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Women's City Club Records

Identifier: 032

Scope and Contents

The materials are primarily meeting minutes of the Women's City Club of Washington, D.C. from 1919 through 1972. Also included are scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and administrative records which document the Club's founding and activities.


  • Creation: 1919-1974


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The Women's City Club of Washington, D.C. was established in 1919 and was the first local club for women with a Meetinghouse. The first president was Judge Mary O’Toole of the Municipal Court of D.C. The Club encouraged membership of not only professionals and academics, but also housewives; an unusual stance at the time of its founding. The Club took positions on women’s suffrage, home rule, and abolition of capital punishment. Activities included language classes, lecture series, Red Cross campaigns, and other community focused programs. The Club was part of a national and international network of women's groups and became a part of the D.C. Federation of Women's Clubs in 1920.


11 Linear feet

20 Boxes


Series 1: Meeting Minutes, 1919-1982
This series contains meeting minutes of the Women's City Club of Washington, D.C’s board and committees.

Series 2: Administrative Materials, 1940-1974
This series includes financial data contained in receipt books, financial statements, and accounts receivable reports. It also contains correspondence, annual reports, newsletters, member rosters, a Women's City Club of Washington, D.C. history, by-laws, and articles of incorporation.

Series 3: Photographs, 1919-1974
The series primarily consists of framed photographs of early Women's City Club of Washington, D.C. leaders with a few photographs of events. The photographs are arranged chronologically. Oversized photographs were removed from their original location and placed in separate containers.

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Memorabilia, 1925-1968
This series includes scrapbooks, a guest register, and a collection of original poems. The items are arranged chronologically. An oversized scrapbook was removed from its original location and placed in a separate container.

Oversized materials.

Custodial History

Most of the items in this collection were originally part of the Division's Vertical File Collection and to ensure their physical preservation, the documents were removed in 1999 to create this collection. Photocopies of clippings and other less rare items were retained in the vertical file.

Processing Information

Basic archival arrangement and preservation techniques were applied to the collection at the time of its processing.

Women's City Club
An inventory of Women's City Club at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Leroy Graham/Faye Haskins.
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001