University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the North Alamo City Business and Professional Woman's Club Records, 1953-1992 (bulk 1968-1992)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Business and Professional Women's Club of North Alamo City (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title: North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club Records
Dates: 1953-1992 (bulk 1968-1992)
Creator Abstract: The North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club (B&PWC) was established in 1968, an official chartered club of the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women and National Federation of Business and Professional Women. The club began with 22 members. Among the club's achievements was the establishment of their Career Awareness Program, the first inaugurated by a state club. Additionally, the club presented annual scholarships and hosted annual educational seminars for women.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1953 through 1992 (with the bulk of materials dating 1968-1992) and documents the establishment, functions, and district-wide, statewide, national, and international involvement of the North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club. The bulk of the collection is comprised of materials generated by the Texas and National Federations of Business and Professional Women, including newsletters, conference materials, and general procedural guides and manuals.
Identification: MS 55
Extent: 2.7 linear feet (3 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club (B&PWC) was established in September 1968, an official chartered club of the Texas and National Federations of Business and Professional Women. The club was sponsored by the Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio. The club's first president, Katherine Bischel, was presented with the club's charter at the Woman's Pavilion at HemisFair, the 1968 world's fair in San Antonio. The club began with 22 members, with 30 members by the end of its first year.

North Alamo City B&PWC was a member of District 2 of the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women. It should be noted that the state federation reorganized its districts in 2003 from fifteen districts into seven regions. The club won a District 2 Award in 1973, and three North Alamo B&PWC members were selected as District 2 Woman of the Year (Katherine Bischel in 1972, Alice Bonsignore in 1974, and Marie Kelleher in 1980). Two members were elected District 2 Director: Patricia Grant in 1973-1974, and Doris Raforth in 1975-1976 and 1976-1977. The club achieved statewide recognition with two members' being selected as Woman of the Year for the State (Lt. Col. (Ret.) Patricia E. Grant in 1971, and Col. Marian Tierney in 1972); additionally, the club won the State Torch Awards in 1974. In 1977, North Alamo City B&PWC received recognition for holding a twenty-four hour prayer vigil at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (San Antonio, Tex.) in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Among the club's achievements was the establishment of their Career Awareness Program, the first inaugurated by a state club. The program sponsored Career Awareness Days at two San Antonio high schools: Burbank High School and East Central High School. The program also involved the presentation of two scholarships annually, "one to a young high school graduate and one to an older woman who wished to re-enter the business world." Additionally, the club would sponsor an annual "inspirational, educational and fun seminar" as part of the program.

There is no information in the collection regarding the club's disbandment, but the dates of the materials suggest that the club may have disbanded around 1992.

Source: North Alamo City Business & Professional Women's Club History, 1968-1985 and undated (Folder 1:11), North Alamo City Business and Professional Woman's Club Records, 1953-1992, MS 55, Archives and Special Collections, University of Texas at San Antonio Library.


Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1953 through 1992 (with the bulk of materials dating 1968-1992) and documents the establishment, functions, and district-wide, statewide, national, and international involvement of the North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club. The bulk of the collection is comprised of materials generated by the Texas and National Federations of Business and Professional Women, including newsletters, conference materials, and general procedural guides and manuals.

The history of the North Alamo City B&PWC is primarily documented in Subseries 2.1, with information on the club's charter and establishment, annual activity reports, anniversary programs, and correspondence and related documents pertaining to the club's Career Awareness Program. Subseries 2.2 provides a look at the club's involvement with the Texas Federation's District 2, particularly through conference materials. The club's relationship to the Texas, National, and International Federations of Business and Professional Women is documented chiefly through periodicals and conference materials. Periodical titles in the collection include Texas Woman, Texas Clubwoman, National Business Woman, and Widening Horizons.

The collection is arranged into two series and one addition: General Files, Business and Professional Women Organizations and the Addition of June 2009 (Accession 2009-035).


 

Organization of Collection

Series 1. General Files
Series 2. Business and Professional Women Organizations
2.1. North Alamo City
2.2. District 2
2.3. Texas Federation
2.4. National Federation
2.5. International Federation
Series 3. Addition of June 2009 (Accession 2009-035)

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 North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Organizations
Business and Professional Women's Club of North Alamo City (San Antonio, Tex.)
Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women, 1919-
National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
Subjects
Businesswomen--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Societies and clubs--Texas--San Antonio--History.
Women in business--Texas--San Antonio.
Women in the professions--Texas.
Women executives--Texas--San Antonio.
Women's rights--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Women.
Genres/Formats
Newsletters.
Reports.
Local Subjects
Business
Clubs and Organizations
San Antonio History
Women's Groups

Related Material

Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio Records, 1923-1994, MS 7, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women Records, 1918-2004, Mss. 728, The Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's University.


Separated Material

Three books were removed from the collection and transferred to the UTSA Library for possible inclusion in the general library collection or rare books:

  • Delsman, Mary A. Everything You Need to Know About *ERA (*the Equal Rights Amendment). Riverside, California: Meranza Press, 1975. (ISBN: 0-916482-01-4. 308 p.)
  • Fensterheim, Herbert, and Jean Baer. Don’t Say Yes When You Want to Say No. New York: Dell Publishing, 1975. (ISBN: 0-440-15413-8. 304 p.)
  • Robert, General Henry M. Robert’s Rules of Order: Newly Revised. Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1970. (No ISBN. 594 p.)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club Records, 1953-1992, MS 55, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received in April 1997 and 2009 (Acc. 1997-009, 2009-035).

Processing Information

Processed by: Angela McClendon, Manuscripts Archivist, March 2008.

