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Jolly Neighbors Club Records (Prophetstown), 1915-1980

Collection Overview

Title: Jolly Neighbors Club Records (Prophetstown), 1915-1980

ID: RHC/RC/112

Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/22/0198

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Leroy Gibson

Acquisition Method: 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).

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Club History, 1957
Folder 2: Constitution and By-laws, no date
Folder 3-13: Minute Books, 1915-1968
Box 2
Folder 1: Minute Book, 1976-1980
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1931-1978
Folder 3: Program Calendar Announcements, 1927-1979
Folder 4: Program Book, 1950-1951
Folder 5: Illinois Federation of Woman's Clubs Literature, 1926-1952
Folder 6: Scrapbook, 1932-1934
Volume 1-2: Scrapbooks (2 volumes), 1937-1940