 1
Folder 9
Biographical files, Mrs. Henry E. Parker, 1919-1921
Box 1
Folder 10
Biographical files, Mrs. Henry Lockwood, 1921-1923
Box 1
Folder 11
Biograhical files, Mrs. J. Allison Hodges, 1923-1925
Box 1
Folder 12
Biographical files, Mrs. Henry S. Eley, 1925-1926
Box 1
Folder 13
Biographical files, Mrs. Wythe F. Morehead, 1926-1928
Box 2
Folder 1
Biographical files, Mrs. Henry S. Eley, 1928-1930
Box 2
Folder 2
Biographical files, Mrs. J.L. Blair Buck, 1930-1932
Box 2
Folder 3
Biographical files, Mrs. Lawrence J. Giles, 1932-1935
Box 2
Folder 4
Biographical files, Mrs. Fred M. Alexander, 1935-1936
Box 2
Folder 5
Biographical files, Mrs. Fred M. Alexander, 1937-1938
Box 2
Folder 6
Biographical files, Mrs. Virginia L. Bland, 1938-1939
Box 2
Folder 7
Biographical files, Mrs. Virginia L. Bland, 1940-1941
Box 3
Folder 1
Biographical files, Mrs. Roy G. Boatwright, 1941-1944
Box 3
Folder 2
Biographical files, Mrs. Oscar F. Northington, Jr., 1944-1945
Box 3
Folder 3
Biographical files, Mrs. Oscar F. Northington, Jr., 1946-1947
Box 3
Folder 4
Biographical files, Mrs. W.T. Sparrer; Chairman, Conservation War Products, 1944-1947
Box 3
Folder 5
Biographical files, Mrs. Claud E. Eley, 1947-1948
Box 3
Folder 6
Biographical files, Mrs. Roy E. Kyle, 1948-1950
Box 4
Folder 1
Biographical files, Mrs. Arthur P. Hartz, 1950-1952
Box 4
Folder 2
Biographical files, Mrs. H. Stanley Bailey, 1952-1954
Box 4
Folder 3
Biographical files, Mrs. R. Richard Schweitzer, Clippings, 1954-1956
Box 4
Folder 4
Biographical files, Mrs. R. Richard Schweitzer, Papers, 1954-1956
Box 4
Folder 5
Biographical files, Mrs. William S. Murray, Clippings, 1956-1958
Box 4
Folder 6
Biographical files, Mrs. William S. Murray, Papers, 1956-1958
Box 4
Folder 7
Clippings, 1908-1955
Box 4
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1951-1956
Box 5
Folder 1
District reports, First District, A-N 1907-1937
Box 5
Folder 2
District reports, First District, P-R, 1907-1937
Box 5
Folder 3
District reports, First District, S-W, 1907-1937
Box 5
Folder 4
District reports, First District, 1938-1939
Box 5
Folder 5
District reports, First District, 1939-1941
Box 5
Folder 6
District reports, First District, 1944-1947
Box 5
Folder 7
District reports, Second District, 1938-1939
Box 5
Folder 8
District reports, Second District, 1939-1941
Box 6
Folder 1
District reports, Third District, 1907-1937
Box 6
Folder 2
District reports, Third District, 1938-1939
Box 6
Folder 3
District reports, Third District, 1944-1946
Box 6
Folder 4
District reports, Fourth District, 1915-1937
Box 6
Folder 5
District reports, Fourth District, 1938-1939
Box 6
Folder 6
District reports, Fourth District, 1944-1947
Box 6
Folder 7
District reports, Fifth District, A-H, 1907-1937
Box 6
Folder 8
District reports, Fifth District, J-W, 1907-1937
Box 6
Folder 9
District reports, Fifth District, 1938-1939
Box 7
Folder 1
District reports, Fifth District, 1939-1941
Box 7
Folder 2
District reports, Fifth District, 1944-1947
Box 7
Folder 3
District reports, Sixth District, A-J, 1907-1938
Box 7
Folder 4
District reports, Sixth District, N-W, 1907-1938
Box 7
Folder 5
District reports, Sixth District, 1939-1941
Box 7
Folder 6
District reports, Sixth District, 1944-1947
Box 8
Folder 1
District reports, Seventh District, 1937-1939
Box 8
Folder 2
District reports, Seventh District, 1944-1947
Box 8
Folder 3
Eduational Loan Fund (5th District), Application form, nd
Box 8
Folder 4