Additions encoded by: Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, June 2009.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

General Files, 1971-1991

This series is chiefly comprised of general procedural aids, containing materials collected by the North Alamo B&PWC from the Texas and National Federations and interfiled by subject. Also includes a conference packet from a 1977 Texas Women's Conference; the B&PWC's relationship to this conference is not documented through these materials.
Arranged alphabetically.
Original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.
Box Folder
1 1 Agenda for meetings, undated
2 Club president aids, 1971-1982 and undated
3 Conducting a meeting and motions information, undated
4 How to organize a club, undated
5 NAT question and answer cards, 1985
6 Nike and Samothrace Clubs, 1973-1982 and undated
7 Officer and committee job descriptions, 1979 and undated
8 Protocol, undated
9 Texas Women's Meeting [conference packet], 1977
10 Assorted documents, 1989-1991 and undated



 

Business and Professional Women Organizations, 1953-1992

This series includes materials generated by Business and Professional Women organizations at the local (San Antonio), state-district-wide, statewide, national, and international levels.
Arranged into five subseries by geographic region: North Alamo City, District 2, Texas, National, and International.
Original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.
North Alamo City, 1968-1985
Arranged chiefly alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 11 North Alamo City BP&W History, 1968-1985 and undated
Includes annual activity reports, 1968-1984
12 Anniversaries: 6th, 1973
13 Anniversaries: 10th anniversary program, 1978
14 Anniversaries: 15th anniversary program, 1983
15 Career Advancement: committee reports, correspondence from recipients, 1978-1981 and undated
16 Career Awareness Program (CAP), 1973-1975 and undated
17 Installation [ceremony], 1981 and undated
District 2, 1975-1992
Box Folder
1 18 District Conferences, 1975-1976, 1986
Box Folder
2 1 District Conferences, 1979-1981
2 District Conference 1984, 1984
3-4 District Conferences 1986-1992, 1975-1992
5 District 2 Minutes, 1968-1983
6 District 2 - Standing Rules, 1980-1983 and undated
7 Correspondence - District 2, 1981-1982
8-9 Individual Development program manual, 1989-1990
Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women, 1968-1992
Box Folder
3 1 Annual reports, 1990-1991
2 Award: Past State Presidents' BPW Award (pamphlet), 1982
3 Booklet, State Projects, "Women Helping Women," 1983
4-5 Convention programs, 1972-1991
6 Directories, 1984-1992
7 Manual of Federation Procedures, 1970-1980
8 Newsletter, The Texas Clubwoman, 1975
9-11 Newsletter, The Texas Woman , 1968-1992
National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1953-1992
Box Folder
4 1 Book, A History of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women, Vol. I: 1919-1944, undated
2 Book, A History of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women, Vol. II: 1944-1960, undated
3 Book, Parliamentary Procedure Simplified, by Melanie F. Menderson, 1953
4 B&PW Foundation, 1970-1982
5 Collects and national federal objectives, 1976 and undated
6 A Comprehensive Strategic Long-Range Plan for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1982-1985, 1982
7 Convention materials, 1982
8 Magazine, National Business Woman, 1972-1975 October
Box Folder
5 1-5 Magazine, National Business Woman, 1975 November-1990 Fall
Box Folder
6 1 Magazine, National Business Woman, 1990 Winter-1992 Spring
2 Manual: BPW Action Manual, 1966
3 Manual: BPW Action Manual, 1978
4 Manual: BPW Political Action Manual, 1978
5 Manual: Handbook of Policies and Procedures, 1978
6 National Federation miscellaneous information, 1974-1983 and undated
International Federation of Business and Professional Women, 1983-1990
Box Folder
6 7 International Federation documents, 1983 and undated
8 Journal, Widening Horizons, 1990
9 19th International Congress of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (Nassau, Bahamas): conference proceedings and related materials, 1989
10 19th International Congress of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (Nassau, Bahamas): working papers, 1989



 

Addition of June 2009 (Accession 2009-035)

Box Folder
1 1 A Club Contribution Award received from The Business and Professional Women's Foundation, 1982-1983
1 Two articles that appeared in the San Antonio Express concerning the Business and Professional Women's National Convention held in San Antonio, Texas, July 1982
1 An invitation to a reception honoring the National Officers and Board of Directors held at the Spanish Governor's Palace, hosted by the Mayor and City Council and the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women of San Antonio, July 13, 1982
1 Program for a luncheon held for National Business Women's Week, which was held at Los Patios, San Antonio, Texas, the guest speaker was Dr. Amy Freeman Lee, October 17-23, 1982
1 Article published in the San Antonio Light stating information about the July 8, 1982 meeting of North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club, July 7, 1982
1 Issue of Nac News, March 1983
1 Invitation and program for North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's 15th Anniversary celebration held at Randolph Officers' Club. Guest speaker was Olga Samples Davis, Assistant Professor, Department of Speech and Theatre at St. Philips College, San Antonio, Texas, September 8, 1983
1 Directory for Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., 1982-1983
2 Photographs from the 62nd Annual Convention of the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., held in Houston Texas, June 10-13, 1982
2 Photographs from the National Convention of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., of the United States of America, held in San Antonio Texas, July 11-15, 1982
2 Photographs from the North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club Seminar held at Granada Royal Hotel in San Antonio, Texas with guest speaker, Lorece Williams, May 15, 1983
2 Photographs from the North Alamo City Business and Professional Women's Club's monthly meeting, May 1983
2 Photographs from the North Alamo Business and Professional Women's Club 15th anniversary celebration at Randolph AFB Officer's Club, September 8, 1983
2 Photograph from the state convention, 1983-1984
2 Photograph of the entrance to the Night Hawk Convention, undated
2 Photograph of club officers: Janet Burleigh, Treasurer and Ethel Tealer, Second Vice President, 1983-1984