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Catalog Number JRM 1935-1938
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, 1935-1938
Year Range from 1935
Year Range to 1938
Extent of Description 4 folders
Description Mary Kimberly Shirk (Mrs. Elbert W.) of Redlands, California, served from 1935 to 1938 as Chairman of the GFWC Department of Junior Clubwomen. Ruth McBride Powers (Mrs. Albert H.) of Powers, Oregon served as Vice-Chairman, and Louise Jones (Mrs. Rex L.) of Redlands, California, served as Junior Editor for the "General Federation Clubwoman."

Projects encouraged by the Junior Membership Department during this administration included the Talking Books for the Blind, Mothercraft, Penny Art Fund, Highway Safety, Cancer Control Movement, and the Allied Youth Movement.

In May 1938, at the GFWC Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, the assembled delegates voted to reduce the maximum age for Juniors from 35 to 30.

The Junior Membership Records, 1935-1938 consist of:

Folder 1: Leaflets and correspondence from Chairman Mary Shirk to Junior Membership, 1935-1938, including handout on "A Proposed Junior Clubs Project: Statewide Promotion of Allied Youth," undated.

Folder 2: Minutes of the Junior Department meetings held during the GFWC Convention in Miami, Florida, April 1936. Folder includes copy of Junior song leaflet from the Miami meeting.

Folder 3: Minutes of the Junior Department meetings, held during the GFWC Council Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 1937, including state reports. Registration page includes signatures of Juniors registered for the meeting.

Folder 4: Minutes of the Junior Department meetings held during the GFWC Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, May 1938.

Folder 5: Reports on the Junior Department, prepared by Chairman Mary Shirk, ca. 1936-1937, and January 1938. Includes copy of the published report from the April 1936 meeting in Miami, Florida.
People Shirk, Mary Kimberly
Powers, Ruth McBride
Jones, Louise
Search Terms Junior Membership
Junior Pledge
Mothercraft
Penny Art Fund
Women's Field Army