Charity Circle of Murfreesboro Records

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Title: Charity Circle of Murfreesboro Records

Dates: 1910- 2008 (Bulk: 1940-1970)

Creator: Charity Circle of Murfreesboro

Summary/Abstract: The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro is a women’s charity organization that operates in the area around Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The club was founded in October 1910 by twenty-six ladies under the name “Girls’ Charity Circle.” Progressive ideals such as assisting the poor and advocating for education, temperance, and, later, suffrage frequently provided the inspiration for groups such as the Charity Circle. These records were collected by the members of the Charity Circle and stored in the Linebaugh Library’s Historical Research Room Vault. In June 2000 the organization decided to transfer these records to the Albert Gore Research Center after the records at the library were inventoried and old pictures were identified. The records were transferred November 28, 2001 and included records from 1910-1980. The organization donated their minutes from 1980-2008 in 2009 and their scrapbooks from 1981-2008 in 2010.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 6.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Copyright: The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro has not donated any copyrights that it may own corporately in its records to the Albert Gore Research Center. It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Therefore, copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Charity Circle of Murfreesboro Records, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Linebaugh Public Library, Murfreesboro, TN, transferred the bulk of the Records of the Charity Circle of Murfreesboro to the Albert Gore Research Center on November 28, 2001. The Charity Circle added material to the records on the following dates: July 16, 2009, April 12, 2010.

Processed By: Matthew Brown, archivist (2009); Kelsey Fields, graduate assistant (2011)

Arrangement: These records are not arranged by series or sub-series. They are arranged by material type and then chronologically within the material categories.

Biographical Note: The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro is a women’s charity organization that operates in the area around Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The club was founded in October 1910 by twenty-six ladies under the name “Girls’ Charity Circle.” Progressive ideals such as assisting the poor and advocating for education, temperance, and, later, suffrage frequently provided the inspiration for groups such as the Charity Circle. Meetings generally included a prayer, a scripture reading, and discussions on how to meet the needs of local families, along with their other charitable goals, which included fundraising activities for the Good Shepherd Home, the United Way, and the Special Olympics. Some of their local charitable activities includes giving medicine, school supplies, and books to Rutherford County families. The Charity Circle has grown from its twenty-six founding ladies and is now comprised of 150 women over the age of twenty-eight who have resided in Rutherford County for a year. In 1914 the organization developed the Charity Circle Cookbook for fund raising. In 1915 they established a sewing club, playground, and story hour. In 1915 the first annual “Carol Sing,” party was held as a fundraiser. The most well known act of the Charity Circle was the 1967 opening of the Charity Circle Daycare Center, which operated until 1980 in conjunction with the Murfreesboro First Presbyterian Church. Since that time, the Charity Circle has held annual parties, such as the Ugly Duckling Ball, Patrons Party, Carol Sings, and Christmas Cocktail Parties, which raise approximately $70,000.00 annually to support their charitable functions. Regularly supported charities are: Community Helpers, Rutherford County Food Band, Salvation Army Scholarship fund, Special Kids, Project Help, Domestic Violence, Room at the Inn, and others. The Charity Circle further supports local families by helping to pay rent, utilities, medical bills, and other financial needs.

Scope and Content: The records of the organization include meeting minutes, newspaper clippings about Charity Circle philanthropic and fundraising activities that are organized into scrapbooks, and other files on subjects like the Charity Circle’s Daycare program and Scholarship program. This includes correspondence between members of the Charity Circle and applicants for college scholarships, as well as Charity Circle financial statements. Also included are fundraising cookbooks, photographs, and ephemera. Documents in the Charity Circle Collection date from 1910 to 2008. Newspaper clippings and meeting minutes constitute the bulk of the collection. A gap in the minutes exists from April 1929 through 1939.

Associated Materials: The photographic component of the Charity Circle of Murfreesboro Records is filed separately in the collections of the Albert Gore Research Center.

Related Collections: No known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Kemle, Fred W.
Shacklett, William, Mrs.
Medlock, Woodrow
Woodfin, John, Mrs.
Caldwell, Betty
Hooper, Fanny
Mrs. Amour

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Rutherford County Tennessee
Middle Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Ugly Duckling Ball
Carol Singing
Daycare
Community Service
Social Life
Scholarship Funds
Minutes and proceedings
Correspondence
Cookbooks
Charity Circle of Murfreesboro (Tenn.)
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Charity Circle
Girls’ Charity Circle

Material Types
Scrapbooks
Ledgers
Microform
Books
Papers
Photographs

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Description of Contents

Box 1

Bound Book

The Murfreesboro Cook Book (1914): The title page reads, “Compiled and Edited by the Girls of the Charity Circle.” There is a hand-written note on the title page: “Mrs. Ed Hooper (Fanny)”. The cookbook was published in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1914. There are 99 pages followed by advertisements.

Box 1

Bound Book

The Murfreesboro Cook Book (1921): This is a reprint of the 1914 edition. The title page reads, “Compiled and Edited by the Girls of the Charity Circle.” There are numerous hand-written notes throughout the entire text. There are 108 pages followed by advertisements.

Box 1

Microfilm

Minutes (Microfilm, 1910-1929, 1941-1979): Film includes the minutes from 1910-1929, 1941-1979. See boxes 2, 3, 4, and 5 for a hard copy of minutes from same years.

