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Business and Professional Women

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Collection Overview

Repository: Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library Hartford, Connecticut
Creator : Business and Professional Women's Club
Title : Business and Professional Women's Club Collection
Dates : 1919-2010 (Bulk Dates)
Extent : 16.5 linear feet (33 boxes)
Abstract : Papers and records of the Hartford, Connecticut Business and Professional Women's Club.
Location: Ground Floor Electronic Stacks
Language: English

Historical Note

Founded in 1919, the Business and Professional Women's Club's purpose was "to establish a common meeting ground for business and professional women, to create good feeling among them, to furnish greater opportunity for advancement, to unite them into a thinking group for service." The organizational meeting was held in the auditorium of the Hartford YWCA. They maintained rooms at the Goodwin Building for a short period of time before purchasing a clubhouse on Myrtle Street. The clubhouse offered lodging and dining, which appealed to single, working women. Connecticut Mutual purchased the property in 1924, and the club rented space from then on. At its peak, the Business and Professional Women's club had 936 members. A fraction remained when the club disbanded in 2010. Club members were committed to community service and philanthropy. A project in 1924 involved partnering with Dixie Gas Co. The women sold ticket books that offered automotive gifts in exchange for gas purchases. In 1955 the club began a scholarship program for area high school seniors. Over $221,000 was awarded to both girls and boys, regardless of their intended major. Much of the money was raised through an annual fashion show.

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Scope and Content

The records of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Hartford contain meeting minutes, committee reports, newsletters, financial information, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, membership rosters, and historical information. Also included are brochures, flyers, invitations, and programs from club events and records documenting the scholarships that the club presented to local students each year. The material ranges in date from 1919 to 2010, with an especially large amount of material from the 1980s. There are very few records from the 1930s and 1940s.

The first twenty-eight boxes of the collection are the general working records of the club and are arranged chronologically. Boxes 29 and 30 contain written accounts of the club’s history, research notes on the history of the club, information about archived club material, and other historical information. Some of this material is undated, but most of it appears to date from the 1980s. Box 30 also contains undated photographs and clippings. Boxes 31 and 32 contain miscellaneous photographs, while Box 33 contains flyers, brochures, programs and other ephemera.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center’s Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the Collection must be obtained in writing from curator of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

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Subject Headings

Personal Names

Bailey, Francine
Baskerville, Ethel
Begansky, Dolores
Hosig, Terry
Potter, Mary E.
Ryan, Gertrude I.
Tyrol, Elizabeth H.
Yiznitsky, Nancy

Subjects

By-laws
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Correspondence
Financial records
Fund raising
Scholarships

Genre Terms

Minutes (administrative records)
Photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Connecticut.

Processing Details

EAD Finding Aid created May 2013.

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Contents:

