Records of the Women's Travel Club, 1933-2014
- August 2014
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
7.92 linear feet ((19 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 supersize folder, 1 audiocassette)
Accession numbers 70-86--75-194, for which a container list had been created in July 1985 and were made up of #1-60 were renumbered as #1.1-5.14 but left in the same order and maintained in a separate series. The more recent accessions, 95-M22, 2005-M46, 2008-M82, 2009-M249, 2010-M58, 2010-M215, 2013-M58, 2014-M78, comprise the remainder of the collection and are maintained in a separate series. Some duplication exists between Series I and Series II.
Series I, ADMINISTRATION AND HISTORY (ACCESSIONS 70-86--75-194), 1933-1974 (#1.1-5.14, SD.1), includes constitutions and by-laws; "president's papers" consisting of minutes, correspondence, and secretaries' reports; financial records; executive committee, monthly, and annual meeting minutes; lists of members and officers; records of members' service during World War II; bulletins of members' travels; a history of the club through 1958; membership nomination forms; publicity; and information about other travel societies. The folders remain in their original order but the folders have been renumbered and date ranges for some folders have been corrected, with some additional information added to folder headings. The series remains in its original hierarchical arrangement.
Series II, ADMINISTRATION AND HISTORY, 1934-2014 (#5.15-19.8, FD.1, T-503.1), includes constitutions and bylaws; meeting announcements and minutes; committee minutes and planning materials; lists of officers and programs; "president's files" containing meeting minutes, lists of members' resignations, and annual reports; financial records; and an audiocassette of a club meeting held at the Schlesinger Library in celebration of the club's 55th anniversary. The series also includes membership lists and members' travel records and biographies. Because the travel club maintained both chronological and alphabetical lists of members at different times, as well as lists of new, deceased, and resigned members, considerable overlap exists among folders. Also included are obituaries for and tributes to deceased members; articles by and about members; a disbound scrapbook containing information about members; membership nomination forms and supporting letters; and talks by members. The series also includes several disbound binders which were labeled "permanent file" and "books 1-4" respectively; these include membership lists, members' biographies, travel records, obituaries, program announcements, minutes, and club officers' files. There is some overlap and duplication among these records and others in Series I and II. This series is arranged hierarchically and generally mirrors that of Series I.
For the first few years, members met at various public venues including the Boston YWCA, but in 1939 the club began renting part of a building on Fairfield Street in Boston. The advantage of this was that club members could visit the club at any time. The club changed location several times over the next seventeen years, and eventually began holding meetings in members' homes, as well as at museums, libraries, and hotels. During World War II, the club formed a Red Cross Sewing Unit, which met weekly to sew layettes; members also invested in U.S. War Bonds. In 1968, the club began making travel grants to women wishing to study or do research abroad. Notable members of the club included Mary McMillan, the first president of the American Physical Therapy Association and a prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II; Barbara Washburn, the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley; Marian Cannon Schlesinger, the first wife of historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and her sister, art historian Wilma Cannon Fairbank; and many other mountaineers, explorers, photographers, and sociologists. The club celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009 with a reception and gala at the Wellesley Country Club. As of 2014, the club is still active. (For further information, see the club histories in #4.7 and 5.17.)
- Series I. Administration and history (Accessions 70-86--75-194), 1933-1974 (#1.1-5.14, SD.1)
- Series II. Administration and history, 1934-2014 (#5.15-19.8, FD.1, T-503.1)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Women's Travel Club were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Women's Travel Club between 1970 and 2014, by Carol Bain in May 2008, and by Paula Cronin between 2009 and 2010.
Accession numbers: 95-M22, 2014-M78
Processed by: Susan Earle
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library Books Department:
- Women's Travel Club [Newsletter], vol. 1 no. 1 - vol. 6 no. 1 (March 1984 - October 1989)
- Women's Travel Club [Newsletter], Winter 1991
- Nichols, Elinor P. True Tales from Jungle India, 2012
- Women's Travel Club Bulletin of Members' Travels, 1952-1954
By: Lucy Thoma
Processed: August 2014
By: Susan Earle, with the assistance of Caitlin Jones.
- Annual reports
- Asia, Central--Description and travel
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- East Asia--Description and travel
- Ethnological expeditions
- Europe--Description and travel
- Independent travel
- International travel
- Scientific expeditions
- Voyages and travels
- Women air pilots
- Women mountaineers
- Women travelers
- Women--Societies and clubs
- World War, 1939-1945--Red Cross
- World War, 1939-1945--Women's work
- Women's Travel Club. Records of the Women's Travel Club, 1933-2014: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Women's Travel Club.
- EAD ID
Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository
The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future.
3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA