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Catalog Number JRM 1964-1966
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, 1964-1966
Year Range from 1964.0
Year Range to 1966.0
Extent of Description 10 folders
Description Mary Jean Houde (Mrs. Thomas R.) of Kankakee, Illinois, served from 1964-1966 as GFWC Director of Junior Clubs. Myrtle Young (Mrs. George) served as Junior Conference Secretary.

During the 1964-1966 administration, these GFWC program departments each had a Junior Chairman: Conservation, Miss Evelyn Farley of Plainville, Connecticut; Education, Barbara Wade (Mrs. Gentry) of Saratoga, California; Fine Arts, Edna Springer (Mrs. Harold) of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Home Life, Jeanenne Morrow (Mrs. James R.) of Birmingham, Alabama; International Affairs, Christine Badger (Mrs. Robert L.), 1964-1965, and Judy Harrison (Mrs. Gene C.) of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, 1965-1966; Public Affairs, Mrs. Jesse Davis of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Council of International Clubs, Jean Neville (Mrs. Richard) of Broomall, Pennsylvania. Phyllis Jay Dudenhoffer (Mrs. William) was Junior Editor.

The Special Junior Project for the administration was Operation Healthy Babies, a neo-natal health program in partnership with the March of Dimes. The primary Junior International Affairs Department project was Operation "Las Campanitas" (Little Bells), a partnership of the GFWC Junior Membership with CARE to build schools in Mexico. A school in El Ocate, Hidalgo, Mexico, was dedicated on 18 September, 1965. In addition, Juniors continued to support Project HOPE and Stamps for the Wounded.

The Junior Membership Records, 1964-1966, consist of:

Folder 1: Photograph of Mary Jean Houde, GFWC Director of Junior Clubs, 1964-1966; and newspaper articles about her work as Director of Junior Clubs, 1965-1966.

Folder 2: Junior Handbook, 1964-1966.

Folder 3: Correspondence from Mary Jean Houde to GFWC Junior Chairmen and State Directors of Junior Clubs, June 1964-April 1966.

Folder 4: Junior Special Project, Operation Healthy Babies, informational materials. Folder includes Bulletin from Junior Chairman of the Home Life Department, March 1965.

Folder 5: Bulletins, newsletters, and reports related to the Junior International Affairs projects: Operation "Little Bells" and Project HOPE, September 1964-December 1965. Folder also includes Bulletin from the Junior Chairman of the Department of International Clubs, August 1964.

Folder 6: Minutes of the Junior Executive Board Meeting, 14 September 1964, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Folder 7: Minutes of the Junior Conference and Junior Executive Board Meetings, 4-7 June 1965, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Folder 8: Minutes of the Junior Executive Board Meeting, 13 September 1965, San Antonio, Texas.

Folder 9: Minutes of the Junior Conference and Junior Executive Board Meetings, 4-7 June 1965, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Folder 10: Reports on the Juniors "Democracy in Service," June 1965 and June 1966; and Report on "Sub-Junior Clubs" in GFWC, 1965.

People Houde, Mary Jean
Farley, Evelyn
Springer, Edna
Wade, Barbara
Morrow, Jeanenne
Badger, Christine
Dudenhoffer, Phyllis Jay
Young, Myrtle
Search Terms Junior Membership
Director of Junior Clubs
Fine Arts
Home Life
International Affairs
Public Affairs
Council of International Clubs
Project HOPE
Operation Healthy Babies
Operation Little Bells