University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Church Women United in Texas Records, 1934-2011 (bulk 1960-1999)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Church Women United in Texas
Title: Church Women United in Texas Records
Inclusive Dates: 1934-2011
Bulk Dates: 1960-1999
Creator Abstract: Church Women United in Texas is an ecumenical community of Christian women in Texas who accept the purpose of the movement as stated in its bylaws. Originally formed in 1934, today CWU in Texas is composed of individual members and local units throughout the state. It is also affiliated with the national organization of Church Women United.
Content Abstract: Reports, minutes, financial records, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, and scrapbook material document the organization, structure, and activities of Church Women United in Texas. The bulk of the collection documents executive board meetings, leadership council meetings, and the annual state meetings, from 1960-1999. However, also included in the collection are financial records, documentation of the state organization's work with local units, and scrapbook materials extending the knowledge and understanding of the state unit's history.
Identification: MS 39
Extent: 17.2 linear feet (29 Boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Church Women United in Texas is an ecumenical community of Christian women in Texas whose purpose, as stated in its bylaws, is to "encourage church women to come together in a visible fellowship to witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and, enabled by the Holy Spirit, to go out together to every neighborhood and nation as instruments of reconciling love wish to manifest their unity through fellowship, study and cooperative action."

Church Women United in Texas was originally formed in 1934. This organization is composed of local units and individual members who accept the purpose of the movement. Local units are organized into 11 geographical "areas" within the state for ecumenical development and activities. CWU in Texas is affiliated with the national organization of Church Women United.

The state unit's management is vested in its executive board. The board meets routinely in the spring and in the fall, in coordination with the annual state meeting which is open to all members. Other meetings are scheduled during the year for forums, seminars, workshops, and leadership training.

CWU in Texas works to form and nurture local CWU units. It assists local units with their ecumenical celebrations of World Community Day, World Day of Prayer, and May Fellowship Day. It also supports local units' advocacy and service work in their local communities with projects such as prison ministries, literacy and job skills training, and food banks. As "a channel" or liaison between the local and national levels, CWU in Texas assists local units with national CWU ministries. CWU in Texas also works with organizations with similar goals, such as the Texas Conference of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the United Nations.

The national organization of CWU was founded in 1941. Today, its national headquarters are in New York City, and it has 1200 local and state Units in the United States and Puerto Rico, which "represent 25 million Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christian women." Members work nationally and internationally in partner groups on common issues and emphases. Annual "ecumenical celebrations" and international or "global relations" events are held to further the organization's goals.

Sources: Church Women United website, http://www.churchwomen.org/; "Organization - Bylaws", Box 1, Folder 1; "Organization–Structure, State Unit", Box 1, Folder 3; "Activities-Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service Projects", Box 12, Folder 3; and "Scrapbook Material-Local Units, 47th Anniversary", Box 14, Folder 5.


Scope and Content Note

Reports, minutes, financial records, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, and scrapbook material document the organization, structure, and activities of Church Women United in Texas. The bulk of the collection documents executive board meetings, leadership council meetings, and the annual state meetings, from 1960 to 1999. Materials are arranged into three series: Organization, Activities, and Scrapbooks.

Folders within the Organization series contain materials on the state unit's structure, bylaws, and membership, as well as meeting minutes and reports, financial reports and records, newsletters, yearbooks, publicity materials and newspaper articles. Prior to 1984, financial records of the state unit are included in the executive and annual meeting reports. Materials provide detailed documentation of the state organization's work with local units, as well as the work within those local units, from 1960 to 1999. Work with the national organization is less well documented.

Folders in the Activities series contain information on the organization's ecumenical celebrations and materials on ecumenical advocacy and service projects supported by the state and local units. Materials on projects are arranged alphabetically by the sponsoring organization's name. These materials primarily describe the projects and celebrations. Details of units' participation in these activities are in the reports and records in the Organization series.

Scrapbooks, dating between 1962 and 2004, further document the state unit's membership, organization, and activities. Some scrapbook materials are housed in folders. Other scrapbooks have been unbound and wrapped in acid free paper for preservation. Included in the scrapbooks is some printed material duplicated in other series. However, photographs and other material in the scrapbooks extend knowledge and understanding of the state unit's history and work, as well as the history and work of local units. Photocopies of newspaper articles covering activities in years prior to1960, the date of the earliest scrapbook, and programs from early state assembly meetings can also be found. One of the earliest documents in the collection is the program of the State Assembly Meeting held in Dallas, Texas, in 1939, located in Box 14, Folder 5.

