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Catalog Number PRE 1956-1958
Collection International Presidents Papers
Notes Scope and Content: The General Federation of Women's Clubs International Presidents Papers consist primarily of biographical material, personal correspondence, and articles written by and about the International Presidents. The collection is arranged chronologically by presidential administration.

Copies of official speeches, reports, and publications may be found in GFWC Convention and Meeting Records, Program Records, and the Magazine Collection. Official correspondence is filed with GFWC Board of Directors records. Photographs of GFWC International Presidents and events during their administration may be found in the International Presidents Photograph Collection.

Title Mabel S. Prout Papers, 1934-1962 (1956-1958)
Year Range from 1934.0
Year Range to 1962.0
Extent of Description 0.08 cubic ft. (8 folders)
Description The Mabel S. Prout (Mrs. Robert I. C.) Papers document Prout's administration as 21st international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1956-1958.

Prout was born in West De Pere, Wisconsin. She attended Northern State College in Superior, Wisconsin, specializing in musical education. She began her club work as a member of the Eau Claire Woman's Club and, after her marriage, was a charter member and later president, of the Wakefield Woman's Club in Michigan. She served as state president of the Michigan Federation of Women's Clubs, 1931-1933.

Mabel Prout served as chairman of GFWC's Finance Committee and was elected treasurer in 1950. After serving in the vice-president positions, she was elected GFWC President in 1956. During her term, Prout focused on adult education with the theme "Knowledge is Power." She also created a Religions of the World Department and promoted awareness of the plight of the mentally ill and displaced persons all over the world.

During Prout's administration NBC's Home Show, an early television talk show, provided GFWC air time for news of Federation activities. Mabel Prout appeared on most of these five-minute spots.

Mabel Prout traveled extensively during her tenure, including a visit to Germany to observe the work of Radio Free Europe and a tour of South America that included symposia on international relations.

At the end of her presidency, Prout returned to her home in Minneapolis, where she died on April 14, 1969.

The Mabel S. Prout Papers consist of biographical sketches, speeches, correspondence, writings, and tours. They are arranged by type and then chronologically.

People Prout, Mabel S.
Clafford, Patricia
Buck, Dorothea Dutcher
Buck, Dorothea Dutcher
Chapman, Helen Busch
Search Terms International Presidents Papers
Convention and Meetings Records
Program Records
International Presidents Photograph Collection