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Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club Records

Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club Records

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Title: Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club Records
Identification: UA301
Date: 1921-2014 (bulk 1921-1997)
Size/Quantity: 11.3 linear feet (23 boxes: 6 document cases, 1 half-size document case, 16 oversize boxes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club, formerly known as the Georgia Tech Woman's Club, was founded in 1921 as a social and service organization for the wives of faculty members and administrators. Later the Club expanded to include women faculty members and administrators.This collection includes administrative files, financial records, minutes, and yearbooks chronicling the business, social, and charitable activities of the organization. A set of scrapbooks also provide comprehensive documentation of the Club's activities for most of the organization's history.
General notePart of this collection was processed in 2000, as the Georgia Tech Woman's Club Records, MS 11. This collection includes the materials that were in MS 11 as well as additional materials that have since been obtained by the Georgia Tech Archives. The titles of all folders from the earlier collection include the manuscript number in their titles.

Biographical/Historical Note

At the urging of Belle Matheson, wife of then-president Kenneth G. Matheson, the Georgia Tech Woman's Club was founded on February 18, 1921 as a social and service organization for the wives of faculty members and administrators. By the late 1920s, membership had broadened to include women employees of Tech, although there were comparatively few at that time. The Club soon became affiliated with the City Federation of Women's Clubs, as well as the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Membership in the Club grew quickly in its first years, beginning with twenty-seven members at the Club's founding, and increasing to fifty within a year. The meetings were generally held in a member's home, and would include a business meeting, followed by either entertainment or an educational component.

Although the Club was primarily a social organization in its early years, the members undertook a number of service projects. They supported campus activities, such as selling tickets for performances by the Marionettes. They sponsored an annual reception in the fall, held at the home of Georgia Tech's president, to welcome new faculty members and their spouses. The annual spring party often served as a fundraiser for the Club's special projects. In the mid-1920s, they adopted the practice of helping a needy family at Christmastime. In 1933, they began assisting Georgia Tech students instead, providing meal tickets or streetcar tickets for students who could not afford them. This practice became more formalized in later years as the Student Aid Fund, which provided loans to students. Later activities included support of international students at Tech with the Foreign Student Fund during the 1960s, and when women began to be admitted to the campus, the group provided scholarships to women students.

Other Club activities included preparing meals monthly at the Tech Y.M.C.A. and various members entertaining groups of freshmen on Sunday evenings. They also answered special calls for assistance from the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the Red Cross; however, they generally stuck to their mission of supporting Tech and its students. Some of their projects benefited themselves; for example, in the early 1940s, the Club worked to get hospitalization insurance for the spouses and children of faculty members and negotiated reduced rates for use of Tech's swimming pool.

Originally known as the Georgia Tech Woman's Club until at least 1969, the group altered its name to the Georgia Tech Women's Club during the 1970-1971 academic year, and the next year made the change to the Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club. In later years, the Club met in the Green Room of the Y.M.C.A. and still later, in the Wilby Room of the library. The Club also occasionally held joint meetings with the Emory Woman's Club. As the campus has grown in population and size, the Club continues to foster and maintain communications and associations among the faculty and their families in social settings.

Among the group's active members were the wives of the Georgia Tech Presidents, including Belle Matheson, Ella Wall van Leer, Margaret Hansen, and Florence Pettit, among others. Other active members have been members of the faculty, including Georgia Tech librarian Dorothy Crosland, and wives of faculty members, including Nell Trotter, who became Dean of Women at Georgia State University.


Scope and Content Note

The records of the Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club at the Georgia Institute of Technology consist of administrative files, financial records, minutes, yearbooks, and scrapbooks, which chronicle the business meetings as well as the social and charitable activities of the organization. The meeting minutes, which also include some financial reports, document the Club's activities from its founding to about 1946; from 1932 onward, the minutes of the Executive Board are included as well. A volume of treasurer's reports from 1933-1950 also documents this earlier period. Other administrative files, including announcements, constitution, membership lists, and programs, are not as voluminous but do provide additional information on the Club's early activities and administration. The printed yearbooks, the officers' reports in the administrative files, and the later financial records chronicle the activities of the organization from the early 1970s through the 1990s.

