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Woman's Club of Coconut Grove records

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Administrative Files (arranged chronologically)

Scrapbooks, Guestbooks and Clippings (arranged chronologically)

Correspondence (arranged chronologically)

Publications (arranged chronologically)

Jr. Woman's Club (arranged chronologically)

National and Regional Women Organizations (arranged chronologically within each sub-series)

Photographs (arranged alphabetically)

Topical Files  (arranged alphabetically)



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Woman's Club of Coconut Grove records, 1891-1991 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Beatrice Colastin Skokan

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Collection Overview

Title: Woman's Club of Coconut Grove records, 1891-1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: ASM0400

Creator: Woman's Club of Coconut Grove (1891-)

Extent: 63.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files (arranged chronologically) include committee and financial reports, minutes, club history, membership rosters and architectural plans.

Series II: Scrapbooks, Guestbooks and Clippings (arranged chronologically). The scrapbooks vary in size and formats and are arranged with photographs, drawings, newspaper clippings and handwritten narratives by club members and presidents. They document activities throughout the years as well as topics of particular interest such as the "Everglades Seminoles" or "Women Suffrages". Guestbooks provide lists and signatures of the membership at various club functions. Newspaper clippings consist of press coverage of the various community projects and social events organized by the club.

Series III: Correspondence (arranged chronologically) documents through letters the club's charitable work within the South Florida community as well its participation in the issues of national organizations such as the Federated Woman's Club.

Series IV: Publications (arranged chronologically) consist of the yearbooks and newsletters published by the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove.

Series V: Junior Woman's Club (arranged chronologically except for photographs which are arranged alphabetically) contains the history, membership information, minutes, correspondence, clippings, financial records, publications and photographs from the sister organization.

Series VI: National and Regional Women Organizations (arranged chronologically within each sub-series) include correspondence, newspaper clippings and publications of other women's organizations with which the Woman's Club was affiliated through membership and general interests.

Series VI is arranged as follows:

Sub-series A. Federated Women's Club

Sub-series B. Florida Federated Women's Club

Sub-series C. Dade County Federated Women's Club

Series VII. Photographs (arranged alphabetically) depict club members, special gatherings and events such as the "Tour around the world" and "Tour around the Orient".

Series VIII. Topical Files (arranged alphabetically) Contain information about the Coconut Grove Community (personalities, groups and events) and local organizations working with the Woman's Club.

Date Acquired: 06/00/2006

Formats/Genres: Floor plans, Maps, Photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: French, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection documents the civic and social activities of the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove - formerly called the Housekeepers' Club. The records include minutes, committee and financial reports as well as membership files, scrapbooks, narratives, publications, photographs and architectural plans. The topical files contain information about the history and development of Coconut Grove depicted with maps, event flyers, local organization by-laws, newspaper clippings and local publications.

Biographical Note

On February 19, 1891, Flora McFarlane convened the initial meeting of the first woman's organization in Florida, the Housekeepers Club. The charter members were representative of the pioneering families of Coconut Grove: Mrs. Kirk Munroe, Mrs. Joseph Frow, Mrs. Charles Peacock, Mrs. Charles John Peacock and Mrs. Benjamin Newbold.  Miss McFarlane came from New Jersey, in December of 1886, as a guest of Mrs. Thomas Munroe and her son Mr. Ralph Munroe. She became the first school mistress of the nascent community and later invited the mothers and those without children to sewing meetings at the school house. Community service and mutual support of members were integral parts of the organization. Club activities included the construction of the first church, city beautification, environmental conservation, sponsoring of the first Girl Scout troupe as well as involvement with the woman suffragist movement and financial support of World War II orphans in Europe.

Chronology

1891

Housekeepers' Club founded by Miss Flora McFarlane, 1st president, 1891-1893.

Constitution and by laws adopted.

First tea and social event held in the Sunday school room.

1894

Vote to disband the club.

Decision not to disband the club and "to work harder than ever".

1893

Mrs. J. H. Swanson (Emma) elected 2nd president, 1893-1895.

1895

Mrs. Kirk Munroe elected 3rd president, 1895-1897.

The Florida Federation of Women's Clubs organized in Green Cove Springs.

1897

First Housekeepers Club house built under the leadership of Mrs. J.S. Frederick, 4th president, with land donated by Commodore Ralph Munroe, Miss McFarlane and a contribution by Henry M. Flagler.

Charter obtained in order to own property. Document is signed by Isabella Peacock, Louisa Newbold, Flora McFarlane, Julia Thompson and Martha Peacock.

Sunday school building becomes the Union Congregational Church - later known as Plymouth Congregational Church.

1898

Mrs. Charles Peacock elected, 5th president, 1898-1901.

The Florida Federation is admitted to the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

1901

Housekeepers Club is federated in the state of Florida.

1906

The 10th Annual meeting of the Florida Federation of Women's Club held in Miami.

Mrs. John Gifford of the Housekeepers Club introduces a motion requesting that: "The Federation endorses a proposal to make a Federal Forest Reservation of Paradise Key in the Everglades in order to preserve the unique group of royal palms, this being the only spot in the United States where the palms are growing naturally."

1910-1915

Ms Flora McFarlane serves as club president.

1915

State of Florida deeds 4,000 acres of land, including Paradise Key, to the Florida Federation of Women's Club.

1916

Housekeepers Club charter amended to build a new club house.

Dade County Federation of Women's Clubs is organized by Mrs. A. Leight.

Mrs. Kirk Munroe elected 1st president of the Dade County Federation of Women's Clubs.

The Housekeepers Club House is sold.

1919

Incorporation of Coconut Grove and spelling changed from "Cocoanut Grove" to "Coconut Grove".

