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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative Records, 1928-1995, undated

Offices, 1930-1993

Committees, 1957-1995, undated

Special Projects, 1930-1987

Junior Austin Woman's Club, 1987-1993, undated

Financial Records, 1930-1983

Printed Material, 1928-1986, undated

Photographic Material, undated

Austin History Center

Austin Woman's Club Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Woman's Club
Title: Austin Woman's Club Records
Dates: 1928-1995
Dates (Bulk): 1978-1988
Abstract: The Austin Woman's Club was founded on April 25, 1928 in Austin, Texas, for "the support of an educational undertaking, the study of literary, civic, patriotic, artistic and other cultural subjects," and to provide a place for women to gather, learn, and network. Minutes, ledgers, printed material, correspondence, photographs, audio cassettes, clippings, planners, receipt books, legal documents, and reports, (1928-995, undated), document the actions and activities of the Austin Woman's Club.
Identification: AR.2000.008
Quantity: 4.4 linear feet (10 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Woman's Club was founded on April 25, 1928 in Austin, Texas, for "the support of an educational undertaking, the study of literary, civic, patriotic, artistic and other cultural subjects," and to provide a place for women to gather, learn, and network. The first president was Mrs. Sam Smith, 1928-30. Subsequent presidents served one to two year terms. In addition to the President, there is a governing Board of Directors and numerous subject committees. An annual yearbook was printed to detail the club bylaws, active officers and members, and annual events. There were 164 charter members, including women from prominent families in Austin during the 1920s. Membership grew steadily to reach 563 members by the late 1970s, and in 1996 the club had 362 members. There were strict guidelines for membership including annual membership fees and a considerable nominating process that required final approval by the Board of Directors. Members were involved in a wide array of activities, primary amongst which were committee delegations that addressed specific concerns of the organization. These committees also discussed the philanthropic mission of the club, and managed numerous projects. Some important past activities include furnishing Austin with its first outdoor opera, a weekly speakers series, promotion of local historic areas in and around Austin, and a scholarship that provided financial assistance for women completing a degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Under the presidency of Mrs. J.O. Marberry (1937-39) the Junior Austin Woman's Club was organized to prepare future members of the AWC. Members of the JAWC were daughters and daughters-in-law of current club members.

Chateau Bellevue, originally built in 1892 and now a historic Texas landmark, became the official clubhouse of the AWC in 1929. The clubhouse was frequently rented to clubs affiliated with AWC for meetings and events. The Chateau Bellevue dining room functioned as a steady stream of revenue for the club. The mission of the club has expanded over the years to include the preservation of the historic clubhouse. As of 2009 the club is still active and in possession of the clubhouse.

Past Presidents of the Austin Woman's Club through 1996 are:


  • Mrs. Sam J. Smith, 1928-1930
  • Mrs. W. R. Long, 1930-1931
  • Mrs. W. R. Long, 1930-1931
  • Mrs. John W. Goodwin, 1931-1932
  • Mrs. R. A. Buford, 1932-1933
  • Mrs. P.W. McFadden, 1933-1935
  • Mrs. James H. Maxwell, 1935-1937
  • Mrs. J.O. Marberry, 1937-1939
  • Mrs. George H. Wells, 1939-1941
  • Mrs. Tom Miller, 1941-1943
  • Mrs. H. Willis Sauer, 1943-1945
  • Mrs. J. E. Hickman, 1945-1947
  • Mrs. William M. Gambrell, 1947-1949
  • Mrs. Lloyd W. Davidson, 1949-1951
  • Mrs. Amos M. Felts, 1951-1953
  • Mrs. Myron L. Begeman, 1953-1955
  • Mrs. Starr Kealhofer, 1955-1957
  • Mrs. Bryant F. Collins, 1957-1959
  • Mrs. Tom E. Johnson, 1959-1961
  • Mrs. Marvin Hall, 1961-1963
  • Mrs. Carl H. Stautz, 1963-1965
  • Mrs. Lynn W. McCraw, 1967-1969
  • Mrs. J. C. Dolley, 1969-1971
  • Mrs. Felix S. Thaxton, 1971-1973
  • Mrs. Bascom B. Hayes, 1973-1975
  • Mrs. R. V. Baker, 1975-1977
  • Mrs. Ernest W. Walker, 1977-1979
  • Mrs. Sterling S. Speake, 1979-1981
  • Miss Jane Smoot, 1981-1983
  • Mrs. C. E. Alvis, Jr., 1983-1985
  • Mrs. A. M. Donnell, Jr., 1985-1987
  • Mrs. John M. Moran, 1987-1989
  • Mrs. William H. Raschke, 1989-1991
  • Dr. Margaret Berry, 1991-1993
  • Mrs. Donald VanMeter, 1993-1995
  • Dr. Josie E. Champion, 1995-1996

