Women’s Club of Murfreesboro Records

Women's Club of Murfreesboro

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Title: Women’s Club of Murfreesboro Records

Dates: 1892-1996 (Bulk 1916-1996)

Creator: Women’s Club of Murfreesboro

Summary/Abstract: These are the administrative records of the Murfreesboro Women’s Club. These documents demonstrate the normal functions of the Murfreesboro Women’s Club and their activities.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 2.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

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

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. 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), Women’s Club of Murfreesboro Records, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Marie Miller, April 1, 2002; July 9, 2009; 2010

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined

Arrangement: These records are arranged into five series: Minutes/Agenda/Record Books; President’s Reports; Financial; Committees; and Other Records. Items in the first two series are arranged chronologically. Items in the Financial and Committees series appear to be arranged by type, then chronologically within type. The Other Records series is arranged alphabetically.

Biographical Note: The Women’s Club of Murfreesboro was incorporated on July 22, 1916 with a mission “to aid and encourage the social recreation, literary culture, and moral, intellectual, and social development of its members, and to promote the moral, intellectual and social improvement of the community and to take part in philanthropic work.” The club strived to achieve these measures by holding meetings, giving lectures and providing entertainment of social, literary, musical, or other character, catering, and by maintaining and caring for a library.

In 1915, the organization decided to secure one building in which all the clubs in Murfreesboro could meet by gathering funds from each of them to pay rent. This effort included the United Daughters of the Confederacy under Miss Sarah Spence, a group of which comprised many members of the Women’s Club.

By March 21, 1916, however, the Women’s Club decided to purchase a building in cooperation with the Library Board as permanent headquarters for both. The society also divided their constituents into membership committees/groups to raise the additional funding necessary to purchase the new building. They also agreed to allow the U.D.C. to meet their each month for a fee of $18.00 annually. With such founding members as Mrs. W.B. Earthman, Mrs. W.A. Ransom, Mrs. Sam Mitchell, Mrs. Vickers, Mrs. Cranor, Mrs. C.B. Huggins, and Miss Sarah Spence, the 1916 membership log listed over 175 members. The members of the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro were able to finish paying for their permanent headquarters in its entirety by 1922, despite the fact that “not a man lifted his hand to help.”

Scope and Content: The bulk of the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro collection covers the eighty year period from 1916 to 1996 and relates to the general activities of the club. The organization’s initial endeavors in partnership with the Library Association are particularly noteworthy. Materials in the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro collection range from the minutes of the Women’s Club board meetings from 1916-1984 to extensive presidential reports, treasury reports from 1964-1974 and 1982-1993, financial information, committee work, and various other records. An 1892 Library Association and Literary Club catalogue is the oldest item in the collection.

Series 1: Minutes/Agenda/Record Books (2 boxes, 22 folders)
This series largely consists of minutes from Women’s Club meetings from 1916 to 1984. In addition to notes from the executive and governing board of the club, this series also includes membership information and the founding documents of the organization.

Series 2: President’s Reports (1 box, 3 folders)
The three folders in Series II consist of the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro’s annual presidential reports spanning from 1951-1961 and 1963-1980.

Series 3: Financial (1 box, 9 folders)
The Financial Series mostly consists of treasurer’s reports from the years of 1964-1974 and 1982-1993. In addition, records pertaining to miscellaneous expenditures, insurance, cancelled bank notes, and the 1972 Cora Bristol Nelson scholarship fund are included in this series.

Series 4: Committees (1 box, 9 folders)
This series provides information pertaining to the activities of the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro’s various committees. Included here are the duties, procedures, and reports of the House, Social, and Special Advisory Committees.

Series 5: Other Records (1 box, 13 folders)
Series V encompasses various forms of documentation, including those involving the upkeep of the library in the club’s early years, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and various library reports of the Women’s Club. Other items ranging from program planning documents, reception notes, yearbook records, to the club’s Spring Fashion Shows of the 1980s are also in this series. A play set from 1915-1922 depicting the need for and purchase of a permanent meeting place for the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro is also in this series.

