Austin History Center

Austin Woman's Club Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Woman's Club
Title: Austin Woman's Club Records
Inclusive Dates: 1928 - 1995
Bulk Dates: 1978 - 1988
Abstract: The Austin Woman's Club was founded on April 25, 1928 in Austin, Texas, for "the support of an educational undertaking, the study of literary, civic, patriotic, artistic and other cultural subjects," and to provide a place for women to gather, learn, and network. Minutes, ledgers, printed material, correspondence, photographs, audio cassettes, clippings, planners, receipt books, legal documents, and reports, (1928-995, undated), document the actions and activities of the Austin Woman's Club.
Identification: AR.2000.008
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe St., PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Woman's Club was founded on April 25, 1928 in Austin, Texas, for "the support of an educational undertaking, the study of literary, civic, patriotic, artistic and other cultural subjects," and to provide a place for women to gather, learn, and network. The first president was Mrs. Sam Smith, 1928-30. Subsequent presidents served one to two year terms. In addition to the President, there is a governing Board of Directors and numerous subject committees. An annual yearbook was printed to detail the club bylaws, active officers and members, and annual events. There were 164 charter members, including women from prominent families in Austin during the 1920s. Membership grew steadily to reach 563 members by the late 1970s, and in 1996 the club had 362 members. There were strict guidelines for membership including annual membership fees and a considerable nominating process that required final approval by the Board of Directors. Members were involved in a wide array of activities, primary amongst which were committee delegations that addressed specific concerns of the organization. These committees also discussed the philanthropic mission of the club, and managed numerous projects. Some important past activities include furnishing Austin with its first outdoor opera, a weekly speakers series, promotion of local historic areas in and around Austin, and a scholarship that provided financial assistance for women completing a degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Under the presidency of Mrs. J.O. Marberry (1937-39) the Junior Austin Woman's Club was organized to prepare future members of the AWC. Members of the JAWC were daughters and daughters-in-law of current club members.

Chateau Bellevue, originally built in 1892 and now a historic Texas landmark, became the official clubhouse of the AWC in 1929. The clubhouse was frequently rented to clubs affiliated with AWC for meetings and events. The Chateau Bellevue dining room functioned as a steady stream of revenue for the club. The mission of the club has expanded over the years to include the preservation of the historic clubhouse. As of 2009 the club is still active and in possession of the clubhouse.

Past Presidents of the Austin Woman's Club through 1996 are:


  • Mrs. Sam J. Smith, 1928-1930
  • Mrs. W. R. Long, 1930-1931
  • Mrs. W. R. Long, 1930-1931
  • Mrs. John W. Goodwin, 1931-1932
  • Mrs. R. A. Buford, 1932-1933
  • Mrs. P.W. McFadden, 1933-1935
  • Mrs. James H. Maxwell, 1935-1937
  • Mrs. J.O. Marberry, 1937-1939
  • Mrs. George H. Wells, 1939-1941
  • Mrs. Tom Miller, 1941-1943
  • Mrs. H. Willis Sauer, 1943-1945
  • Mrs. J. E. Hickman, 1945-1947
  • Mrs. William M. Gambrell, 1947-1949
  • Mrs. Lloyd W. Davidson, 1949-1951
  • Mrs. Amos M. Felts, 1951-1953
  • Mrs. Myron L. Begeman, 1953-1955
  • Mrs. Starr Kealhofer, 1955-1957
  • Mrs. Bryant F. Collins, 1957-1959
  • Mrs. Tom E. Johnson, 1959-1961
  • Mrs. Marvin Hall, 1961-1963
  • Mrs. Carl H. Stautz, 1963-1965
  • Mrs. Lynn W. McCraw, 1967-1969
  • Mrs. J. C. Dolley, 1969-1971
  • Mrs. Felix S. Thaxton, 1971-1973
  • Mrs. Bascom B. Hayes, 1973-1975
  • Mrs. R. V. Baker, 1975-1977
  • Mrs. Ernest W. Walker, 1977-1979
  • Mrs. Sterling S. Speake, 1979-1981
  • Miss Jane Smoot, 1981-1983
  • Mrs. C. E. Alvis, Jr., 1983-1985
  • Mrs. A. M. Donnell, Jr., 1985-1987
  • Mrs. John M. Moran, 1987-1989
  • Mrs. William H. Raschke, 1989-1991
  • Dr. Margaret Berry, 1991-1993
  • Mrs. Donald VanMeter, 1993-1995
  • Dr. Josie E. Champion, 1995-1996


