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Descriptive Summary

Organization History

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative

Publications

Programs

Scrapbooks and Ephemera

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Top Ladies of Distinction Records, 1964-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Top Ladies of Distinction
Title: Top Ladies of Distinction Records
Dates: 1964-2001
Abstract: The Top Ladies of Distinction is a national professional and humanitarian organization, incorporated in 1964 in Texas. Programming focuses on the Top Teens of America (a program for young people), programming for senior citizens, community beautification, and improvement in the status of women. This collection is composed of minutes, budgets, programs, and ephemera dating from 1964-2001.
Identification: 1997-015
Quantity: 3 boxes; 2 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Organization History

The Top Ladies of Distinction is a national professional and humanitarian organization, incorporated in 1964 in Texas. In addition to the national organization, there are local chapters throughout the United States, which hold area meetings. The original focus of the organization was to promote scholarship for today's youth, to provide experiences that would help youth develop social graces to perform comfortably in a cultural society, to point up opportunities for youth to become employable, to help make America beautiful, and to assist the aged. This changed in 1972 to focus on the Top Teens of America (a program for young people, sponsored by the Top Ladies of Distinction), programming for senior citizens, community beautification, and improvement in the status of women. These programming areas have continued to be the main priorities of the Top Ladies of Distinction.

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Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of minutes, budgets, programs, and ephemera, arranged into four series. The materials date from 1964-1998 and are organized, for the most part, chronologically. The collection also includes eleven trophies dating from 1991 to 1993. The trophies were awarded at local and national conferences for chapter attendance and best scrapbooks.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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, locating 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.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects

Women Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston.
African American women Societies and clubs
Minority women United States Societies and clubs.

Subjects (Organizations)

Top Ladies of Distinction.
Top Teens of America.

Formats

Minutes
Budgets
Programs
Ephemera

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Top Ladies of Distinction Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition

Donated by Top Ladies of Distinction, 1997.

Processed by

Andrea Bean Hough, November 1997 and Thanh-nhi Le, December 1997. Additional Processing by Scout Blum, July 1998 and Leigh Fought, June 1999

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Detailed Description

 
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1 1-9 Administrative
This series contains minutes and related materials, such as budgets, dating from 1966-1986. It also contains the organization's Constitution and By-laws, and two annual reports of the Top Teens of America, Inc. The materials are arranged chronologically. A small three ring binder entitled "Governance" and dated 1998, is in box 3.
1 Constitution and By-laws, 1964
2 Governance, 1998
3 Minutes, 1966-1969
4 Minutes, 1971-1974
5 Minutes, 1975-1977
6 Minutes, 1978-1979
7 Minutes, 1980-1981
8 Minutes, 1982-1983, 1985-1986
9 Top Teens of America, Inc. Annual Report, 1982 and 1984

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1-2 Publications
This series contains an almost complete run of The Crown, the annual publication of the Top Ladies of Distinction. The Crown includes photographs, capsule histories of the area chapters, and information about the activities of the organization. The series also includes three newsletters and a resources manual.
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1 10 The Crown, 1967
11 The Crown, 1979
12 The Crown, 1980
13 The Crown, 1982
14 The Crown, 1984
15 The Crown, 1986
16 The Crown, 1989
17 The Crown, 1995
18 The Crown, 1997
19 Newsletters, 1984, 1993
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2 1 Community Partnerships Resource Manual, 1998

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2 2-11 Programs
This series is composed of various programs, which document the meetings of the Top Ladies of Distinction. The Syn-Lod programs detail the annual meeting of the organization, which draws members from across the country. Additional programs are included for various area meetings and activities held throughout Texas. Some of the Syn-Lod program folders contain additional materials from the yearly meeting.
2 Meetings, 1965-1970
3 Syn-Lod, 1971-1974
4 Syn-Lod, 1975-1978
5 Syn-Lod, 1979-1980, 1982
6 Syn-Lod, 1984
7 Syn-Lod, 1987
8 Syn-Lod, 1988, 1991, 1992
9 Syn-Lod, 1995, 1997
10 Syn-Lod, 2001
11 Assorted, 1964, 1993-1994

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3 Scrapbooks and Ephemera
This series contains three scrapbooks and one framed name/logo plate for the Houston Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction. Each of the scrapbooks consists of photos, programs and written material revealing the history, members and activities of the organization. The scrapbooks have not been taken apart and re-foldered.
Framed Name/Logo, undated
Scrapbook - History, 1974-1979
Scrapbook - Houston Chapter, 1977
Scrapbook - Teddy A. McDavid, Ed.D., 1993
Governance (2), 1998

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