Woodlawn Woman’s Club Records
Scope and Contents
The Woodlawn Women’s Club Records (WWC), contain a bound volume by Louise J. Pearson titled, History of the Woodlawn Woman’s Club, meeting minutes and yearbooks that chronicle by-laws, membership and programs from 1913 to 1954. The photographs include an individual member and a group shot.
Copies of selected items are also available at the Chicago Public Library, Woodlawn Regional.
- 1913 - 1954
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Materials are open without restrictions.
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Biographical / Historical
During the late winter months of 1895, Mrs. Corrine S. Brown, inspired by the spirit of “get-together-ness” engendered by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, began planning for an organization for women in the Woodlawn community. A preliminary meeting was held February 4, 1895 in the parlor of Dr. Katherine Clapp’s home on Woodlawn Avenue. Forty interested women attended this meeting and resolved that, “for the promotion of sympathetic unity of feeling and purpose, closer association, and the power of cooperating successfully, we favor the organization of a Women’s Club in Woodlawn.”
Two weeks later, four hundred attended the Woodlawn’s Woman’s Club inaugural meeting held at the Colonial Hotel on February 18, 1895. By the end of its first year, The Woodlawn Woman’s Club (WWC) had incorporated with the State of Illinois, associated with the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs, and recruited over two hundred and fifty members.
The WWC adopted as its objectives, “mutual counsel and sympathy, unity of action in case of need, and a promotion of higher social, moral, and educational conditions.” Implementing these goals required the customary division of labor. The WWC formed seven sections to carry out its ambitious program: home, literature and science, art and music, education, reform, philanthropy and recreation. By 1954, the last year for which records exist for this collection, WWC membership had dropped to approximately fifty members. The reasons for this decline in WWC membership and the date of WWC’s subsequent dissolution are not readily discernible from the available evidence.
1 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes, plus 2 photographs and 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
The Woodlawn Women’s Club Records (WWC), contain a bound volume by Louise J. Pearson titled, History of the Woodlawn Woman’s Club, meeting minutes and yearbooks that chronicle by-laws, membership and programs from 1913 to 1954.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of materials or title and alphabetically within.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the Chicago Public Library, Woodlawn Regional Library as part of a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant in the 1980s. The materials were originally collected by the Historical Society of Woodlawn.
- Women -- Societies and clubs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Woodlawn (Chicago, Ill.) -- History -- Sources. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Woodlawn Women’s Club (Chicago, Ill.)
- Woodson Regional Library Center (Chicago, Ill.) (Organization)
- Guide to the Woodlawn Woman’s Club Records
- Original author unknown, 1985. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Michelle McCoy, 2021
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- Finding aid written in English.
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