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Woman's Club of Albuquerque Records

Identifier: MSS-671-BC

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into six series: Series I: Guest Books/Visitors' Register; Series II: Financial Records; Series III: Minutes; Series IV: Sound Recordings; Series V: History, Legal Documents, Publications; Series VI: Scrapbooks.

The ten guest books, March 1917-1987, contain names, addresses and sometimes comments of their visitors (male and female) to various events like Christmas parties, officer installations, benefit card parties, club anniversary celebrations for 25, 50, and 75 years, various programs for the art, domestic science, literature and civics departments. One guest book for October 22, 1954 was for a special celebration for a longtime member, Addie Brannen, "Queen Addie." Guest lists are also found in the art department scrapbooks.

The Financial Records series contains subseries for Account Books and Reports and Donations. The account books, also called treasurer's reports, cover 1912-May 1987. Some items besides normal accounting information found in the account books are a membership list in front of the volume for 1912-March 1918, a letter regarding the Club's loan for their club house (June 1939-June 1945), and a statement of employer form (1942-March 1945). Subseries Reports and Donations was added to this series in Sept. 2012. It consists of monthly and annual financial reports, proposed budgets and donation acknowledgments.

The Minute Books,also known as secretary books, which are records of minutes of the executive board, special meetings and business meetings of the Woman's Club of Albuquerque. There are minute books for the general club (October 1903-January 1997) and for the writers department (scattered years). The first general club minute book contains a list of the charter members as well as the Club's constitution and bylaws. January 1943-April 1949 documents the Club's war efforts, and includes a typed annual report of activities of the Club for April 1945-1946. On October 10, 1953 the Club celebrated its Golden Jubilee and the program is documented in the May 1949-November 1954 minute book. The later minute books, early 1970's on, contains monthly financial reports.

Sound recordings are of the national convention of the Federated Women's Clubs. June 2-5, 1959, "Report from Convention - 1959," Los Angeles, California; and June 13-17, 1960, "Report from Convention - 1960," Washington, D.C. Included is a printed index of the contents of the recordings. For the 1960 convention some of the speakers listed are Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Senator Eugene McCarthy, and Shirley Temple Black. The original recordings are on phonograph disks, which have been copied to audiocassette for patron use.

The series Histories, Legal Documents and Publications contains histories written for the 50th, 75th, 90th, etc. anniversary of the Club, correspondence, clippings, deeds, information on the Old and New Club Houses, and various local, state and national Women's Clubs publications including The Women's Club, which was published in Albuquerque. There are membership applications grouped by decade, 1920's-1990's, then by year. Membership forms contain an option for the applicant to request to be involved in a particular department of study such as writing, recreation, art, music, literature, etc. The application gives the name and address of the applicants and names of their endorsers. They sometimes give the birthday and death date of the applicant. Material added to this series in September 2012 includes administrative reports and correspondence, newsletters, yearbooks, and property records.

The scrapbooks are divided into seven subseries: Albuquerque Junior Womans Club, Art Department, Community Improvement Program, Country Studies, General, Golden Jubilee Federation of Women's Clubs, and Memorial Book. The scrapbooks give a review of Club activities by including clippings, programs, photographs, invitations, correspondence, ribbons, and convention programs. The Art Department scrapbooks also include watercolors, color pencil, and pen and ink drawings done by members, photographs of art instructors, such as J. R. Willis, Club members and their art work. The Country Studies scrapbook contains clippings on South Africa, Namibia. In the book of memories, member names are arranged alphabetically giving years of membership in the Club and occasionally including newspaper obituary clippings.


  • 1903-2010


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Organizational History

The Woman's Club of Albuquerque was founded in 1903 and joined the national organization, General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1904. The national organization was created "to provide communication with other women's clubs throughout the world so they could compare methods and become mutually helpful." The club women turned from "education for self to education for service" with emphasis on civic projects such as safe play grounds, smaller public school class sizes, and improved sanitation and living conditions in the cities. When the New Mexico Federation of Women's Clubs was organized in 1911, Albuquerque's club was placed in District 2.

The Club was divided into various departments or subjects of study such as literature, domestic science, travel, civics, art, current events, child welfare, etc. In 1978 some of these departments such as the Writers Group and Garden Group disbanded. In 1954 the Junior Woman's Club was formed with 23 charter members. Later in 1981 the Junior Woman's Club members joined the Woman's Club of Albuquerque.

The objective of the Woman's Club of Albuquerque is "to promote sympathy and united effort for the broadening of humanity and the elevation of society." In July 1920 the Club began and supported the Albuquerque Day Nursery for the children of working mothers and single fathers. Other charities supported by the Club include the Salvation Army, Girls' Ranch of New Mexico, Carrie Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children, Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) and Roadrunner Food Bank. The Club buys books for schools, and supports various scholarships, including a scholarship for a female medical student.