The scrapbooks in this collection provide the most complete documentation of the Club's activities from the 1930s through the late 1990s. The yearbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and other memorabilia included in these scrapbooks provide comprehensive information on the Club's business, social, and charitable activities during a large part of the Club's history. A "Friendship" scrapbook also chronicles the organization's support of members of the Georgia Tech community at the time of illness or death of a family member.


Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series:

SERIES 1. Administrative files

SERIES 2. Financial records

SERIES 3. Minutes

SERIES 4. Yearbooks

SERIES 5. Scrapbooks


Index Terms

Crosland, Dorothy M., (Dorothy Murray), 1903-1983
Georgia Tech Woman's Club.
Hansen, Margaret Kuehl
Matheson, Belle Fleet
Pettit, Florence
Scrapbooks.
Student aid--Georgia--Atlanta.
Trotter, Nell H., 1904-1996
Van Leer, Ella Wall, 1892-1986
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club Records (UA301), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Obtained in 1985, with several subsequent additions (accession numbers: 1985.1001, 1997.0105, 2000.031, 2001.139, 2001.141, 2002.049, 2003.035, 2004.055, 2005.024).

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these records in June 2006.

Accruals

Additions to this collection are made on a regular basis.

Revisions to Finding Aid

June 2006:
  • This finding aid replaces the finding aid for the Georgia Tech Woman's Club Records (MS 11). The addition of further materials has necessitated the creation of this new collection and finding aid. March 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit. July 2013: 2012-2013 yearbook added.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    Some of the scrapbooks in this collection are fragile and must be handled with care.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Separated Material

    The loose photographs from the scrapbooks of this collection have been removed and processed separately as the Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club Photographs (VAUA301).


    Related Material

    See also the Georgia Tech Women's Investment Club Records (UA #302), in the Georgia Tech Archives.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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    SERIES 1: Administrative files, 1923-1994.

    0.4 Linear feet (1 document case)

    Arrangement

    The folders are arranged alphabetically by title.

    Scope and Content

    Series 1 consists of general administrative files from the Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club. Significant materials in this series include the group's constitution and by-laws dating from the 1920s, and membership lists from the early 1930s. Also included in this series are several folders of officers' reports, as well as correspondence, lists of officers' duties, lists of activities and information on various committees, such as the Newcomers' Group, and some financial information (see also Series 2). The officers' reports and accompanying material date from a later period, the 1970s to the early 1990s.

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    11Announcements (MS 11), 1967-1968
    12Constitutions and by-laws (MS 11), 1923-1933
    13General Federation of Women's Clubs (MS 11), 1925-1929
    14Membership lists (MS 11), 1929-1936
    15Newspaper articles (MS 11), 1934-1969
    16Officers' reports, 1972-1980
    17Officers' reports, office files, 1980-1984
    18Officers' reports, office files, 1990-1994
    19Programs (MS 11), 1965-1970
     

    SERIES 2: Financial records, 1933-1950; 1973-2002.

    0.8 Linear feet (2 document cases)

    Arrangement

    The folders are arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    The financial records in Series 2 cover two periods, the 1930s and 1940s and the 1970s through the early years of the twenty-first century. The earlier records are kept in a volume containing expenditures for events and projects such as the Student Aid Fund, as well as membership lists for dues and fundraising. The early records also include the treasurer's annual reports. The later financial records consist of ledger sheets documenting disbursements and income for the period, correspondence between the treasurer and other officers, bills and receipts, and bank statements.

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    21Treasurer's reports (MS 11), 1933-1950
    22Ledgers, 1973-1980
    23Financial records, 1980-1981
    24Financial records, 1981-1982
    25Ledgers, 1981-1984
    26Ledgers, 1985-1986
    27Financial records, 1986-1987
    28Financial records, 1987-1988
    29Financial records, 1988-1989
    210Financial records, 1989-1990
    211Financial records, 1990-1991
    212Financial records, 1991-1992
    213Financial records, 1992-1993

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    31Financial records, 1993-1994
    32Financial records, 1994-1995
    33Financial records, 1995-1996
    34Financial records, 1996-1997
    35Financial records, 1997-1998
    36Financial records, 1998-1999
    37Financial records, 1999-2000
    38Financial records, 2000-2001
    39Financial records, 2001-2002
     

    SERIES 3: Minutes, 1921-1946.

