University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Church Women United in Houston Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Church Women United in Houston
Collection Title Church Women United in Houston Records
Dates 1911-2011
Identification 2001-001
Physical Description 6.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

Church Women United is a national ecumenical organization dedicated to bringing together religious women in order to celebrate and expand their faith, to promote peace and prayer, and to join together as a community to encourage spirituality and advocacy. Church Women United is divided into four levels: national, regional, state, and local. At the national level, the United Council of Church Women was formed in December 1941, when delegates from three inter-denominational women's groups approved a constitution and established an office in New York City. This Council represented women from seventy Protestant denominations. In 1950, the Council became one of twelve interdenominational agencies that comprised the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States. In 1966, the organization's name was changed to Church Women United in order to encourage the participation of non-Protestant women, such as Roman and Orthodox Catholics.

In 1911, a group of Houston women of different denominations formed the Houston City Federation of Missionary Society; by 1946 the organization was known as the Houston Council of Church Women. The name was changed to Church Women United of Houston in 1966, and to Church Women United in Houston in 1968. At the local level, groups are organized into committees that administer programs and projects; in Houston, the women hold meetings at the many Houston area churches that are members of CWU. Church Women United in Houston participates in worship services at area churches and works with other Houston organizations to promote awareness of a number of issues, including the elderly, women and children, and the environment. Members of the Houston group also participate in the three annual Church Women United celebrations: World Day of Prayer, May Fellowship Day, and World Community Day.

Sources:

Church Women United, Information Handbook and Directory, September 1999 through August 2000, p. 11, located in Box 1, Folder 3.


Scope and Contents

The collection arrived at the archives in good order and in general the original order has been maintained. Although primarily concerned with Church Women United in Houston, the collection also contains material from the state and national levels. Information in the collection includes material on the history of the organization, business and financial records, materials from the three annual celebrations, and programs from area worship services. It also includes yearbooks, photographs, and scrapbooks. The collection is divided into eight series: History, Administrative, Activities, Yearbooks, Holly Hall, Community Resource and Development, Photographs, and Ephemera. All of the series are arranged in alphabetical order, except for History, Yearbooks and Ephemera, which are in chronological order.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Church Women United in Houston
Genre/Form of Material:
Administrative records
Newsletters
Photographs
Programs (documents)
Yearbooks
Topical Term:
Christian women -- United States -- Texas -- Houston
Women -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Women -- Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Church Women United in Houston Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Originally acquired from Mabel Cavanagh in 2000. Additional materials were acquired in 2011 as part of a donation by Mabel Cavanagh.


Detailed List of Contents

History 1911-2002

Scope and Contents
This series contains a history of the Houston group, as well as brochures and a handbook describing Church Women United at the national level. The series also includes a book, Just Because, the Story of Church Women United in the U.S.A. 1941-1975, by Margaret Shannon, a former executive director of the national organization, published in 1977.
Box Folder
1 1 Organization History 1911-1959
2 Organization History 1960-1978
3 Brochures 1951-1999
4 Just Because 1977
5 Handbook undated



Administrative 1959-2002

Scope and Contents
The series consists of the business and financial records of the organization, including reports, minutes, and membership information. The newsletters in this series are those of Church Women United in Houston.
Box Folder
1 6 Annual/President's Reports 1959-1971
7 Annual/President's Reports 1986, 1991
8 Constitution, By-laws, Standing Rules 1965-1985
9 Correspondence 1988-2000
10 Financial Reports 1965-1997
Box Folder
2 1 Membership Rosters 1979-1989
2 Membership Rosters 1989-1992
3 Membership Rosters 1992-1993
4 Minutes - Board of Managers 1965-1994
5 Minutes - General Assembly 1965-1994
6 Newsletters 1987-1994
7 Nominating Committee 1989-1992
8 Scholarships 1987-1992, 2000
Box Folder
7 7 Certificate of Appreciation Form 2002
8 Job Descriptions 2001-2002
9 Membership Forms 2002
10 Membership Information undated
11 Membership Roster 2002
12 Press undated
13 Quotation by Tom Brokaw undated



