Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs. 9th District: Records, 1917-2000
Title: Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs. 9th District: Records
Inclusive Dates: 1917-2000
Creator: Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs. 9th District
Call Number: Eau Claire Mss AI
Quantity: 5.5 c.f. (12 archives boxes and 2 flat boxes) and 176 photographs (photocopies)
Housed at the Area Research Center, William D. McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division
UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library/Eau Claire Area Research Ctr.
Records of the regional organization of local affiliates of the General Federation of Women's Clubs in eleven north central Wisconsin counties (Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, and Trempealeau). Included are club histories, yearbooks, annual reports, correspondence, scrapbooks, minutes of meetings, news clippings, treasurer's reports, and other records concerning the clubs' civic and cultural activities. Also included are photographs of members of the Glenwood City club illustrating a 1986 workshop and photographs of the 1987 and 1990 conventions.
o Women—Wisconsin—Societies and clubs
The Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs (WFWC), an affiliate of the national General Federation of Women's Clubs, was organized in Milwaukee in October 1896, incorporating 63 existing clubs in ten districts. The counties of Barron, Buffalo,
Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau compose the Ninth District. Each district elects executive officers who meet in formal session at least once each year to direct the work of the district's clubs. Annually each club reports its activities to the district president who in turn reports to the state president. A convention of the entire membership gathers each spring. In 1974, 9th District local club affiliates numbered 193.
Since its organization, the WFWC has promoted civic awareness and responsibility as well as cultural enrichment of individual members. The clubs of the 9th District have established and supported local libraries; sponsored educational loan funds, the Helen Mears Art Contest, and the Theodora Youmans Citizenship Award; conducted Trees for Tomorrow conservation workshops and scholarship programs, and established the Federation Forest; helped purchase the site of the territorial capitol building in Belmont, and aided in the restoration of it and of the first Supreme Court building. Other areas of activity include home life, health and safety, and public and international affairs.
Scope and Content Note
This collection is arranged in two sections and contains a number of local club documents that may be of interest to the researcher. Part 1 consists of records transferred to the Archives in 1977; these date 1934-1974. Part 2 consists of records transferred in 1990 and in 2001; these date 1917-2000.
In PART 1, correspondence and financial records are minimal, but there are nearly complete series of annual club reports, minutes of meetings, club histories, and convention registration lists. Extensive files of club yearbooks, directories and project materials complete the documentation of club activities. The records are arranged chronologically or by subject within nine categories: Correspondence, Registration Lists, Minutes, Annual Reports, Project Reference Files, Histories, Yearbooks and Programs, Publications, and Scrapbooks.
Registration Lists and Minutes reveal district-wide administration and activities, while Annual Reports of club presidents to the district president describe noteworthy local programs and projects. Also listed are officers, membership figures, and the contributions of each club to charitable causes. Departmental reports describe specific cultural and community activities of local clubs.
The Project Reference Files contain handbooks, notes, and miscellany describing suggested programs for community service and cultural enrichment. These materials were distributed by the state organization to local club officers.
The histories and yearly programs of local clubs are detailed in the files of Histories and Yearbook And Programs. A history of the 9th District, compiled in 1976, is present, as are typewritten histories of many local clubs from inception to the 1960s. Yearbook And Programs, 1970-1974, present annual lists of officers and members and schedules of
meetings and projects for individual clubs.
A fragmentary series of Publications include printed directories of officers and members, a state federation handbook (1956-1958), a booklet containing resolutions of the general federation (to 1972), and scattered convention programs; while notes, correspondence, clippings, and memorabilia are found in the Scrapbooks.
Records in PART 2 include award certificates, correspondence, membership directories, minutes of meetings, scrapbooks, news clippings, annual reports, photographs of the 1990 state convention, and miscellaneous records of member clubs such as clippings, histories, and a scrapbook of photographs compiled by the Glenwood City Woman's Club showing members at meetings and other club activities.
Presented by the 9th District via Barbara Larson, Whitehall, Wisconsin, 1977, and via Mrs. Donald Nielsen, Bloomer, Wisconsin, 1990 and 2001. Accession Number: M77- 347; M91-125; M2001-167
Processed by Menzi Behrnd, 1978; Sally Jacobs, 1998; and Amy Rommel, 2001.
