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Name Arnold, Margaret Long
Notes Margaret Long Arnold (Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold) was born in Lusk, Wyoming on August 15, 1914. She received an A.B. from Syracuse University in 1934 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1936. From 1934 to 1940, she worked at several public schools in New York, teaching English, speech, and drama.

After marrying and moving to Concord, New Hampshire, Arnold became active in the Woman's Club of Concord, serving in various officer roles. After rising through the state federation ranks, she was elected state president of the New Hampshire Federation of Women's Clubs in 1950.

In 1954, Arnold became chairman of GFWC's Communications Department. She served in the various GFWC national officer positions, and was elected GFWC President in 1962. During her term, she focused on education, both domestically and abroad; leadership in international relations; and the conservation of natural resources. Her administration theme was "Strengthen the Arm of Liberty," which included a fundraising campaign for construction of the American Museum of Immigration at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

After her tenure as GFWC President, Arnold represented the United States at the United Nations International Conference for Women in Jerusalem and served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service. She was appointed chairman of the New York Council for Continuing Education, 1965-1970. Beginning in 1974, she worked for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), first as assistant to the executive director, and later as the coordinator of women's activities.

She died in December 2004.

Associated Records

Image of OH 0044 - Oral History Collection

OH 0044 - Oral History Collection

Oral history interview with Margaret Arnold, GFWC International President (1962-1964), conducted by Cynthia Swanson, WHRC Director, on 14 February 1994 at GFWC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Includes a 29-page transcript. Margaret describes her involvement in club activities, beginning with her first club, the Woman's Club of Concord, New Hampshire, where she participated in many World War II service programs, including the recruitment of nurses. She volunteered for the New Hampshire Council on the Aging and became president of the New Hampshire Federation of Women's Clubs, 1950-1952. She describes her work chairing the GFWC United Nations Specialized Agencies Division and the GFWC Com

Image of MAG 1963.02 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1963.02 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, February 1963. Vol. 42 No. 6 Woman to Woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 4. Executive Committee Responsibility/ by Mrs. Earle A. Brown; 19. Panorama/ p. 20. The Lighted Way/ by John Edgar Hoover; p. 6. Preparing for Dynamic Maturity/ by William C. Fitch; p. 8. Helping New Americans Help America/ by Edward Corsi; p. 12. Clubs in Action/ p. 10. GFWC Juniors/ by Mrs. T. R. Houde; p. 16. Public Relations As I See It/ by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren; p. 23. Communique/ by GFWC Program Staff; p. 24.

Image of PRE 1962-1964 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1962-1964 - International Presidents Papers

The Margaret Long Arnold (Mrs. Dexter Otis) Papers, document Arnold's administration as 24th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1962-1964.. Arnold was born in Lusk, Wyoming on August 15, 1914. She received an A.B. from Syracuse University in 1934 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1936. From 1934 to 1940, she worked at several public schools in New York, teaching English, speech, and drama. After marrying and moving to Concord, New Hampshire, Arnold became active in the Woman's Club of Concord, serving in various officer roles. After rising through the state federation ranks, she was elected state president of the New Hampshire Federation of Women

Image of CON 1963.06 - Convention and Meeting Records

CON 1963.06 - Convention and Meeting Records

The Seventy-Second Annual Convention of General Federation of Women's Clubs was held 10-14 June 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Auditorium and Arena. The GFWC Convention Records, 1963 consist of a call to convention letter containing proposed amendments, a convention program, the report and audit of the treasurer, and a digitized record collection. The records also include a pamphlet, program, menu, and a report by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren from the GFWC Study Mission Trip and Munich Clubwoman Conference in Europe. The trip took place 17 June - 14 July 1963 and the women visited the countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

Image of CON 1964.06 - Convention and Meeting Records

CON 1964.06 - Convention and Meeting Records

The Seventy-Third Annual Convention of General Federation of Women's Clubs was held 7-11 June 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Hall. The GFWC Convention Records, 1964 consist of a call to convention letter containing proposed amendments, a hotel reservation application, a list of rules for candidates, a convention program, programs from the Community Improvement Program Awards Ceremony, and the report and audit of the treasurer. The records also include a report given at the convention by the Hellenic General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Image of CON 1963.04 - Convention and Meeting Records

CON 1963.04 - Convention and Meeting Records

The General Federation of Women's Clubs Forum Meeting was held 22 April 1963 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Condado Beach Hotel. The records consist of a meeting program that includes an itinerary for the trip and a list of the affiliated clubs of Puerto Rico as well as the report of the visit to Caribbean clubs by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren.

