Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle
Title: Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle
Dates: 1960 - 1998
Accession No.: MA 05-1
Quantity: 16 Scrapbooks
Language: The records are primarily in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Institutional History

The Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle (DICSC) was a non-profit, tax-exempt organization open to all people with an interest in promoting friendship and understanding among nations.

The club was founded in 1959 by Morena Petsch, primarily as a social environment for the foreign-born within the community. As Dallas became a more international city, DICSC was called on to provide service to the community which included interpreters, translation, citizenship classes, socials, and language seminars for visitors as well as new citizens. A language program was formed to help newcomers overcome the language barrier and scholarships awarded to foster interest in languages of other countries.

DICSC recognized the varied customs and lifestyles of all nationalities and strived to broaden the knowledge and understanding of people all over the world. The goal of the organization was to bring people from other countries into the stream of American life and encourage people to learn the background and culture of others. The club sponsored social, cultural and educational programs with art, music, food, dances, meetings, and the exchange of ideas in all areas of mutual interest.

DICSC was supported by membership dues, tax-deductible donations and various functions and activities held during the year.


Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle pamphlet

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 16 scrapbooks documenting the history and activities of the Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle. The scrapbooks include materials such as programs, flyers, newsletters, photos, newsclippings, lists of officers, some correspondence, announcements, and invitations.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle
Dallas (Tx.)
Organizations - Texas - Dallas
Immigrants - Texas - Dallas
Dallas - (Tex.) - History - Societies

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA 05-1 Dallas International, Cultural and Social Circle, Texas/ Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated in January 2005 by former club member Jean McCloud.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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Scrapbook 1: May 1960 - May 1962

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Scrapbook 2: 1962 - 1963

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Scrapbook 3: 1963 - 1964

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Scrapbook 4: 1964 - 1965

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Scrapbook 5: 1965 - 1966

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Scrapbook 6: August 1966 - July 1967

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Scrapbook 7: August 1967 - July 1968

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Scrapbook 8: July 1968 - December 1969

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Scrapbook 9: 1970

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Scrapbook 10: 1971

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Scrapbook 11: 1972

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Scrapbook 12: 1973

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Scrapbook 13: 1974

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Scrapbook 14: 1975 - 1978

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Scrapbook 15: 1978

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Scrapbook 16: 1994 - 1998