The Addition contains a majority of administrative papers including Secretary's books, budgets, correspondence, reports, agendas, minutes, newsletters, photographs, and a yearbook from Texas including the Brownsville and Greenville units. Dates range from 1967-1976, 1988-2006.


 

Organization of Collection

Series 1. Organization
Series 2. Activities
Series 3. Scrapbooks
Unprocessed additions

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Church Women United in Texas Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Organizations
Church Women United in Texas.
Subjects
Ecumenical movement--Texas.
Women--Texas--Societies and clubs--History.
Women and religion--Texas.
Women in Christianity--Texas.
Locations
Texas--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Reports.
Minutes.
Financial records.
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Religion
Women's Groups

Related Material

For related collections available at University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections, see also: Church Women United in Texas, Western Hills Unit Records (MS 124) and Church Women United in San Antonio Records (MS 15).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Church Women United in Texas Records, MS 39, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Church Women United in Texas, 1996-2012 (Acc. 1996-016, 1998-004, 2004-073, 2004-112, 2006-057, 2012-085).

Processing Information

Processed by Kathy Rankin, Archivist, November 2005.

Additions encoded by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, March 2009.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Organization

Folders within the Organization series contain materials on the state unit's structure, bylaws, and membership, as well as meeting minutes and reports, financial reports and records, newsletters, yearbooks, publicity materials and newspaper articles. Prior to 1984, financial records of the state unit are included in the executive and annual meeting reports. Materials provide detailed documentation of the state organization's work with local units, as well as the work within those local units, from 1960 to 1999. Work with the national organization is less well documented.
Box Folder
1 1 Bylaws
2 Glossary, Goals, Seal
Structure
3 State Units
4 Local Units
Minutes/Records/Reports
5 1960
6 1961
7 1962
8 1963
9 1967
10 1968
11 1969
12 1970
Box Folder
2 1 1971
2 1972
3 1973
4 1974
5 1975
6 1976
7 1977
8 1978
9 1979
10 1980
Box Folder
3 1 1981
2 1982
3 1983
4 1984
5 1985 (1 of 2)
6 1985 (2 of 2)
7 1986 (1 of 2)
8 1986 (2 of 2)
Box Folder
4 1 1987
2 1988
3 1989
4 1990
5 1991
6 1992
7 1993 (1 of 2)
Box Folder
5 1 1993 (2 of 2)
2 1994
3 1995
4 1996
5 1997
6 1998
7 1999
Box Folder
6 1 Regional, Mt. Sequoyah Conference, 1982-1987
2 Regional, Mt. Sequoyah Conference, 1992-1994
3 Regional, South Central Region, 1993-1995
National CWU
4 1972
5 1973
6 1974
7 1975
8 1976 (1 of 2)
9 1976 (2 of 2)
10 1977 (1 of 3)
Box Folder
7 1 1977 (2 of 3)
2 1977 (3 of 3)
3 1978 (1 of 2)
4 1978 (2 of 2)
5 1985
6 1986
7 1987
8 1989
9 1990
Box Folder
8 1 1991
Correspondence
2 1970-1977
3 1984-1987
4 1990-1991
5 1992
6 1993
Financial Records
7 1985
8 1986
9 1987
Box Folder
9 1 1988
2 1989
3 1990
4 1991
5 1992
6 1993 (1 of 3)
7 1993 (2 of 3)
8 1993 (3 of 3)
9 1994
Box Folder
10 1 Memorial Gifts, 1957-1988
2 Sally Hanna Funds, 1984-1994
3 Funds for the Fifth Decade, 1981-1984
Newsletters
4 CWU in Texas, 1962-1976
5 CWU in Texas, 1977-1984
6 CWU in Texas, 1985-1989
Box Folder
11 1 CWU in Texas, 1990-1994
2 CWU in Texas, 1995-1999
3 CWU in Texas, 2000-2004
4 National CWU, 1985-1987, 1992
5 Publicity-CWU in Texas, other miscellaneous state units
Yearbooks
6 CWU in Texas, 1963-1973
7 CWU in Texas, 1976-1989
Box Folder
12 1 CWU in Texas, 1990-1999,2003
2 Miscellaneous local units in Texas, 1988,1991,1992, 2003



 

