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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. General, 1922-1963, 1973-1991, 2007-2016

II. Annual Accumulations, 1922-2015

III. Membership, 1923-1994, 1997, 2003-2015

IV. Printed Materials, 1937-1939, 1959-1999, 2003-2016

V. Correspondence, 1926, 1927, 1970-1985, 1988-1991, 1995-2003, 2014

VI. Conferences, 1927, 1965, 1979, 1995-2015

VII. Scrapbooks, 1936-1967

VIII. Photographic Materials, 1950s-1980s, 2003-2004

IX. Scholarship Materials, 1985, 1988-1992, 1996-1997

X. Artifacts, undated

XI. Financial Materials, 2003-2016

XII. Programs, 2004-2015

Austin History Center

Altrusa Club of Austin Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Altrusa Club of Austin
Title: Altrusa Club of Austin Records
Abstract: The Altrusa Club of Austin was chartered as a part of the national organization on April 23, 1923. As an organization for executive and professional women Altrusa has been a local organization serving to provide leadership and positive influence within the community since 1923. The minutes, proceedings, correspondence, applications, financial documents, photographic materials, scrapbooks, artifacts, scholarship documents, and printed material document the organizational structure and extensive civic activities of the Altrusa Club of Austin, Texas, from 1922 through 2016.
Identification: AR.1994.083
Quantity: 12.2 linear feet (12 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks, Archives Oversize Volume Collection, Artifacts, and Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Altrusa Club of Austin, a service organization for executive and professional women began meeting in 1922 and received its official charter from the national organization on April 23, 1923. The 26 charter members held occupations ranging from custodian to attorney. The club's active recruitment and classification processes allow them to maintain a diverse representation of business and professional women within a relatively constant membership of 50 to 60 members.

Through their meetings and community involvement, the club provides members the opportunity to exchange ideas, broaden their individual outlooks, and affect a positive influence on their community. Since 1932, the Altrusa Club of Austin has published a monthly newsletter, Gleanings. In service to their community, the club has raised funds for orphans, the Travis County Juvenile Home, and war-time efforts, and has volunteered for the Red Cross, Recordings for the Blind, and Adopt-a-Highway. Annually, the Altrusans offer a "Girl of the Year" award to a high school junior and provide scholarship funds to university women.

Social events of the club include costume parties, formal banquets, and fund raising events. Also involved in state, national and international levels of the International Association of Altrusa Clubs, Inc., the Austin chapter has hosted state and national conferences, assisted in the establishment of Altrusa Clubs around Texas, and sponsored scholarships for Altrusans from foreign countries to study in the United States.

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Scope and Contents

Minutes, proceedings, correspondence, applications, financial documents, photographic materials, scrapbooks, artifacts, scholarship documents, and printed material document the organizational structure and extensive civic activities of the Altrusa Club of Austin, Texas, 1922-2016. The General series (1922-2016) contains historical information as well as organizational documents. The largest series, Annual Accumulations (1922-2015), extensively documents the formal procedures of the club. Arranged chronologically, the bound accumulations (1922-1976/77, 1986/87-1990/91) are filed as they were received. The annual accumulations of the remaining years' (1977/78-1985/86, 1992/93-1999/00) have been arranged to duplicate the order established by the earlier records of the club. The yearbooks contained in the annual accumulations effectively summarize each year's membership, social, and philanthropic activities.

The club's membership is especially well documented through applications, correspondence, rosters, and member cards contained in the Membership series (1922-2015). The Printed Materials series consists of examples of the variety of awards and certificates presented to club members as well as transcripts from the broadcasts of the programs "Vocations for Women". Letters both sent and received make up the Correspondence series (1926, 1970-1985, 1989-1991, 1995-2003, 2014).

As a part of a national organization members of Altrusa in Austin were invited to attend the annual conference and hosted their own district conference as well. Programs, advertisement, correspondence, names tags, and other related material from these annual meetings make up the Conferences series (1927, 1965, 1979, 1995-2015). In the Scrapbooks series (1936-1967) can be found scrapbooks organized by Altrusa members to commemorate its many members and events. More visual evidence of the club's members, events, and outings can be found in the Photographic Materials series (1950s-1980s, 2003-2004) which includes black-and-white and color photographs, slides, and negatives. The Scholarship series (1985, 1988-1992, 1996-1997) contains applications composed by students in hopes of being awarded the Altrusa scholarship, as well as correspondence, and documentation of the awarding of the scholarships. Financial Materials dating from 2003-2016 were donated in 2016 and integrated into the collection in 2018. The Programs series dates from 2004-2015 and documents the organization's various programming and fundraising activities.

