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San Fernando Women's Club Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History

Administrative Records

Financial Records

Junior Women's Club Administrative Records



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Collection Overview

Title: San Fernando Women's Club Collection, 1917-1981Save to your list.

ID: URB/SFWC

Primary Creator: San Fernando Women's Club

Extent: 8.56 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History, 1917-1929

Series II: Administrative Records, 1928-1981

            Subseries A: San Fernando Cosmos Club, 1928-1979

            Subseries B: San Fernando Women’s Club, 1950-1981

Series III: Financial Records, 1946-1970

Series IV: Junior Women's Club Administrative Records, 1930-1968

            Subseries A: San Fernando Junior Cosmos Club, 1930-1959

            Subseries B: San Fernando Junior Women’s Club, 1955-1968

Date Acquired: 04/04/1981

Subjects: San Fernando Valley (Calif.) - History, San Fernando Women's Club, Women - Societies and clubs

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

Languages: English

Abstract

The San Fernando Women's Club was formed as a non-profit organization in 1929, following the combination of several women's groups, including the Elective Study Club and the San Fernando Ebell Club. The collection provides insight into women's social and civic lives in the San Fernando Valley during the twentieth century. The social and charitable activities of the club and its Junior membership branch are documented through meeting minutes, membership data, reports, press clippings, and financial records.

Biographical Note

The San Fernando Women's Club was initially established after the merger of local women's clubs in 1926, including the Elective Study Club, founded in 1907. The Club became the San Fernando Cosmos Club after its 1929 merger with the San Fernando Ebell Club, and retained this title until 1959 when members voted to change the club's name back to the San Fernando Women's Club. The Junior branch of the club, founded in 1930, followed the pattern of its parent organization. It was known as the San Fernando Junior Cosmos Club until it altered its name to the San Fernando Junior Women's Club in 1959.

These clubs were founded with the intention of providing members with intellectual and social improvement, while also offering opportunities for members to become actively engaged with their community. Club activities included volunteering and fundraising for the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Young Women's Christian Association, and their own Toy Loan Library. The San Fernando Women's Club is a member of the Sierra-Cahuenga District of the California Federation of Women's Clubs, part of the national General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The San Fernando Women's Club Collection documents the Club's activities, which largely pertained to drama, literature, and music. The Club underwent a number of name changes and mergers, and these are clearly documented through minutes of club meetings and by-laws that indicate the goals of each new club incarnation. The collection includes newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, financial records, a scrapbook, reports of club officers, membership lists, yearbooks, and guest books. The collection is divided into four major series: Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History (1917-1929), Administrative Records (1928-1981), Financial Records (1946-1970), and Junior Women's Club Administrative Records (1930-1968).

Series I, Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History, documents events leading to the formation of the San Fernando Women's Club. The Elective Study Club is represented by lists of members, applications, a minute book, newspaper clippings, and reports. The Elective Study Club briefly revived as the San Fernando Women's Club before combining with the Ebell Club to form the San Fernando Cosmos Club in 1929. Minutes and resolutions document these changes, as well as the club's meetings and social work. Files are arranged chronologically by originating club, and then alphabetically.

Series II, Administrative Records, documents the activities of the San Fernando Women's Club. This series is divided into two subseries. Subseries A, San Fernando Cosmos Club (1928-1979) documents the activities of the San Fernando Women's Club while it was named the San Fernando Cosmos Club. Minutes document the vote to change the club's name in 1959, as well as the Club's community engagement activities. Newspaper clippings, a guest book, scrapbook, membership applications, yearly officers' reports, and yearbooks reveal the club's administration. Subseries B, San Fernando Women's Club (1950-1981) continues the organization's administrative records after the club changed its name to the San Fernando Woman's Club. Files are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Series III, Financial Records, contains five volumes of financial information and year-end summaries. This includes ledgers containing records of donations, expenses, and collected membership dues. The books are filed in chronological order.

Series IV, Junior Women's Club Administrative Records, documents the activities of the San Fernando Junior Cosmos Club, which became the San Fernando Junior Women's Club in 1959. This series contains by-laws, and largely consists of yearly reports of the group's participation in "Build a Better Community," an effort to enhance life in the City of San Fernando. Minute books document the organization's meetings. The records documenting the Junior Women's Club consist of reports on topics such as finance, civil defense, conservation, and health. In 1968 the Club filed written notification regarding the Junior branch's termination. This series contains two subseries, Subseries A, San Fernando Junior Cosmos (1930-1959), and Subseries B, San Fernando Junior Women's Club (1955-1968). Folders are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Subject/Index Terms

San Fernando Valley (Calif.) - History
San Fernando Women's Club
Women - Societies and clubs

