Kent Business and Professional Women's Club, Records, 1926-83
Kent Business and Professional
Women's Club records, 1926-83
Prepared by Gail Redmann, February 23, 1993; Prepared for the Web by Nancy Birk, November 25, 1996
1 record storage box and 1 document case, 1.33 cubic feet, 11th floor
The National Federation of Business and Professional Women was organized in
St. Louis, Missouri in July, 1919. Ohio representatives were charter members of
the national federation, and organized their own state federation in Columbus in
1920. Over the years, the national and state federations have advocated social
and legislative action to promote equality for women in the workplace. The
organization has been a staunch supporter of an Equal Rights Amendment since the
1930s, and has taken a strong position on other women's issues, such as wage
equity, child care, sexual harassment, and displaced homemaker assistance.
The Kent Business and Professional Women's Club held its first regular
meeting and annual election on January 12, 1926. Through the sponsorship of the
Cleveland and Warren chapters of the Ohio Federation, the Kent chapter was
chartered on 14 April 1929 with fourteen charter members. The Kent club has
provided both informational and recreational programs for its members, and has
been active in national, state, and district activities. In addition, club
members have been involved in civic projects, such as promoting improvements to
Kent's public health department, and sponsoring the Kentway Retirement Center.
Scope and Content
The records of the Kent Business and Professional Women's Club,
1926-83 are arranged in five series:
Series I, Administrative Records, consists of club histories, by-laws
and standing rules, minutes, correspondence, annual reports, and treasurer's
reports and records.
Series II, Membership Records, consists of membership applications,
rollbooks, membership statements, committee lists, and members' evaluations of
Series III, Programs, Projects, and Publications, consists of annual and
special event program booklets, program scripts, materials relating to the
club's civic projects, and club publications.
Series IV, Scrapbooks, consists of materials from club scrapbooks,
primarily photographs and newspaper clippings. Where noted in the files, club
programs and publications have been removed to Series III.
Series V, National, Regional, State, and District Club Materials, consists
primarily of histories, convention and special event program booklets, and
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