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Guide to the Pfeiffer Woman's Club Papers 1957-1976
Collection Number Mss 19986
G.A. Pfeiffer Library, Mary Fisher Floyd Archives & Special Collections
|Abstract: The papers of the Pfeiffer Woman's Club were acquired by the Mary Fisher Floyd Archives from the Woman's Club in 1976. Most records were created or maintained by the chapter presidents, and were received by the University in the order in which they were kept.
Information for Users
The Pfeiffer Woman's Club, in existence from 1957 to 1976, was an organization composed of women affiliated with Pfeiffer College either as the wives of faculty or staff members or as themselves employees of the college, and other women in the community with an interest in joining. The purpose of the club, as stated in the constitution, was to "welcome new faculty families, to promote projects of community interest, to provide social activities for the membership, and to support a kindergarten (later a play school) program." The Woman's club hosted such social gatherings as picnics for new faculty, freshman desserts, parties for teenage children of Pfeiffer employees, and Christmas parties. Interest groups focused on particular areas of interest to Club members, such as gardening, bridge, and needlepoint. Interest groups were formed at the beginning of each year and reflected current member interest. In addition to annual social activities, the club also sponsored forums, panels, and discussions of interest to the Pfeiffer College community or women. The Pfeiffer Woman's Club ran an on-campus kindergarten until 1974 when it became a preschool. The organization helped fill a void in the community for many years because public kindergartens did not yet exist. Also, the college community was somewhat isolated from surrounding towns and the kindergarten and preschools were added support networks for young families.
Scope and Content Note
The Pfeiffer Woman's Club Papers consist primarily of records created in the conduct of business of the organization from the years 1957 to 1976. Original order has been maintained throughout the collection; there are thirteen series. The records of the organization shed light not only on the business activities of the Club, but also reflect the roles played by women in a small college community over two decades. While some practices of the group may appear old-fashioned, such as maintaining a list of all unmarried male faculty (and assuming all faculty members are male), the Club also supported speakers and informative events such as forums on ERA and pollution. The yearbooks, or directories, produced by the organization identify members and their families, occupations, residences, and other personal and demographic information. They also list annual events sponsored by the Pfeiffer Woman's Club and other relevant information.
Online Catalog Headings
Organization of Collection
The collection is divided into 13 series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Clippings, ca. 1965-1975
- Newspaper clippings describing events and meetings sponsored by the Pfeiffer Woman's Club.
- Several versions of the Club constitution.
Correspondence, 1967-1975 (bulk).
- Correspondence concerning the business of the club. Arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent. Dates of correspondence given when known.
- Forms generated by the Club, or used by the Club, such as membership forms, directory information forms, work reports, and facility request documents.
Invitations, ca. 1970-1971.
- Invitations to events hosted by the Club. Arranged alphabetically by event.
- General membership meeting minutes, as well as minutes of the executive council of the Woman's Club and committee meeting minutes. Arranged chronologically by academic calendar year.
- Circulars, posters, and general announcements of events or information of interest to the Pfeiffer College community.
Notes, 1967-1976 (bulk)
- Information distributed to general membership at meetings and working notes of the club president.
- Courses of action to be undertaken by the executive council and kindergarten committees.
- Program from a forum cosponsored by the Woman's Club (along with accompanying literature) and a program from an appreciation banquet hosted by Pfeiffer College in honor of contributors to the college's giving clubs.
- Financial reports of the treasurer and committee reports to the executive council, arranged chronologically.
- Pfeiffer Woman's Club annual publication. Yearbooks, include member names and addresses, officer listings, calendars of events, interest groups, and listings of bachelor faculty members.
G.A. Pfeiffer Library
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Holly A. Mercer
August 1998, updated 2002 and April 2020
Jonathan C. Hutchinson