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CON 1963.09 - Convention and Meeting Records

The General Federation of Women's Clubs Board of Directors Meeting was held 21-25 September 1963 in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel and Pan American Union. The meeting records consist of a call to meeting letter containing a preliminary schedule and a program from the Western Hemispheric Conference that took place 25 September.

Image of MAG 1963.05-06 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1963.05-06 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, May-June 1963 Contents: Woman to Woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 4. Panorama/ p. 25. A Tribute to Mildred Allers/ p. 29. How safe is our food?/ by Commissioner George P. Larrick; p. 8. In the market for ideas?/ by Dr. Lee H. Bristol, Jr.; p. 12. A New Protection for Adult Illiterates/ p. 13. How close are we to accidnetal war?/ by Dr. John Phelps and Dr. Jerome Frank; p. 18. In the News/ p. 6. GFWC Juniors/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 10. Clubs in Action/ p. 14. GFWC International Clubs/ by Mrs. Douglas A. Johnston; p. 16. GFWC Legislation/ by Mary Chittenden; p. 27. GFWC Parliamentary Query/ by Mrs. Kenyon Nicholl; p. 33. Public Realtions as I

Image of CON 1962.09 - Convention and Meeting Records

CON 1962.09 - Convention and Meeting Records

The General Federation of Women's Clubs Board of Directors Meeting was held 24-26 September 1962 in Washington, D.C., at the Mayflower Hotel. The theme of the meeting was "To Strengthen the Arm of Liberty." The GFWC Board Meeting Records, September 1962, consist of a meeting program.

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PRO 1952-1954 - Program Records

GFWC Program Records, created during the administration of GFWC President Mildred Carlson Ahlgren, 1952-1954: Folder 1: Constitutions and bylaws, 1953,1954. Folder 2: Directory, 1952-1954 Folder 3: GFWC President Ahlgren's letter to board and committee members with the objectives of the 1952-1954 administration, 6 June 1952; and letter to state presidents regarding a scholarship in psychiatric nursing at Norton Memorial Infirmary, Louisville, Kentucky, 10 November 1952. Folder 4: GFWC overviews, including booklets and a script on GFWC's history, purpose, and programs. Departments of Work Folder 5: Americanism Department bulletins and information sheets, compiled by cha

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PRO 1962-1964 - Program Records

GFWC Program Records, created during the administration of GFWC President Margaret Long Arnold, 1962-1964: Folder 1: Constitution and by-laws, 1962-1964. Folder 2: Directory, 1962-1964. Folder 3: GFWC overviews, including a booklet and leaflets providing facts about the Federation and 1962-1964 administration, and Dimes for Liberty collection box. Folder 4: President's office correspondence to board members, state presidents, state directors of junior clubs, chairmen, and clubs; and an invitation to "An illustrated talk on the Filming of "The Bible," a new motion picture," held 7 June 1965, Washington, D.C. Folder 5: Executive Committee, Third Vice President (Membership and Ext

Image of MAG 1962.05 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1962.05 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, May-June 1962 Contents: From where I stand/ by Mrs. E. Lee Ozbirn; p. 6. Wonderful Washington/ p. 20. GFWC convention speakers/ pp. 8-16. Survey: homemaker-citizen/ by Joan Gaines; p. 22. Survey: community leaders/ by Claud Bosworth; p. 22. GFWC salute to safety/ by Mrs. B.V. Todd; p. 27. My line/ by Mrs. E. Lee Ozbirn; p. 24. Welcome to new GFWC clubs/ p. 40.

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MAG 1963.01 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, January 1963 Contents: Woman to woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 4. GFWC program planning/ p. 20. Panorama/ p. 24. The USA and education/ by Edward R. Murrow; p. 6. Delinquent parents/ by Dwight L. Bolinger; p. 8. Automation and the new industrial revolution/ by Dr. George Arnstein; p. 10. Federal support of education-a pro and con analysis/ p. 12. We join because.../by Mrs. Walter V. Magee; p. 25. GFWC juniors/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 16. Clubs in action/ p. 18. Public relations as I see it/ by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren; p. 23. Parliamentary query/ by Mrs. Kenyon Nicholl; p. 29.

Image of MAG 1963.03 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1963.03 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, March 1963 Contents: Woman to Woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 4. GFWC Program Planning/ p. 20. Panorama/ p. 24. The Status of Women Today/ by Esther Peterson; p. 8. Time: The Stuff of Life/ by Dr. Orean K. Timm; p. 10. Good Citizenship/ by Congressman John Fogarty; p. 16. GFWC Juniors/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 18. Clubs in Action/ p. 6. Parliamentary Query/ by Mrs. Kenyon Nicholl; p. 29. A Statement by the GFWC Treasurer/ by Mrs. Guy J. Nelson; p. 23.