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Scope and Contents

Minutes, ledgers, printed material, correspondence, photographs, lithography print blocks, audio cassettes, clippings, planners, receipt books, legal documents, and reports, (1928-1995, undated), document the actions and activities of the Austin Woman's Club, a social and philanthropic organization. The records of the Austin Woman's Club are arranged into eight series, the majority found in Administrative Records (1928-1995, undated), which illuminate the regular operations and routine actions of the Club. The largest body of material within Administrative Records is the minutes from general meetings (1928-1995) and board meetings in written form (1959-1995) with 52 meetings captured on audio-cassette (1981-1988). A significant body of membership applications (1982, 1986-88, undated) provide significant insight into the admittance process. 33 committees are documented, (1957-1995, undated) the most substantial records being those of the Resolutions and Remembrances Committee and the Membership Committee. The preservation and maintenance of the organization's clubhouse, Chateau Bellevue, located at 708 San Antonio Street, was of great importance to the Austin Woman's Club and is documented through correspondence and clippings (Chateau Bellevue; 1930-1981). Other series deal with the governing offices (1930-1993, undated), club financial records (1930-1983), notable Austin Woman's Club philanthropic work (Special Projects; 1930-1987) and visual material (undated).

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into 8 series:
Series I: Administrative Records
Series II: Offices
Series III: Committees
Series IV: Special Projects
Series V: Junior Austin Woman's Club
Series VI: Financial Records
Series VII: Printed Material
Series VIII: Photographic Material

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Smith, Mrs. Sam J.
Speake, Mrs. Sterling S.
Organizations:
Austin Woman's Club.
Junior Austin Woman's Club.
Texas Federation of Women's Clubs.
Jessen and Jessen.
Subjects:
Women--Societies and clubs.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Document Types:
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Printed Material.
Yearbooks.
Photographs.
Audio Cassettes.
Ledgers.
Clippings.
Planners.
Receipt Books.
Legal Documents.
Reports.

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts


General Collection


  • A 641.5 LA, La Fete Internationale. 1979.
  • A 367.976431 HA, The Austin Woman's Club 1929-1975: Bicentennial Recognition Reference Book. 1975.
  • A 641.59764 TR, Treasure Pots. 1940.
  • A 641.59764 TR, Treasure Pots, Too. 1990.
  • A 367.976431 AU, The Austin Woman's Club. 1930-2002.
  • A 367.976431 AU, Annual Announcement. 1928-1930.
  • A 728.0976431 HA, The History and Evolution of the North-Evans Home and the Austin Woman's Club. 1986.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Mrs. Sam J. Smith, -1962
  • AF Biography - Margaret Catherine Berry
  • AF Subject - Women - Societies & Clubs - Austin Woman's Club W4806
  • AF Subject - Women - Societies & Clubs - Texas Federation of Women's Clubs 4800(14)
  • AF House/Building - San Antonio Street 708

Periodicals


  • Austin Woman's Club Newsletter
  • Austin Woman's Club: Program Card

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Separated Material

Several publications came with the donation. These included multiple directories of the organization, one cookbook (Treasure Pots). They were returned to the donor as the AHC already had copies. Three lithographic printing blocks were also returned to the donor because the images contained on them were reproduced on publications in the collection.

Two Boxes of Audio Tapes, 1981-1998, separated to Recordings Archive Room G22

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin Woman's Club Records (AR.2000.008). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/059, DO/2015/039

Donation Date: 2000 June 15, 2015 July 2

Processing Information

Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing By/Date: Sue Soy/July 7, 2000 Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Emily Clark, Halley Grogan, Zachary Loeb, Holly Mendenhall/November 24, 2009. Final processing and encoding by Zachary Loeb and Susan Rittereiser/2009 December. Additions by Susan Rittereiser/2016. Updated by Kelly Hanus in 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Administrative Records, 1928-1995, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Policy and Procedures, 1979-1980, undated
2 Charter and Amendments, 1929-1970
3 Club History, undated
4 Correspondence, 1964, 1978-1981, undated
5 Local History, undated
6 Membership Applications, 1982, 1986-1988, undated
Planners, 1981-1982
Minutes, 1928-1995, undated
Box
1 Binders consolidating Board, General and Annual Meeting Minutes, 1928-1933, 1933-1939
Box
2 Binders consolidating Board, General and Annual Meeting Minutes, 1947-1949
Box Folder
10 1 Annual Meeting Minutes, 1951 May
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1951-1953
Box Folder
2 1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1959-1961
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1977
3 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1978
4 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1979
5 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1986
6 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1987
Box Folder
3 1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1988
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1989
3 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1989
4 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1990
5 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1991
6 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1992
7 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1993
Box Folder
4 1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1994
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1995
3 General Meeting Minutes, 1928-1930
Box Folder
10 3 General Meeting Minutes, 1951-1953
Box Folder
4 4 General Meeting Minutes, 1959-1961
5 General Meeting Minutes, 1978
6 General Meeting Minutes, 1979
7 General Meeting Minutes, 1986
8 General Meeting Minutes, 1987
9 General Meeting Minutes, 1988
10 General Meeting Minutes, 1989
11 General Meeting Minutes, 1990
12 General Meeting Minutes, 1992-1993
13 General Meeting Minutes, 1994-1995
Location
Recordings Room G22 Audio Cassettes, 1981-1988
Box
5 Reports, 1959-1961
1 Program Cards, 1959-1964

