Associated Clubs of Woodlawn Records

Dates: 1927-1971
Size: 4 linear feet, 1 photograph
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_ACW
Provenance: The Historical Society of Woodlawn was a member of the ACW. One result of this association was that the ACW’s records came into the possession of the Historical Society of Woodlawn. As part of the Special Collections Division’s neighborhood history project, the papers of the ACW were processed between July and October 1984. A Scholl Foundation grant provided the necessary funding for this project. The ACW collection was transferred to the Special Collections Division for archival storage and is now available for research.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: The Associated Clubs of Woodlawn Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The Associated Clubs of Woodlawn (ACW) was a community improvement association founded in 1927 and incorporated in 1936. Until its dissolution in February 1970, the ACW served as a clearing house for information of concern to its member clubs and the Woodlawn community as a whole. It also attempted to safeguard and to promote the business, civic, educational and social welfare of Woodlawn.

From 1927 to around the mid-1930s, membership in the ACW was limited to clubs and organizations. This membership practice was gradually modified to allow individuals unaffiliated with either clubs or organizations to apply for membership in the ACW. Despite the liberalization of the ACW’s membership policy, joining the ACW was still a judicious process as late as 1957. Article II, Section 2 of the ACW’s 1957 constitution and by-laws mandate that:

an organization wishing to join the Associated Clubs of Woodlawn, Inc. shall submit an application in writing, stating the name of the organization, the date of its founding, its aims and purposes, and a list of its officers and their addresses.

Furthermore, attendance at ACE meetings was limited to two delegates from each member organization. In every case the delegates had to include the president and one other member of the club or organization.

On February 9, 1970, the ACW, with the written consent of its members, filed corporate dissolution papers with the Illinois Secretary of State. The reason for disbanding mentioned that other community improvement programs, notably the Woodlawn Urban Progress Center, “were willing to step in and undertake activity in behalf of improving the Woodlawn neighborhood.”

Scope and Content

A wide range of activities and interests are represented in the papers of the ACW. The records document the ACW’s activities in preparation for its annual banquet, annual block beautiful contest, clean up - fix up campaign and other special events. The papers also include correspondence files from 1927 to 1971, financial records, membership rosters and minutes of meetings. The records from several of the ACW committees have been preserved and comprise a separate series in the ACW collection.

Series Descriptions

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1934-1972

This series contains records detailing the ACW’s preparation for its annual banquet events and its annual block beautiful contests. Also included in this series are annual reports, certificates of incorporation and dissolution, circular letters to members of the executive committee, the ACW’s constitution and by-laws, extensive correspondence files, detailed financial records, membership materials and minutes of meetings. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder subject title.

Series 2: News clippings and Newsletter, 1931-1966

The ACW’s activities are well documented in both news clippings and its own newsletters. The news clippings are arranged chronologically and the newsletters are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 3: Committees, 1939-1945

This important series records the work of the ACW’s standing and special committees. ACW committee activity ranged from organizing card parties to obtaining a new drinking water filtration plant for the Southeast side of Chicago. Committees are arranged alphabetically by name.

Non-Manuscript Materials

Photographs from the ACW manuscript collection are listed at the end of the finding guide.

Box ACW 9 contains approximately 300 3" x 5" inch index cards with the names, addresses and donation amounts to the ACW’s Annual Block Beautiful Contest.

