Austin History Center

Austin Preschool Mothers Club Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Preschool Mothers Club
Title: Austin Preschool Mothers Club Records
Inclusive Dates: 1988-2002
Abstract: The Austin Preschool Mothers Club (APMC)was founded in 1925 in Austin, Texas to serve as a source of information and support to the mothers of preschoolers. The administrative files, financial records, correspondence, newsletters and membership information in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1988 to 2002.
Identification: AR.2002.016
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Preschool Mothers Club (APMC) is the Austin area’s independent moms’ group for women navigating the infant-to-kindergarten years. The idea behind starting the APMC originated in a Sunday school class in the University Baptist Church in 1925. The club was founded to serve as a source of pertinent information and incentive to mothers of preschoolers. The official purpose of the club is to:

  • Provide support and enrichment to members in their role as mothers.
  • Expand member's knowledge of the emotional, physical, cognitive, social and spiritual development of the preschool child.
  • Serve as a focus with the community as a center for the dissemination of information about children, motherhood and families.

While the club is not church affiliated, it has called several churches home through the years. APMC has met at University Baptist Church, the Federated Women's Club, Hyde Park Christian Church, Tarrytown Methodist Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Grace Covenant Church, Crestview Baptist Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Grace Nazarene Church and Northwest Hills United Methodist Church.

SOURCE: adapted from the APMC website (accessed 2010 November 9)

Scope and Contents

The collection contains documents related to the organization, including financial and administrative records, membership records, newsletters, correspondence, and event materials dating from the mid-1980s to 2002. The club split into chapters (by geographic location) at some point in the late 1980s and the records contained in this collection alternately refer to the organization as the Austin Preschool Mothers Club; the Austin Preschool Mothers Club, Central Chapter; and the Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club. It appears that the original organization became known as the Central chapter and the records reflect this transformation. Some of the records in the collection were designated specifically to be Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club (CAPMC) materials but CAPMC records can be found throughout the collection. It appears that the organization has since reverted back to the name Austin Preschool Mothers Club and there are no references to multiple chapters on their current website (accessed 2010).

The collection is arranged into four series that reflect the original arrangement of the materials as donated: Administrative Files, Financial Records, Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club Binder, and Printed Materials. The Administrative Files series (1980-2002) contains board minutes, correspondence, speaker and event information, membership directories and volunteer information. The Financial Records series (1982-1999) includes budgets, insurance documentation and tax materials. The Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club Binder series (1982-2000) consists of the materials that were originally separated into a binder labeled CAPMC and includes board member lists, monthly meeting agendas, board member description sheets, bylaws and amendments, evaluations and surveys and information about the Far Northwest chapter. These materials are foldered in the order that they were found in the binder. The Printed Materials series (1989-2002) contains what looks to be a complete run of the club newsletter for the 1990s and early 2000s as well as the 1989-90, 1990-91, 2000-01 and 2001-02 membership directories. The name of the organization on the newsletter title block changed from Austin Preschool Mothers Club to Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club in the September 1996 issue.


Arranged into 4 series:
I. Administrative Files
II. Financial Records
III. Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club Binder
IV. Printed Materials


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Austin Preschool Mothers Club.
Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club.
Austin (Tex.)
Child rearing.
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the club secretary.

Preferred Citation

Austin Preschool Mothers Club (AR.2002.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2002/059

Donation Date: 2002

Processing Information

Materials in 3-ring binders were removed and foldered in original order with original file names maintained.

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Files, 1980-2002

Box Folder
1 1-2 Board minutes, 1985-2002
3 Correspondence, 1987-1991
4 "Enjoying the Young Child" Parenting Conference, 1990
5 Meeting location logistics, 1981-2000
6 Speakers, 1980-1999
7 Volunteers, circa 2000

II. Financial Records, 1982-1999

Box Folder
1 8 Budgets, 1982-1999
9 Insurance, 1999
10 Tax records, 1988-1990

III. Central Austin Preschool Mothers Club Binder, 1982-2000

Box Folder
2 1 Board members and monthly meeting agendas, 1989-2000
2-3 Board member description sheets, 1982-1999
4 Bylaws and amendments, 1988-1991
5 Other clubs (Far Northwest chapter), 1992, 1998
6 Evaluations and feedback, 1989-1998

IV. Printed Materials, 1989-2002

Box Folder
2 7-10 Newsletters, 1989-2002
11 Membership directories, 1989-1991, 2000-2002