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Collection Summary

Identifier

MA 28

Title

General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota Records

Creator

General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota

Dates

1912-2000

Extent

7.0 linear feet (8 boxes) photographs

Language

English

Repository

South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota records. MA 28. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Abstract

The General Federation of Women's Club is a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-partisan women's organization with a focus on community service through active volunteer and altruistic pursuits. The collection is composed of administrative material, District V material, including GFWC Brookings and Brookings Civic League, and campaign material for the creation of the South Dakota Memorial Art Center.

Historical Note

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) was founded by Jane Cunningham Croly in 1868 when she began the Sorosis club of New York City. In 1889, she initiated the founding of the Federation by bringing existing clubs together to form a national, mutually supportive organization.

It was through the efforts of Miss Clara D. Coe, founder of the Round Table Club of Deadwood in 1887, that the Black Hills Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized in Deadwood in 1897. This organization joined the General Federation in 1898. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs chose Miss Coe to serve as a Federation organizer for the State of South Dakota. A meeting was called to order on December 8, 1899, at Deadwood and Clara D. Coe was elected chairman of the session. This meeting was adjourned to January 15, 1890, in the Old Syndicate Block in Deadwood, where the South Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs (now known as the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Dakota or GFWC of SD) was organized. The GFWC of SD joined the national GFWC on March 1, 1890. The first annual meeting was held June 14-15, 1890, in Aberdeen and Mrs. Winona Axtell Lyon of the Ladies History Club of Sioux Falls was elected the first President. Thirteen member clubs were reported.

The purpose of this organization is to bring into communication the various non-partisan, non-political and non-sectarian women’s clubs and organizations in the state of South Dakota, to compare methods of work, to insure unity of action and to promote the improvement of moral, intellectual and social conditions. Any women’s club or organization that met these criteria is eligible to join GFWC of SD. The state of South Dakota is divided into six Federation Districts.

Conventions are held annually. This governing body of GFWC of SD consists of the elected officers, the District Presidents, the Editor of the South Dakota Clubwoman, the Historian-Custodian, the Director of Junior Clubs and the Immediate Past President.

The Departments of Work and Standing Committees are arranged to conform to those of the GFWC as far as possible. These committees include the arts, conservation, education, home life, international and public affairs.

Brookings Civic League

The Brookings Civic League was organized on April 12, 1912, when forty women of Brookings met to organize a Civic League. Its purpose was "the consideration and discussion of civic and community problems with a view toward active participation in uplifting, improving and beautifying the city of Brookings, and to cooperate as an auxiliary with the Commercial Club in these matters." This club was organized largely through the efforts of Dr. A. A. Harris, the president of the Commercial Club and then Mayor of Brookings. The club went to work right away on improvement issues in Brookings. Garbage collection was its first milestone. The group arranged to have refuse cans placed at accessible locations on Main Street of Brookings by July 1912.

In 1914, the Women's Suffrage campaign was becoming an issue across the nation. The Brookings Civic League affiliated itself with the South Dakota Federation of Women's Clubs in February of that year to help in "the progress of all things pertaining to the welfare of women."

World War I broke out in Europe in 1916. By 1917, American men were called upon to serve their country. The Civic League did their part by organizing the Brookings Chapter of the American Red Cross. By 1919, many women's clubs were active in Brookings, each doing its own work with no cooperation between the groups. The Civic League called these clubs together and organized a City Federation. All women's organizations in the city of Brookings were eligible to join the City Federation, provided they had an organizational constitution.

Over the years, the Brookings Civic League has worked on many projects. In the 1920's, the Civic League worked diligently on cleaning up the city of Brookings. An anti-fly campaign was organized to alleviate the town of its persistent fly problem and an Annual Clean Up Week was begun in 1922. Some other projects include park beautification, tree conservation, bicycle safety, a swimming pool, public health, and a school milk program. The League sponsored the Farmers Ladies Lounge, a women's rest room that featured an attendant. It also helped in locating and establishing the South Dakota Art Museum on the South Dakota State University campus.

In recent years, the city of Brookings has taken over city improvement issues. Because of this, the Civic League has become less of a civic action group and more social in nature. Today, the Brookings Civic League still meets on a regular basis but with a new focus. Each year, the group sponsors a Craft & Collectibles Fair and donates the funds to the South Dakota Art Museum.