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Arrangement

As received, the records contained bound annual accumulations for the years 1922-1976/77, based on a July 1-June 31 fiscal year. Each binder was labeled with the particular year and the president's name for that year. For the years 1986/87-1990/91, the same general types of materials were also received bound and labeled with the particular year and the title "Recording Secretary's Notebook". The integrity of these bound volumes was maintained as received. For the remaining years, 1977/78-1985/86 and 1993/94-1999/00 the same types of materials were received more loosely filed in manila folders labeled with rough year designations.
These files contained types of materials such as correspondence and membership applications which were moved to their respective series. For these years, a structure was created to emulate the order of the bound accumulations. These accumulations are labeled "assorted" and are filed within the chronological series annual accumulations. The records also contained many duplicates of forms and applications, which were discarded. The state, national, international materials were discarded on the premise that these materials were outside the scope of the archives and were more completely preserved elsewhere.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons
Adams, Eppe.
Boyd, Elizabeth.
Callaway, Theda.
Carter, Nara.
Casler, Hazel.
Clark, Margaret.
Clifton, Opal.
Conklin, Sarah.
Cook, Mollie Connor.
Daniel, Josephine.
Dimmitt, LeNoir.
Draper, Deborah.
Escott, Florence.
Gardner, Elizabeth.
Giles, Rosaline.
Greenhill, Violet.
Hale, Laginia.
Hall, Nellie.
Hestir, Lucy.
Howell, Joyce.
Jarrell, Mona.
Kimmey, Rowena.
Kirk, Louise.
Kirkland, Edith.
Ledbetter, Bess.
Matthis, Pauline.
McCullough, Stella.
Menchetti, Amelia.
Messer, Jerie.
Miller, Alice.
Miller, Belva.
Moncure, Leah.
Moore, Lucy.
Moore, Olivia.
Nicholas, Linda.
Pace, Fritzi.
Palm, Jamie.
Pappas, Joy.
Patterson, Elizabeth.
Pearson, Virginia.
Peel, Alice.
Peterson, Lola.
Petty, Mary Clare.
Porter, Etta.
Purvis, Minna.
Quinn, Evelyn.
Rattey, Dorothy.
Roberdeau, Ethel.
Rydell, Hazel.
Sandbo, Anna.
Schutze, Anita.
Simon, Leta.
Stanford, Espa.
Stephens, Willie.
Streit, Selma.
Taylor, Arline.
Terrill, Ruby.
Wallace, Grace.
White, Mary.
Wilcox, Ann.
Wilson, Miriam.
Wooldridge, Katherine.
Wynn, Margaret.
Organizations
Altrusa Club of Austin, Texas.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Austin (Tex.)--Commerce.
Subjects
Women in the professions--Texas.
Women in business--Texas--Austin.
Women--Societies and Clubs.
Women--Texas--Austin.

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Related Material

Austin Files Subject - Women Societies & Clubs - Altrusa Club W4800 (2)

Periodical Collection - Altrusa Gleanings

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Separated Material

Altrusa Gleanings newsletters separated to Periodical Collection.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials donated by current and past members of Altrusa Club of Austin.

Preferred Citation

Altrusa Club of Austin Records (AR.1994.083). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1970/067

Donation Date: 1987, 1994, 2011, 2016

Processing Information

Original materials processed by Monica Allen, Angela Courtney, Liz Dube, Jill Jackson, Robert Mayott, and Stephanie Walker in 1994. Additions added and finding aid encoded by Rusty Heckaman in 2013. Additions added by Kelly Hanus in 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

I. General, 1922-1963, 1973-1991, 2007-2016

Box Folder
1 1 History of the Altrusa Club, 1923-1952
Box Folder
9 1 History of District 9, 1973-2007
2 Club historical research, undated
Box Folder
5 3 Chronicle, 1922-1963
Box Folder
1 2 Organizational Documents, 1922, 1926, 1976
Box Folder
6 1 Organizational Documents, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1991
Box Folder
12 5-7 Club presidents training materials, 2009-2014
18 Website maintenance/guidelines, 2012
20 Related organizations, 2016

