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Stillman Valley Woman's Club, 1899-1988

Collection Overview

Title: Stillman Valley Woman's Club, 1899-1988

ID: RHC/RC/242

Extent: 6.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/06/1999

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Stillman Valley Woman’s Club Records document the establishment and history of a local woman’s social organization whose aim was to “promote intellectual growth, cooperation in community service and the joy of companionship.”  A nearly complete set of minute books (1899 -1970, 1973-1988) details the business and social activities of each club meeting. The collection contains yearly program booklets beginning with1912, as well as program booklets for all the area women’s clubs which supplement the minute books.  These program booklets contain lists of officers, program titles and members responsible for each meeting.  Nine scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, program booklets and related materials documenting meetings, activities and other social functions sponsored by this organization.  Researchers should note the brief club history, as well as a number of constitutions and by-laws which begin with the founding of the organization as the “Wednesday Study Club” and continue through its evolution into the Stillman Valley Woman’s Club.  Related materials include correspondence, annual reports, financial records, membership lists, and 35mm slides and negatives from the mid-1980's.  In addition, this collection includes literature from the Federated Women’s Clubs of Ogle County, the Thirteenth Congressional District Women’s Clubs, the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs which provides 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. Robert (Elsie) Sand

Acquisition Method: Mrs. Robert (Elsie) Sand, Stillman Valley, Illinois, donated the Stillman Valley Woman’s Club Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 6, 1999.

Related Materials: The Regional History Center holds several other collections related to Illinois women’s organizations such as Jolly Neighbors Club, Prophetstown (RC 112), Friends in Council,  Princeton (RC 129), Genoa Women’s Club (RC 192) and Afton Township Women’s Club (RC 229).


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Stillman Valley Woman's Club History, 1964, 1980
Folder 2: Roll Call of Members,, 1899 -  September 1934
Folder 3: Guidelines for Conducting Meetings, Women's Club Officers, no date
Folder 4: Installation Ceremony Services, 1964, 1981, 1984, no date
Folder 5: Legal Documents - State of Illinois, 1987
Folder 6: Constitution & By-Laws, 1965, 1978
Folder 7-12: Constitution & By-Laws, Meeting Minutes, 1899-1923
Box 2
Folder 1-3: Constitution & By-Laws, Meeting Minutes, 1923-1943
Folder 4: Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 1943-1953
Folder 5: Constitution & By-Laws, Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 1953-1958
Box 3
Folder 1-3: Meeting Minutes and Related Material, 1958-May 25, 1988
Folder 4: Certificates, 1945-1978)
Folder 5: Clippings, 1957-1958
Box 4
Folder 1: Clippings, 1929-1930
Folder 2-3: Correspondence & Clippings, 1934-1965, 1970
Folder 4: Pressbook (Clippings), 1985-1986
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1982-1988
Folder 6: Monthly Reports, 1955-1957
Folder 7: "Home of the Valley", 1983-1988
Folder 8: "Indian Affairs", no date
Folder 9: Woman of the Year Award, 1983-1984, 1986
Folder 10: Flower Show, Record Book and Clippings, 1955-1956
Folder 11-14: GFWC/IFWC, Nomination Forms for Stillman Valley, 1985-1988
Folder 15: General Federation of Women's Clubs [GFWC], Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs [IFWC], 13th District of Women's Clubs, Department Awards, 1984, 1988
Folder 16: Stillman Valley Woman's Club, flower Fund Books, 1937-1983
Box 5
Folder 1: Treasurer's Instructions, 1970's
Folder 2: Treasurer's Book, 1924-1935
Folder 3-4: Treasurer's Record Books, 1983-1988
Folder 5: Wednesday Study Club, Booklets, 1912-1919
Folder 6-7: Stillman Valley Woman's Club, Booklets, 1919-1932, 1973-1988
Folder 8-10: Federated Women's Clubs of Ogle County, Booklets, 1932-1960
Box 6
Folder 1-2: Federated Women's Clubs of Ogle County, Booklets, 1960-1969, 1971-1973
Folder 3: Songbook, circa 1946
Folder 4: Miscellaneous Booklets
Box 7
Folder 1: Scrapbook Materials, 1981-1987
Volume 1-6: Stillman Valley woman's Club, Scrapbooks (6 volumes), 1947-1952, 1963-1964, 1980-1983
Volume 1-3: 1984-1987 (3 volumes)
Box 8
Folder 1
Item 1: Unidentified Photographs, circa August 1935
Item 2: Slides: Woman's Club Activities, (357), 1983-1987
Item 3: Negatives; 35 mm strips: Woman's Club Activities, (79), 1980's
Box 9
Folder 1
Item 1: Related Artifacts, envelopes, ribbon, no date
Item 2: Artifacts: Silver Cup, "Stillman Valley Women's Club"
Item 3: Artifacts: Pin, "Illinois Federation Women's Clubs, Club President"
Item 4: Artifacts: Pin, "Illinois Federation Women's Clubs, Past President"
Item 5: Artifacts: Pin, "G.F.W.C., Unity in Diversity"
Box 10
Folder 1: Thirteenth Congressional District, Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs:  Booklets, 1924-1988
Folder 2: Thirteenth Congressional District, Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs:  By-Laws, 1914
Folder 3: Thirteenth Congressional District, Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs:  Annual Meeting Attendance Roll Book, 1901-1926
Folder 4: Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs: The History of the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs,  1894-1954
Folder 5: Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs: Miscellaneous Papers, 1984-1985, no date
Folder 6: Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs: Directories, 1924-1927
Folder 7-10: Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs: Year Books, 1940/1941, 1951/1952, 1974-1977, 1978/1979, 1982-1984
Folder 11: GFWC Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs; Year Books, 1984-1987
Folder 12: General Federation of Women's Clubs: Constitution & By-Laws, 1951-1953
Folder 13: General Federation of Women's Clubs: Conservation Booklet, circa 1976