GFWC Brookings

GFWC Brookings was organized on March 24, 1977 as Community Federation Women. Community Federated Women changed its name to GFWC Brookings in 1983 to be more closely identified with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The club was first organized because its four charter members served as representatives of Brookings County women’s organizations to the City Federation of Women’s Clubs. GFWC has standing committees for each of the six GFWC departments and several special committee appointments such as Public Relations/ Communications, Legislation, Membership, Community Improvement Program, Awards, University Week for Women, SD Clubwoman, Historian and Brookings Youth Community Improvement Programs. GFWC Brookings has been active in many programs including the Brookings Youth Community Improvement Programs, Walking Challenge, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting Telethon.

South Dakota Memorial Art Center

The idea of an art center for South Dakota originated with the South Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs when Mrs. Herbert Kenyon of Yankton was state president (1947-1949). At the state convention in 1950, a resolution was approved asking that a suitable building be erected, to be known as the South Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs Memorial Art Center.

For fifty years the Federation had been influential in movements for the cultural development of this members and the state in which they live. The women had collected fine reproduction of painting, some originals, and art objects to be circulated and used for study by clubs. This collection was kept in Pierre in the home of Mrs. S.C. Polley, who, with several others, was active in developing the work. The Free Library Commission took over the storage when the collection became too large and had to be moved. As interest grew in these art treasures, the need for establishing a Memorial Art Center became apparent.

In December, 1948, the Pierre Women’s Club presented a resolution to the official board asking that the Federation sponsor the erection of a building, as “a memorial to the determined women who pioneered the women’s club movement in the state.” The resolution to establish such a memorial passed at the convention in Rapid City in October 1950, and a fund for the purpose was started.

To select a location, cities and institutions were asked to extend an invitation to the Federation. Five cities responded: Pierre, Huron, Spearfish, Vermillion, and Brookings. It was announced in April, 1955, that Brookings had been chosen as the site. The Regents of Education for South Dakota approved the placing of the Memorial Art Center on the State College campus on June 23, 1955. A fundraising campaign was launched and was successful in raising nearly $350,000. A federal grant of $166,666 was also obtained with the Federation contribution nearly $55,000.

Construction began in 1969 on the South Dakota State University campus and the building was dedicated in May 1970.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1. Administration records

Series 2. District V records (including GFWC Brookings and Brookings Civic League)

Series 3. Memorial Art Center Campaign records

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.

Contents Note

The Administration series is composed directories, programs, a constitution and by-laws and the South Dakota Clubwoman newsletters. The South Dakota Clubwoman newsletters make up the bulk of this series.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Dakota has divided the state into six Federation Districts. District V includes the counties of Marshall, Day, Clark, Kingsbury, Roberts, Grant, Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, and Brookings.

Material in this series is arranged into sub-series: General, GFWC Brookings, and Brookings Civic League.

The General sub-series composed of minutes, reports, programs, club reports, correspondence, clippings, and constitutions and by-laws. The club reports are reports sent to the District V president describing the clubs activities for the year. These are arranged alphabetically by town with all clubs for a town filed in one folder. The minutes, reports, and programs are filed together and consist of minutes from board meeting of GFWC, District V and deal mainly with preparations for annual meetings and conventions. The reports are mainly reports from conventions and the programs are from annual conventions.

The Brookings Civic League sub-series is composed mainly of minutes of the Brookings Civic League. The minutes are dispersed throughout seven ledgers and include meeting minutes, annual reports, treasurer's reports and some correspondence. Also included are an account book and two scrapbooks from the 1970's. One of the scrapbooks is historical in nature and consists of programs from annual conventions of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota, clippings, and other memorabilia.

The GFWC Brookings sub-series is composed of minutes, scrapbooks, reports, and photographs and slides.

The Memorial Art Center Campaign Records are composed of correspondence, minutes, financial records, agreements, clippings, and architectural renderings and blueprints.