Scope and Contents

Minutes, ledgers, printed material, correspondence, photographs, lithography print blocks, audio cassettes, clippings, planners, receipt books, legal documents, and reports, (1928-995, undated), document the actions and activities of the Austin Woman's Club, a social and philanthropic organization. The records of the Austin Woman's Club are arranged into eight series, the majority found in Administrative Records (1928-1995, undated), which illuminate the regular operations and routine actions of the Club. The largest body of material within Administrative Records is the minutes from general meetings (1928-1995)and board meetings in written form (1959-1995) with 52 meetings captured on audio-cassette (1981-1988). A significant body of membership applications (1982, 1986-88, undated) provide significant insight into the admittance process. 33 committees are documented, (1957-1995, undated) the most substantial records being those of the Resolutions and Remembrances Committee, and the Membership Committee. The preservation and maintenance of the organization's clubhouse, Chateau Bellevue, was of great importance to the Austin Woman's Club and is documented through correspondence and clippings (Chateau Bellevue; 1930-1981). Other series deal with the governing offices (1930-1993, undated), club financial records (1930-1983), notable Austin Woman's Club philanthropic work (Special Projects; 1930-1987) and visual material (undated).


 

Arrangement

The collection is divided into 8 series:
Series I: Administrative Records
Series II: Offices
Series III: Committees
Series IV: Special Projects
Series V: Junior Austin Woman's Club
Series VI: Financial Records
Series VII: Printed Material
Series VIII: Photographic Material

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Smith, Mrs. Sam J.
Speake, Mrs. Sterling S.
Organizations:
Austin Woman's Club.
Texas Federation of Women's Clubs.
Subjects:
Women - Societies and Clubs - General.
Women - Societies and Clubs - Junior Austin Women's Club.
Places:
Austin (Tex.).
Document Types:
Correspondence
Minutes
Printed Material
Yearbooks
Photographs
Audio Cassettes
Ledgers
Clippings
Planners
Receipt Books
Legal Documents
Reports
Titles:
The Austin Woman's Club

Related Material

General Collection


  • La Fete Internationale, Call Number: A 641.5 LA
  • The Austin Woman's Club 1929-1975: Bicentennial Recognition Reference Book, Call Number: A 367.976431 HA
  • Treasure Pots, Call Number: A 641.59764 TR
  • The Austin Woman's Club, Call Number: A 367.976431 AU
  • Annual Announcement, Call Number: A 367.976431 AU

Austin Files


  • AHC HOUSEBUILDING FILE 708 San Antonio St.


Separated Material

Several publications came with the donation. These included multiple directories of the organization, one cookbook (Treasure Pots). They were returned to the donor as the AHC already had copies. Three lithographic printing blocks were also returned to the donor because the images contained on them were reproduced on publications in the collection.

Two Boxes of Audio Tapes, 1981-1998, separated to Recordings Archive Room G22


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin Woman's Club Records (AR.2000.008). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2000/059

Donation Date: 2000 June 15

Processing Information

Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing By/Date: Sue Soy/July 7, 2000 Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Emily Clark, Halley Grogan, Zachary Loeb, Holly Mendenhall/November 24, 2009. Final processing and encoding by Zachary Loeb and Susan Rittereiser/ 2009 December.


Other Finding Aid

MARC Record


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records, 1928-1995, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Policy and Procedures, 1979-1980, undated
2 Charter and Amendments, 1929-1970
3 Club History, undated
4 Correspondence, 1978-1981, undated
5 Local History, undated
6 Membership Applications, 1982, 1986-1988, undated
Planners, 1981-1982
Minutes, 1928-1995, undated
Box
1 Binders consolidating Board, General and Annual Meeting Minutes, 1928-1933, 1933-1939
Box
2 Binders consolidating Board, General and Annual Meeting Minutes, 1947-1949
1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1959-1961
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1977
3 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1978
4 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1979
5 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1986
6 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1987
Box Folder
3 1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1988
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1989
3 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1989
4 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1990
5 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1991
6 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1992
7 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1993
Box Folder
4 1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1994
2 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1995
3 General Meeting Minutes, 1928-1930
4 General Meeting Minutes, 1959-1961
5 General Meeting Minutes, 1978
6 General Meeting Minutes, 1979
7 General Meeting Minutes, 1986
8 General Meeting Minutes, 1987
9 General Meeting Minutes, 1988
10 General Meeting Minutes, 1989
11 General Meeting Minutes, 1990
12 General Meeting Minutes, 1992-1993
13 General Meeting Minutes, 1994-1995
Location
Recordings Room G22 Audio Cassettes, 1981-1988
Box
5 Reports, 1959-1961
1 Program Cards, 1959-1961