Records

Box Folder
1 1 Meeting minutes, April 29, 1919 - April 6, 1920
1 2 Treasurer Reports, Miscellaneous, April 29, 1919 - April 6, 1921
1 3 Treasurer Reports, Miscellaneous, 1919-1924
1 4 Annual Reports, Constitution, 1919-1920
1 5 Minutes and reports, 1919-1920
1 6 Copies of Meeting Minutes, April 1919 - April 1920
1 7 Hartford Times/Hartford Courant microfilm print-outs, 1919-1933
1 8 Dixie Days publicity, ca. 1920s?
1 9 Annual Reports , 1920-1921
1 10 Membership List, 1920-1921
1 11 BPW Bulletin, Oct. 1921
1 12 Minutes and reports, 1921
1 13 Annual Reports, 1921-1922
1 14 Program for BPW musical "Springtime", 1922
1 15 Minutes and reports, 1922-1923
1 16 Minutes and reports, 1923-1924
1 17 Minutes and reports (copies), 1923-1924
1 18 Minutes and reports, 1924
Box Folder
2 1 The Scribe (Official Bulletin of the Hartford BPW) - bound volume, 1921-1927
2 2 Program for BPW musical, correspondence, resolutions, 1921-1944
2 3 Photograph of BPW Clubhouse, ca. 1920s
2 4 Minutes and reports, June 1924 - March 1925
2 5 Minutes and reports (copies), 1924-1925
2 6 Clippings - history of BPW clubhouses, 1924-1956
2 7 Minutes and reports, April 1926 - April 1927
2 8 Program , 1931
Box Folder
3 1 Clippings, 1935-1941
3 2 Anniversary Dinner Programs, 1939, 1949, 1959, 1969
3 3 Investment Statements, 1940-1948
3 4 Treasurer's reports and budgets, 1951-1959
3 5 Minutes, 1953
3 6 Club By-laws, 1954
3 7 Minuts and reports, 1954-1956
3 8 Ethel Baskerville, publicity chairman, 1955-1956
3 9 Minutes and reports, 1956-1957
3 10 Elizabeth H. Tyrol, publicity chairman, 1956-1957
3 11 Minutes and reports, April 1957 - March 19587
3 12 Gertrude I. Ryan, publicity chairman, 1958-1959
3 13 Minutes and reports, newsletter, April 1958 - April 1959
3 14 Notes and correspondence, 1958-1959
3 15 Scholarship winners and clippings, 1958
3 16 Minutes and reports, newsletter, April 1959-April 1960
3 17 Mary E. Potter, publicity chairman, 1959-1960
Box Folder
4 1 Annual reports and minutes, 1960-1961
4 2 Minutes, reports, newsletters, other, April 1960-April 1961
4 3 Alice V. Burns, publicity chairman, 1960-1961
4 4 Minutes and reports, 1961-1962
4 5 Correspondence, 1962-1963
4 6 Minutes and reports, 1962-1963
4 7 Newsletter, other, 1962-1963
4 8 Correspondence and reports, 1962-1968
4 9 Scholarship awards and reports, 1962-1976, 1984-1987
4 10 Club By-laws, 1963
4 11 Minutes, membership roster, newsletter, 1963-1964
4 12 Financial documents, 1963-1964
4 13 Minutes, reports, and newsletters, 1964-1965
4 14 Board minutes, 1964-1965
4 15 Investment statements, 1965-1966
Box Folder
5 1 Minutes and reports, 1965-1966
5 2 Newsletters, 1965-1966
5 3 Annual meeting, annual reports, newsletters, 1966-1967
5 4 Board minutes, 1966-1967
5 5 Minutes and reports, 1967
5 6 Annual reports, 1967-1968
5 7 Board minutes, annual meeting, annual reports, newsletters, 1967-1968
5 8 Scholarship Committee, 1967-1968
5 9 Minutes and reports, 1968
5 10 Newsletter (copies), 1968
5 11 Annual reports, membership roster, 1968-1969
5 12 Minutes and reports, 1968-1969
5 13 Minutes and reports, newsletter, 1968-1969
Box Folder
6 1 Clippings, 1960s-1970s
6 2 Clippings, some with photocopies, 1970s, undated
6 3 Photocopies of BPW photographs D1-350, 1970s
6 4 Photocopies of BPW photographs D351-680, 1970s-1990s
Box Folder
7 1 Financial records, 1968-1970
7 2 Investment book for scholarship account, 1968-1983
7 3 Fiftieth Anniversary celebration, Oct. 9, 1969
7 4 Minutes and reports, 1969
7 5 Newsletter, 1969
7 6 Minutes , 1969-1970
7 7 Scholarship Information, 1969-1975
7 8 Minutes and reports, 1970
7 9 Newsletter, 1970