Container List

Series 1: Administrative Records

Box 1 Folder 1-3 Annual Banquets, May 1941 - May 1943
Box 1 Folder 4-7 Annual Banquets, May 1948 - May 1951
Box 1 Folder 8-11 Annual Banquets, May 1953 - May 1956
Box 1 Folder 12-13 Annual Banquets, May 1958 - May 1959
Box 1 Folder 14-16 Annual Banquets, May 1960
Box 1 Folder 17-19 Annual Banquets, May 1961- May 1962
Box 1 Folder 20-23 Annual Banquets, January-May 1964
Box 1 Folder 24-25 Annual Banquets, May 1965
Box 1 Folder 26 Annual Banquets, March 1970
Box 1 Folder 27-28 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1953-1954
Box 1 Folder 29 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1956
Box 1 Folder 30 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1959
Box 1 Folder 31 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1961
Box 1 Folder 32-33 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 34-36 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1967
Box 2 Folder 1-2 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1967
Box 2 Folder 3-7 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1968
Box 2 Folder 8 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1969
Box 2 Folder 9 Annual Block Beautiful Contest, 1972
Box 2 Folder 10-11 Annual Reports, 1934-1935, 1935-1936
Box 2 Folder 12 Brotherhood Tea, 1956 February, 1959 April
Box 2 Folder 13 Certificates of Corporate Officers, 1950, 1962
Box 2 Folder 14 Certificates of Incorporation, 1936, 1965 [see also: Dissolution Papers]
Box 2 Folder 15 Christmas Pageant, December 1950-January 1951
Box 2 Folder 16 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, January 1960-Dec. 1962
Box 2 Folder 17 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, September 1963-April 1964
Box 2 Folder 18 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, April-December 1964
Box 2 Folder 19 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, January-July 1965
Box 2 Folder 20 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, August 1965-September 1966
Box 2 Folder 21 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, March 1966-June 1968
Box 2 Folder 22 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, January-June 1969
Box 2 Folder 23 Circular Letters to Members of the Executive Committee, July 1969-October 1970
Box 2 Folder 24 Clean Up - Paint Up Campaign, 1969 March
Box 2 Folder 25 Constitution and by-laws, [1936-1937]
Box 2 Folder 26 Constitution and by-laws, 1943
Box 2 Folder 27 Constitution and by-laws, 1946, 1947
Box 2 Folder 28 Constitution and by-laws, 1954 January
Box 2 Folder 29 Constitution and by-laws, 1957
Box 3 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1927
Box 3 Folder 2 Correspondence, 1928
Box 3 Folder 3 Correspondence, 1929
Box 3 Folder 4 Correspondence, 1931
Box 3 Folder 5 Correspondence, 1932
Box 3 Folder 6 Correspondence, 1933
Box 3 Folder 7 Correspondence, 1934
Box 3 Folder 8 Correspondence, 1935
Box 3 Folder 9 Correspondence, 1936
Box 3 Folder10 Correspondence, 1937
Box 3 Folder 11 Correspondence, 1938
Box 3 Folder 12 Correspondence, 1939
Box 3 Folder 13 Correspondence, 1940
Box 3 Folder 14 Correspondence, 1941
Box 3 Folder 15 Correspondence, 1943
Box 3 Folder 16 Correspondence, 1944
Box 3 Folder 17 Correspondence, 1948
Box 3 Folder 18 Correspondence, 1949
Box 3 Folder 19 Correspondence, 1950
Box 3 Folder 20 Correspondence, 1951
Box 3 Folder 21 Correspondence, 1954
Box 3 Folder 22 Correspondence, 1955
Box 3 Folder 23 Correspondence, 1956
Box 3 Folder 24 Correspondence, 1957
Box 3 Folder 25 Correspondence, 1958
Box 3 Folder 26 Correspondence, 1959
Box 3 Folder 27 Correspondence, 1960
Box 3 Folder 28-31 Correspondence, 1961
Box 3 Folder 32 Correspondence, 1962
Box 3 Folder 33 Correspondence, 1963
Box 3 Folder 34 Correspondence, 1964
Box 3 Folder 35 Correspondence, 1965-1968
Box 3 Folder 36 Correspondence, 1969-1971