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 been transferred to California State University, Northridge. 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: San Fernando Women's Club

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

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

Processing Information: Michael Kohl and Teena Stern

Finding Aid Revision History:

Robert G. Marshall and David Bray, 1986

April Feldman, 2006

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012

Mallory Furnier, 2017

Other Note: The San Fernando Women's Club Collection was processed in part through a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History, 1917-1929]
[Series II: Administrative Records, 1928-1981]
[Series III: Financial Records, 1946-1970]
[Series IV: Junior Women's Club Administrative Records, 1930-1968]
[All]

Series I: Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History, 1917-1929Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Elective Study Club List of Members, 1917-1925Save to your list.
Folder 2: Elective Study Club Membership Applications, 1924Save to your list.
Folder 3: Elective Study Club Minute Book, 1921-1925Save to your list.
Folder 4: Elective Study Club Newspaper Clippings, 1923Save to your list.
Folder 5: Elective Study Club Reports and Resolutions, 1925Save to your list.
Folder 6: San Fernando Woman's Club By-Laws, ca. 1926Save to your list.
Folder 7: San Fernando Women's Club Minutes, 1926Save to your list.
Folder 8: San Fernando Women's Club Minutes, 1927-1928Save to your list.
Folder 9: San Fernando Women's Club List of Officers, 1928-1929Save to your list.
Folder 10: San Fernando Ebell Club Minutes, November 1926-December 1928Save to your list.
Folder 11: San Fernando Ebell Club Resolution, 1929Save to your list.
Series II: Administrative Records, 1928-1981Save to your list.
Subseries A: San Fernando Cosmos Club, 1928-1979Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 12: By-laws, 1929Save to your list.
Folder 13: California Federation of Women's Clubs, 1950Save to your list.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1947, ca. 1950-1959Save to your list.
Folder 15: Guest Book, 1956 June 14-1965 March 11Save to your list.
Folder 16: Membership Book, 1951-1952Save to your list.
Folder 17: Membership Book, 1954-1955Save to your list.
Folder 18: Minutes, 1929Save to your list.
Folder 19: Minutes, 1930Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Minutes, 1931Save to your list.
Folder 2: Minutes, 1932Save to your list.
Folder 3: Minutes, 1933Save to your list.
Folder 4: Minutes, 1934Save to your list.
Folder 5: Minutes, 1935Save to your list.
Folder 6: Minutes, 1936Save to your list.
Folder 7: Minutes, 1937Save to your list.
Folder 8: Minutes, 1938Save to your list.
Folder 9: Minutes, 1942 September 24-1943 December 9Save to your list.
Folder 10: Minutes, 1944Save to your list.
Folder 11: Minutes, 1945 January 11-June 14Save to your list.
Folder 12: Minute Books, 1948 June 21-1960 December 8Save to your list.
Folder 13: Minute Books, 1948 June 21-1960 December 8Save to your list.
Folder 14: Minute Books, 1948 June 21-1960 December 8Save to your list.
Folder 15: Minute Books, 1948 June 21-1960 December 8Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1929Save to your list.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, October 1934-November 1940Save to your list.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, October 1934-November 1940Save to your list.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, October 1934-November 1940Save to your list.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, October 1934-November 1940Save to your list.
Folder 6: Officer Reports, 1949-1959Save to your list.
Folder 7: Officer Reports, 1949-1959Save to your list.
Folder 8: Programs, 1928-1929Save to your list.
Folder 9: Treasurer Reports, 1930Save to your list.
Folder 10: Treasurer Reports, 1942-1944Save to your list.
Folder 11: Yearbooks, 1958Save to your list.
Box 13Save to your list.
Folder 1: Scrapbook Number 1, 1930, ca. 1947-1979Save to your list.
Box 14Save to your list.
Item 1: Bryant, Evelyn and husband Ross, photographSave to your list.
Subseries B: San Fernando Women's Club, 1950-1981Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 12: Annual Report, 1960-1961Save to your list.
Folder 13: California Federation of Women's Clubs Brochures, 1965, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1959-1966, 1974, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 15: Guest Book, 1965 June 10-1973 November 8Save to your list.
Folder 16: Historian's Sketch, 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 17: Membership Applications A-H, ca. 1950-1969Save to your list.
Folder 18: Membership Applications I-Y, ca. 1950-1969Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Minute Books, 1960 December 29-1971 September 14Save to your list.
Folder 2: Minute Books, 1960 December 29-1971 September 14Save to your list.