Activities 1979-2011

Scope and Contents
This series contains material concerning the organization's activities at the local, state, and national level and is divided into three sub-series reflecting those levels. The series includes church service programs, newsletters, and brochures. The newsletters in this series are those from the national and state levels of Church Women United.
Local
Celebrations
Box Folder
2 9 1990
10 1991
11 1992
12 1994
13 1998
14 1999
15 2000
16 2001
Box Folder
3 1 Celebrations Information undated
Programs
Box Folder
3 2 Church World Service 1989-1992
3 Interfaith Workshops 1965-1989
4 Programs 1987-1993
5 Programs 1994-2001
6 Women in Community Service 1979-1988
Box Folder
6 14 May Friendship Day 2000
15 World Day of Prayer 2003
16 World Community Day November 4, 2005
17 May Friendship Day 2006
18 World Day of Prayer March 3, 2006
19 “A Balm in Gilead” September 5, 2008
20 World Community Day November 7, 2008
21 World Day of Prayer March 6, 2009
22 World Day of Prayer March 5, 2010
23 World Day of Prayer March 4, 2011
24 May Friendship Day 2011
General Assembly Programs
Box Folder
6 25 Bethel United Church of Christ February 2, 2000
26 Bellaire Christian Church January 10, 2003
27 The Women’s Home February 7, 2003
28 Terrace United Methodist Church April 4, 2003
29 Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church October 3, 2003
30 Chapelwood United Methodist Church November 7, 2003
31 Juan Marcos Presbyterian Church December 5, 2003
32 First Congregational Church February 6, 2004
33 Pilgrim Congregation United Church of Christ April 2, 2004
34 Pines Presbyterian Church May 7, 2004
35 St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church September 3, 2004
36 St. Luke’s United Methodist Church October 1, 2004
37 Bellaire Christian Church December 3, 2004
38 First Cumberland Presbyterian Church January 7, 2005
39 St. Mary’s United Methodist Church February 4, 2005
40 Epworth-Parker United Methodist Church May 6, 2005
41 Christ Church Cathedral September 2, 2005
42 St. Philip’s United Methodist Church February 3, 2006
43 Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church September 8, 2006
44 Silver Palace Restaurant November 3, 2006
45 El Mesias united Methodist Church December 1, 2006
46 Pines Presbyterian Church February 2, 2007
47 Unknown February 1, 2008
48 Pines Presbyterian Church December 5, 2008
49 Holly Hall Retirement Community December 4, 2009
50 Terrace United Methodist Church February 5, 2010
51 Pines Presbyterian Church May 7, 2010
52 Payne Cathedral of Faith September 10, 2010
Newsletters
Box Folder
6 53 December 2002
54 January-May, September-December 2003
55 January-May, September-December 2004
56 February-May, September-December 2005
57 January-May, September-November 2006
58 January-May, September-December 2007
59 January-May, September, November-December 2008
60 January-May, September-December 2009
61 January-May, September-December 2010
62 January-March, May-June 2011
State
Box Folder
3 7 Assembly 1985
8 Assembly 1993
9 Assembly 1994
10 Correspondence 1988-1992
11 Directory 1986-1989
12 Directory 1989-1991
13 Newsletters 1988-1998
National
Box Folder
3 14 Brochures 1983
15 Correspondence 1982-1992
16 Ethical Choices Workshop 1993
17 Fund for the Fifth Decade 1981-1984
18 Gift Certificates 1986
Box Folder
4 1 Health Care 1991-1994



Yearbooks 1951-2010

Scope and Contents
This series contains yearbooks which list the officers, directors, projects, and programs for each year. Within this range of dates, only a few yearbooks are missing: 1955, 1956, and 1995.
Box Folder
4 2 1951-1952
3 1953-1954, 1957
4 1958-1960
5 1962-1964
6 1965-1967
7 1968-1970
8 1971-1973
9 1974-1975
10 1976-1977
11 1977-1978
12 1979-1980
13 1982-1983
14 1984-1985
15 1986-1987
16 1988-1989
17 1990, 1992
18 1993
19 1994, 1996
Box Folder
7 1 1997-1998
2 1999-2000
3 2001-2002
4 2003-2004
5 2005, 2008
6 2009-2010



Holly Hall 1960-1966

Scope and Contents
This series contains information related to Holly Hall, a non-profit retirement community in Houston. In 1949, CWU in Houston proposed building a retirement home. By the next year, the project had grown to the extent that CWU in Houston was no longer able to financially sponsor the home, and in 1951 that task was relegated to the Holly Hall Board of Directors. However, Church Women United in Houston continued to act as Holly Hall's spiritual sponsor; CWU in Houston raised over $12,000 in 1951 for the project, and several CWU officers served on the Board of Directors of Holly Hall. Ground was broken and a cornerstone laid in 1951, and the home opened in 1952. For more information, please visit the Holly Hall web site at www.hollyhall.org.
Box Folder
5 1 Architectural Drawings 1961
2 Audit Report 1961
3 Audit Report 1963
4 By-laws, undated
5 Committee Reports 1962-1965
6 Financial Reports 1960-1966
7 Report on Examination of Accounts 1960



Community Resource and Development 1985-1998

Scope and Contents
The series contains material of interest to Church Women United on a number of topics. Certain folders in this series contain items on a particular subject from several sources, while other folders contain material from only one organization.
Box Folder
5 8 Children and Family Services 1987-1998
9 Christian Community Service Center 1992
10 Committee 1986-1995
11 Elder Services 1989
12 Environmental Issues 1993-1998
13 Greater Houston Women's Foundation 1994
14 Houston Metropolitan Ministries 1981-1991
15 Mental Health Organizations 1989
16 Miscellaneous 1988-1998
Box Folder
6 1 New Directions Club 1988-1997
2 United Way 1989-1990
3 Women in Action 1985-1997



Photographs 1981-1988

Scope and Contents
This series contains photographs previously held in magnetic albums, but they have been removed for preservation purposes. Some of the individuals have been identified. Folder 13, Miscellaneous, contains photographs which were neither in an album, nor were the individuals identified.
Box Folder
6 4 CWU Causeway November 1988
5 Community Resource and Development Committee Fall 1988
6 Dallas State Assembly September 1987
7 Leadership Training May 1987
8 May Fellowship Day May 1987
9 Miscellaneous 1986-1988
10 Miscellaneous undated
11 Savvy Award April 1987
12 State Meeting 1981
13 Slides 1986-1987



Scrapbooks and Ephemera 1966-1981

Scope and Contents
This series contains items dating from 1966 to 1981, arranged chronologically. The three scrapbooks in this series have been disassembled for preservation purposes. The pages from each scrapbook have been removed from their covers and retained in their original order, while the covers have been placed in a separate box.
OVS_Box Item
8 1 Scrapbook 1966
OVS_Box Item
9 1 Scrapbooks 1967, 1981
OVS_Box Item
10 1 Scrapbook Covers 1966, 1967, 1981
2 Newspaper Clipping 1982
3 Bandana undated
4 Leather Binder undated
5 Plastic 3-Ring Binder undated