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Catalog Number PRE 1928-1932
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 Bettie Manroe Sippel Papers, 1928-1943 (1928-1932)
Year Range from 1928.0
Year Range to 1943.0
Extent of Description 2 folders (1 oversize)
Description The Bettie Manroe Sippel (Mrs. John F.) Papers document Sippel's administration as 11th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1928-1930 and 1930-1932.

Sippel was born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendent of early colonists. Many of her early years were spent on the farm of her uncle, and throughout her career she was interested in rural women. She organized classes for them and gave them lectures on current events. In 1924 the Governor of Maryland recognized her work and appointed her a member of his Agricultural Commission.

Sippel was president of the Baltimore Sorosis Club for several years. In 1924, she became state president of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs. She also served as chairman of GFWC's Resolutions Committee and Finance Committee, and participated in the Executive and Investment Committee and the House Committee. She was elected GFWC President in 1928.

During her term, Bettie Sippel created a committee on rural cooperation, a home safety campaign, and focused heavily on international relations. In November 1930, she was appointed by President Hoover as a delegate to the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection. She received a copy of the 19-point Children's Charter in recognition of her service at that conference.

Also in 1930, Sippel was appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Henry Stimson to the Commission of the Inter-American Institute of Intellectual Cooperation in recognition of GFWC's work in international affairs. In 1931, she was appointed to the Planning Committee for the President's Conference of Home Building and Home Ownership, which was held in December 1931. Serving during the height of the Great Depression, Sippel also led GFWC in its support of the work of the President's Emergency Committee for Employment.

She died in 1943.

The Bettie Manroe Sippel Papers consist of:

Folder 1: Biographical sketches, news clippings, speeches, and written works.

Folder 2 (oversize): Article written by Sippel for the Ladies' Home Journal, February 1929.

People Sippel, Bettie Manroe
Search Terms International Presidents Papers
Convention and Meetings Records
Program Records
International Presidents Photograph Collection