Community Women's Club records
Scope and Contents
The collection contains meeting minutes (1904-51), treasurer's report (1904-07, 1923-1937), flower secretary lists (1934-1952). It also contains letters and cards (1938-1950); membership lists; programs (1937-1949); yearbooks (1935-1949); program books, creeds, and membership cards (1949-1953), and secretary record books (1948-1955).
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.
The Community Women's Club was one of the many organizations that traced its origins to the turn of the century when women's clubs became so numerous and so popular in Delaware County. It was on March 3, 1904 that the ladies of the Union Chapel Church in Eaton, Indiana met at the home of Mrs. Lee Langston for the purpose of organizing a Ladies Aid Society. The group established by-laws that stipulated that monthly meetings would be held in various members' homes. Hostesses who served over three items for refreshments would be subject to a small fine. Sewing was the main activity of the group and orders were taken for sunbonnets, aprons, and eventually for handmade quilts. The money received for the sale of these articles was used for the upkeep of Union Chapel. The singing of hymns and group prayer also accompanied the meetings, which sometimes featured a trip to the minister's home with refreshments.
In March of 1935, the Society voted to change its name to the Community Woman's Club. Sewing was still a main activity, but by the 1950s, the club had evolved into one of the numerous home economics clubs in the County. Demonstrations of products for home use and time saving tips for completing household tasks were now part of the monthly programs.
1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Community Women's Club meeting minutes, 1904-1951
Series 2: Community Women's Club documents, 1904-1953
This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.
No further additions are expected.
EAD finding aid created 2012/10/04 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2012/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
- Clubwomen Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Delaware County (Ind.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Muncie (Ind.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Programs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Reports Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Stoeckel Archives of Local History Subject Source: Local sources
- Women -- Societies and clubs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Yearbooks Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Community Women's Club records
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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