Key Words

General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota

General Federation of Women's Clubs. South Dakota. (District V)

South Dakota Art Museum

South Dakota Memorial Art Center

Container List

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General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota Records Container List. MA 28

SeriesBoxFolderDescriptionDate(s)
1. Administration742Awards and Scholarships1996, undated
1. Administration741Bloom with South Dakota GFWC song book1994-1996
1. Administration739Brochures1996-2002
1. Administration11Constitution and by-laws1969, 1988
1. Administration12Directory1971-1975, 1996
1. Administration744GFWC Mississippi Valley Region: Annual Conference1990, 1992, 1999
1. Administration743Miscellaneousundated
1. Administration13Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1927
1. Administration14Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1936
1. Administration15Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1938
1. Administration16Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1939
1. Administration17Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1947
1. Administration18Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1948
1. Administration19Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1949
1. Administration111Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1950
1. Administration112Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1951
1. Administration113Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1952
1. Administration114Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1953
1. Administration115Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1954
1. Administration116Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1955
1. Administration117Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1956
1. Administration118Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1957
1. Administration119Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1958
1. Administration120Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1959
1. Administration121Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1960
1. Administration122Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1961
1. Administration123Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1962
1. Administration124Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1965
1. Administration125Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1966
1. Administration126Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1967
1. Administration127Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1968
1. Administration128Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1969
1. Administration129Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1970
1. Administration130Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1971
1. Administration131Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1972
1. Administration132Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1973
1. Administration133Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1974
1. Administration134Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1975
1. Administration135Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1976
1. Administration136Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1977
1. Administration137Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1978
1. Administration138Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1979
1. Administration139Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1980
1. Administration726Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1983
1. Administration727Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1984
1. Administration728Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1985
1. Administration729Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1986
1. Administration730Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1987
1. Administration731Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1988
1. Administration732Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1989
1. Administration733Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1990
1. Administration734Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1998
1. Administration735Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1999
1. Administration736Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman2000
1. Administration737Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman2002
1. Administration738Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman2003
1. Administration110Newsletter: The South Dakota Clubwoman1949-1950
1. Administration740Program Suggestions1994-1996
1. Administration140Programs - Convention1951-1999
2. District V records176Annual Meeting Fifth District GFWC of SD1991-2007
2. District V records141Clippings1997, 2000
2. District V records142Club reports: Andover, SD - Study Club1954-2004
2. District V records143Club reports: Big Stone City, SD - Round Table Club1961-1970
2. District V records144Club reports: Bradley, SD - Woman's Club1952-1953
2. District V records145Club reports: Bristol, SD - Octavo Study Club1952-2003
2. District V records146Club reports: Britton, SD - Study Clubundated
2. District V records147Club reports: Brookings, SD - Civic League, Community Federated Women1962-1992
2. District V records148Club reports: Clark, SD - Woman's Club1954-1989
2. District V records149Club reports: Clear Lake, SD - Women's Federated Club1965-1989
2. District V records150Club reports: De Smet, SD - Mothers Club; Women's Study Club1952-1989
2. District V records151Club reports: Elkton, SD - Women's club1952-2002
2. District V records152Club reports: Hecla, SD - Study Club1961-2004
2. District V records153Club reports: Lake Preston, SD - Excelsior Club; Senior Civic Improvement Club; Whitewood Willing Workers1952-1993
2. District V records154Club reports: Milbank, SD - Centennial; Excelsior Study Club; Heritage, Makocha Study Club; Progressive Study Club1952-2003
2. District V records155Club reports: Pierpont, SD - Junior Civic League; Woman's Club1951-1952, undated
2. District V records156Club reports: Sisseton, SD - Zenith Club1968-1970
2. District V records157Club reports: Watertown, SD - Booklover's Club; Community Club; Dakota Study Club; Domestic Science Club; Elective Study Club; Fortnightly Club1952-1972
2. District V records158Club reports: Waubay, SD - Mother's Club; Tuesday Literary Club1953-1987
2. District V records159Constitution and by-laws1964-1999, undated
2. District V records160Correspondence1952-1997
2. District V records175Correspondence1998-2006
2. District V records161District I-VI club listings1976-2002, undated
2. District V records162GFWC of SD1994-1996
2. District V records163Membership plan1988
2. District V records164Membership workshop1991
2. District V records165Minutes, reports, programs1932-1939
2. District V records166Minutes, reports, programs1940-1949
2. District V records167Minutes, reports, programs1950-1959
2. District V records168Minutes, reports, programs1960-1969
2. District V records169Minutes, reports, programs1970-1979
2. District V records170Minutes, reports, programs1980-1999
2. District V records174Minutes, reports, programs2000-2008
2. District V records171Miscellaneous1949-1994, undated
2. District V records172National GFWC information1990-1992
2. District V records173National GFWC information1994-1996
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League41Account book1953-1966
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League42Minutes1912-1924
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League43Minutes1924-1931
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League44Minutes1932-1944
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League45Minutes1944-1964
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League46Minutes1964-1977
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League47Minutes1977-1987
2. District V records - Brookings Civic League5 Scrapbook1974
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings5 Flag: South Dakotaundated
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings21FREE Enterprise Program1987-1988
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings22FREE Enterprise Program scrapbook1988-1990