7 10 Board minutes, annual meeting, 1970-1971
7 11 Annual reports, newsletter, other, 1970-1971
7 12 Annual reports , 1970-1971
7 13 Minutes and reports, 1971
7 14 Newsletter, 1971
7 15 Bills and receipts, 1971-1972
7 16 Bills and receipts for scholarships, 1971-1972
7 17 Minutes and annual reports, April 1971 - March 1972
Box Folder
8 1 Newsletter, 1972
8 2 Board minutes and annual meeting, 1972-1973
8 3 Newsletter, 1973
8 4 Annual reports, newsletter, other, 1973-1974
8 5 Board minutes and annual meeting, 1973-1974
8 6 Membership rosters, 1973-1975
8 7 Minutes and reports, 1974
8 8 Newsletter, 1974
8 9 Clippings, 1974
8 10 Annual reports, other, 1974-1975
8 11 Board minutes and annual meeting, 1974-1975
8 12 Charitable contributions and fundraisers, 1974-1975
8 13 Photographs, 1974-1979
8 14 Newsletter, 1975
8 15 Annual reports, 1975-1976
8 16 Treasurer's reports, scholarships, April 1975-March 1976
Box Folder
9 1 Minutes and reports, April 1975- April 1976
9 2 Newsletter, 1976
9 3 Board minutes, 1976-1977
9 4 Annual meeting minutes and annual reports, 1976-1977
9 5 House committee, 1976-1978
9 6 Fashions Galore, 1977
9 7 Newsletter, 1977
9 8 Annual reports, 1977-1978
9 9 Board minutes, annual meeting, 1977-1978
9 10 Newsletter, 1978
9 11 Annual meeting minutes and annual reports, 1978-1979
9 12 Notes, plans, correspondence for annual luncheon/fashion show, 1978-1979
9 13 Board minutes, 1978-1979
9 14 Scholarship award winners, 1978-1979
9 15 Photographs, 1978, 1985?, undated
9 16 Newsletter, 1979
9 17 Suggested Procedures for Scholarship Chairman (1 of 2), Sept. 1979
9 18 Suggested Procedures for Scholarship Chairman (2 of 2), Sept. 1979
Box Folder
10 1 Minutes and reports, 1979
10 2 Board minutes, annual reports, 1979-1980
10 3 Correspondence and notes, 1979-1980
10 4 Financial Information and vouchers, 1979-1980
10 5 Investment Committee annual reports, 1979-1988
10 6 Correspondence, menus for meetings, 1980
10 7 Notes, plans, correspondence for annual luncheon/fashion show, 1980
10 8 Minutes and reports, 1980
10 9 Newsletter, 1980
10 10 Annual reports, 1980-1981
10 11 Minutes , 1980-1981
10 12 Permits, bank statements, and receipts for raffles, 1980-1984
10 13 Plans for board meetings , 1981
10 14 Notes, plans, correspondence for annual luncheon/fashion show, 1981
10 15 Minutes and reports, 1981
Box Folder
11 1 "In Remembrance" scrapbook, ca. 1980
Box Folder
12 1 Newsletter, 1981
12 2 Program Committee records and correspondence, 1981
12 3 Receipts, 1981
12 4 Annual meeting minutes and annual reports, other, 1981-1982
12 5 Bank statements, 1981-1982
12 6 Board minutes, 1981-1982
12 7 Clippings and notes, 1981-1982
12 8 Community Service Committee records, 1981-1982
12 9 "Fall Spectacular" brochure and plans, 1981-1982
12 10 Scholarship awards, 1981-1982
12 11 Newsletter, 1982
12 12 Board meeting and reception plans, 1982
12 13 Notes, plans, correspondence for annual luncheon/fashion show, 1982
12 14 Minutes and reports, 1982
12 15 Annual reports, 1982-1983
12 16 Membership roster, BPW Cook Book, 1982-1983
12 17 Proposed ammendments to by-laws, 1982-1983
Box Folder
13 1 Minutes, 1982-1983
13 2 Committee records and correspondence, 1982-1984
13 3 Photographs, 1982?, 1986-1988
13 4 Membership Committee records, 1982-1988
13 5 Membership rosters, 1982-1985
13 6 Analysis of the Hartford BPW, 1983
13 7 Connecticut Bank and Trust statements, 1983
13 8 Minutes and reports , 1983
13 9 Newsletter, 1983
13 10 Clippings, 1983
13 11 Annual reports, membership roster, 1983-1984
13 12 Community Services Committee records, 1983-1984