Associated Materials: The Women’s Club of Murfreesboro collection contains 17 photographs, ranging from pictures of various members to photographs of the Women’s Club meeting house. They are located separately in the Women’s Club of Murfreesboro photograph collection.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Earthman, Mrs. W.B.
Ransom, Mrs. W.A
Mitchell, Mrs. Sam
Vickers, Mrs.
Cranor, Mrs.
Huggins, Mrs. C.B.
Spence, Miss Sarah

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Women’s clubs and organizations
Historic buildings

Material Types
Minutes
Record books
Agendas
Reports
Notes
Correspondence
Yearbooks
Rosters

Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

1

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Minutes, Loose;
No date

1

2

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Founding Documents and Minutes; general dates 1916-1917

1

3

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1918

1

4

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Minutes; general dates
1919-1923

1

5

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Record Book; general dates 1924-1925

1

6

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board Minutes; general dates 1919-October 1921

1

7

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board Minutes; general dates
June 1926-May1928

1

8

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1928-1929

1

9

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates
1940-1946

1

10

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates
1947-1949

1

11

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1950-1952

2

12

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1953-1955

2

13

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1956-1959

2

14

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1960-1962

2

15

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1963-1965

2

16

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1966-1967

2

17

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1968-1969

2

18

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board Minutes; general dates October 1969-September 1971

2

19

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Minutes-Membership Meetings; general dates 1969-1972 (possible incomplete)

2

20

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Minutes-Membership Meetings; general dates 1972-1974 (possible incomplete)

2

21

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Agenda- Governing Board Meetings; general dates 1978-1980

2

22

Minutes, Agendas, Record Books

Exec/Governing Board and Membership, Minutes; general dates 1981-1984

3

1

President’s Reports

President’s Reports; general dates 1951-1959

3

2

President’s Reports

President’s Reports; general dates 1960-1961, 1963-1969

3

3

President’s Reports

President’s Reports; general dates 1970-1980

3

1

Financial

Cancelled Notes, Murfreesboro Bank and Trust; general dates 1971

3

2

Financial

Nelson Scholarship Fund, Report; general dates 1972

3

3

Financial

Facility Use Fees; general dates 1988 & no date

3

4

Financial

Furnace Replacement; general dates 1986

3

5

Financial

Insurance; general dates 1959, 1971

3

6

Financial

Miscellaneous; general dates 1958, 1967, 1993

3

7

Financial

Treasurer’s Reports; general dates 1964-1968

3

8

Financial

Treasurer’s Reports; general dates 1968-1974

3

9

Financial

Treasurer’s Reports; general dates 1982-1993

4

1

Committees

Duties and Procedures; circa 1970

4

2

Committees

House Committee; general dates 1959, 1971-1973,1978,1982-1986, 1988, no date

4

3

Committees

Social Committee; general dates 1945, 1971, 1978-1979, no date

4

4

Committees

Special Advisory Committee; general dates 1980

4

5

Committees

Reports; general dates 1958-1959

4

6

Committees

Reports; general dates 1964-1968

4

7

Committees

Reports; general dates 1968-1969, 1971-1972

4

8

Committees

Reports; general dates 1974-1978

4

9

Committees

Reports; general dates 1978-1983 (incomplete)

5

1

Other records

Correspondence; general dates 1927,1930, 1986, 1993-1994, no date

5

2

Other records

History-Clippings; general dates 1950’s-1990’s

5

3

Other records

History- Play Depicting the development of Women’s Club; general dates 1915-1922

5

4

Other records

History- Summary of Work; general dates 1947-1949

5

5

Other records

Library; general dates 1892, 1940’s, 1956

5

6

Other records

Librarian’s reports; general dates 1964-1969

5

7

Other records

Membership Lists; general dates 1966, 1969, 1970, no date

5

8

Other records

Miscellaneous; general dates 1854, 1930, 1948, no date

5

9

Other records

Program Planning; general dates 1968, 1971-1974, 1976-1979

5

10

Other records

Program Planning; general dates 1990-1991

5

11

Other records

Receptions; general dates 1956-1965, 1968-1980

5

12

Other records

Spring Fashion Show; general dates1982-1983, 1987

5

13

Other records

Yearbooks; general dates 1926-1928, 1951-1952,1966-1968, 1991-1996

5

14

Other Records

New Members of Woman’s Club

5

15

Other Records

Typescript from Helen Hunt Jackson to John Crowe Ransom: “Organized Literary Interest Expressed by the Women of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1887-1945”