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Altrusa Club Records (DeKalb-Sycamore)


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DeKalb-Sycamore Records

District Six Records

International Records

Addendum I

Addendum II

Addendum III

Addendum IV

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Collection Overview

Title: Altrusa Club Records (DeKalb-Sycamore), 1960+

ID: RHC/RC/165

Extent: 8.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The records of the Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore is divided into three series: DeKalb-Sycamore Records, District Six Records, and International Records.

Date Acquired: 02/06/1984. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Altrusa Club, Professional associations, Societies-- DeKalb, Sycamore (Ill.), Women--Societies and clubs., Women in the professions.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore date from the club's founding in 1960 to 2001. A history of Altrusa International, Incorporated is in folder one. The minutes for May 1972, contain a brief history of the local club.

Series I, the DeKalb-Sycamore Records, contains a complete set of yearbooks and a nearly complete set of minutes. Yearbooks are put together annually and contain lists of officers, members and committees. The minutes begin in August 1961 and continue until August 1997 with July 1963 to March 1964 and July 1985 to June 1986 missing. The minutes for October 1987 to June 1988 are located in the President’s Notebook located in box 1, folder 30. This notebook also includes attendance sheets, projects, newsletters, committees, and District and International information. Folders entitled Notebooks may contain correspondence, membership recommendations, club activity reports, committee reports, newspaper clippings, and budgets.

In addition to the yearbooks and minutes there are scrapbooks that document the club's activities. Also included in the collection are budgets, membership reports, news releases, correspondence, committee reports, program and project information such as the Flower Show and the Art Auction, and photographs. Altrusa publications and certificates of recognition awarded to the club are also in the collection.

The District Six and International Records located in Series II and III consists of by-laws, directories, correspondence, conference information, and publications.

The historian files included in the addendum contain agendas, meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, project information, committee assignments, and award information

Collection Historical Note

Altrusa International Incorporated is a service organization for women who occupy supervisory positions in their professions. It was organized in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 11, 1917, and quickly spread to other cities. By August 1917, the organization was incorporated as the National Altrusa Institute. In 1924, the organization adopted vocational guidance as a national policy. Due to growth, Altrusa divided its club into ten geographical districts in 1930 and established its headquarters in Chicago one year later. It became an international organization in 1935 when an Altrusa Club was established in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore was organized in June 1961, but was not chartered until May 23, 1962. This delay was due to a rule that said a club had to have a project before it could be chartered. With the help of Ruth Haddock, Dean of Women at Northern Illinois University, the Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore gave $200.00 to Project Morale. This was a scholarship for female students who would have had to leave school due to lack of funds. The club continues to give scholarships and supports the DeKalb County Association for Mental Health and the YMCA. Its first major fund-raising event was a fashion show which evolved into a combined fashion and flower show. The DeKalb-Sycamore Club is part of District 6 and meets twice a month.

Subject/Index Terms

Altrusa Club
Professional associations
Societies-- DeKalb
Sycamore (Ill.)
Women--Societies and clubs.
Women in the professions.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated by Eve Simonson at later dates.

Access Restrictions: <font face="Times New Roman">There are no restrictions on access to the collection.</font>

Use Restrictions: <font face="Times New Roman">Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public. </font>

Acquisition Source: Eileen Dammers and Jessie Glidden

Acquisition Method: The records of the Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on February 6, 1984 by Eileen Dammers and Jessie Glidden.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series I.: DeKalb-Sycamore Records],
[Series II.: District Six Records],
[Series III.: International Records],
[Addendum I],
[Addendum II],
[Addendum III],
[Addendum IV],

Addendum III
Box 14
Folder 1-4: Historian Files, February 1999-June 2002
Folder 5: Athena Nominees, October 27, 1999
Folder 6: Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, 2000-2001
Folder 7: Service Grant Applications, 1998-2002

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[Series I.: DeKalb-Sycamore Records],
[Series II.: District Six Records],
[Series III.: International Records],
[Addendum I],
[Addendum II],
[Addendum III],
[Addendum IV],

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