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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Membership and Organizational Documents, 1928-1968

Series II: Memorabilia, 1899-1976

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Woman's Building of Houston- Milford House papers, 1894-1976



Descriptive Summary

Creator Woman's Building of Houston
Title Woman's Building of Houston- Milford House papers,
Dates: 1894-1976
Abstract: The collection consists of the membership documents, organizational documents and memorabilia of the Woman's Building of Houston, an organization founded in 1925 that was devoted to the creation of a building that would serve as a cultural and social center for Houston women. After over twenty-five turbulent years of fundraising and patience, the organization saw success when Milford House officially opened in 1953.
ID MS 388
Extent 1 lin. ft. (2 boxes)
Language Materials are in English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Note

In 1925, seventeen Houston women gathered to discuss the creation of a special building that would serve as a cultural and social center for Houston women. After years of planning, they announced a drive for the necessary $300,000 in 1928. "Men have their clubs, gathering places and organizations. Certainly the woman in this day need similar institutions," wrote a journalist in a April, 1928 Houston Chronicle article. The funds grew steadily, but the drive lost momentum over following two decades. In 1949, 39 of the 330 official members met to discuss the possibility of dissolving the organization. The members voted to continue the drive, and on Wednesday, November 11, 1953, Milford House was officially opened with a musicale and a tea. Milford House, officially operated by the Woman's Building of Houston, hosted many cultural and social events for women over the next two decades. The club membership dwindled in the 1980's, and Milford House, located at 1101 Milford, was sold to the Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston in 1988. The club was disbanded shortly after.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the Woman's Building of Houston membership documents, including five membership registries, organizational notes such as meeting notes, administrative papers and election results, correspondence regarding membership, Certificates of Membership, and Certificates with letters concerning the transfer of memberships. Also present is memorabilia from Milford House and the Woman's Building of Houston, including programs and clippings relating to women's musical groups, operas and musicals, newspaper clippings concerning the history of the Woman's Building of Houston and events hosted at Milford House, a diary with notes on Milford House and other organizations, and a notebook containing listings of donations to Milford House.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:
Series I: Membership and Organizational Documents, 1928-1968
Series II: Memorabilia, 1899-1976

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Woman's Building of Houston- Milford House papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Women's History- Houston.
Milford House.
The Woman's Building of Houston
Correspondence
Newspaper Clippings
Organizational Documents -- Membership Certificates
Organizational Documents -- Notes

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Woman's Building of Houston- Milford House papers, 1894-1976, MS 388, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The collection was a gift from Miss Mayola F. Patton, Rice 1922, via her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Haylett O'Neill, Jr, on October 2, 1984.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Membership and Organizational Documents, 1928-1968

box folder
1 1 Membership Registries, Books I-III, 1929
2 Membership Registries, Books IV-V, 1929-1953
3 Misc. Correspondence Re: Membership Certificates, 1928- 1966
4 Original Membership Certificates, 1928-1955
5 Membership Certificates with Letters of Transfer (filed by date of transfer), 1929-1953
6 Membership Certificates with Letters of Transfer (filed by date of transfer), 1954-1968, & n.d.
7 Notes from Meetings, Election Results, other Misc. Administrative Papers, 1939-1956

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Series II: Memorabilia, 1899-1976

box folder
2 1 Programs for Women's Choral Club, Girl's Musical Club, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Treble Clef Club, & Private Recitals, 1899-1931
2 Clippings of Operas and Musicals, 1894-1929
3 Clippings of Operas and Musicals, n.d.
4 Newspaper clippings, 1928-1975
5 Diary containing notes Re: Milford House & other clubs, 1976
6 Notebook containing list of gifts to Woman's Building of Houston, 1926-1966

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