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II. Annual Accumulations, 1922-2015

Box Folder
1 3 Bound Accumulation, 1922-1924
4 Bound Accumulation, 1922-1925
5 Bound Accumulation, Espa Stanford, President, 1926-1927
6 Assorted, 1926-1927
7 Bound Accumulation, Selma Steit, President, 1927-1928
8 Assorted, 1927-1928
9 Bound Accumulation, Willie Stephens, President, 1928-1929
10 Assorted, 1928-1929
11 Bound Accumulation, Bess Ledbetter, President, 1929-1930
12 Assorted, 1929-1930
13 Bound Accumulations, Lucy Moore, President, 1930-1931
14 Assorted, 1930-1931
15 Bound Accumulation, Ruby Terrill, President, 1931-932
16 Assorted, 1931-1932
17 Bound Accumulation, Eppe Adams, President, 1932-1933
18 Bound Accumulation, Anna Wilcox, President, 1933-1934
19 Bound Accumulation, Olivia Moore, President, 1934-1935
20 Bound Accumulation, Alice Miller, President, 1935-1936
21 Bound Accumulation, Alice Peel, President, 1936-1937
22 Bound Accumulation, LeNoir Dimmitt, President, 1937-1938
23 Bound Accumulation, Etta E. Porter, President, 1938-1939
24 Bound Accumulation, Nellie Hall, President, 1939-1940
25 Bound Accumulation, Elizabeth Paterson, President, 1940-1941
26 Bound Accumulation, Lolla Peterson, President, 1941-1942
27 Bound Accumulation, Anita Schutze, President, 1942-1943
28 Assorted, 1942-1943
29 Bound Accumulation, Violet Greenhill, President, 1943-1944
30 Bound Accumulation, Nara Carter, President, 1944-1945
31 Bound Accumulation, Edith Kirkland, President, 1945-1946
32 Bound Accumulation, Peggy Petty, President, 1946-1947
33 Bound Accumulation, Anna Sandbo, President, 1947-1948
34 Bound Accumulation, Mona Jarrell, President, 1948-1949
35 Bound Accumulation, Opal Clifton, President, 1949-1950
36 Bound Accumulation, Leah Moncure, President, 1950-1951
37 Bound Accumulation, Katherine Wooldridge, President, 1951-1952
38 Bound Accumulation, Nara Carter, President, 1952-1953
39 Bound Accumulation, Mary Wilhite, President, 1953-1954
Box Folder
2 1 Bound Accumulation, Stella McCullough, President, 1954-1955
2 Bound Accumulation, Louise Kirk, President, 1955-1956
3 Bound Accumulation, Ethel Roberdeau, President, 1956-1957
4 Bound Accumulation, Rosalind Giles, President, 1957-1958
5 Bound Accumulation, Minna Purvis, President, 1958-1959
6 Bound Accumulation, Florence Escott, President, 1959-1960
7 Assorted, 1959-1960
8 Bound Accumulation, Leslie Simon, President, 1960-1961
9 Bound Accumulation, Miriam Wilson, President, 1961-1962
10 Assorted, 1961-1962
11 Bound Accumulation, Margaret Escott, President, 1962-1963
12 Assorted, 1962-1963
13 Bound Accumulation, Grace Wallace, President, 1963-1964
14 Assorted, 1963-1964
15 Bound Accumulation, Sarah Conklin, President, 1964-1965
16 Bound Accumulation, Margaret Wynn, President, 1965-1966
17 Bound Accumulation, Fritzi Pace, President, 1966-1967
18 Assorted, 1966-1967
19 Bound Accumulation, Virginia Pearson, President, 1967-1968
20 Bound Accumulation, Dorothy Rattey, President, 1968-1969
21 Bound Accumulation, Jamie Palm, President, 1969-1970
22 Assorted , 1969-1970
23 Bound Accumulation, Hazel Casler, President, 1970-1971
24 Assorted, 1970-1971
25 Bound Accumulation, Evelyn Quinn, President, 1971-1972
26 Assorted, 1971-1972
27 Bound Accumulation, Theda Calladay, President, 1972-1973
28 Assorted, 1972-1973
29 Bound Accumulation, Pauline Mathis, President, 1973-1974
30 Bound Accumulation, Laginia Hale, President, 1974-1975
Box Folder
3 1 Assorted, 1974-1975
2 Bound Accumulation, Belva Miller, President, 1975-1976
3 Assorted, 1975-1976
4 Bound Accumulation, Amelia Menchetti, President, 1976-1977
5 Assorted, 1976-1977
6 Assorted, Arline Taylor, President, 1977-1978
7 Assorted, Rowena Kimmey, President, 1978-1979
8 Assorted, Linda Nichols, President, 1979-1980
9 Assorted, Elizabeth Boyd, President, 1980-1981
10 Assorted, Lucy Hestir, President, 1981-1982
11 Assorted, Jerie Messer, President, 1982-1983
12 Assorted, Joy Pappas, President, 1983-1984
13 Assorted, Linda Nichols, President, 1984-1985
14 Assorted, Lidde Gjerstad, President, 1985-1986
15 Bound Accumulation, Hazel Rydell, President, 1986-1987
16 Assorted, 1986-1987
17 Bound Accumulation, Joyce Howell, President, 1987-1988
18 Assorted, 1987-1988
19 Bound Accumulation, Deborah Draper, President, 1988-1989
20 Assorted, 1988-1989
21 Bound Accumulation, Carmen Gamboa, President, 1989-1990
22 Assorted, 1989-1990
23 Bound Accumulation, Jan Carter, President, 1990-1991
24 Assorted, Deborah Draper, President, 1991-1992
Box Folder
6 2 Annual Accumulations (Assorted), 1994-1995
3 Annual Accumulations (Assorted), 1995-1996
4 Annual Accumulation (Bound), 1996-1997
5 Annual Accumulation (Assorted), 1996-1997
6 Annual Accumulation (Bound), 1997-1998
7 Annual Accumulation (Assorted), 1997-1998
8 Annual Accumulations (Assorted), 1999-2000
Box Folder
10 1-2 Annual Accumulations (Assorted), 2003-2005
Box Folder
11 3 Assorted, 2004
6-7 Annual Accumulations (Assorted), 2004-2005
Box Folder
12 1 Agendas & meeting minutes, 2011-2013
2 Agendas & meeting minutes, 2013-2015