Activities

Materials in this series contain information on the organization's ecumenical celebrations and materials on ecumenical advocacy and service projects supported by the state and local units. Materials on projects are arranged alphabetically by the sponsoring organization's name. These materials primarily describe the projects and celebrations. Details of units' participation in these activities are in the reports and records in the Organization series.
Box Folder
12 Ecumenical Action/Advocacy and Service Projects
3 CWU in Texas
4 Grants
Box Folder
13 1 National CWU, 1976-1986
2 National CWU, 1987
Celebrations
3 General
4 Fellowship of the Least Coin
5 May Fellowship Day
6 World Community Day
7 World Day of Prayer
8 Leadership Training, 1987
Box Folder
14 1 People's Platform for a Global Society, 1975-1977
2 Peace Ribbon Project, 1985
3 Texas Conference of Churches, 1983-1994
4 United Nations, 1984-1986



 

Scrapbooks

These scrapbooks, dating between 1962 and 2004, further document the state unit's membership, organization, and activities. Some scrapbook materials are housed in folders. Other scrapbooks have been unbound and wrapped in acid free paper for preservation. Included in the scrapbooks is some printed material duplicated in other series. However, photographs and other material in the scrapbooks extend knowledge and understanding of the state unit's history and work, as well as the history and work of local units. Photocopies of newspaper articles covering activities in years prior to1960, the date of the earliest scrapbook, and programs from early state assembly meetings can also be found. One of the earliest documents in the collection is the program of the State Assembly Meeting held in Dallas, Texas, in 1939, located in Box 14, Folder 5.
Box Folder
14 Loose Material
5 Local Units 47th Anniversary
6 1970
Box Folder
15 1 1976-1977
2 1978-1979
3 1980-1981
4 1984-1985
Box Folder
16 1 1986-1987
2 2003-2004
3 Assorted Dies (Stamps), CWU in Texas
Box
17 Bound Material
1962-1964
Box
18 1964-1969
Box
19 1992-1993, Vol. I
Box
20 1992-1993, Vol. II
Box
21 1994-1995
Box
22 1996
Box
23 1998
Box
24 2000, 51st State Anniversary



 