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings23Manualundated
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings24Minutes1977-1990
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings25Minutes1986-1987
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings26Minutes1996-1997
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings27Miscellaneous1979-2000
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings28Mother of the Year1989
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings29NOD Entry1987
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings210Photographs, slides1980-1991
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings211Reports1977-1998
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings212Reports1984-1986
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings213Reports1986-1990
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings214Reports1988-1990
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings215Reports1990-1992
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings216Scrapbook1976
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings32Scrapbook1987
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings33Scrapbook1988
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings5ItemScrapbook1979-1980
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings217Scrapbook1980-1982
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings218Scrapbook1980-1984
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings219Scrapbook1984-1986
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings31Scrapbook1986-1987
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings34Scrapbook1988-1989
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings35Scrapbook1989-1990
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings36Scrapbook1990-1991
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings37Scrapbook1992-1994
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings38Scrapbook1993-1994
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings39Scrapbook1994-1995
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings310Scrapbook1996-1997
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings5ItemTrophy: GFWC of South Dakota Leadership Award - GFWC Brookings1994-1996
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings311Volunteer Service Bank1993
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings312Volunteer Service Bank Community Improvement1992-1994
2. District V records: GFWC Brookings313Youth Improvement Program1989-1990
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records61Architectural renderingundated
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records62Articles of agreement1956-1965
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records63Blueprints1968
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records64Campaign plan for fund raising1958-1959
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records65clippings1955-1972
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records66Contract with Wells, Inc.1957-1959
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records67Correspondence1941
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records68Correspondence1950
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records69Correspondence1951
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records610Correspondence1952
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records611Correspondence1953
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records612Correspondence1954
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records613Correspondence1955
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records614Correspondence1956
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records615Correspondence1957
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records616Correspondence1958
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records617Correspondence1959
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records618Correspondence1960
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records619Correspondence1961
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records620Correspondence1962
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records621Correspondence1963
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records622Correspondence1964
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records623Correspondence1965
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records624Correspondence1966
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records625Correspondence1967
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records626Correspondence1968
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records627Correspondence1969
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records628Correspondence1970
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records629Correspondence1971
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records630Correspondence1972
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records631Correspondence1973
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records632Correspondence1974
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records633Correspondence1975
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records634Correspondence1976
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records635Dedication1970
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records636Financial - Checking Account Book1956-1974
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records638Financial - Club Pledges1950-1971
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records637Financial - Club pledges/Interest Record1949-1968
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records71Financial - Deposit slips1960-1976
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records72Financial - Funds: General, Memorial Arts1945-1958
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records73Financial - Memorial Arts Center Fund1949-1959
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records74Financial - Miscellaneous1966
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records75Financial - Pledge book1956-1958
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records76Financial - Pledges1955-1973
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records77Financial - Receipt book1962-1965
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records79Financial - Savings book1958-1984
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records78Financial - Secretary report1954-1965
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records710Financial - Statement1956-1968
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records711Grant application1966-1968
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records712History of Memorial Art Center movement1955-1978
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records713Legislation1954-1975
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records714Memorials1973-1978
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records715Minutes1950-1959
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records716Minutes1960-1969
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records717Newsletter - South Dakota Memorial Art Center News1959-1971
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records718Pamphlets1956-1973
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records719Proposed location, objects of art, etc.1952-1966
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records720Publicity1959-1969
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records721Reports1949-1961
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records722Research - Other museums, etc.1958-1967
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records723South Dakota Memorial Art Center Guild by-laws1970-1971
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records724Walter B. Cheever thesis: "A memorial art center for South Dakota State College" (2 copies)1961
3. Memorial Art Center campaign records725Writingsundated

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Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, February 5, 2003. Additions on July 8, 2008.