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III. Membership, 1923-1994, 1997, 2003-2015

Box Folder
4 1 General,
2 Membership Correspondence, A-P, 1927-1988
3 Membership Correspondence, Q-Z, 1923-1985
Box Folder
7 1 Membership Correspondence, 1994
Box Folder
4 4 Recommendations for Membership, A-D, 1933-1988
5 Recommendations for Membership, E-J, 1933-1988
6 Recommendations for Membership, K-N, 1930-1988
7 Recommendations for Membership, O-R, 1931-1988
8 Recommendations for Membership, S-U, 1930-1988
9 Recommendations for Membership, V-Z, 1933-1988
10 Roster Cards, A-D, 1923-1962
11 Roster Cards, E-L, 1923-1964
12 Roster Cards, M-Z, 1933-1960
13 Roster Lists, 1929-1939
Box Folder
7 2 Roster Lists, 1997
Box Folder
4 13 Information and Duties Reports, 1976-1977
15 New Member Information Packet, circa 1956
Box Folder
12 8 New Member Initiation, 2003
9 Membership Resource Guide, 2003-2005
10 Membership Resource Guide, 2012
Box Folder
11 10 Handbook, 2014-2015

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IV. Printed Materials, 1937-1939, 1959-1999, 2003-2016

Box Folder
4 17 "Vocations for Women", 1937-1938
18 "Vocations for Women", 1938-1939
19 Awards and Certificates, 1959-1988
26 Program, "A Night of Opera", 1938
Box Folder
7 3 Awards and Certificates, 1991, 1995-1996, 1999
Box Folder
11 8 Awards and Certificates, 2003-2004, 2008, 2013-2015
4 President's Report, 2003-2004
5 President's Report, 2004-2005
Box Folder
12 4 President's Report, 2005-2008
Box Folder
11 12 Assorted newsletters - The Beat of Austin, The Altrusa Accent, News of Mighty Ninth, International Altrusan, 2003-2004, 2014-2016
Box Folder
12 3 Assorted printed material, 1985-1997
19 Altrusa International materials, 2003-2007

