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Catalog Number PRE 1935-1938
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 Roberta Campbell Lawson Papers, 1917-1941 (1935-1938)
Year Range from 1935
Year Range to 1938
Extent of Description 4 folders (1 oversize)
Description The Roberta Campbell Lawson (Mrs. Eugene B.) Papers document Lawson's administration as 13th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1935-1938.

Lawson was born in 1878 at Al-lu-we, Indian Territory, which later became Oklahoma. She was the great-granddaughter of the Reverend Charles Journeycake, the last tribal chief of the Delawares.

In 1903 the first woman's club was organized in Nowata, Oklahoma, and Lawson served as its president for five years. She served as state president of the Oklahoma Federation of Women's Clubs, 1917-1919, and GFWC's Oklahoma Director, 1918-1922. Lawson served in various capacities for GFWC, including Music Committee chairman, until 1928 when she became second vice-president. She was elected GFWC President in 1935.

The theme of Roberta Lawson's administration was "Education for Living." She encouraged adult education and community activities for young adults. She led the first official Good Neighbor Tour to Central America and the West Indies.

She died December 21, 1940.


The Roberta Campbell Lawson Papers consist of:

Folder 1: Biographies and family histories (typescripts).

Folder 2: Newspaper clippings, ca. 1917-1941, some photocopied from a Lawson family scrapbook; a copy of Roberta Lawson's application for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1924; and photocopies of photographs.

Folder 3: Speeches and addresses, 1932-1939.

Folder 4 (oversize): Magazine articles written by Roberta Lawson, 1936-1938.

People Lawson, Roberta Campbell
Woods, Thalia S.
Search Terms International Presidents Papers
Convention and Meetings Records
Program Records
International Presidents Photograph Collection