Image of MAG 1963.04 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1963.04 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, April 1963 Contents: Woman to Woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 4. GFWC Program Planning/ p. 24. Panorama/ p. 28. Come to the GFWC Convention/ p. 6. Teaching Grown-ups/ by Robert A. Luke; p. 10. America the Beautiful?/ by Senator Harrison Williams and Russell Lynes; p. 12. We can Improve our communities!/ by Virginia Stitzenberger; p. 18. "Straight Talk" about Housing/ by Flora Hatcher; p. 19. The GFWC's show me trip/ p. 20. GFWC Parliamentary Query/ p. 22. Clubs in Action/ p. 8. Public Relations as I see it/ by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren; p. 26. GFWC Juniors/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 16.

Image of MAG 1963.09 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1963.09 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, September 1963 Contents: Woman to Woman-What a Convention Means/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 4. At the GFWC Convention-A Photo Story/ p. 6. New GFWC Project: Dimes for Liberty/ by Dr. Alan E. Kent; p. 8. Help for Handicapped Mothers/ by Mary E. Switzer; p. 10. The TV Panel/ by James Quirk, Robert Foreman, Robert Young, Sylvester Weaver, and Cleveland Amory; p. 12. Excerpted speech/ by Vice President Lyndon Johnson; p. 15. Excerpted speech/ by Dr. Willard Goslin; p. 17. Excerpted speech/ by Edward R. Murrow; p. 19. Women's Role in a Changing World/ by Mrs. Philip Hart, Dr. Leona Baumgartner, Mrs. Margaret Price, Mrs. Clare Williams, Miss Christine

Image of MAG 1962.09 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1962.09 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, September 1962 Contents: Woman to woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otix Arnold; p. 6. GFWC conventon highights/ p. 21. On the increasing membership/ by Mrs. Walter Hawkins; p. 30. The meaning of home/ by Mrs. Florence W. Low; p. 10. Clubs in action/ p. 8. GFWC juniors/ p. 12. GFWC program planning/ by Clubwomen staff; pp. 14-17. Panorama/ p. 18. Public relatons as I see it/ by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren; p. 23. Medical news/ p. 25. Parliamentary questions and answers/ by Mrs. Kenyon Nicholl; p. 27. International clubs/ by Mrs. Douglad A. Johnston; p. 28.

Image of MAG 1962.10 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1962.10 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, October 1962 Contents: Woman to woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p.4. Conservatoin of natural resources/ by Mrs. M Lewis Hall; p. 8. A message from the GFWC's second vice president/ by Mrs. E. D. Pearce; p. 17. America is as strong as its natural resources/ by Stewart L. Udall; p. 7. The managed forest/ by Rosalie Koch; p. 9. Quick glance at the water problem/ by Sherrod Stuckey; p. 10. Homes for wildlife on the national forests/ by Edward P. Cliff; p. 12. Clubs in action/ p. 6. GFWC program planning/ p. 14. Panorama/ p. 16. GFWC juniors-news sections/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 18. Public relations as I see it/ by Mildred Carlson Ahlgren; p. 23. Pa

Image of MAG 1962.11 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1962.11 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, November 1962 Contents: Woman to woman/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p.6. Panorama/ p. 24. GFWC program planning/ p. 16. Why the United States is in NATO/ by Selma Freedman; p. 8. Literacy and the GFWC care program/ by Frank Goffio; p. 12. Wrold in ferment/ by Barbara Ward; p. 14. Clubs in action/ p. 10. Parliamentary/ by Mrs. Kenyon Nicholl; p. 19. GFWC junior's news/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 20. International clubs/ by Mrs. Douglas A. Johnston; p. 22. Public relations as I see it/ by Mildred Carlson Ahlgre; p. 28. Welcome to newly federated clubs/ p. 28.

Image of MAG 1963.10 - Magazine Collection

MAG 1963.10 - Magazine Collection

General Federation Clubwoman, October 1963 Contents: Woman to Woman-What a Convention Means/ by Mrs. Dexter Otis Arnold; p. 6. The Cold War and Children/ by Dr. Benjamin Spock; p. 8. What the C.I.P. can do for your town/ by Virginia Stitzenberger; p. 14. New Trends in Foods and Nutrition/ by Dr. Frederick J. Stare and Dr. Martha F. Trulson; p. 16. Where is TV going? (Part II)/ by James Quirck, Robert Foreman, Robert Young, Sylvester Weaver, and Cleveland Armory; p. 18. How well are you managing your family budget?/ by Betty S. Martin; p. 20. Clubs in Action-A Photo Layout/ p. 10. Clubs in Action/ p. 12. Notes from Juniors/ by Mrs. T.R. Houde; p. 22. GFWC International Clubs/ by M