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Guide to the Historical Club Records 1895-1979

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Historical Club
Dates: 1895-1979
Quantity: 5 c.f.
Abstract: Secretary's books, treasurer's books, yearbooks, and scrapbooks.
Identification: MG073
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this Manuscript Group divides itself into several distinct series. The first contains the official record books which are sorted by office then arrange chronologically, the departmental secretary's books which are alphabetical by department, then arranged chronologically, and the bound yearbooks which are in chronological order. The scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings on historical events, club activities, club members, photographs, citations, and memorabilia, including programs, of Idaho Federation of Women's Club meetings, form another series. The remaining club material was placed in a separate series and is foldered by subject. The final series contains the Federation of Women's Club material. Each journal title has its own folder; the convention programs are in chronological order with no distinction being made between district or state conventions.The book Hits and Bits from Memory was written by an early member of the club, Elizabeth Strong, and was presented to the club by Mattie Sinclair ; for this reason it was retained with the papers in Series II .

Scope and Content

The records of the Historical Club span the years 1895 to 1979, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1925-1965.

The material includes secretary's minute books for general and board meetings as well as divisional meetings, treasurer's books, yearbooks, and scrapbooks. There are a few items of correspondence and several citations and plaques from the Camp Fire Girls. Also included are journals and convention programs from the Third District, State, and National Federation of Women's Clubs.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Historical Club of Moscow was organized by Mrs. C.W . McCurdy in August 1895 under the name Ladies Historical Club; the word "ladies" was dropped in 1906. The original thirty members were primarily interested in history and literature and the first year was devoted to the study of prehistoric America. Current events of a national character were also discussed.

In 1901 the Historical Club and Pleiades Club made plans for a public library in Moscow. Donations from the city, local projects, and a $10,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation financed the building which opened in 1906. For many years the club met in the basement of the library. The club also helped to landscape the city park and furnished some of the equipment. For many years they were in charge of the Arts & Hobbies Department of the Latah County Fair. Each year the club contributes money and equipment to community projects.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Women

Moscow Historical Club -- Records

Moscow (Idaho) -- History -- Sources

Clubs -- Idaho -- Moscow

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Historical Club of Moscow, Idaho, were first donated to the University of Idaho Library by the Club on October 26, 1972. The club adds its yearbooks and scrapbooks periodically.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Record Books 1895-1978/1979
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1/1-151/1-15Secretary's Books 1895-1973 15 items
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1/16-191/16-19Treasurer's Books 1925-1972 (lacking 1961-1968 4 items
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1/20-211/20-21Membership Books 1925-1946 2 items
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2/222/22Arts & Crafts Secretary's Book 1927-1934 1 item
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2/232/23Current Events Secretary's Book 1912-1913 1 item
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2/242/24Home Economics Dept. Secretary's Book 1906-1914 1 item
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2/25-272/25-27Home and Garden Dept. Secretary's Book 1927-1963 3 items
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2/28-332/28-33Study Department Secretary's Books 1925-1963 6 items
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2/34-422/34-42Yearbooks 1895-1978/1979 9 items
Series II. Other Items 1907-1979
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2/432/43Photostatic copy of early minutes regarding use of club rooms in the public library 1907? 2 items
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2/442/44Elizabeth Strong. Hits and Bits From Memory; a Collection of Verse. Los Angeles, DeVorss & Co. 1940 1 item
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3/453/45Correspondence 1917-1972 7 items
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3/463/46Resignations 1959-1967 8 items
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3/473/47Membership Application Cards 1948-1966 108 items
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3/483/48Committee Reports 1952-1953 19 items
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3/493/49Christmas Home Lighting Project 1949 1 item
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3/503/50Latah County Fair Judging 1951-1953 20 items
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3/513/51McCroskey Park 1954-1955 9 items
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3/52-543/52-54Campfire Girls Sponsorship Citations 1978-1979 3 items
Series III. Scrapbooks 1934/1935-1977/1978
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3/553/55"Building Freedom With Youth" 1951-1952 1 item
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os/56os/56Poetry Scrapbook 1935-1946 1 item
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os/57-66os/57-66Club Scrapbooks 1934/1935-1977/1978 10 items
Series IV. National, State, and Regional Federations 1905-1964
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3/673/67General - Federation - Clubwoman November 1964 1 item
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3/683/68Idaho and Third District Convention Programs 1905-1960 20 items
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3/693/69The Idaho Clubwoman - See Idaho First Magazine 1913 2 items
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3/703/70The Idaho Clubwoman 1965-1972 6 items
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3/713/71Idaho Federation. Yearbooks 1914-1916; 1950-1952 2 items
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3/723/72Idaho Women's Club Courier 1951-1954 14 items

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Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

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