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Offices, 1930-1993

Box Folder
5 2 President, 1935-1993
3 Vice President, 1978-1986
4 Secretary, 1978-1986
5 Treasurer - Job Descriptions, 1986, undated
6 Treasurer - Reports, 1930-1941, 1951-1957, 1960, 1964, 1978-1984
7 Parliamentarian, 1982, undated
8 Historian, undated
8 Historian , undated
9 Director, 1987-1989
10 Manager, undated

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Committees, 1957-1995, undated

Box Folder
6 1 Advisory Council, 1969, 1985-1987, undated
2 Art Committee, 1984, undated
3 Book of Remembrance and Resolutions Committee, 1984, undated
4 Book Reviewers Committee, undated
5 Building Committee, 1960, 1974, 1986-1987, undated
6 Cashiers' Committee, 1984, undated
7 Courtesy Committee, undated
8 Decoration and Entertainment Committee, 1984, 1986, undated
9 Finance Committee, 1974, 1982, 1985
10 Fine Arts and Furnishings Committee, 1982, 1984, 1986, undated
11 First Thursdays Programs Committee, undated
12 Fourth Thursdays Programs Committee, 1983-1984, undated
13 Grounds Committee, 1984
14 House Committee, 1961-1964, 1969-1971, 1982, undated
15 Insurance Committee, 1983, 1984, 1986, undated
16 Invocation Committee, 1982, undated
17 Membership Committee, 1991-1995, undated
Box Folder
10 6 Membership Committee - proposals, 1958-1963
Box Folder
6 18 Music and Drama Committee, 1984, 1986, undated
19 Nominating Committee, 1960-1961, 1975-1977, 1981-1986, undated
20 Notification Committee, undated
21 Orientation Committee, undated
22 Overall Planning Committee, 1957
23 Permanent Fund Board, undated
24 Plant Committee, 1982-1983
25 Program Coordinating Committee, 1982, 1986, undated
26 Resolutions and Remembrances Committee, 1956-1968, undated
27 Scholarship Committee, 1984, undated
28 Social Committee, 1984-1986, undated
29 Study Group Committee, 1981, undated
30 Travel-Tour Theatre Committee, 1984, undated
31 Vault of Values Committee, 1984, undated,
32 Ways and Means Committee, 1982-1983
33 Weekly Luncheon Committee, undated

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Special Projects, 1930-1987

Box
7 Chateau Bellevue, 1930-1981
1 Correspondence, 1930-1981
2 Clippings, 1953-1969
3 Blueprints, Plans, Proposals, Contracts,, 1959-1974
Box Folder
10 4 Proposed Addition to Club House (Jessen and Jessen), circa 1959
Box Folder
7 4 Furnishings and Inventory, 1956-1968
5 Scroll of Charter Members, 1945

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Junior Austin Woman's Club, 1987-1993, undated

Box Folder
7 6 Yearbooks, 1988-1993
7 Chairman, undated
8 Proposed Bylaws Changes, 1987
9 Minutes Excerpts, undated
10 Handwritten Material, undated

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Financial Records, 1930-1983

Accounting, 1948-1984
Box
8 Dues Record Books, 1948-1952, 1957-1971
Check Stubs Book, 1966-1968
Ledgers, 1930-1962
Box Folder
10 5 Audit Reports, 1951-1952
Box Folder
9 1 Auditor's Report, 1960
1 Financial Statements, 1984
Receipts, 1960-1983
Box
8 Receipt Books, 1960, 1965-1966
Box Folder
9 2 Insurance Documents, 1983
Legal Documents, 1938, 1959
Box Folder
9 2 Correspondence, 1938
2 Tax Return, 1959

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Printed Material, 1928-1986, undated

Box Folder
9 3 Yearbooks, 1928-1930, 1934-1935, 1947-1948,1964-1965, 1966-1968, 1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1976-1977, 1977-1978, 1978-1979, 1981-1982, 1985-1986
4 Obituaries, 1955-1956, 1958-1962, 1965-1966, undated
5 Remembrances, undated
6 Publications, 1938-1985

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Photographic Material, undated

Box Folder
9 7 Photographs, undated
8 Negative, undated

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