University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Top Ladies of Distinction Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator Top Ladies of Distinction
Collection Title Top Ladies of Distinction Records
Dates 1964-2001
Identification 1997-015
Physical Description 2.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

The Top Ladies of Distinction is a national professional and humanitarian organization, incorporated in 1964 in Texas. In addition to the national organization, there are local chapters throughout the United States, which hold area meetings. The original focus of the organization was to promote scholarship for today's youth, to provide experiences that would help youth develop social graces to perform comfortably in a cultural society, to point up opportunities for youth to become employable, to help make America beautiful, and to assist the aged. This changed in 1972 to focus on the Top Teens of America (a program for young people, sponsored by the Top Ladies of Distinction), programming for senior citizens, community beautification, and improvement in the status of women. These programming areas have continued to be the main priorities of the Top Ladies of Distinction.


Top Ladies of Distinction website

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of minutes, budgets, programs, and ephemera, arranged into four series. The materials date from 1964-1998 and are organized, for the most part, chronologically. The collection also includes eleven trophies dating from 1991 to 1993. The trophies were awarded at local and national conferences for chapter attendance and best scrapbooks.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Top Ladies of Distinction
Genre/Form of Material:
Programs (documents)
Topical Term:
Women -- Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Top Ladies of Distinction Records. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting. See the Citing Special Collections Materials page for more information.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Top Ladies of Distinction, 1997

Detailed List of Contents


Scope and Contents
This series contains minutes and related materials, such as budgets, dating from 1966-1986. It also contains the organization's Constitution and By-laws, and two annual reports of the Top Teens of America, Inc. The materials are arranged chronologically. A small three ring binder entitled "Governance" and dated 1998, is in Box 3.
Box Folder
1 1 Constitution and By-laws 1964
2 Governance 1998
3 Minutes 1966-1969
4 Minutes 1971-1974
5 Minutes 1975-1977
6 Minutes 1978-1979
7 Minutes 1980-1981
8 Minutes 1982-1983, 1985-1986
9 Top Teens of America, Inc. Annual Report 1982, 1984


Scope and Contents
This series contains an almost complete run of The Crown, the annual publication of the Top Ladies of Distinction. The Crown includes photographs, capsule histories of the area chapters, and information about the activities of the organization. The series also includes three newsletters and a resources manual.
Box Folder
1 10 The Crown 1967
11 The Crown 1979
12 The Crown 1980
13 The Crown 1982
14 The Crown 1984
15 The Crown 1986
16 The Crown 1989
17 The Crown 1995
18 The Crown 1997
19 Newsletters 1984, 1993
Box Folder
2 1 Community Partnerships Resource Manual 1998


Scope and Contents
This series is composed of various programs, which document the meetings of the Top Ladies of Distinction. The Syn-Lod programs detail the annual meeting of the organization, which draws members from across the country. Additional programs are included for various area meetings and activities held throughout Texas. Some of the Syn-Lod program folders contain additional materials from the yearly meeting.
Box Folder
2 2 Meetings 1965-1970
3 Syn-Lod 1971-1974
4 Syn-Lod 1975-1978
5 Syn-Lod 1979-1980, 1982
6 Syn-Lod 1984
7 Syn-Lod 1987
8 Syn-Lod 1988, 1991, 1992
9 Syn-Lod 1995, 1997
10 Syn-Lod 2001
11 Assorted 1964, 1993-1994, 1997

Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Scope and Contents
This series contains three scrapbooks and one framed name/logo plate for the Houston Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction. Each of the scrapbooks consists of photos, programs, and written material revealing the history, members, and activities of the organization. The scrapbooks have not been taken apart and re-foldered.
Box Item
3 1 Framed Name/Logo, undated
2 Scrapbook - History 1974-1979
3 Scrapbook - Houston Chapter 1977
4 Scrapbook - Teddy A. McDavid, Ed.D. 1993
5 Governance (2) 1998