    0.8 Linear feet (2 document cases)

    Arrangement

    The folders are arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    Series 3 contains volumes of meeting minutes from the Club's initial meeting on February 18, 1921 to the mid 1940s. The minutes record the proceedings of the business meetings of the group, including the locations of the meetings, the hostesses, and the entertainment that often followed the meetings. The organization's recording secretary wrote the minutes in longhand in a bound volume. At the beginning of each academic year, the officers of the Club were listed, as well as the hostesses for the monthly meetings. Also included in these volumes are reports from the officers of the group, including the reports of the Secretary-Treasurer. For further financial records, see also Series 2; for additional officers' reports, see also Series 1.

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    41Meeting minutes (MS 11), February 1921-May 1924
    42Meeting minutes (MS 11), October 1924-May 1930
    43Meeting minutes (MS 11), September 1930-April 1934
    44Meeting minutes (MS 11), May 1934-November 1936
    45Meeting minutes (MS 11), December 1936-May 1939
    46Meeting minutes (MS 11), May 1939-May 1941

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    51Meeting minutes (MS 11), May 1941-April 1943
    52Meeting minutes (MS 11), April 1943-1946
     

    SERIES 4: Yearbooks, 1973-2014

    0.4 Linear feet (1 document case)

    Arrangement

    The yearbooks are arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    Series 4 consists of a set of printed yearbooks for the Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club, each of which contains information such as membership directories, lists of officers and committee chairpersons, and calendars of events for the coming year. Some also contain the by-laws of the group. For further information on the constitution and by-laws of the Club, see Series 1; for further membership lists, see Series 1 and Series 2.

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    61Yearbook, 1973-1974
    62Yearbook, 1979-1980
    63Yearbook, 1980-1981
    64Yearbook, 1981-1982
    65Yearbook, 1982-1983
    66Yearbook, 1984-1985
    67Yearbook, 1985-1986
    68Yearbook, 1986-1987
    69Yearbook, 1987-1988
    610Yearbook, 1988-1989
    611Yearbook, 1989-1990
    612Yearbook, 1992-1993
    613Yearbook, 1993-1994
    614Yearbook, 2012-2013
    615Yearbook, 2013-2014
     

    SERIES 5: Scrapbooks, 1921-2000.

    8.9 Linear feet (1 half-size document case, 16 oversize boxes)

    Arrangement

    The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    Series 5 is made up of a group of scrapbooks that the Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club created to chronicle the Club's activities throughout each academic year. The collection includes a full run of these scrapbooks from 1933 to 1997. Items such as photographs, programs, yearbooks, invitations, newspaper clippings, and correspondence are included in the scrapbooks. Notes identifying people in the photographs and other annotations provide valuable additional information. This series also includes a "Friendship" scrapbook, which documents the cards, notes and expressions of sympathy sent by the GTFWC to members of the Club or the Georgia Tech community in general who had experienced an illness or death in their families. The "Friendship" scrapbook also documents the Club's practice of donating books to the Georgia Tech Library in memory of members of the community who had died.

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    71Friendship scrapbook (folder 1 of 4), 1921-2000
    72Friendship scrapbook (folder 2 of 4), 1921-2000
    73Friendship scrapbook (folder 3 of 4), 1921-2000
    74Friendship scrapbook (folder 4 of 4), 1921-2000

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    81Scrapbook, 1933-1948

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    91Scrapbook, 1948-1965

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    101Scrapbook, 1965-1970

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    111Scrapbook, 1970-1974

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    121Scrapbook, 1974-1979

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    131Scrapbook, 1979-1984

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    141Scrapbook, 1984-1986

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    151Scrapbook, 1986-1987

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    161Scrapbook, 1987-1988

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    171Scrapbook, 1988-1989

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    181Scrapbook, 1989-1991

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    191Scrapbook, 1991-1992

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    201Scrapbook, 1992-1993

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    211Scrapbook, 1993-1994

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    221Scrapbook, 1994-1996

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    231Scrapbook, 1996-1997