13 13 Receipts, deposit slips, vouchers, account informations, 1983-1984
Box Folder
14 1 Minutes and reports, April 1983 - April 1984
14 2 Newsletter plans, 1983-1986
14 3 Clippings, 1983-1989
14 4 Newsletter , 1984
14 5 Connecticut Bank and Trust statements, 1984
14 6 Minutes and reports, 1984
14 7 Annual reports, 1984-1985
14 8 Charitable contributions, community service, 1984-1985
14 9 Committee records, 1984-1985
14 10 Deposit slips - general fund, April 1984-March 1985
14 11 Photocopies of clippings, correspondence, 1984-1985
14 12 Vouchers- Bulletin, Community Services, and Fellowship Committees, 1984-1985
14 13 Vouchers- Investment, Membership, Program, Publicity, and Scholarship Committees, 1984- 1985
Box Folder
15 1 Vouchers- House Committee, miscellaneous expenses, 1984-1985
15 2 Vouchers- Ways and Means Committee, 1984-1986
15 3 Ways and Means Committee reports and correspondence, 1984-1985
15 4 Minutes and reports, 1985
15 5 Newsletter, 1985
15 6 Annual reports, correspondence, other, 1985-1986
15 7 Annual reports, membership roster, 1985-1986
15 8 General Fund bank statements, 1985-1986
15 9 Investment account bank statements, 1985-1986
Box Folder
16 1 Clippings, 1985-1986
16 2 Program Committee records, 1985-1986
16 3 Scholarship account bank statements, 1985-1986
16 4 Minutes, 1985-1986
16 5 Newsletter, 1986
16 6 Minutes and reports, January- June 1986
16 7 Minutes and reports, July-December 1986
16 8 Photographs, 1986
16 9 Treasurer's records, February-June 1986
16 10 Treasurer's records, July-December 1986
16 11 Annual reports, membership roster, 1986-1987
16 12 Correspondence, 1986-1987
16 13 Minutes and reports, 1986-1987
16 14 Meeting plans and vouchers, 1986-1988
Box Folder
17 1 Minutes and reports, January-June 1987
17 2 Minutes and reports, July-December 1987
17 3 Newsletter, 1987
17 4 Scholarship information, 1987
17 5 Hartford Collection acquisitions, 1987
17 6 Annual reports, membership directory, 1987-1988
17 7 Meeting minutes, annual reports, 1987-1988
17 8 Program Committee records, 1987-1988
17 9 Soldiers and Sailors Arch rededication, 1987-1988
17 10 Clippings, 1987-1989, undated
17 11 Minutes and reports, January-June 1988
17 12 Minutes and reports, July-December 1988
17 13 Newsletter, 1988
17 14 Annual reports, calendar, 1988-1989
17 15 BPW Presidendt Francine Bailey correspondence and notes, 1988-1989
17 16 Financial information, 1988-1989
Box Folder
18 1 Scholarship Committee records (1 of 4), 1988-1989
18 2 Scholarship Committee records (2 of 4), 1988-1989
18 3 Scholarship Committee records (3 of 4) - correspondence, applications, bills, 1988-1989
18 4 Scholarship Committee records (4 of 4) - history, previous recipients, 1988-1989
18 5 Correspondence, treasurer's reports, programs, 1988-1989
18 6 Newsletter, 1989
18 7 BPW President Nancy Yiznitsky correspondence and notes, 1989
18 8 Petra B. Shearer correspondence and notes, 1989
18 9 Anniversary dinner photographs, 1989
18 10 Photographs and negatives, 1989
18 11 Minutes and reports, events, 1989
18 12 70th and 75th Anniversary publicity and plans, 1989, 1993
18 13 Annual reports, 1989-1990
Box Folder
19 1 Board minutes, annual reports, 1989-1990
19 2 BPW President Nancy Yiznitsky correspondence and notes, 1990
19 3 Minutes and reports, 1990
19 4 Newsletter, 1990
19 5 Minutes, reports, and correspondence (1 of 2; some water damage), 1990-1991
19 6 Minutes, reports, and correspondence (2 of 2; some water damage), 1990-1991
19 7 Minutes, reports, and correspondence (1 of 2; copies), 1990-1991
19 8 Minutes, reports, and correspondence (2 of 2; copies), 1990-1991
