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Woman’s Aladdin Club records

Identifier: Ms-0474

Scope and Content

The records held here from the Woman’s Aladdin Club consist chiefly of minutes, treasurer’s books and club yearbooks. There are also some scrapbooks and a club banner.


  • 1913-1995
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text

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Access Restrictions

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research under supervised conditions in the Research Room.

Copy Restrictions

Copyrights associated with materials in this collection have been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Biography / History

On February 5th, 1913, fifteen women from the vicinity of Canutillo, Texas met to organize a club “for mutual benefit, the promotion of good fellowship, the discussion of all matters pertaining to the good of this community, and to get better acquainted through pleasant social hours.” At the next meeting on March 4th the club was chartered with 20 members. It was named the Aladdin Club after a literary society of that name formed elsewhere (the reference to the story of Aladdin’s lamp was a metaphor for obtaining riches in humble circumstances). The club met the last Wednesday of every month. It was a member of the New Mexico Federation of Women’s Clubs. Mrs. Humboldt Casad was a founding member of the club, and several other members of branches of the Casad family also belonged to it.

The club worked closely with a neighbor organization, the Crescent Club of Anthony, and some women were members of both clubs. Together the two organizations hosted social events and carried out humanitarian and philanthropic projects. The Aladdin Club has been described as being based in Anthony as well as Canutillo, since its membership came from all of the surrounding area.

The Aladdin Club built a clubhouse that was damaged by a fire in 1945. The club restored the building and resumed meeting there in 1949. They sold it to a local religious congregation in 1967. In 1973 they bought another clubhouse which they used until 1981.

The Woman’s Aladdin club dissolved in the 1990s.


3.2 linear feet.


The Woman’s Aladdin Club was formed in Canutillo Texas in 1913 and worked closely with the neighboring Crescent Club of Anthony in social, cultural, public service and philanthropic projects until dissolving in the 1990s. This collection of club records includes meeting minutes from the club’s founding to 1986, financial records, yearbooks and scrapbooks.


  1. RG2008-022 Gift of Julia McMillie
  2. RG2009-010 Gift of Julia McMillie

Processing Information

Charles Stanford, February 2009
Guide to the Woman’s Aladdin Club records, 1913-1995
Edited Full Draft
Charles Stanford
© 2011
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA