Woman's Club records

MSS 226
5 linear inches


Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Woman's Club.




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Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Woman's Club.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
Women -- Societies and clubs 

Finding aid prepared by:

Jamie Nelson, 2001. Revised by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006.


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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The Augustana Woman's Club was founded March 20, 1917, by Florence Anderson, the originator and promoter of the "girls-get together idea" (Minutes, 1917-1930, p. 9).  Women enrolled in any Augustana College department were eligible to join.  The constitution of the club was soon amended to include women faculty members and wives of the faculty.   Many of the activities organized by the club were social in nature while  other activities were service-related.  Often the group discussed an issue effecting women on campus and came to a consensus before approaching the administration with concerns.  The records reflect Augustana women's Red Cross work during World Wars I and II, their growing involvement on campus and in national women's organizations, their interest in physical education, and the effect of the Great Depression on campus activities.  The group's name alternated between the Woman's Club and the Women's Club in the early years, perhaps depending on the secretary at the time.  In May 1940 the club was reorganized as the Women's League and served as a coordinating body for all women's activities on campus.



The Augustana Woman's Club records date from 1917 to 1958 and measure 5 linear inches.  The records consist of minutes, financial materials, newsletters, and scrapbook.

Two notebooks of handwritten meeting Minutes (1917-1943 and 1946-1947) detail the plans and events of the organization.  Musical and literary programs often followed the business portion of the meetings and performers and pieces are noted in the minutes.  Information on committees, events, fundraising activities and campus happenings can be found in the minutes.

The Financial Records (1922-1925 and 1943-1953) provide supplementary information on the club.  Fundraising efforts were tracked in the order book and the treasurer's book lists the receipts and expenditures for the club.  The folder of paper receipts gives greater insight into the types of food and decorations purchased for club activities as well as the planning and preparation behind the activities.

Newsletters (1939-1940) from the National Association of Deans of Women and the Illinois Association of Women's Clubs provide a context from which to view the growth and development of the Augustana Woman's Club.  The Illinois Association of Women's Clubs newsletter includes a report of activities at Augustana as well as at other colleges and universities in the state.

The Scrapbook (1944-1958) includes newpaper clippings, even programs, and a copy of the Augustana Women's League Constitution. The newsclippings provide a great deal of information about the activities of the league, particularly their annual Women's Week. Contemporary student opinions of the Women's League and its activities also become evident through these articles. The scrapbook pages, originally in a three-ring binder, have been removed and foldered.



Box 1

            1930-1947 [lacking 1944-1945]

      Financial Records
            Order book, 1922-1925
            Treasury Account Book, 1943-1953
            Receipts, 1950-1953 and undated


            1944-45 to 1957-58 (photocopy of original)
            1944-45 to 1957-58



MSS 24 Augustana Dames, MSS 57 Augustana Women


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