Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Mount Pleasant Woman's Club (Mich.)

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Organizational records,
Creator: Mount Pleasant Woman's Club (Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1894, 2007
Extent: 12 cubic feet (in 8 boxes, 24 oversized volumes, 4 oversized folders)
Abstract:
The collection includes: correspondence, meeting minutes, committee reports, scrapbooks, photographs and negatives, and printed materials of the organization, and items relating to the Michigan State Federation of Women's Clubs. The collection is ongoing.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#53564, 69690, 69831, 71735, and MS#Mm-99

Access Restrictions:

Mount Pleasant Woman's Club (Mich.) collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is retrained by the Club.

Preferred Citation:

Mount Pleasant Woman's Club (Mich.) collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by series, than alphabetical by topic within each series.


History

Organizational History:

On January 8, 1894 forty women met in Mrs. John Ryan’s parlor and established the Mount Pleasant Woman’s Club in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, for the purposes of intellectual and social interaction. Lydia Kniss, principal at the Normal School, was elected the first president and served in that capacity for nearly three years. The women met every Monday afternoon and their annual dues were one dollar.

During its formative years, the Club was primarily concerned with study and intellectual enlightenment. Such topics as ancient history, United States territorial possessions, and the telephone were assigned and discussed. Following this period, the Club became increasingly focused on civic activities. Pushing for a city public rest room, helping the county detention home, assisting in war efforts, and supporting community health have all been important activities for the Club.

None of the Club’s activities has generated more activity than Veterans’ Memorial Public Library in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The Club’s first gift to the library in 1909 consisted of: all books owned by the club, the $135 reserve fund, and financial support for one of the members to attend summer library school in Ann Arbor in order to become the public librarian. Challenged in late 1920 to raise $1,000 for equipment for the new library, the ladies responded by raising $2,643.12 in three months.

In 1895 the club was one of forty-seven founding members of the Michigan State Federation of Women’s Clubs. One of the highlights of the club’s history was a surprise visit by Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan in 1902, who gave a short address regarding education and women. (This information is from the collection.) The Club continues to exist.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Mount Pleasant Woman’s Club organizational records consist of materials from 1894 forward which document the activities of this community organization. The collection was originally subdivided into three series, Minutes, General Administration, and Scrapbooks.

The Minutes series contains Club meeting minutes from 1894 to 1996, and 1999-2003, which are part of the Recording Secretary’s Files. Both sets of minutes are arranged chronologically. These provide the richest source of information on club activities throughout the years. They are nearly complete with only two gaps, 1902-1905 and 1916-1917. Information from these time periods can be found in Scrapbook 1. Some of the bound volumes of minutes contain membership lists, attendance records, bills and receipts.

The General Administration series consists of materials from 1896 to 1998 which primarily document activities of club committees and divisions. Types of materials found here include: reports, committee minutes, histories of the Club, Mount Pleasant Community Calendars, the constitution and bylaws, correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, annual programs, certificates, awards, and a photograph. Major topics of this subgroup include; Club House Committee, Health Division, Home and Garden Division, and the Michigan State Federation of Women’s Clubs. A wide variety of information is present in the subgroup, but tends to be quite scattered and not comprehensive.

The Scrapbooks series includes Scrapbooks which primarily contain newspaper clippings, and may include annual and specific meeting programs, reports, bylaws, photographs and recipes. It appears that the books were created by several different sources and seem to form a couple of different roughly chronological series: Volumes 1-5 cover the years 1895 to 1960 and Volumes 6-8 span the years 1939 to 1960. Volumes 9 and 10 are special cases; 9 contains only annual programs, while 10 is primarily made up of photographs which document a wide variety of Mount Pleasant area topics. Subjects covered in volume 10 include: schools, farming, barns, sports, agricultural extension service, oil and gas, girl scouts, Central Michigan College, churches, and recipes.