Unprocessed additions

Box
25 The United Church Women of Brownsville Secretary's book, 1968-1973
Billie Arredondo (assorted material including reports, agendas), 2005
Originals (bugets, correspondence and minutes), 2005-2006
2004 (assorted material including reports, correspondence, minutes, budgets, committee lists and agendas) 2004
Assorted material includes yearbook, clippings, photos, biographies and newsletters, 2000-2006
Minutes, CWU Brownsville, 1967-1969
Executive Council minutes, Special Fellowship Day accounts, Planning Committee minutes and Treasurer's reports, 1974
Secretary's minutes monthly meetings, 1974-1976
Res. Louise Welch, CWU, Greenville, TX, 1988-1992
Mary Compton, undated
"Texas Church Woman" newsletters, 2000
February 2006
Assorted material including photographs and a tape, 1998-2006 and undated
Board member binder, 2004-2005
Assorted, 2000-2005
Executive Board Minutes, February 9-10, 2002
Executive Board Minutes, September 14-15, 2002
Executive Board Minutes, February 8-9, 2003
Executive Board and Leaders Council Minutes, September 12-14, 2003
Executive Board and Leaders Council Minutes, September 15-16, 2001
Jane Warden, Executive Board Meeting, February 10, 2011
Executive Board and Leaders Council Minutes, September 2000
Jane Warden, February 2000
City of Midlands proclamation, 2003
Assorted yearbooks, 1972-2009
Loose printed material
Denominational representatives, 1991
Valiant Woman Awards
Box
26 Life Members book, undated
Financials binder, 2002-2005
Commemmorative funds binder, 1998-2001
Box
27 Meeting materials, September 2005
Loose materials
Leaders Council, February 14-15, 2004
CWU State Assembly, September 7-9, 2007
Executive Board Meeting minutes, September 9, 2006
Executive Board Meeting, February 12-13, 2005
Estate planning, 1990
CWU State Assembly - Effie Nell Grimes, 1994
44th State Assembly, September 26-28, 1985
45th State Assembly, September 25-27, 1987
State Assembly, September 11-13, 1998
CWU History, 2009
Minerva Garza materials
State Assembly materials, September 13-14, 2003
News, 1956 and undated
43rd State Assembly, September 22-24, 1983
Talent Bank
Executive Board Meeting, February 9-10, 2008
Assorted CWU publications
Rubber stamps
Badges/pins
Box
28 Just Because: Just Because: The Story of the National Movement of Church Women United in the U.S.A., 1941 through 1975 [photocopy], 1977
Unit Yearbooks, 2008
Texas Churchwoman, 1989-1990, 2002-2008
Executive Board, February 14-15, 2009
First Directive for Office of President
Executive Board Minutes, September 20, 2008
Executive Board, February 2008
Minutes of Executive Board and Agenda, February 9, 2008
Minutes 2007 Assembly
Leaders Council and Preparation Sheet, 2006
President, 2008
President-Elect
President-Elect (E. White), 2005
AIMS Packet Order form
Appointments Ecumenical Actions by Mary Compton
65th Anniversary
Area Coordinators, Survey of Units
Archives
Leadership - Area Coordinators
Awards State
Bulletins
Celebration Sign-in Sheets
Celebrations Material, 2008
Data Collection form
Church Woman News, 2008-2009
Common Council, 2008
Common Council Reports
Common Council
The Gathering
In Memoriam, Deaths
Denominations
Denominational Representatives, 2008
Ecumenical Celebrations Report
Environment
Financial Information, National
Picture of Display for Gathering, 2008
Gathering 08 folders, 2008
The Gathering, June 2008
Exhibits Gathering (All other info.)
Health Care
Women's Funding Network
History of Church Women United
How to Organize a CWU Unit
Margarite Carter, Human Rights Reports
Human Rights
Human Trafficking
Nominations Committee
Inactive Units
Local Unit Forms
Local Unit Newsletters
Local Unit Officers Form, 2010
Local Unit Reports, 2009
Local Unit Yearbooks, 2009
Logos
Mount Sequoyah, 2008-2009
National Basic Book
National Bylaws
National Profiles
National Project
Nominating Committee Recommendation Form
Officers Training
Other State Units Bulletins
Outstanding Church Woman
Quilt Block
Racism Task Force
Sally Hanna Fund
Sallie Hanna Fund, 2009
Seal CWU in Texas
State Report to Jackie Helms, January-March 2008
Texas Church Woman
Texas Quilt Block
Treasurer and Auditor
Unit Reports, 2008
The Uniter
Valiant Women Materials
National Xmas Cards
National Directory, 2009
Texas Church Woman
Texas Impact
Unit Rosters
Texas Unit Leaders
Units Ministries Bulletins, etc., 2009
Unit Reports, Officer Lists, 2008
Unicef
Web Site (set up 2008)
World Day of Prayers Final Decision
World Day of Prayer Units
Young CWU
Executive Board Leaders Council Assembly, 2011
Meetings and Minutes, 2010
Executive Board Meetings, Reports, etc., 2007-2009
Box
29 Executive Board materials, 2009
55th State Assembly, 2009
Loose materials
Vote, December 2007
Unit and World Day of Prayer Affiliation
Bulletins 1-4 (planning materials), 2009
June Bulletin, 2009
Bulletin, 2009-2010
Secretary's Minutes/Reports, 2006-2009
Reports from Feb 2009 Board Mtg, 2009
Executive Board El Paso, 2006
CWU Reports, September 2007
Assembly-Executive Board Leaders Council, September 2009
South Central Regional Event, June 7-10, 2009
Ecumenical Missions Conference, June 1-4, 2008
Mission Conference, June 7-10, 2009
Correspondence with President Katheryn Moore
Assembly Stuff
State 2007
Executive Board Leaders Council, September 2008
State Stuff
Leaders Council, 2008
Executive Board Meeting, February 9-10, 2008
Ecumenical Gathering Common Council, 2008
Denominational Reps E-mail List
State Assembly Guidelines
Assorted programs, 2006-2009
Loose materials (photocopies)
Historical materials (assorted), 1977-1984
51st State Assembly, September 8-10, 2000
Texas Churchwoman, 1990-2001
San Antonio, TX Assembly CWU Financial Records, September 8-10, 2000
Reports and Applications, Sally Hanna
Box
27 Church Women United, Inc. CWU Basic Book, updated November 2008, 2008
Texas State Assembly, 2005
Assembly 2000 background help, 2000
2003 Assembly Information, 2003
Yearbook mailing list
Texas areas maps
Estelle White president's papers, 2006-2007
Bible Studies
Pres. Report, 2005
Leaders Council, September 9-10, 2006
Valiant Woman Award, San Antonio, Lubbock
Just interesting stuff
Fellowship of the Least Coin logo
CWU through the Decade, fashion show with music and dialogue
Yearbooks, 1984-0985, 2006-2011
Handbook for Local Units
San Antonio's Church Women United: A Study of a Women's Voluntary Group, 1996
Ecumenical Assembly bookmarks, 1980
Loose materials
Drawer
1 Advertisement poster, 2005