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Miami Woman's Club records

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Minutes

Miami Woman's Club Beginnings: Yearbooks

Club Records

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Miami Woman's Club records, 1903-2004 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Laura Capell

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Collection Overview

Title: Miami Woman's Club records, 1903-2004Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0043

Creator: Miami Woman's Club (Miami, Fla.) (1907-)

Extent: 59.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The Miami Woman's Club Records are organized into three series.

Series I: Minutes

Series II: MWC Beginnings (Yearbooks)

Series III: Club Records

Series IV: Scrapbooks

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

Date Acquired: 09/12/2007

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Miami Woman’s Club Records document the club’s history, as well as its civic, community, and social activities from 1903-2004.The records include minutes from 1903-1914, 1921-1929, 1936-1939, and 1959-1967. The collection also includes yearbooks from 1907-2004, as well as correspondence (correspondents include: Judge Edith M. Atkinson, Louise Austin, Alice Johnston, Anne Stevenson Brown, Katherine B. Trippetts, Katherine S. Fitts, and Eva J. Lewis), financial reports, programs, photographs, and other documentation. Also included are over 50 scrapbooks documenting club activities, membership, and events dating from 1919-1979.

Biographical Note

The Miami Woman’s Club organizes and participates in a variety of civic and community service activities in the Miami area. It also played a lead role in establishing public libraries in Miami.

The club formed in 1900 when a group of women began meeting weekly to socialize and read. They drew up an official constitution in September of that year,  as the Married Ladies’ Afternoon Club. In 1902, club members voted to emphasize the literary nature of the club and began to circulate books for $1.50 per year to non-members.

The club grew to 80 members by 1903, when it joined the State Federation of Woman’s Clubs.  In 1906, the club changed its name to the Miami Woman’s Club. Henry Flagler and the Model Land Company donated land at the corner of Royal Palm Park for a club building in 1912, with the stipulation that the building must also be used as a public library and free reading room. Club membership continued to grow, and by 1916, the Miami Woman’s Club was the largest woman’s club in the state.

In 1923, the Miami Woman’s Club opened a children’s library, and sold the building at Royal Palm Park. The club purchased a site for its new facilities at Bay Shore Drive and NE 17th Terrace, and selected August Geiger as the architect for the building, which opened in 1926. The building was named the Flagler Memorial Library and Woman’s Club, and is still used by the club.

In 1924, the City of Miami began paying the operating expenses for the library, and in 1942, it took over management of the Flagler Library and other area branch libraries. The club’s Library Committee continued to serve in an advisory capacity.

With a mission of supporting education and community stewardship, the Miami Woman’s Club participates in numerous civic and community service activities. To facilitate its work, the club includes the following departments and committees: Arts Department, Conservation Department, Education Department, Home Life Department, International Affairs Department, Public Affairs Department, Budget Committee, Hospitality Committee, House Committee, Telephone Committee, Library Committee, Program Committee, Revisions Committee, Special Improvement Committee, Advisory Board, Cashier, Trustees, and Yearbook.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Miami Woman's Club Records Finding Aid © 2011 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Acquisition Source: Miami Woman's Club

Acquisition Method: Gift, 2009.

Related Materials:

Cutler Ridge Woman's Club records

Woman's Club of Coconut Grove records

Processing Information: Select financial materials are restricted due to privacy concerns. Several scrapbooks are very fragile.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Minutes, 1903-1967],
[Series 2: Miami Woman's Club Beginnings: Yearbooks, 1907-2004],
[Series 3: Club Records, 1921-2002],
[Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1919-1979],
[All]

Series 1: Minutes, 1903-1967Add to your cart.
This series contains minutes for the years 1903-1914, 1921-1929, 1936-1939, and 1959-1967. The minutes provide insight into the club’s operations and history, including information about membership, activities and events. Please note that some of the early scrapbooks also contain minutes.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes, 1921-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes, 1921-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Minutes, 1925-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Minutes, 1925-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Minutes, 1925-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Minutes, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Minutes, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Minutes, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Minutes, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Minutes: MWC Advisory Board Minutes, Chairman's File, 1984-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Minutes: Current Events Club, 1914-1917Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes: Library Committee for Flager Memorial Library, 1934-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes: Secretary's Book, 1906-1908Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes, 1903-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes, 1909-1914Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes, 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Box 10: Valencia 455, 14-Nov-04Add to your cart.
V. La An
Item 6: Valencia 455, 14-Nov-04Add to your cart.
V. La An

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Minutes, 1903-1967],
[Series 2: Miami Woman's Club Beginnings: Yearbooks, 1907-2004],
[Series 3: Club Records, 1921-2002],
[Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1919-1979],
[All]



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