Jolly Neighbors Club Records (Prophetstown), 1915-1980
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Brief Description: The Jolly Neighbors Club Records document the establishment and history of a local woman’s social organization formed to alleviate the isolation of rural life.  A nearly complete set of minute books (1915-1980) details the business and social activities of each club meeting.  Several program calendars and a program book supplement the minute books with lists of hostesses and activities for each meeting.  Three scrapbooks contain photographs and newspaper announcements documenting picnics, card parties, and other social functions sponsored by the organization.  Researchers should note that a club history and by-laws highlight the founding and purpose of the Jolly Neighbors Club.  In addition, literature collected from the Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs contains information on the statewide activities of woman’s clubs in Illinois
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/112
Volume: 0.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 09/22/0198.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Farm life
Jolly Neighbors Club
Prophetstown (Ill.)
Rural women
Women--Societies and clubs.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mrs. Leroy Gibson  Mrs. Leroy Gibson, Prophetstown, Illinois donated the Jolly Neighbors Club Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on September 22, 1980.
Related Materials: The Regional History Center holds several other collections related to Illinois woman’s organizations such as the American Association for University Women’s Club Records (RC 56), the DeKalb Women’s Club Records (RC 211), and the Rockford League of Women Voters (RC 178).  Researchers interested in rural women’s history should see the Woodbury-Forsythe Diaries (RC 8).