Educational Loan Fund (5th District), Correspondence, Administrative, 1927-1938
Box 8
Folder 5
Educational Loan Fund (5th District), Correspondence, Applicants, 1927-1935
Box 8
Folder 6
Educational Loan Fund (5th District), Correspondence, Applicants, 1936
Box 8
Folder 7
Educational Loan Fund (5th District), Correspondence, Applicants, 1937
Box 8
Folder 8
Educational Loan Fund (5th District), Correspondence, Form letters, 1931
Box 8
Folder 9
Financial records, Account books, 1918-1925
Box 8
Folder 10
Financial records, Checks, 1915-1917
Box 8
Folder 11
Financial records, Ledgers, 1907-March 1921
Box 8
Folder 12
Financial records, Ledgers, April 1921-1922
Box 9
Folder 1
Financial records, Ledgers, 1923-June 1925
Box 9
Folder 2
Financial records, Ledgers, July 1925-1931
Box 9
Folder 3
Golden Anniversary Committee, 1954-1958
Box 9
Folder 4
Histories, Clubs, Augusta Springs-Westmoreland, 1907-1957
Box 9
Folder 5
Histories, Clubs, Tidewater District, 1951-1955
Box 9
Folder 6
Histories, Clubs, VFWC, 1922-1957
Box 9
Folder 7
Histories, Magazines, 1922-1957
Box 9
Folder 8
Minutes, 1922-1923
Box 10
Folder 1
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1934-1938
Box 10
Folder 2
Minutes, Executive Committee, 1934-1938
Box 10
Folder 3
Minutes, 1935
Box 10
Folder 4
Minutes, 1938-January 1941
Box 10
Folder 5
Minutes, May 1941-1944
Box 10
Folder 6
Minutes, Annual convention, 1945-1947
Box 10
Folder 7
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1945-1947
Box 10
Folder 8
Minutes, Executive Committee, 1945-1947
Box 10
Folder 9
Minutes, Annual conventions, 1951-1954
Box 10
Folder 10
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1951-1954
Box 10
Folder 11
Minutes, Executive Committee, 1951-1954
Box 11
Folder 1
Minutes, Juniors (1st District), 1938-1952
Box 11
Folder 2
Miscellaneous, 1940-1957
Box 11
Folder 3
Office procedures, 1955
Box 11
Folder 4
Pamphlets, 1924-1958
Box 11
Folder 5
Photographs, 1945-1956
Box 11
Folder 6
Report forms (blank), 1957-1958
Box 11
Folder 7
Scrapbooks, Fifth District, 1938-1941
Box 11
Folder 8
Scrapbooks, Fifth District, 1941-1944
Box 11
Folder 9
Scrapbooks, Tuesday Women's Club (Lexington, Va.), 1915-1932
Box 11
Folder 10
Scrapbooks, Tuesday Women's Club (Lexington, Va.), 1915-1932
Box 11
Folder 11
Scrapbooks, VFWC, 1907-1952
Box 11
Folder 12
Scrapbooks, VFWC, War Stamps and Bonds, 1943-1946
Box 12
Folder 1
Serials, Miscellaneous, 1922-1941
Box 12
Folder 2
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1928-1930
Box 12
Folder 3
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1931-1932
Box 12
Folder 4
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1933-1937
Box 12
Folder 5
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1938-1942
Box 12
Folder 6
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1943-1946
Box 12
Folder 7
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1947-1949
Box 13
Folder 1
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1950-1953
Box 13
Folder 2
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1954-1955
Box 13
Folder 3
Serials, The Virginia Club Woman, 1956-1958
Box 13
Folder 4
Yearbooks (duplicates), 1937-1954
Box 13
Folder 5
Printing plates
Box 14
Oversize, Research cards, Administrations, 1907-1930
Box 15
Oversize, Research cards, Administrations and misc., 1932-1954
Box 16
Oversize, Research cards, Chronological, 1907-1957
Box 17
Scrapbooks, Fifth District, 1938-1944
Box 18
Scrapbooks, VFWC, 1907-1952
Box 18
Photograph, 1925