Stillman Valley Woman's Club, 1899-1988
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Brief Description: The Stillman Valley Woman’s Club Records document the establishment and history of a local woman’s social organization whose aim was to “promote intellectual growth, cooperation in community service and the joy of companionship.”  A nearly complete set of minute books (1899 -1970, 1973-1988) details the business and social activities of each club meeting. The collection contains yearly program booklets beginning with1912, as well as program booklets for all the area women’s clubs which supplement the minute books.  These program booklets contain lists of officers, program titles and members responsible for each meeting.  Nine scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, program booklets and related materials documenting meetings, activities and other social functions sponsored by this organization.  Researchers should note the brief club history, as well as a number of constitutions and by-laws which begin with the founding of the organization as the “Wednesday Study Club” and continue through its evolution into the Stillman Valley Woman’s Club.  Related materials include correspondence, annual reports, financial records, membership lists, and 35mm slides and negatives from the mid-1980's.  In addition, this collection includes literature from the Federated Women’s Clubs of Ogle County, the Thirteenth Congressional District Women’s Clubs, the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs which provides 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/242
Volume: 6.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/06/1999.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Stillman Valley (Ill.)
Stillman Valley Woman’s Club
Wednesday Study Club
Women--Societies and clubs.
Genres/Forms of Material
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. Robert (Elsie) Sand  Mrs. Robert (Elsie) Sand, Stillman Valley, Illinois, donated the Stillman Valley Woman’s Club Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 6, 1999.
Related Materials: The Regional History Center holds several other collections related to Illinois women’s organizations such as Jolly Neighbors Club, Prophetstown (RC 112), Friends in Council,  Princeton (RC 129), Genoa Women’s Club (RC 192) and Afton Township Women’s Club (RC 229).