Austin History Center

Ro-Anns Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ro-Anns
Title: Ro-Anns Records
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1997
Abstract: The Ro-Anns were organized in 1962 by a group of wives of members of the Downtown Rotary Club of Austin to foster friendship and fellowship. The administrative files, meeting agendas and minutes, treasurer's reports, event flyers, scrapbooks and yearbooks in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from its inception in 1962 to 1997.
Identification: AR.1999.005
Quantity: 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

On March 8, 1962 a group of wives of members of the Downtown Rotary Club of Austin met at the home of Mrs. O. L. Alexander for the purpose of discussing the organization of the women of Rotary. They held their first luncheon meeting March 27, 1962 at Green Pastures, where it was voted to name the organization "Ro-Anns". The purpose of the organization was to foster friendship and fellowship among wives and widows of Downtown Austin Rotarians. In 1987 the United States Supreme Court confirmed the California decision that Rotary Clubs are business establishments subject to regulation under California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on race, gender, religion or ethnic origin and the Ro-Anns changed the bylaws to reflect "spouse" membership. The Ro-Anns held monthly meetings from September to May that generally included a variety of different programs.

Scope and Contents

The collection of the Ro-Anns consists mainly of documents related to the organization, including financial and administrative records, membership records, meeting minutes, event flyers, scrapbooks and yearbooks dating from 1962 to 1997. The meeting minutes span the date range of the collection and provide the most consistent insight into the group's activities. The types of materials included with the meeting minutes (or secretary's notes as they were called for a short period) changes throughout the years but generally consisted of treasurer's reports and membership lists along with the actual minutes of the meetings. Some years the meeting minute binders included additional materials such as photographs, yearbooks, event flyers and cards received by the club and in other years separate scrapbooks were made with these types of materials and the meeting minutes contained only documents related to club business. The scrapbooks span the years of 1987-1993 and are mostly composed of photographs but also contain newspaper clippings related to Ro-Anns events, yearbooks, event flyers, treasurer's reports and the 1991-1992 scrapbook contains the meeting minutes for that year. The collection also contains a full run of yearbooks dating from 1962-1996 which document membership and types of programs and events that were sponsored by the club.


The meeting minutes and scrapbooks were originally housed in an assortment of binders and folders. The materials were removed from the original housing but original order was maintained.
Arranged into four series:
I. Administrative Materials
II. Programs and Events
III. Scrapbooks
IV. Yearbooks


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Rotary Club of Austin.
Austin (Tex.)
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ro-Ann Records (AR.1999.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1999/015

Donation Date:1999

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Records, 1962-1997

Box Folder
1 1-7 Meeting minutes (Secretary's notes), 1962-1990
Box Folder
2 1-6 Meeting minutes, 1990-1997
7 Attendance and dues rosters, 1979-1982, undated
8 Officer duties, undated

II. Programs and Events, 1990-1996

Box Folder
2 9 Flyers, 1990-1996
10 Photographs, 1995, undated

III. Scrapbooks, 1987-1993

Box Folder
2 11-12 1987-1990
13 1991-1992
14 1992-1993

IV. Yearbooks, 1962-1996

Box Folder
3 1-4 Yearbooks, 1962-1996