55 Boxes (ca. 10.2 cu. ft.)


This collection contains the records of the Woman's Club of Albuquerque from its founding in 1903 until 2010. Included are financial records, minutes of meetings of the executive board, general club membership, and writers department. A large portion of the collection is the Club's scrapbooks detailing its work and community involvement through the years.

Related Material

Tuesday Literary Club Records Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico University Libraries.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Woman's Club of Albuquerque photograph collection.

Original phonograph disks are stored in B3.

Some publications have been transferred to UNM University Libraries for cataloging. See List of Separated Materials after Container List.

Publications Transferred to UNM Libraries

  • Holmes, William H. Smithsonian Institution. The National Gallery of Art. Catalogue of Collections, v.1, 1922.
  • Adams, Hervey. The Student's Approach to Landscape Painting, 1938.
  • Sharp, Dorothea. The Student's Book of Oil Painting, 1938.
  • Cheney, Sheldon. A Primer of Modern Art, 1939.
  • Shuler, Marjorie. For Rent- One Pedestal, 1917. (CSWR)
  • Overton, Grant. Cargoes for Crusoes, 1924.
  • Faure, Elie. History of Art; Modern Art, v.4, 1924.
  • Faure, Elis. History of Art; Ancient Art, v.1, 1921.
  • Cardinal Spellman's Prayer Book, 1951. (CSWR)
  • Thunderbird (University of New Mexico. Associated Students), v.13, no. 3, spring, 1964.
  • Orchestration for Songs for Service, Piano, n.d.
  • Guptill, Arthur L. Color in Sketching and Rendering, 1949.
  • Woman's Club of Albuquerque. 1903-2000/2001 (CSWR)
  • Adams, Samuel Hopkins. The Great American Fraud; Articles on the Nostrum Evil and Quacks, Reprinted from Collier's Weekly, 1907.
  • O'Hara, Eliot. Making the Brush Behave, 1935.
  • Winner, Vella Alberta. What Makes You Think So? 1938. (CSWR)
  • Doerner, Max. The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting with Notes on the Techniques of the Old Masters, 1934.
  • Davidson, Morris. Painting for Pleasure, 1938.
  • Van Dyke, John C. A Text-Book of the History of Painting, 1901.
  • Cheney, Sheldon. A World History of Art, 1947.
  • Newcomer, Alphonso Gerlad. English Literature, 1905.
  • Blackiston, Elliott. Short Story Writing For Profit. 1937.
  • Rice, Edwin W. Stories of Great Painters or Religion in Art, 1887.
  • Tanner, William M. Composition and Rhetoric, 1922.
  • Merrick, Leonard. A Chair on the Boulevard, 1921.
  • Hamilton, Anne. How to Revise Your Own Stories, 1938. (CSWR)
  • Works of Edgar Allan Poe.(Commemorative Edition), v.2, 4-5, 7-10, 1904.
  • The Literature of All Nations, And All Ages, History, Character, and Incident. v. 10, 1900.
  • Proceedings of the National Conference of Charities and Correction At the..., 1895-1896.(CSWR)
  • The University Forum Series, v.1-2, 4-10, 21-22,24-28, 31-32, 1930.
  • A History of the World With All Its Great Sensations, Together With Its Mighty and Decisive Battles and the Rise and Fall of Its Nations from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, v.1, 1887.
  • Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary, Enlarged and Revised To Date, By Rt. Rev. Samuel Fallows, n.d. (CSWR)
  • Works of Charles Dickens. Globe Edition, 10 vol. 1880.
  • Marett, R. R. Anthropology, 1911.
  • Annual Report of the State Board of Charity of Massachusetts, 1900-1903.
  • Scott, Sir Walter. The Waverley Novels, Globe Edition,8 vol. 1880.
  • Schierbrand, Wolf Von. Russia, Her Strength and Her Weakness, 1904.
  • Oakenful, J.C. Brazil in 1911, 1912 (CSWR)
  • Clement, Ernest W. A Handbook of Modern Japan, 1904.
  • Inness, Jr. George. Life, Art, and Letters of George Inness, 1917.

Processing Information

An addition to the collection was processed in September 2012. New materials were incorporated into existing series. Boxes 4-A and 5-A were added. The title of Series II was changed from Account Books to Financial Records and subseries of "Account Books" and "Reports and Donations" were created.

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed addition accessioned July 2014 - 5 boxes containing material from the Cosmopolitan Woman's Club which is the sucessor organization to the Woman's Club of Albuquerque, B3-13A.
Finding Aid of the Woman's Club of Albuquerque Records, 1903-2001
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131