 

Offices, 1930-1993

Box Folder
5 2 President, 1935-1993
3 Vice President, 1978-1986
4 Secretary, 1978-1986
5 Treasurer - Job Descriptions, 1986, undated
6 Treasurer - Reports, 1930-1941, 1951-1956, 1960, 1978-1984
7 Parliamentarian, 1982, undated
8 Historian, undated
8 Historian , undated
9 Director, 1987-1989
10 Manager, undated



 

Committees, 1957-1995, undated

Box Folder
6 1 Advisory Council, 1969, 1985-1987, undated
2 Art Committee, 1984, undated
3 Book of Remembrance and Resolutions Committee, 1984, undated
4 Book Reviewers Committee, undated
5 Building Committee, 1960, 1974, 1986-1987, undated
6 Cashiers' Committee, 1984, undated
7 Courtesy Committee, undated
8 Decoration and Entertainment Committee, 1984, 1986, undated
9 Finance Committee, 1974, 1982, 1985
10 Fine Arts and Furnishings Committee, 1982, 1984, 1986, undated
11 First Thursdays Programs Committee, undated
12 Fourth Thursdays Programs Committee, 1983-1984, undated
13 Grounds Committee, 1984
14 House Committee, 1961-1964, 1969-1971, 1982, undated
15 Insurance Committee, 1983, 1984, 1986, undated
16 Invocation Committee, 1982, undated
17 Membership Committee, 1991-1995, undated
18 Music and Drama Committee, 1984, 1986, undated
19 Nominating Committee, 1960-1961, 1975-1977, 1981-1986, undated
20 Notification Committee, undated
21 Orientation Committee, undated
22 Overall Planning Committee, 1957
23 Permanent Fund Board, undated
24 Plant Committee, 1982-1983
25 Program Coordinating Committee, 1982, 1986, undated
26 Resolutions and Remembrances Committee, 1956-1968, undated
27 Scholarship Committee, 1984, undated
28 Social Committee, 1984-1986, undated
29 Study Group Committee, 1981, undated
30 Travel-Tour Theatre Committee, 1984, undated
31 Vault of Values Committee, 1984, undated,
32 Ways and Means Committee, 1982-1983
33 Weekly Luncheon Committee, undated



 

Special Projects, 1930-1987

Box
7 Chateau Bellevue, 1930-1981
1 Correspondence, 1930-1981
2 Clippings, 1953-1969
3 Blueprints, Plans, Proposals, Contracts,, 1959-1974
4 Furnishings and Inventory, 1956-1968
5 Scroll of Charter Members, 1945



 

Junior Austin Woman's Club, 1987-1993, undated

Box Folder
7 6 Yearbooks, 1988-1993
7 Chairman, undated
8 Proposed Bylaws Changes, 1987
9 Minutes Excerpts, undated
10 Handwritten Material, undated



 

Financial Records, 1930-1983

Accounting, 1948-1984
Box
8 Dues Record Books, 1948-1952, 1957-1971
Check Stubs Book, 1966-1968
Ledgers, 1930-1962
Box Folder
9 1 Auditor's Report, 1960
1 Financial Statements, 1984
Receipts, 1960-1983
Box
8 Receipt Books, 1960, 1965-1966
Box Folder
9 2 Insurance Documents, 1983
Legal Documents, 1938, 1959
Box Folder
9 2 Correspondence, 1938
2 Tax Return, 1959



 

Printed Material, 1928-1986, undated

Box Folder
9 3 Yearbooks, 1928-1930, 1934-1935, 1947-1948,1964-1965, 1966-1968, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1985-1986
4 Obituaries, 1955-1956, 1958-1962, 1965-1966, undated
5 Remembrances, undated
6 Publications, 1938-1985



 

Photographic Material, undated

Box Folder
9 7 Photographs, undated
8 Negative, undated