Box 4 Folder 1 Correspondence, meeting notices, 1930-1941
Box 4 Folder 2 Correspondence, meeting notices, 1948-1951
Box 4 Folder 3 Correspondence, meeting notices, 1950-1953
Box 4 Folder 4 Correspondence, meeting notices, 1954-1955
Box 4 Folder 5 Correspondence, meeting notices, 1956
Box 4 Folder 6 Correspondence, meeting notices, 1957-1958
Box 4 Folder 7 Dissolution Papers, Feb. 1970. [see also, Constitution and by-laws]
Box 4 Folder 8 Financial Records, 1945-1950 (bound volume)
Box 4 Folder 9 Financial Records, 1948
Box 4 Folder 10 Financial Records, June 1960-February 1963
Box 4 Folder 11 Financial Records, July-December 1963
Box 4 Folder 12 Financial Records, January-April 1964
Box 4 Folder 13 Financial Records, May-November 1964
Box 4 Folder 14 Financial Records, January-April 1964
Box 4 Folder 15 Financial Records, May-December 1965
Box 4 Folder 16 Financial Records, January-December 1966
Box 4 Folder 17 Financial Records, 1967
Box 4 Folder 18 Financial Records, 1968
Box 4 Folder 19 Financial Records, January 1969-April 1970
Box 4 Folder 20 Financial Records, bank records, November 1949-July 1951
Box 4 Folder 21 Financial Records, dues, 1936
Box 4 Folder 22 Financial Records, financial reports, 1934-1935, 1937
Box 4 Folder 23 Financial Records, treasurer’s reports, 1950-1951
Box 4 Folder 24 Financial Records, treasurer’s reports, 1952-1953
Box 4 Folder 25 Financial Records, treasurer’s reports, July 1, 1957-June 23, 1958
Box 5 Folder 1 Grand Crossing Police District Community Relations Workshop, 1967 February
Box 5 Folder 2-3 Honor Roll Promotion, World War II, 1944, 1945, 1958
Box 5 Folder 4 Jobs for Teens Campaign, 1965
Box 5 Folder 5-6 Membership Applications, 1949, 1951-1952
Box 5 Folder 7 Membership Campaigns, Oct. 1963
Box 5 Folder 8-9 Membership Delegates List, 1937, 1938
Box 5 Folder 10 Membership Rosters, 1920-1940
Box 5 Folder 11 Membership Rosters, 1950
Box 5 Folder 12 Membership Rosters, 1958-1959
Box 5 Folder 13 Membership Rosters, 1960
Box 5 Folder 14 Membership Rosters, 1961
Box 5 Folder 15 Membership Rosters, 1962
Box 5 Folder 16 Membership Rosters, 1963
Box 5 Folder 17 Membership Rosters, 1967, undated
Box 5 Folder 18 Membership Rosters, past presidents, 1927-1952, 1964
Box 5 Folder 19 Membership Rosters, roll call records, 1928-1935
Box 5 Folder 20 Membership Rosters, roll call records, 1936-1937
Box 5 Folder 21 Minutes of Meetings, January 1928-March 1928
Box 5 Folder 22 Minutes of Meetings, April 1928-September 1928
Box 5 Folder 23 Minutes of Meetings, October 1928-December 1928
Box 5 Folder 24 Minutes of Meetings, January-June 1929
Box 5 Folder 25 Minutes of Meetings September-December 1929
Box 5 Folder 26 Minutes of Meetings, January-December 1930
Box 5 Folder 27 Minutes of Meetings, January-June 1931
Box 5 Folder 28 Minutes of Meetings, September-December 1931
Box 5 Folder 29 Minutes of Meetings, January-June 1932
Box 5 Folder 30 Minutes of Meetings, September 1932-June 1933 (bound volume)
Box 5 Folder 31 Minutes of Meetings, October 1933-June 1934
Box 5 Folder 32 Minutes of Meetings, September 1934-July 1935 (bound volume)
Box 5 Folder 33 Minutes of Meetings, October 1935-May 1937 (bound volume)
Box 6 Folder 1 Minutes of Meetings, June 1937-May 1938 (bound volume)
Box 6 Folder 2 Minutes of Meetings, June 1938-April 1939 (bound volume)
Box 6 Folder 3 Minutes of Meetings, September 1939-March 1942 (bound volume)
Box 6 Folder 4 Minutes of Meetings, May 1948-March 1950
Box 6 Folder 5 Minutes of Meetings, October-December 1951
Box 6 Folder 6 Minutes of Meetings, January-December 1952
Box 6 Folder 7 Minutes of Meetings, January-December 1953
Box 6 Folder 8 Minutes of Meetings, speech by Commissioner D. E. Mackermann, October 1960
Box 6 Folder 9 Minutes of Meetings, 1961
Box 6 Folder 10 Minutes of Meetings, 1962
Box 6 Folder 11 Minutes of Meetings, 1965