19 9 Member of the Year Committee records, 1990-1991
Box Folder
20 1 Minutes and reports, 1991
20 2 Newsletter, 1991
20 3 Flyers and programs for BPW events, 1991-1992
20 4 Minutes, annual reports, membership directory, 1991-1992
20 5 Photographs, 1991-1992
20 6 Clippings, correspondence, other, 1991-1992
20 7 Treasurer's reports, 1991-1992
20 8 Newsletter, 1992
20 9 Minutes, reports, and correspondence, 1992
20 10 Tax forms, 1992
20 11 Annual reports and membership directory, 1992-1993
20 12 Scholarship Committee records, 1992-1993
20 13 Scholarship Committee records - recipient information, 1992-1993
20 14 Minutes and reports, other, 1992-1993
20 15 Treasurer's reports, 1992-1993
20 16 Member of the Year Committee records , 1992-1997
20 17 Committee guidelines and forms, 1992-2002
Box Folder
21 1 Newsletter, 1993
21 2 Minutes and reports, events, 1993
21 3 Membership directory, revised by-laws, 1993-1994
21 4 Minutes and annual reports, 1993-1994
21 5 Photographs and correspondence, 1993-1994
21 6 Ways and Means Committee recorda, 1993-1994
21 7 Vouchers, 1993-1995
21 8 Programs and brochures for BPW events, 1993-2006
21 9 Minutes and reports , 1994
21 10 Newsletter, 1994
21 11 Scholarship Committee records, 1994
21 12 Scholarship applications and acceptance forms, 1994
21 13 Annual reports and membership directory, 1994-1995
Box Folder
22 1 BPW President Terry Hosig notes and correspondence, 1994-1995
22 2 Minutes and reports, 1994-1995
22 3 Newsletter, 1995
22 4 Minutes, reports, and receipts, 1995
22 5 Annual reports, 1995-1996
22 6 Photographs, 1995-1996
22 7 BPW President Dolores Begansky correspondence and records, 1995-1996
22 8 Ways and Means Committee records, 1995-1996
22 9 Income and expenses (1 of 2), 1996
22 10 Income and expenses (2 of 2), 1996
22 11 Minutes and reports, membership directory, correspondence, 1996
Box Folder
23 1 Newsletter, 1996
23 2 Annual reports and membership directory, 1996-1997
23 3 Minutes, list of club officers, 1996-1997
23 4 Community Services Committee records, 1996-1997
23 5 Treasurer's Reports, 1996-1997
23 6 Correspondence and forms- BPW material donated to Hartford Public Library, 1996-2004
23 7 Minutes and reports, notes, 1997
23 8 Newsletter, 1997
23 9 Treasurer's Reports, 1997-1998
23 10 Minutes, 1997-1998
23 11 Community Services Committee records, 1997-1998
23 12 Membership Committee records, 1997-1998
23 13 Correspondence and reports, 1997-1998
23 14 Annual reports and membership directory, 1997-1998
23 15 Correspondence, vouchers, brochures, 1997-1998
Box Folder
24 1 Newsletter, 1998
24 2 Member of the Year Committee records, 1998
24 3 Minutes and reports, notes, 1998
24 4 Scholarship awards dinner photographs, 1998
24 5 Annual fall Fashion Show, Craft and Bake Sale brochures, 1998
24 6 ADHOC Committee Budget and Plans for 80th Anniversary Dinner, 1998
24 7 Club Income, 1998-1999
24 8 Fleet bank account statements, 1998-1999
24 9 Annual Reports, membership directory, 1998-1999
24 10 Archives Committee records, 1998-1999
24 11 Club Officers, board of directors, 1998-1999
24 12 Community Service Committee records, 1998-1999
24 13 Member of the Year Committee records, 1999
24 14 Minutes and reports , 1999
24 15 Newsletter, 1999
24 16 Photographs, 1999?
24 17 Statement by John G. Rowland designating April 10, 1999 BPW Day, 1999
24 18 80th Anniversary plans, 1999
24 19 Community Service Committee records, 1999-2000
24 20 Fellowship and Membership Committee records, 1999-2000
24 21 Treasurer's Reports, 1999-2000
24 22 Membership Directory, 1999-2000
24 23 Newsletter, 2000

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