|Eau Claire Mss AI||Series: Part 1, 1934-1974|
|Box 1, Folder 1||District chairman, March-April 1960|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Miscellaneous, 1949-1970|
|Subseries: Registration Lists|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Executive Board meetings, 1936-1962|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Spring conventions, 1937-1960|
|Box 1, Folder 5-6||Executive Board and spring conventions, 1934-1960|
|Subseries: Annual Reports|
|Box 1, Folder 7||District president to state president, 1949-1961|
|Club presidents to district presidents|
Box 1, Folder 8-10
Box 2, Folder 1-8
Box 3, Folder 1-6
|Club departmental reports to the district president|
Box 3, Folder 7-8
|Box 4, Folder 1-2||1960-1962|
|Box 4, Folder 3||Club national defense report of registration, 1942|
|Box 4, Folder 4||Miscellaneous reports, 1948-1958|
|Subseries: Project Reference File|
|Box 4, Folder 5||Community improvement|
|Box 4, Folder 6||Conservation|
|Box 4, Folder 7||Health and safety|
|Box 4, Folder 8||Home and safety|
|Box 4, Folder 9||Public and international affairs|
|Box 5, Folder 1||Miscellaneous|
|Box 5, Folder 2|
Ninth district, Alma Center, Altoona, Annis Creek, Augusta, Barron, Black River Falls, Blair, Bloomer, Boyd, Brunswick
|Box 5, Folder 3||Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cleveland, Colfax, Cornell, County Line, Cumberland, Durand, Eagle Point, Eau Claire, Ettrick|
|Box 5, Folder 4|
Fairchild, Glenwood City, Granton, Hixton, Hudson, Hudson Prairie, LaFayette, Loyal, Lucas, Menomonie, Merrillan, Millston, New Auburn, New Richmond, Rice Lake, St. Joseph, Springdale, Thorp, Wheeler, Whithall, Woodmohr
|Box 5, Folder 5||River Falls Tuesday Club|
|Subseries: Yearbooks and Programs|
|Box 5, Folder 6||Alma Center, Altoona, Annis Creek, Augusta, Black River Falls, Blair, Bloomer, Boyd|
|Box 5, Folder 7||Brunswick, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cleveland, Colfax, Cornell, Cumberland, Durand, Eagle Point, Eau Claire, Ettrick|
|Box 6, Folder 1||Fairchild, Glenwood City, Granton, Hudson, HudsonPrairie, Ladies Benefit, LaFayette, Loyal, Lucas, Menomonie, New Auburn, New Richmond, Rice Lake, River Falls, St. Joseph|
|Box 6, Folder 2||Thorp, Whitehall, Woodmohr|
|Box 6, Folder 3||State directories, 1944-1961|
|Box 6, Folder 4||Ninth district directories, 1934-1942, 1958-1966, 1972-1974|
|Box 6, Folder 5||Districts 1-8 and 10 directories, 1970-1974|
|Box 6, Folder 6||Miscellany, 1956-1972|
|President's scrapbooks, 1936-1956, 1972-1974|
|Box 9||Convention scrapbooks, 1936-1960|
|Series: Part 2, 1917-2000|
|Subseries: 9th District Records|
|Box 10, Folder 1||Award Certificates, 1967-1968|
|Box 11, Folder 1||Board meetings, 1986-1998|
Box 11, Folder 2 - 3
|Conventions and workshops, 1961-2000|
|9th District WFWC Photographs, 1988-1990|
|Box 11, Folder 4||Photocopies|
|GFWC Centennial Convention Delegation Photographs, 1990|
|WFWC Centennial Convention Photographs, 1990|
|Correspondence with member clubs, 1986-1988|
|Box 11, Folder 7|
|Box 10, Folder 3||1976-1988|
|Box 11, Folder 8||1991-1994|
|Box 11, Folder 9||1917-1924|
|Box 10, Folder 4||1923-1936|
|Box 10, Folder 5||1976-1980|
|Box 11, Folder 10||Newsletters, 1980-1998|
|Box 11, Folder 11||News clippings, 1961, 1993-1994|
|Box 12, Folder 1||Biennial, 1998-2000|
Box 12, Folder 2 - 3
|Treasurer's, 1942-1984, 1991-1998|
|Box 13||1988-1991, 1992-1996|
|Box 14||1996-1998, 1998-2000|
|Subseries: Records from Member Clubs|
|Box 10, Folder 6||Augusta Women's Club, Annual Program, 1923-1971|
|Box 10, Folder 7||Black River Falls Tuesday Club, History, 1970-1989|
|Box 12, Folder 4||Bloomer Women's Club, 1988-1990|
|Box 10, Folder 8|
Cadott Women's Club, Clippings, and Agenda, 1985-1988
|Box 12, Folder 5 - 6||Club histories|
|Box 10, Folder 9||Eau Claire Women's Club, Treasurer's Book, 1932-1977 and Minutes, 1987|
|Box 10, Folder 10||Glenwood City Women's Club, Scrapbook [photocopy], 1985-1986|
Note: Original photographs are included in PH Eau Claire Mss AI.
|Box 10, Folder 11||Menomonie Federated Women's Club, Clippings, 1985|
|Box 10, Folder 12||Rice Lake Federated Women's Club, Clippings, 1986-1988|
|Box 10, Folder 13||Whitehall Women's Study Club, History, 1976-1986|