The North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1903-1937
This collection contains annual programs and yearbooks from The North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Annual programs include information on membership, officers, club departments, and a directory of women's club organized by city/county. The yearbooks includes a calendar of events, officers, departments and its departmental leaders, standing committees, a message from the president, minutes, reports, and other miscellaneous information relating to the Federation and its operations. Materials are dated 1903-1937 and arranged in chronological order.
- 1903 - 1937
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Biographical / Historical
GFWC was founded in New York, New York in 1890, and the first state club in North Carolina founded in Winston-Salem on May 25, 1902. The organization has national, state, and local club levels and is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes the President and Junior Director from each state. GFWC encourages networking and has developed a chain of leadership that supports this ideal through trainings, state/national gatherings, and conferences.
GFWC prides itself in dedicating time, energy, and funds to a variety of service areas that enable women and better the communities they serve. In 2000, President Teresa Shaver Lee encouraged women in GFWC-NC to “go light their world” and overcome all discouragement in their communities. This statement supports the mission of GFWC and demonstrates how important it is for the members to radiate positivity in their communities. GFWC-NC leads service projects and trainings in the arts, conservation, education, homelife, outreach, public issues, and leadership.
Clubwoman Magazine, the official GFWC publication, is one of the ways the organization stays in touch with its state clubs and members. In each issue, GFWC promotes regular articles such as a letter from the president, features on members, updates on volunteer/service projects, and upcoming conventions and training opportunities.
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Language of Materials
The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) is one of the world’s largest nondenominational women’s volunteer service organization. As of 2019, there are approximately 140 clubs in North Carolina. GFWC and its state clubs are active in many areas of service, including the arts, conservation, education, homelife, outreach, public issues, and leadership. This organization provides opportunities for women of all ages and backgrounds to develop skills that will advance them in their professional and personal lives. GFWC places heavy focus on volunteerism and community improvement.
This collection contains annual GFWC-NC yearbooks that include information on state club listings, officers, constitution and by-laws, convention programs, study clubs, and other miscellaneous information relating to the organization. Dates in this collection range from 1903-1937.
Collection materials are arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.
North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs. “GFWC-NC Abridged History.” GFWC-NC. Accessed March 2019. http://www.gfwcnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/6-History-Abridged-18-20.pdf
North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs. “Organization Structure.” GFWC-NC. Accessed March 2019. https://gfwcnc.org/about/organization-structure/
General Federation of Women’s Clubs. “GFWC Clubwoman Magazine.” Accessed March 2019. https://www.gfwc.org/news-publications/clubwoman-magazine/
Materials are in good condition.
The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, February 2021.
- Book clubs (Discussion groups) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Clubs and Organizations Subject Source: Local sources
- Education Subject Source: Local sources
- GFWC of North Carolina
- Leadership Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Programs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Service learning Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women--Societies and clubs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Yearbooks Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- The North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1903-1937
- Sydney Carroll
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