Several printed works pertaining specifically to the Michigan State Federation of Women’s Clubs were transferred from this collection to the Clarke book collection.

Portions of this collection were microfilmed by the Clarke Historical Library in 1994. The master negatives are on file in the microfilming department of CHL.

Additions to the collection since 1994 include various administrative materials, meeting minutes, guest books, photographic materials, and more oversized Scrapbooks, 1984-1990, 1993-1994, 1994-2007 (4 Oversized volumes) and 1997-2006.

Most of the collection is in very good condition. The exceptions to this are a few scrapbooks and the guest book with wooden covers, the pages of which are quite acidic.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Mount Pleasant Woman's Club (Mich.)
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Clubs.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Social life and customs.
    • Michigan State Federation of Women's Clubs.
    • General Federation of Women's Clubs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Mount Pleasant Woman's Club (Mich.) collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Meeting Minutes (20 volumes, missing 1902-1905, 1916-1917), 1894-1950
    Box   2 F   1
    Meeting Minutes (6 volumes), 1950-1980
    Box   2 F   2
    Meeting Minutes (4 folders), 1980-1990
    Box   2 F   3
    General Administration, Anniversaries, 50th 1944
    Box   2 F   4
    General Administration, Anniversaries, 75th, 1969
    Box   2 F   5
    General Administration, Anniversaries, Centennial, 1994
    Box   2 F   6
    General Administration, Annual Programs (4 folders), 1896-1992
    Box   2 F   7
    General Administration, Annual Reports-Minor Committees, 1923-1991 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   8
    General Administration, Book Review Division, 1931-1936, 1956-1972
    Box   2 F   9
    General Administration, Certificates and Awards, 1927-1982 (Scattered)
    Box   2 F   10
    General Administration, Clarke Historical Library Book Fund, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    General Administration, Club House Committee, General 1935-1944
    Box   3 F   2
    General Administration, Club House Committee, Annual Financial Reports, 1934-1974 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   3
    General Administration, Club House Committee, Minutes (2 folders), 1935-1966 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   4
    General Administrative, Constitution and By-Laws, 1957, 1991, undated
    Box   3 F   5
    General Administrative, Correspondence, 1911-1991 (Scattered)
    Box   3 F   6
    General Administrative, Guest Book (wooden covers, quite acidic), 1941-1968
    Box   3 F   7
    General Administrative, Health Division, Annual Reports and Financial Statements 1953-1974
    Box   3 F   8
    General Administrative, Health Division, Correspondence, 1957-1967
    Box   3 F   9
    General Administrative, Health Division, Michigan Tuberculosis Association-Constitution, Contracts, and Pamphlets, 1956-1958
    Box   3 F   10
    General Administrative, Health Division, X-rays and Diabetes Tests, 1960-1965
    Box   3 F   11
    General Administrative, Histories, 1939, 1954, undated
    Box   3 F   12
    General Administrative, Home and Garden Division - Minutes, 1945-1966
    Box   3 F   13
    General Administrative, Indian Affairs Committee, circa 1972-1974
    Box   3 F   14
    General Administrative, Membership, Book, undated
    Box   3 F   15
    General Administrative, Membership, Photograph, 1935
    Box   3 F   16
    General Administrative, Membership, New Member Material, 1991, undated
    Box   3 F   17
    General Administrative, Mount Pleasant Community Calendars, 1986-1992
    Box   3 F   18
    General Administrative, Newspaper Clippings (copies), undated
    Box   3 F   19
    General Administrative, Outside Organizations, General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1940-1991 (Scattered), undated
    Box   3 F   20
    General Administrative, Outside Organizations, Michigan State Federation of Women's Clubs, General, 1911-1939, undated