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V. Correspondence, 1926, 1927, 1970-1985, 1988-1991, 1995-2003, 2014

Box Folder
4 20 Sent, 1926, 1970-1985
21 Received, 1927, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1980-1985, 1988
Box Folder
7 4 Correspondence, Sent and Received, 1989-1991, 1995-2000
Box Folder
11 11 Assorted correspondence, 2003
9 Emails - Brenda Reeves, 2014

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VI. Conferences, 1927, 1965, 1979, 1995-2015

Box Folder
4 22 National Conference, 1927
23 District Nine Conference, October 1965
24 District Nine Conference, October 1979
Box Folder
7 5 District 9 Conference, October 1995
6 District 9 Conference, October 1997
7 District 9 Conference, October 1998
8 District 9 Conference, April-May 1999
9 District 9 Conference, April 2000
Box Folder
9 3 47th International Convention, July 2001
4 Texas Conference for Women, 2004
5-6 District 9 Conference, 2005
7-10 District 9 Conference, 2006
11-12 District 9 Conference, 2007
13 District 9 Conference, 2008
14 District 9 Conference, 2014
15 54th International Convention, July 2015

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VII. Scrapbooks, 1936-1967

Location
Oversized Volumes Scrapbook, 1936-1940
Scrapbook, 1939-1941
Box Folder
4 25 Scrapbook, 1962-1964
Box Folder
5 1 Scrapbook, 1965-1966
2 Scrapbook, 1966-1967

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VIII. Photographic Materials, 1950s-1980s, 2003-2004

Box Folder
8 1 Photographs "Altrusa Operation Understand", 1969
2 Photographs, Altrusa Party, 1951
3 Slides, Altrusa, 1956
4 Slides, Altrusa, 1976
5 Slides, Altrusa Party, 1955
6 Black and White Photographs, Elsie Strauss, undated
7 Photographs, Palm Desert, 1988
8 Photographs, Adopt a School St. Elmo's, undated
9 Photographs, 5th Tuesday Party, 1985
10 Photographs, Watermelon Party, 1974
11 Photographs, Altrusa, 1981
12 Photographs, Bobbie-Mary, 1961
13 Photographs, Halloween Party, 1974
14 Photographs, Altrusa Meeting, 1989
15 Photographs, Altrusa Club Board Meeting, Carter Home 1986
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Negatives Drawer Carter Family negatives, undated
Box Folder
8 16 Photographs, 5th Tuesday Party, 1982
17-32 Unidentified Photographs, undated
Box Folder
11 13 Photographs - Puppets and Literacy Show, Any Baby Can, 2003-2004
Location PhotoAlbum
Outer Vault 146 Austin Altrusa's Club Photo Album, undated

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IX. Scholarship Materials, 1985, 1988-1992, 1996-1997

Box Folder
7 10 Scholarship Materials, 1992
11 Scholarship Materials, 1996-1997
12 Scholarship Materials, 1988-1989
13 Scholarship Materials, 1990-1991
14 Scholarship Documents, undated
15 Scholarship Materials, 1985

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X. Artifacts, undated

Location BoxItem
Artifacts 114/009 Pin, undated
Location BoxItem
Artifact 114/010 Gavel, undated

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XI. Financial Materials, 2003-2016

Box Folder
10 3 Financial, 2003
4-5 Financial, 2004-2005
6 Financial, 2005-2006
7 Financial, 2006-2007
8 Financial, 2008-2009
9 Financial, 2009-2010
10 Financial, 2010-2011
11 Financial, 2011-2012
Box Folder
11 1 Financial, 2012-2013
2 Financial, 2014-2016

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XII. Programs, 2004-2015

Box Folder
12 11 Volunteer opportunities, 2008-2012
12 Austin Public Library storytime and book sale, 2004
13 Reach Out and Read program, 2004
14 Awards program, 2004
15 Sami Show, 2009 October
16 Smart Meals program, 2014-2015
17 Silent auction, undated

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