Box 1

Folder 1

Scholarship Loan (1963-1967): The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro provided college scholarships. This folder includes applications for scholarship. Additionally there is correspondence between representatives of the Charity Circle and scholarship applicants.

Box 1

Folder 2

Correspondence 1965, 1966, 1972: Material consists of correspondence between Fred W. Kemle (Good Shepherd Children’s Home, Inc.) and Mrs. William Shacklett (Charity Circle); Woodrow Medlock (Good Shepherd Children’s Home, Inc.) and Mrs. John Woodfin; Betty Caldwell (The Nashville Tennessean) and Mrs. Amour.

Box 1

Folder 3

Financial information: This folder includes nine (9) bank-checks and one (1) bank-statement

Box 1

Folder 4

Daycare Center, 1967-1970: This folder includes information regarding the Charity Circle Daycare Center. Among the papers, there is a short history of the center, a draft of the center’s constitution, correspondence, and financial statements.

Box 1

Folder 5

Newspaper clippings (1960s, 1970s): This folder includes newspaper clipping. Some clippings come from The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Other clippings cannot be attributed to a publisher.

Box 1

Folder 6

Membership information 1980: This folder includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of members.

Box 1

Folder 7

Memorial resolutions (1986, not dated): This folder includes memorial resolutions through which the Charity Circle of Murfreesboro acknowledges the deaths of members.

Box 1

Folder 8

Miscellaneous: This folder includes a “Desk Diary” (1964) and ephemera such as “Garden Party Games”, an invitation to the Ugly Duckling Ball, and a Charity Circle advertisement for the Christmas season.

Box 1

Folder 9

1977-1979 Daycare Newspaper Clippings: Contains newspaper clippings scrapbook pages on the daycare that was run by the Charity Circle.

Box 2

Bound Ledger Book

Minutes- “Murfreesboro Charity Circle Minutes” (October 1910-1916): This material consists of a membership list and minutes.

Box 3

Bound Ledger Book

Minutes- “Murfreesboro Charity Circle Minutes” (1917-March 1929): This material consists of a membership list, minutes, and correspondence.

Box 4

Bound Ledger Book

Minutes- “Ledger” printed on spine (1940-1963): This material consists of a membership list and minutes.

Box 5

Bound Ledger Book

Minutes- “Single Entry Ledger” printed on cover (1964-1979): This material consists of a membership list and minutes.

Box 6

Loose-leaf Binder

Minutes- “The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro” (April 1980-December 1989): This material consists of minutes The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro” is engraved on cover-plaque.

Box 7

Loose-leaf Binder

Minutes- “The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro” (February 1990-December 1997): This material consists of minutes. “The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro” is engraved on cover-plaque.

Box 8

3-Ring Binder

Minutes (February 1998-December 2000): This box includes minutes from the Charity Circle Executive Board meetings and the General Membership meetings

Box 9

Spiral Bound

Minutes (March 2001-November 2008): “Minutes of Executive Board and General Membership.”

Box 10

Scrapbook

1967-1976 Daycare Newspaper Clippings: Contains newspaper clippings on the daycare that was run by the Charity Circle.

Box 11

Scrapbook

1957-1970 Caroling Newspaper Clippings: Contains newspaper clippings pertaining to the Charity Circle’s “Carol Sings.”

Box 12

Unbound
Scrapbook

1979-1981 Documentation: Contains membership information and newspaper clippings on Charity circle events.

Box 13

Scrapbook

1970-1976 Newspaper Clippings: Contains newspaper clippings about the Ugly Duckling Ball, Carol Sing and other fundraisers and programs hosted by the Charity Circle.

Box 14

Scrapbook

1981-1982: Contains newspaper clippings about the Ugly Duckling Ball and other fundraisers hosted by the Charity Circle. Also gives the names of the Charity Circle Officers for the 1981-1982 year. It furthermore contains several loose items including a copy of a photograph of members from the Charity Circle, a certificate recognizing the Charity Circle for its contribution to the Special Olympics, and a plaque honoring the Charity Circle for its volunteer work with the United Way of Rutherford County (1988).

Box 15

Scrapbook

1987-1996: Contains newspaper clippings about the Ugly Duckling Ball and other fundraisers hosted by the Charity Circle.

Box 16

Scrapbook

2001-2002: Contains newspaper and magazine clippings for the Ugly Duckling Ball and other fundraisers hosted by the Charity Circle. Also contains a small folder of photographs in the back of the scrapbook.

Box 17

Scrapbook

2003-2004: Contains newspaper and magazine clippings for the Ugly Duckling Ball and the Christmas Caroling parties hosted by the Charity Circle.

Box 18

Scrapbook

2004-2005: Contains newspaper and magazine clippings for the Ugly Duckling Ball and the Christmas Caroling parties hosted by the Charity Circle.

Box 19

Scrapbook

2005: Contains newspaper clippings about the Ugly Duckling Ball, the Tailgate Party, and other fundraisers hosted by the Charity Circle.

Box 20

Scrapbook

2006: Contains newspaper clippings about the Ugly Duckling Ball and other fundraisers hosted by the Charity Circle.

Box 21

Scrapbook

2007: Inside label reads “Patron’s Party Duck Ball Publicity 2007” and contains newspaper and magazine clippings, as well as invitations to the Charity Circle’s Ugly Duckling Ball.

Box 22

Scrapbook

2008: Contains newspaper clippings about the Ugly Duckling Ball, the Tailgate Party, and other fundraisers hosted by the Charity Circle.