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Belvidere Business and Professional Women's Club Records, 1932-1980

Collection Overview

Title: Belvidere Business and Professional Women's Club Records, 1932-1980

ID: RHC/RC/122

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 01/31/1981

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in this collection partially document the history of the Belvidere Business and Professional Women’s Club from 1932 to 1980, with the bulk of the material dating after 1950.  A major portion of the meeting minutes is missing (1940-1973).  Nevertheless, information on club activities during this time is available in the club history, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks.  The correspondence, financial records, and membership lists and statements contain further information on the group’s organizational policies, fund raising projects, and community concerns.  Finally, files on the Equal Rights Amendment, club ceremonies, foundation donations, state and national legislation, and National Business Women’s Week reveal local and national club policies and efforts to better women’s lives throughout the world.

Administrative Information

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: Patsy Meyer

Acquisition Method: Patsy Meyer, President, donated the Belvidere Business and Professional Women’s Club Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on January 31, l98l.

Related Materials: Researchers should note that the Regional History Center holds several other B.P.W. Clubs’ records which can provide additional information on the organization.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Club History
Folder 2: Club Historian's File, 1966-1968
Folder 3: Constitution and By-laws, 1930's-1976
Folder 4-5: Minutes, 1934-1940, 1961, 1973-1980
Folder 6-7: Correspondence, 1934-1979
Folder 8: Correspondence from Foster Children, 1969-1976
Folder 9: Budgets, 1955-1978
Folder 10: Treasurer's Reports, 1969, 1976-1980
Folder 11: Financial Statements, 1964-1968
Folder 12: Cash Book, 1939-1968
Folder 13: Financial Ledger Sheets, 1959-1966, 1974-1978
Folder 14: Illinois Federation Dues Receipts, 1954-1979
Folder 15: Statements of Club Membership, 1954-1980
Folder 16: Membership Applications, 1977-1978
Folder 17: Lists of Members, Officers, and Committees, 1945-1978
Folder 18: Biographical Information on Selected Members, 1950-1961
Folder 19: Attendance Records, 1966-1968
Folder 20-21: [U]The Belvidere Beep[/U], Newsletters, 1958-1978
Folder 22-23: Yearbooks (23), 1936-1978
Folder 24: Newspaper Clippings, 1944-1966
Folder 25: Equal Rights Amendment Materials, 1957, 1971-1975
Folder 26: Installation Ceremonies, 1972, no date
Folder 27: International Business and Professional Women (B.P.W.) Ceremonies and Information, 1972, 1975
Box 2
Folder 1: Business and Professional Women (B.P.W.) Foundation Materials, 1970-1975
Folder 2: Business and Professional Women (B.P.W.) Supported Legislation, 1970-1974
Folder 3: Federation Membership Information, 1973-1978
Folder 4: National Business Women's Week, 1973-1977
Folder 5: Fund Raising Project Programs, 1965-1972
Folder 6: Program Outlines, 1939-1941
Folder 7-8: Program Planning Material, 1964-1976
Folder 9: Scholarship Information and Applications, 1973-1976
Folder 10: Young Career Woman Data, 1973-1974
Folder 11: Photograph (1), no date
Folder 12: District Meeting Programs (11), 1964-1978
Folder 13: Boone County Heritage Days '78 Program
Box 3
Volume  1-7: Scrapbooks (7 volumes), 1932-1976