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Encino Woman's Club Collection



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Administrative Records

Board and Committee Records

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Title: Encino Woman's Club Collection, 1927-2003Save to your list.


Primary Creator: Encino Woman's Club

Extent: 15.98 Linear Feet


Series I: Administrative Records, 1934-1997

Series II: Board and Committee Records, 1936-2002

Series III: Club Historian Records, 1927-2002

Series IV: Financial Records, 1947-2002

Series V: Publications, 1931-2003

Date Acquired: 06/03/2004

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications, Scrapbooks

Languages: English


The Encino Woman's Club Collection documents club administration, activities, philanthropic endeavors, and the acquisition and management of their clubhouse. It details membership and committee work through business and executive meeting agendas, minutes, and attendance records. Fundraising events and local field trips are documented by press clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, club bulletins, yearbooks, and records assembled by the club Historian. These materials provide insight into San Fernando Valley cultural life through member events and charity fundraisers, as well as women's twentieth century social networks in the Los Angeles region.

Biographical Note

The Encino Woman’s Club was founded in 1927 by a small group of local women that met regularly for a monthly potluck and game of cards. The early years of the Club were spent on leisure activities, establishing their club room, and charitable activities that included sewing for the Pacific Home and the McKinley Home for Boys.

Though the Depression years were difficult, the Club continued their fundraising work with bake sales and card parties. It was also at this time that members began their long-standing tradition of providing scholarship funds to students beginning their college education or vocational training, with a particular focus on nursing education. Many scholarship recipients attended local colleges and universities in the San Fernando Valley, including Los Angeles Valley College, Pierce College and San Fernando Valley State University (now California State University, Northridge). The Club also became politically engaged at this time, serving 30 people at a dinner for Democratic congressional nominee John Steve McGroarty.

During World War II they lost the use of their clubhouse in Encino Park, as the space was needed for the fire department. As in the earliest traditions of the club, members held meetings in their own homes, with different members sharing hosting responsibilities each month. The war years saw the creation of a temporary Red Cross section that disbanded as the war came to a close. The Club also purchased war bonds and hosted U.S.O. parties for local enlisted men. One of their charity focuses at this time was Birmingham Hospital, a local Army hospital that served primarily as a rehabilitation center for wounded veterans.

From the earliest years members understood the need to have their own meeting place. The Club’s Building Fund, which they called “The Bridge Builder,” began with a contribution generated from their monthly bridge game. In the early 1940s they purchased land near Balboa and Ventura Blvd. and set up a committee to meet with architects. With their funds running low, the women chose instead to buy another building and have it moved to their new location. By the end of the decade they paid off their mortgage.

Throughout the years the Club fundraised by organizing themed and garden parties, fashion shows, boutique sales, and bridge parties. They also published and sold a cookbook containing member recipes. They held their first annual White Breakfast in 1945 and around this time also began supporting Futures Unlimited, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping the physically handicapped. In addition to their work for Futures Unlimited, the Club also fundraised for the Valley Child Guidance Clinic, Red Cross, Community Chest (after 1963 the United Way of Los Angeles), and the Encino Community Center.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Encino Woman's Club Collection contains records documenting the business and charitable activities of the club from its beginnings in 1927 until the early 2000s. The collection is divided into five series: Administrative Records (1934-1997), Board and Committee Records (1936-2002), Club Historian Records (1927-2002), Financial Records (1947-2002), and Publications (1931-2003).

Series I, Administrative Records, contains membership correspondence and lists, legal records, property records, and the organization’s foundational documents that record club administrative decisions. These are organized alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

Series II, Board and Committee Records, contains agendas, meeting minutes, and correspondence related to the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, Champagne Luncheon, Nominating, Planning, Student Sponsorship, Welfare and Philanthropy Committees. Records are organized alphabetically by originating board or committee, and then chronologically.

Series III, Club Historian Records, includes photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and scrapbooks assembled by the club Historian to document Club history, activities, and field trips. These are arranged chronologically within boxes.

Series IV, Financial Records, contains general and trust fund reports and tax returns. These are arranged alphabetically by subject, and then chronologically.

Series V, Publications, contains self-published bulletins and yearbooks documenting membership, club leadership, and events. These are arranged by material type and then chronologically.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Beatrice Moffatt and Bernice Johnson

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall and April Feldman, 2006

Finding Aid Revision History: Mallory Furnier, 2017

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series I: Administrative Records, 1934-1997]
[Series II: Board and Committee Records, 1936-2002]
[Series III: Club Historian Records, 1927-2002]
[Series IV: Financial Records, 1947-2002]
[Series V: Publications, 1931-2003],

Series V: Publications, 1931-2003Save to your list.
Box 24Save to your list.
Folder 12: Bulletin, 1956-1957Save to your list.
Folder 13: Bulletin, 1962-1964Save to your list.
Folder 14: Bulletin, 1965-1969Save to your list.
Folder 15: Bulletin, 1970-1974Save to your list.
Folder 16: Bulletin, 1975-1976Save to your list.
Box 25Save to your list.
Folder 1: Bulletin, 1977-1979Save to your list.
Folder 2: Bulletin, 1980-1984Save to your list.
Folder 3: Bulletin, 1985-1989Save to your list.
Folder 4: Bulletin, 1990-1974Save to your list.
Box 26Save to your list.
Folder 1: Bulletin, 1995-1999Save to your list.
Folder 2: Bulletin, 2000-2003Save to your list.
Folder 3: Year Book, 1931-1939Save to your list.
Folder 4: Year Book, 1939-1949Save to your list.
Folder 5: Year Book, 1949-1959Save to your list.
Folder 6: Year Book, 1959-1969Save to your list.
Folder 7: Year Book, 1969-1979Save to your list.
Folder 8: Year Book, 1979-1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Year Book, 1989-1992Save to your list.

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[Series I: Administrative Records, 1934-1997]
[Series II: Board and Committee Records, 1936-2002]
[Series III: Club Historian Records, 1927-2002]
[Series IV: Financial Records, 1947-2002]
[Series V: Publications, 1931-2003],

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