    Box   3 F   21
    General Administrative, Outside Organizations, Northeastern District, Constitution, ByLaws, Programs, 1966-1976
    Box   3 F   22
    General Administrative, Outside Organizations, Michigan State Humane Association, undated
    Box   3 F   23
    General Administrative, Outside Organizations, National American Woman Suffrage Association Anna Howard Shaw Memorial, 1920
    Box   3 F   24
    General Administrative, Outside Organizations, Tourist Club - Annual Program, 1939-1940
    Box   3 F   25
    General Administrative, Photographs (9 items: Book Review Division; Child Welfare Clinic; Membership; Kniess; Peake; Adams; Thiers; Doughty), 1932, 1935
    Box   3 F   26
    General Administrative, Treasurer's Book, 1919-1925
    Box   3 F   27
    General Administrative, Vowels, Mrs. E. C. - Tribute to Mrs. R. D. Calkins, 1945
    Box   3 F   28
    General Administrative, War Service Committee, 1944, circa 1953
    Box   3 F   29
    General Administrative, Scrapbook 1 (photographs, reports), 1895-1922
    Box   3 F   30
    General Administrative, Scrapbook 2 (photographs), 1921-1937
    Box   3 F   31
    General Administrative, Scrapbook 4, 1954-1957
    Box   3 F   32
    General Administrative, Scrapbook 5, 1958-1960
    Box   3 F   33
    General Administrative, Scrapbook 6, 1939-1940
    Box   3 F   34
    (Late Addition) Account Books, Papers, Receipts, 1921-1969
    Box   3 F   35
    Oversized Scrapbook 3 (not in box), 1937-1952
    Box   3 F   36
    Oversized Scrapbook 7 (not in box), (Constitution and Bylaws), 1940-1942
    Box   3 F   37
    Oversized Scrapbook 8 (not in box), 1952-1960
    Box   3 F   38
    Oversized Scrapbook 9 (not in box), Annual Programs, 1900-1965
    Box   3 F   39
    Oversized Scrapbook 10 (not in box), (Photographs, Maps), undated
    Box   4 F   1
    (1999 Addition), Certificates and Awards, 1989-1998
    Box   4 F   2
    (1999 Addition), Certificates and Awards (Blank masters for Annual Club Meeting), undated
    Box   4 F   3
    (1999 Addition), General Federation of Women's Clubs - Michigan Report, 1995
    Box   4 F   4
    (1999 Addition), General Federation of Women's Clubs - Michigan Report, 1996
    Box   4 F   5
    (1999 Addition), General Federation of Women's Clubs - Michigan Report, 1998
    Box   4 F   6
    (1999 Addition), Income Tax Information 1997
    Box   4 F   7
    (1999 Addition), Newspaper Clipping (copy), 1996
    Box   4 F   8
    (1999 Addition), Oral History (Procedures), undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Scrapbook 8 (in 1 flat box), 1960-1980
    Box   6 F   1
    (2006 Addition), Annual Reports, 1941-1987 (Scattered)
    Box   6 F   2
    (2006 Addition), Articles of Incorporation and Related Correspondence, 1996
    Box   6 F   3
    (2006 Addition), Board of Directors Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Attachments,  December 1994-May 31, 1996
    Box   6 F   4
    (2006 Addition), By-laws, and Related Correspondence, 1996
    Box   6 F   5
    (2006 Addition), Constitution, undated
    Box   6 F   6
    (2006 Addition), Correspondence, 1995-1996
    Box   6 F   7
    (2006 Addition), Correspondence, Clarke Historical Library Microfilming the Club's Records, 1994
    Box   6 F   8
    (2006 Addition), Executive Board Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Attachments, May 10, 1990-1991
    Box   6 F   9
    (2006 Addition), Executive Board Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Attachments, 1992-1993
    Box   6 F   10
    (2006 Addition), Executive Board Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Attachments, February 4-October 23, 1994
    Box   6 F   11
    (2006 Addition), Financial Statements and Operating Budgets, 1985-1994
    Box   6 F   12
    (2006 Addition), General Federation of Women's Clubs, Centennial Convention, 1895-1995, held at Mount Pleasant, Program, Certificates, Photographs, 1995
    Box   6 F   13
    (2006 Addition), General Federation of Women's Clubs, Clubwoman and General Federation of Women's Clubs-Michigan, Newsletters, 1995-1996
    Box   6 F   14
    (2006 Addition), Women's History and Resource Center, Brochure, undated
