West End Woman’s Club Records

Dates: 1894-1929
Size: .5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_WEW
Provenance: The Records of the West End Woman's Club were first accessioned into the Chicago Public Library during the period 1915-1928 and located in the Reference Department. After the creation of the Special Collections Division in the CPL/Cultural Center in the 1970s, a survey was conducted throughout the Library system to record the existence and location of books, documents and related material of significant historical value for transfer to the Division. The annual (announcement) yearbooks of the West End Woman's Club were part of this transfer. In January 1985 the material was added to the Neighborhood History Research Collection.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: West End Woman's Club Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The West End Woman's Club was organized in 1892 and received its papers of incorporation in December the same year. As stated in section two of their statement of intent, the clubs' objectives were for, "mutual counsel and entertainment; literary, musical, educational and philanthropic work, social and municipal reform." Three departments with the club were formed to achieve its goals: the Philanthropic, Educational, and Municipal departments. The group held regular meetings on the first and third Fridays each month and at least one annual evening meeting a year.

Scope and Content

This small collection consists of annual (announcement) yearbook which contain articles of incorporation, lists of officers and membership, by-laws and program calendars. The yearbooks are arranged in chronological order. There is also one folder containing an historical sketch on the West End Woman's Club.

Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 Yearbook, 1894/1895 & 1897/1898.
Box 1 Folder 2 Yearbook, 1898/1899, 1899/1900, 1900/1901.
Box 1 Folder 3 Yearbook, 1901/1902.
Box 1 Folder 4 Yearbook, 1902/1903.
Box 1 Folder 5 Yearbook, 1903/1904.
Box 1 Folder 6 Yearbook, 1904/1905.
Box 1 Folder 7 Yearbook, 1905/1906.
Box 1 Folder 8 Yearbook, 1906/1907.
Box 1 Folder 9 Yearbook, 1907/1908.
Box 1 Folder 10 Yearbook, 1908/1909.
Box 1 Folder 11 Yearbook, 1909/1910.
Box 1 Folder 12 Yearbook, 1910/1911.
Box 1 Folder 13 Yearbook, 1911/1912.
Box 1 Folder 14 Yearbook, 1912/1913.
Box 1 Folder 15 Yearbook, 1913/1914.
Box 1 Folder 16 Yearbook, 1914/1915.
Box 1 Folder 17 Yearbook, 1927/1928.
Box 1 Folder 18 Yearbook, 1928/1929.
Box 1 Folder 19 Historical Sketch on the West End Woman's Club, circa 1915.
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