Folder 3: Minute Books, 1960 December 29-1971 September 14Save to your list.
Folder 4: Minute Books, 1975-1979Save to your list.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, 1958-1981Save to your list.
Folder 6: Lists of Officers, 1966-1967Save to your list.
Folder 7: Officer Reports, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: Programs, 1961-1967Save to your list.
Folder 9: Treasurer Reports, December 1963-April 1967Save to your list.
Folder 10: Veterans Administration Correspondence, 1961-1965Save to your list.
Folder 11: Yearbooks, 1959-1961Save to your list.
Folder 12: Yearbooks, 1963-1966Save to your list.
Folder 13: Yearbooks, 1966-1967, 1971-1972Save to your list.
Series III: Financial Records, 1946-1970Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Item 1: Ledger Book, March 1946-August 1953Save to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Item 1: Ledger Book, September 1953-May 1958Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Item 1: Ledger Book, June 1958-March 1962Save to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Item 1: Ledger Book, April 1962-March 1966Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Item 1: Ledger Book, April 1966-April 1970Save to your list.
Series IV: Junior Women's Club Administrative Records, 1930-1968Save to your list.
Subseries A: San Fernando Junior Cosmos, 1930-1959Save to your list.
Box 10Save to your list.
Folder 1: By-laws, ca. 1930Save to your list.
Folder 2: By-laws, 1954Save to your list.
Folder 3: Contest Reports, 1952-1953Save to your list.
Folder 4: Contest Reports, 1953-1954Save to your list.
Folder 5: Contest Reports, 1954-1955Save to your list.
Folder 6: Contest Reports, 1955-1956Save to your list.
Folder 7: Contest Reports, 1956-1957Save to your list.
Folder 8: Contest Reports, ca. 1957-1958Save to your list.
Folder 9: Executive Board Minutes, 1954 May 10Save to your list.
Folder 10: Minute Book, September 1945-September 1948Save to your list.
Folder 11: Minute Book, September 1948- November 1949Save to your list.
Folder 12: Minute Book, February 1951-June 1951Save to your list.
Folder 13: Minute Book, July 1951-April 1952Save to your list.
Folder 14: Minute Book, April 1952-January 1953Save to your list.
Box 11Save to your list.
Folder 1: Minute Book, February 1953-October 1953Save to your list.
Folder 2: Minute Book, October 1953-September 1954Save to your list.
Folder 3: Minute Book, September 1954-September 1955Save to your list.
Folder 4: Minute Book, September 1955-September 1956Save to your list.
Folder 5: Minute Book, October 1956-June 1957Save to your list.
Folder 6: Minute Book, June 1957-May 1958Save to your list.
Folder 7: Minute Book, May 1958-October 1959Save to your list.
Subseries B: San Fernando Junior Women's Club, 1955-1968Save to your list.
Box 11Save to your list.
Folder 8: Annual Report, 1955-1956Save to your list.
Folder 9: Amendment of Articles of Incorporation, 1959Save to your list.
Folder 10: Certificates, 1965-1968Save to your list.
Folder 11: Civil Defense Report, ca. 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 12: Conservation Report, ca. 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 13: Contest Reports, 1959-1960Save to your list.
Folder 14: Contest Reports, 1960-1961Save to your list.
Folder 15: Contest Reports, 1961-1962Save to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Folder 1: Contest Reports, 1962-1963Save to your list.
Folder 2: Contest Reports, 1963-1964Save to your list.
Folder 3: Contest Reports, ca. 1965-1966Save to your list.
Folder 4: Education Report, ca. 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 5: Financial Reports, 1960-1961Save to your list.
Folder 6: Financial Reports, 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 7: Financial Reports, 1962-1963Save to your list.
Folder 8: Financial Reports, 1963-1964Save to your list.
Folder 9: Financial Reports, 1964-1965Save to your list.
Folder 10: Financial Reports, 1965-1966Save to your list.
Folder 11: Health Report, 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 12: Mental Health Report, 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 13: Minute Book, October 1959-May 1961Save to your list.
Folder 14: Minute Book, May 1961-February 1962Save to your list.
Folder 15: Minute Book, November 1962-December 1963Save to your list.
Folder 16: Minute Books, November 1962-December 1963Save to your list.
Folder 17: Pin DescriptionSave to your list.
Folder 18: Religion and Family Report, ca. 1961-1962Save to your list.
Folder 19: Termination Papers, 1967-1968Save to your list.
Folder 20: Yearbooks, 1961-1962, 1966-1967Save to your list.
Folder 21: Youth Report, 1961-1964Save to your list.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Pre-San Fernando Women's Club History, 1917-1929]
[Series II: Administrative Records, 1928-1981]
[Series III: Financial Records, 1946-1970]
[Series IV: Junior Women's Club Administrative Records, 1930-1968]
[All]


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