University of Texas Arlington

Shakespeare Club of Arlington, Texas Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shakespeare Club of Arlington, Texas.
Title: Shakespeare Club of Arlington, Texas Records
Dates: 1948-1984
Abstract: The Shakespeare Club of Arlington, Texas was organized in 1908 as a woman's club dedicated to the study of Shakespeare and community involvement. Records contain correspondence, minutes, financial documents, membership records, program books, a club history, and a constitution and by-laws collected by Margaret Fry, treasurer of the Shakespeare Club. The materials reflect the history and activities of the club, 1948-1984, and include a brief club history, 1908-1975.
Identification: AR307
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The Shakespeare Club, the oldest woman's club in Arlington, was organized in 1908 to study the poet's works. In addition to the study of Shakespeare, the club was organized "to strengthen the outlook of women, to encourage a friendliness of members, and to cooperate in community betterment." In 1911, the club assisted in organizing the Arlington Forum, the first Parent Teachers Organization, the Arlington Art Association, the Arlington Library, and the first civic league. It was also active in community betterment by sponsoring yard beautification contests and conducting the first pure food investigation in Arlington. Over the years the club has gave funds to various causes, such as CARE, Meals for Millions, and scholarships to University of Texas at Arlington students.


Scope and Contents

Records consist of correspondence, minutes, financial documents, membership records, program books, a club history, and a constitution and by-laws collected by Margaret Fry, treasurer of the Shakespeare Club. The materials reflect the history and activities of the club, 1948-1984, and include a brief club history, 1908-1975.


Organization

Records consist of 34 folders arranged in 3 series:
Series I. Club Information, 1966-1980 (19 folders)
Series II. Incoming Correspondence, 1948-1984 (9 folders)
Series III. Financial Records, 1950-1981 (6 folders)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
Shakespeare Club (Arlington, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Shakespeare Club (Arlington, Tex.)--History.
Subjects
Women--Texas--Arlington--Societies and clubs.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

Shakespeare Club of Arlington, Texas Records, AR307, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1988.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Club Information, 1966-1980

Box Folder
1 1 Awards, 1972-1974
Two awards from the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs; second place in performing arts and yearbook.
2 Club History by R. L. Jones, ca. 1976
This two-page typescript discusses the history of the club, including its officers and purpose.
3 Club Collect by Mary Stewart, undated
This is a creed held by the members of the organization.
4 Constitution and by-laws, undated
A document that lists duties of officers and details regarding meetings, elections, committees, membership and dues.
5 Involvements: Creative Expression and Fine Arts for Pioneer Texas Women's Clubs, undated
Reports which list the number of clubs reporting, the projects reported, hours and monies contributed. Each report gives a summary of programs. These reports are not dated.
6 Involvements: Environment, Meals for Millions, Improvement Program, Unicef, 1968-1974
Includes promotional materials from various organizations the club supported.
7 Meeting Minutes of the Pioneer District, 1968
These minutes discuss plans for the 1968-69 year as well as list hostess clubs in area.
8-14 Meeting Minutes, May 13, 1969-May 11, 1983
These are the minutes from various meetings held in the homes of members. They list treasurer's reports as well as officer elections and members attendance.
15 Membership Lists and Addresses, undated
These four rolls list names and addresses of the members, and are not dated.
16 Newspaper Clippings, October 1969-1970
These three articles discuss the members attending a district meeting, report on the headquarters, and the performance of a pianist.
17 Newspaper Clippings, November 1972 and November 1973
One of these articles is a press release from The University of Texas at Arlington discussing a scholarship given by the group. The second article is about the club honoring former presidents.
18 Other Women's Clubs Program Books: The Tuesday Study Club 1973-1974 and our Clubs in Other Lands 1966
The Tuesday Study Club Program lists upcoming events for the year planned by the club. The Our Clubs in Other Lands gives a listing of women's clubs around the world, when they were founded, and their activities.
19 Program Books, 1971-1980
This series of books lists the upcoming yearly events planned by the club as well as yearly themes of the group.



Series II. Incoming Correspondence, 1948-1984

Box Folder
1 20 City of Arlington, Texas, Arlington Public Library, 1973-1980
Letters from the Arlington Public Library to the club thanking it for donations and contributions.
21 Fielder House Foundation, 1978-1979
Two thank you notes are present in the file along with an update.
22 General Federation of Women's Clubs and Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, 1970, undated
Correspondence from these organizations about membership monies or ideas for upcoming activities.
23 House of Representatives and the United States Senate, 1973
This file contains two letters, one from representative Jim Wright and the other from Senator Lloyd Bentsen, discussing the club's concern for the Big Thicket National Park.
24 Memorials for the American Cancer Society and the First Presbyterian Church, undated
This file contains replies for gifts given on behalf of people known by club members or associated with the club.
25 Outgoing Correspondence, 1948-1978
The letters included are from members of the organization to other members or organizations.
26 Thank You Notes (Arlington Committee for Day Care), 1973, 1983, undated
Two of the notes included are from scholarship recipients. There is also a thank you letter from the Arlington Committee for Day Care Center Development.
27 The University of Texas at Arlington Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs, 1978-1984
These letters thank the club for its scholarship contributions to students.
28 The University of Texas at Arlington Financial Aid Office, 1967, 1973-1983
Letters of appreciation as well as students resumes and names submitted by this office to receive awards.



Series III. Financial Records, 1950-1981

Box Folder
1 29 Budgets, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75
These are handwritten reports discussing allocations for the upcoming year.
30 Club Membership Dues, 1954-1979
This file contains a ledger with members names and the amount paid for dues. It also shows expenses incurred by the club. There are handwritten and typed pages listing members dues as well as paid receipts for members.
31 Contributions and Donations to and from the Club, 1951-1981
These are a combination of receipts and handwritten reports. Donations include scholarships to organizations, such as CARE, Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, and American Cancer Society.
32 Income Tax Forms and Returns, 1964-1981
This file contains returns as well as end of the year statements from various banking institutions for tax purposes.
33 Treasurer's Reports, 1950-51, 1968-72
These are typed and handwritten reports by the treasurer listing receipts, disbursements from checking and savings accounts.
34 Treasurer's Reports, 1973-1980
These handwritten reports give the balances of the checking and savings accounts as well as the income and expenses of the club.