    Box   6 F   15
    (2006 Addition), General Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Attachments, September 13, 1983-1994
    Box   6 F   16
    (2006 Addition), General Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Attachments, 1995-May 13, 1996
    Box   6 F   17
    (2006 Addition), Guest Book, 1968-1993
    Box   6 F   18
    (2006 Addition), Guest Book, General Federation of Women's Clubs (includes Centennial Tea), 1993-1994
    Box   6 F   19
    (2006 Addition), Guest Book, 1994
    Box   6 F   20
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, circa 1995-1996, undated
    Box   6 F   21
    (2006 Addition), Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1985-1994, 1996
    Box   6 F   22
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 11 (not in box), 1984-1990
    Box   6 F   23
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 12 (not in box), 1993-1994
    Box   6 F   24
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 13 (not in box), 2005-2006
    Box   7 F   1
    (2006 Addition), GFW Michigan Newsletter, Summer 2002
    Box   7 F   2
    (2006 Addition), History, Tape [Memorex dBS] of Marianne R. and P. J., April 4, 1994
    Box   7 F   3
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, Vintage Clothing, January 1993
    Box   7 F   4
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, Ming, Mongeau, "Wedding" Dress, September 1993
    Box   7 F   5
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, Plachta and International Committee, September 1994, October 30, 1993
    Box   7 F   6
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, Centennial Tea, 1994
    Box   7 F   7
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, Clare Convention, 2002
    Box   7 F   8
    (2006 Addition), Negatives, 2003
    Box   7 F   9
    (2006 Addition), Negatives (3 folders), undated
    Box   7 F   10
    (2006 Addition), Photographs, 2001-2002
    Box   7 F   11
    (2006 Addition), Photographs (paper copies of e-Photographs), Reception for International Students, August 25, 2002
    Box   7 F   12
    (2006 Addition), Photographs, includes Clare Convention at Doherty Hotel, 2002
    Box   7 F   13
    (2006 Addition), Photographs, State Convention, 2002
    Box   7 F   14
    (2006 Addition), Photographs, 2003
    Box   8 F   1
    (2006 Addition), Photographs, N.E. District Convention, undated
    Box   8 F   2
    (2006 Addition), Photographs, undated
    Box   8 F   3
    (2006 Addition), Recording Secretary's Files, Includes Executive Board and General Meeting Minutes, September 13, 1999-December 14, 2001
    Box   8 F   4
    (2006 Addition), Recording Secretary's Files, Includes Executive Board and General Meeting Minutes, January 14, 2002-May 30, 2003
    Box   8 F   5
    (2006 Addition), Scrapbook Materials, 1997-1998
    Box   8 F   6
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 14 (not in box), 1997-1998
    Box   8 F   7
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 15 (not in box), 1999-2000
    Box   8 F   8
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 16 (not in box, in binder), 2000-2001
    Box   8 F   9
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 17 (not in box, in binder), 2001-2002
    Box   8 F   10
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 18 (not in box, loose materials in oversized folder), 2002-2003
    Box   8 F   11
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 19 (not in box, loose materials in oversized folder), 2003-2004
    Box   8 F   12
    (2006 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 20 (not in box), loose materials in oversized folder, 2004
    Box   8 F   13
    (2009 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 21 (not in box), 1994-1996
    Box   8 F   14
    (2009 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 22 (not in box), 1996-2000
    Box   8 F   15
    (2009 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 23 (not in box), 2006
    Box   8 F   16
    (2009 Addition), Oversized Scrapbook 24 (not in box), 2007
    Box   8 F   17
    (2009 Addition), Oversized Folder, loose scrapbook materials, 2000-2007