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Collection Overview

Title: Mendota Business and Professional Women's Club Records, 1937-1979

ID: RHC/RC/120

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 12/12/1980

Subjects: Business and Professional Women's Club, Mendota (Ill.), Mendota Business and Professional Women's Club, Women, Women--Societies and clubs., Women in the professions.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection comprises a small portion of the records created by the Mendota Business and Professional Women’s Club; most of the documents pre-dating 1954 have been lost. Minutes, correspondence, treasurer’s records, and membership statements and lists detail club activities and membership statistics from 1954 to 1976.  Nine scrapbooks (1937-1975) provide a brief look at the club’s contributions to community concerns and affairs, but contain little detail on monthly meetings.  Information on foundation contributions and Illinois Federation dues also is available (1960-1979).

Collection Historical Note

Forty-five charter members elected Myrtle Beitsch, president, Mrs. W. L. Gish, vice president, Lorraine Lasswell, secretary, and Adena Johnson, treasurer at the organizational meeting of the Mendota Business and Professional Women’s Club on February l0, 1937.  The club’s purpose contained the following statements: 1) to elevate the standards of women in business and professions, 2) to bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States, and 3) to extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along the lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities.  In addition, the club community and heavily involved itself in worldly affairs by donating time and money to several charities.

Among it’s many projects, the Mendota BPW Club’s greatest contributions went to needy children and families.  In 1942-1943 the club donated money to the Child Welfare Association. In 1946-1947 fifteen dollars went for the rehabilitation of a Belgian child and seven packages for the needy went to Holland and Europe.  In 1947-1948 the club sent a CARE package to a family in France.  In 1953-1956 the members contributed fifteen dollars to the Ministerial Association for a needy family.  The club made Christmas baskets for needy families in 1957-1958 and in 1964-1966 the club, with it’s district, sponsored a foster child in Columbia, South America.

Educational speeches and contributions, facets of other club programs, benefitted a wide variety of people.  Members collected 25 pounds of junk jewelry and small mirrors in 1943-1944 to send to World War II servicemen for use as barter with natives.  Marguerite Stitt Church, congresswoman, visited and spoke to the club in 1952.  In 1956-1957 the group sent letters to legislators urging passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.  The club also urged participation in the reorganization of Civil Defense in 1960-1961.  And, throughout it’s history, the Mendota Business and Professional Women’s Club actively worked for and donated to the Mendota Hospital Association.  Today, the club continues it’s diligent work to help needy citizens and educate it’s members.

Subject/Index Terms

Business and Professional Women's Club
Mendota (Ill.)
Mendota Business and Professional Women's Club
Women--Societies and clubs.
Women in the professions.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional history Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Cindy Conforti

Acquisition Method: Cindy Conforti, President, donated the Mendota Business and Professional Women’s Club Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on December 12, 1980.

Related Materials: The Regional History Center also holds several other Business and Professional Women’s Clubs’ records--see the Center’s Regional Guide.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 2],
[Box 3],

Box 1
Folder 1: Historical Information
Folder 2: Constitution and By-Laws, no date
Folder 3-4: Minutes, 1967-1974
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1954-1976
Folder 6-9: Treasurer?s Reports and Ledgers, 1955-1976
Folder 10: Yearbooks and Programs, 1938-1976
Folder 11-12: Statements of Club Membership, 1960-1978
Folder 13: Membership Applications, no date
Folder 14: Membership Lists, no date
Folder 15: Resignations, 1961
Folder 16: Club Remittances, 1960-1969
Folder 17: Foundation Contributions, 1971-1972
Folder 18: Illinois Federation Dues, 1960-1979
Folder 19: Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1967
Box 2
Volume  1-4: Scrapbooks (4 volumes), 1937-1957
Box 3
Volume  1-5: Scrapbooks (5 volumes), 1966-1967, 1973-1975

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