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Catalog Number JRM 1932-1935
Collection Junior Membership Records
Notes Scope and Content: The General Federation of Women's Clubs Junior Membership Records series consists primarily of minutes, reports, agenda, correspondence, and related materials generated by officers and committee members in GFWC's Junior Membership. From its founding in 1890, the membership of the General Federation of Women's Clubs included clubs that were created by or for young women, whether they were daughters of women in existing clubs, students at a college or university where a woman's club already flourished, or clubs for "working girls," unmarried women generally working in clerical jobs. The importance of attracting young women and building clubs for them was officially acknowledged at the 1922 Convention in Chautauqua, New York, when the GFWC Board of Directors created a Committee on Junior Membership. In 1932, GFWC granted Department status to Junior Membership, and in 1951, approved a bylaws change that provided for an elected Director of Junior Clubs to serve on the GFWC Executive Committee beginning with the 1952-1954 administration.

The records are arranged chronologically by administration, then by committee or department (if applicable) and record type. Other records related to the Junior Membership may be found in the GFWC Program Records and Convention and Meeting Record Series. The GFWC Magazine Collection will include articles about the Junior Membership program and details on the work of individual Junior clubs.

Title Junior Membership Records, 1932-1935
Year Range from 1932
Year Range to 1935
Extent of Description 7 folders
Description Marie Land (Mrs. Edward) of Statesville, North Carolina, served from 1932 to 1935 as the first Chairman of the new GFWC Junior Department, which was established at the 1932 GFWC Convention in Seattle, Washington. Her administration theme was "The Interdependence of Juniors and Seniors."

Vice-Chairman Mary Kimberly Shirk of Redlands, California, was the daughter of Helen Cheney Kimberly, who wrote the Junior Pledge. During her tenure on the committee, she promoted the use of the Pledge both nationally and internationally. In addition, regional chairmen were appointed.

The Junior Membership Records, 1932-1935 consist of:

Folder 1: Junior Department information leaflets, 1932-1935, including background of the National Junior Pledge, written by Helen Cheney Kimberly.

Folder 2: Minutes of the Junior Department meeting, held 23 May 1933, at the GFWC Council Meeting in Richmond, Virginia; and report of "The Juniors at Richmond" by Bertha Hare Long (Mrs. David S.) of Harrisonville, Missouri.

Folder 3: Correspondence on Junior Contests from Vice-Chairman Mary Shirk to State Junior Chairmen, 29 January 1934; and 14 November 1934.

Folder 4: Minutes of the Junior Department meetings, 23-26 May 1934, at the GFWC Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas; and two reports of Marie Land given at the convention, including an overview of Junior projects in all GFWC departments.

Folder 5: Letter from Chairman Marie Land to State Junior Chairman, 24 December 1934, concerning revisions of the GFWC constitution related to Juniors, to be brought before the Board of Directors meeting in January 1935.

Folder 6: Minutes of the Committee on Juniors, held at GFWC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in January 1935, including four recommended bylaws. The bylaws, which were approved at the June 1935 Convention in Detroit, adopted the name Department of Junior Club Women, specified that every Junior club have a sponsor, identified three classifications of clubs by age, set a maximum age of 35 and term of service of eight years, and outlined dues payment for each classification.

Folder 7: Reports of the Junior Conference, Junior Business Session, and Junior Contests and Awards, presented at the GFWC Convention, held 4-12 June 1935 in Detroit, Michigan.
Folder includes a copy of the sheet music for "The March of Youth," a song written for the Juniors and first sung at the Detroit Convention; and a copy of "Junior Diary," the Convention newsletter for Juniors, dated June 7, 1935.
People Land, Marie
Shirk, Mary Kimberly
Kimberly, Helen Cheney
Long, Bertha Hare
Search Terms Junior Membership
Junior Pledge