1920

Miss Flora McFarlane, club founder, passes away.

1921

Housekeepers Club members vote in favor of building a new club house.

Dedication ceremony for new club house designed by Florida architect Walter C. DeGarmo

"Blue Pheasant Tea Room" opens, 1921-1923 to pay for clubhouse expenses.

1922

"Trip Around the World" pageant organized as a fund raiser to pay for the new club house construction debt.

1923

First Girl Scout troop in Dade County is organized by Mildred Emerson Crawford, member of the Housekeepers club.

1925

City of Miami annexes Coconut Grove.

1926

Club house is "unroofed" by Hurricane. Memorial Shelter in honor of Miss McFarlane is "swept away".

1930

Jr. Housekeepers Club formed and disbanded.

1941

Celebration of the Housekeepers Club 50th Anniversary.

1942

Mrs. Florence P. Haden burns the mortgage note.  The Housekeepers Club pays off debt incurred because of Hurricane damages.

1946

Jr. Housekeepers Club formed again, Mrs. Fred A. Sutton Jr., 1st president.

Housekeepers Club hosts General Federation of Women's Club.

1949

Florida Legislator passes the bill initiated by the Jr. Housekeepers Club to remove "the stigma of illegitimacy" on children's birth certificates and records.

1957

Housekeepers Club changes its name to the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove.

1966

Diamond Jubilee of the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove.

1975

The club house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1984

The club house is placed on the City of Miami Heritage Conservation List.

1991

100th Anniversary Celebration of the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove.

2007

The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is still in existence at 2985 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida.

Subject/Index Terms

Coconut Grove (Miami, Fla.) - History
Crawford, Mildred Emerson
DeGarmo, Walter C.
Frow, Joseph, Mrs.
Gifford, John C. (John Clayton), 1870-1949, Mrs.
Haden, Florence P.
Housekeepers Club (Miami, Fla.)
McFarlane, Flora
Muir, Helen, 1911-
Munroe, Mary Barr
Newbold, Benjamin, Mrs.
Peacock, Charles, Mrs.
Peacock, Charles John, Mrs.
Peacock, Isabella
Sutton, Fred A., Jr., Mrs.
Swanson, Emma
Swanson, J.H., Mrs.
Woman's Club of Coconut Grove (Miami, Fla.)
Women - Florida - History - Sources
Women - Florida - Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 32 Linear ft.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Woman's Club of Coconut Grove Records Finding Aid © 2007 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Physical Access Note: Restrictions may apply to the reproduction of fragile materials.

Separated Materials:

Ink: the journal of civic affairs. Miami, Fla.: Dade County Conference on Civic Affairs, ASC Florida JS451.F69 D345 v.16-21, Jan 1965-Apr 1973 (Inc.)

The Village Post. Miami, Fla.: Village Post, ASC Florida F319.M6 V53, v.7-15, Jan 1963-Apr 1969 (Inc.)

Related Materials: Lillian Frow Peacock and Eunice Peacock Merrick Photogpaphs Collection, 1860-1946 (bulk 1880s) For more information please see http://www.library.miami.edu/archives/papers/m0410_find.html.

Preferred Citation: Women's Club of Coconut Grove Records, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information:

Arranged by Chelsea Jacks, under the supervision of Beatrice Colastin Skokan.

De-acidification of scrapbooks completed Fall 2011 by Preservation Librarian, Scott Reinke.


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[Series 1: Administrative Files (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 2: Scrapbooks, Guestbooks and Clippings (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 3: Correspondence (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 4: Publications (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 5: Jr. Woman's Club (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 6: National and Regional Women Organizations (arranged chronologically within each sub-series)],
[Series 7: Photographs (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 8: Topical Files  (arranged alphabetically)],
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Series 5: Jr. Woman's Club (arranged chronologically)Add to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1953-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1959Add to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1968-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Junior Woman's Club: Minutes, 1973-1974, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Membership Information, n.d., 1946-1966, 1970, 1972-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Club History, n.d., 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Photographs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Junior Woman's Club: Photographs, "Easter Egg Hunt", 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, 1947-1948, 1951-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, 1958 Jun - 1963 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, 1963-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, 1966-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Junior Woman's Club: Financial Records, 1970-1976, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Clippings, n.d., 1929-1962Add to your cart.
Note: color copies of originals
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Clippings, n.d., 1929-1962Add to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence (A-F), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence (G-L), n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence (M-Y), n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1944-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1950, Feb-NovAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1953, Jan-JulAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1953, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1954, Jan-JunAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1954, Jul-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1955, JanAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1955, FebAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1955, Mar-JulAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1955, Aug-SepAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Junior Woman's Club: Correspondence, 1955, Oct-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Publications, Yearbooks & Cookbooks, 1946-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Publications, Yearbooks, 1962-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Junior Woman's Club: Publications, Bulletin "The Chatter", 1956, 1960-1961, 1967-1968, 1970Add to your cart.
Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club: Scrapbooks (oversize), 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Scrapbooks (oversize), 1949-1950, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Box 54Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Junior Woman's Club:  Scrapbooks (oversize), n.d., 1946Add to your cart.
Note: Clippings on Jr. Club beginnings.
Folder 2: Junior Woman's Club: Scrapbooks (oversize), 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Note: Includes 1954 pages of "The Chatter".

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[Series 2: Scrapbooks, Guestbooks and Clippings (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 3: Correspondence (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 4: Publications (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 5: Jr. Woman's Club (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 6: National and Regional Women Organizations (arranged chronologically within each sub-series)],
[Series 7: Photographs (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 8: Topical Files  (arranged alphabetically)],
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