Clubs, Organizations, & Associations Collection

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Volume: 1 linear foot

Organization/Arrangement: Organized as a single series.

Description: This Collection consists of materials pertaining to various women’s clubs, organizations, and associations, located for the most part in Maine, with a few belonging to other states. Some are local branches of national organizations, such as the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the American Association of University Women, while most are stand-alone entities. 

Materials include constitutions and by-laws, meeting minutes and reports, drafts of topical papers, correspondence, clippings, annual reports, and other extraneous items. Among the organizations collected are such clubs as the Webhannet Club of Kennebunk, whose purpose was to “promote the habit of systematic reading and to arouse an interest in public affairs among its members” (materials dating from 1922-1932); the Brush and Thimble Club, located in Portland and dedicated to “the study of  Decorative Art in its various branches” (materials from 1896-1938); the Nature Study Club located in Portland (1905-1912); and a 1921 item from the Portland Rossini Club, which was the oldest women’s musical club in the United States, and whose mission was “mutual improvement in the art of music.” The Portland Rossini club, admitting men as members since the 1980s, is still active today.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Clubs, Organizations, & Associations Collection, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:
001.  American Association of University Women: History of the York County Branch, 1947-1987
002.  Assistant Missionary Society of Females in Gorham: Meeting Notes, 1817
003.  Brush and Thimble Club: Correspondence, 1912-1938
004.  Brush and Thimble Club: Meeting Notes, 1896-1904
005.  Brush and Thimble Club: Meeting Notes, 1904-1911
006.  Brush and Thimble Club: Meeting Notes, 1911-1920
006a.  Deaccessions from Brush and Thimble Club material
007.  East Otisfield Golden Rule Club: Minutes, 1907-1913
008.-009.  Farmington Normal School Class of 1886: Class Letters, 1902-1927 (2 folders)
010.  Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Maine: Newsletter, Dec 1933 Vol. 1 No. 2
011.  Nature Study Club: Meeting Notes, Portland, ME, 1905-1912
012.-014.  Webhannet Club, Kennebunk, Maine: Mary L. Burke, President 1929-1930 (3 folders)
015.  National League of American Pen Women of American (Maine Branch), 1959
016.  Women's Christian Temperance Union: Annual Reports, 1882, 1903
017.  Woman's Magazine League: Articles and By-Laws 1891
018.  San Franciscan Women's Literary Exhibit: Catalogue of Californian Writers, 1893
019.  Portland [Me.] Rossini Club: Golden Anniversary, 1921
020.  Association for the Relief of Aged Indigent Women of Portland, 1857
021.  Female Charitable Society of Newburyport [Ma] Discourse delivered by Daniel Dana A.M., 1803
022.  Concord Female Charitable Society Memorial Discourse delivered by Nathanial Bouton, Pastor, 1862-- 2 copies; Sermon by Howard F. Hill, 1881, 1862

Related collections at the Maine Women Writers Collection: Assistant Missionary Society of Females in Gorham records, Camp Moy Mo Da Yo collection, Female Samaritan Association records, Maine Association of Women in the Fine and Performing Arts records, Maine Media Women collection, Maine Retired Teachers Association records, Mount Vernon Ladies Association records, National Women's Party collection