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Title: Woodstock Business and Professional Women's Club Records, 1934-1980

ID: RHC/RC/121

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 12/17/1980

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

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A small collection, the Woodstock Business and Professional Women’s Club Records have limited research value.  The by-laws, minutes, correspondence, and annual reports are incomplete, covering only a few years between 1948 and 1979.  There are no records for the early years of the organization’s history.  Nevertheless, the newsletters, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings reveal the nature of the programs and projects undertaken by the club since 1934.  The remaining materials contain a small amount of information on other area clubs, the Illinois Federation of B.P.W. clubs, and the National B.P.W. Club organization.

Collection Historical Note

The Woodstock Business and Professional Women’s Club organized in 1931 as the McHenry County B.P.W. Club with 13 charter members.  In July 1955 the members voted to change the club’s name for three reasons: most of the members lived in Woodstock; the unpredictability of winter weather made it difficult for out-of-town members to attend the meetings; and a club was being organized in Harvard, Illinois.  As membership increased, the club became more active in community affairs.  

The group sponsored a benefit mink fashion show in 1965 to promote a nurse’s scholarship.  Another benefit fashion show in 1966 raised money to reconstruct the Spring House, one of the local historical society’s buildings, in the Woodstock Civic Square.  Since the B.P.W. club sponsored the historical society’s organization, they designed many of their projects to promote the society and insure its continuation.  Other programs given by the club included a benefit bake sale for the Crystal Lake Tornado Fund (1966), a “Bosses” Night (first one in 1967), and the members supported a foster child in Viet Nam.  

Today, the Woodstock B.P.W. Club continues to sponsor programs benefitting women and the Woodstock community.

Subject/Index Terms

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

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: Ms. Judith Sell

Acquisition Method: Ms. Judith Sell, President, donated the Woodstock Business and Professional Women’s Club Records to the Northern Illinois History Center on December 17, 1980.

Related Materials: Researchers should note the other B.P.W. club records held by the Regional History Center: the Sycamore (RC 97), Rochelle (RC 98); DeKalb (RC 99); Mendota (RC 120); and Belvidere (RC 122) Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.  Other women’s organizational records, particularly the American Association for University Women (RC 56), the Jolly Neighbors Club (RC 112), and the DeKalb League of Women Voters (RC 118), also may be useful.

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Volume  1-4: Scrapbooks (4 volumes), 1966-1974

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