Series 2: News Clippings and Newsletters

Box 6 Folder 12 News Clippings, 1931, 1938
Box 6 Folder 13 News Clippings, 1961
Box 6 Folder 14 News Clippings, 1961
Box 6 Folder 15 News Clippings, “We Waste a Million Kids a Year,” The Saturday Evening Post, March 10, 1962.
Box 6 Folder 16 News Clippings, 1966
Box 6 Folder 17 News Clippings, scrapbook, 1945
Box 6 Folder 18 Newsletters [untitled], February 1965-September 1966
Box 6 Folder 19 Newsletters, Associated Clubs Herald, 1948
Box 7 Folder 1 Newsletters, Associated Clubs Herald, 1949
Box 7 Folder 2 Newsletters, Associated Clubs Herald, 1950.
Box 7 Folder 3 Newsletters, Associated Clubs Herald, 1951
Box 7 Folder 4 Newsletters, community clubs and comments, November 1958-May 1959
Box 7 Folder 5 Newsletters, community clubs and comments, 1961
Box 7 Folder 6 Newsletters, Youth Welfare Bulletin, 1962
Box 7 Folder 7 Newsletters, Associated Clubs Herald, 1951

Series 3: Printed Materials

Box 7 Folder 8 Printed Materials, 1962
Box 7 Folder 9 Printed Materials, 1969-1970
Box 7 Folder 10 Questionnaire of Woodlawn Service Organizations, 1958
Box 7 Folder 11 Reports: “Correlation of Community Publicity,” July 1937; “Financing of Community Recreation Programs,” circa 1937; “Increasing the Effectiveness of the Associated Clubs,” 1937
Box 7 Folder 12 Reports, Margret Hulette on Clubs and Organizations of Woodlawn, 1948
Box 7 Folder 13 Resolutions, 1934-1939
Box 7 Folder 14 Resolutions, “A Resolution from the Adequate Protection of the Community of Woodlawn,” 1951 October
Box 7 Folder 15 School Board Election, 1955 April
Box 7 Folder 16 Stationery, undated
Box 7 Folder 17 Woodlawn’s Matinee, circa 1939 October

Series 4: Committees

Box 7 Folder 18 Card Party Committee, 1935, 1937
Box 7 Folder 19 Conference Committee, Woodlawn’s Future, 1935-1936
Box 7 Folder 20 The Library Committee, circa 1936-1937
Box 7 Folder 21 Nominating Committee, Reports, 1937, 1939, 1940
Box 7 Folder 22 Public Affairs Committee, 1936.
Box 7 Folder 23 Special Committee on Relief, Report, “Chicago Chapter, American Association of Social Workers,” circa 1929
Box 7 Folder 24 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, Jan. 1937
Box 7 Folder 25 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, Feb. 1937
Box 7 Folder 26 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, March-Oct. 1937
Box 7 Folder 27-29 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, 1942
Box 7 Folder 30 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, 1943
Box 7 Folder 31 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, 1944
Box 7 Folder 32 Water Purification Committee, correspondence, City Club of Chicago, 1932
Box 8 Folder 1 Water Purification Committee, minutes of meetings, 1938, 1942, 1944
Box 8 Folder 2 Water Purification Committee, news clippings, 1943
Box 8 Folder 3 Water Purification Committee, Record of Public Meeting of the United States Engineer Office, April 1942
Box 8 Folder 4-5 Water Purification Committee, Reports, “To Mr. Albert Chapman, Water Filtration Committee, Associated Clubs of Woodlawn on Pollution of Water by the Indiana Towns and Industries,” 1937 March
Box 8 Folder 6 Water Purification Committee, Reports, “Pollution of Chicago Water Supply,” record of public meeting, 1942 April
Box 8 Folder 7 Water Purification Committee, Reports, “Chicago’s South Shore District Filtration Plant,” Department of Public Works, 1945 September
Box 8 Folder 8 Water Purification Committee, resolutions, 1942
Box 8 Folder 9 Water Purification Committee, resolutions, 1942
Box 8 Folder 10 Water Purification Committee, resolutions, 1944
Box 8 Folder 11 Water Purification Committee, Symposium, “Pollution of the Chicago South Side City Water,” 1942 April
Box 8 Folder 12 Woodlawn Planning Committee, 1940

Series 5: Non-Manuscript Materials

Box 9 3″ x 5″ index cards [300] with names, addresses and donation amounts to ACW’s Annual Block Beautiful Contest

Photographs

ACW Audio-visual Collection Photograph 1.1 Associated Clubs of Woodlawn, honor roll, 1958

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