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Name Program Records
Details The GFWC Program Records consist of general correspondence, articles, photographs, pamphlets, and other relevant materials of GFWC departments, departmental divisions, and special project committees. Non-public or personal correspondence related to the organization of GFWC programming may be found in the Correspondence Records. Presidential biographical material, personal correspondence, and articles written by and about GFWC International Presidents may be found in the GFWC International Presidents Papers. Official correspondence is filed with GFWC Board of Directors records.

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Image of PRE 1894-1898 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1894-1898 - International Presidents Papers

The Ellen Martin Henrotin (Mrs. Charles) Papers document Henrotin's administration as the second international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1894-1896 and 1896-1898. Ellen Martin was born in Portland, Maine in 1842. After being educated in Europe, she moved to Chicago in 1868 and was married to Charles Henrotin. Ellen Martin Henrotin served as a delegate to the 1892 International Labor Conference and as vice-president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Chicago International Exposition. She addressed all of the women's congresses at the fair. Henrotin was elected GFWC President in 1894 and spent the beginning of her term travel

Image of PRE 1890-1894 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1890-1894 - International Presidents Papers

The Charlotte Emerson Brown (Mrs. William B.) Papers document Brown's election and administration as the first international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1890-1892 and 1892-1894. Brown, born in Andover, Massachusetts and later a resident of East Orange, New Jersey, was the daughter of professor Ralph Emerson, a relative of the poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. After studying music and languages in Europe, Brown came back to the U.S. and in 1879 was elected president of the Woman's Club of Orange. Brown attended the March 1889 meeting of Sorosis in New York City that organized the ratification convention of April 22-25

Image of PRE 1898-1902 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1898-1902 - International Presidents Papers

The Rebecca Douglas Lowe (Mrs. William B.) Papers document Lowe's administration as the third international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1898-1900 and 1900-1902. Rebecca Lowe was born August 1844 in LaGrange, Georgia. After her marriage to William Lowe, she resided in Atlanta. She became involved in club life in November 1895 when the Council of the General Federation of Women's Clubs met in Atlanta at the Southern States Cotton Exposition. From this, the Atlanta Women's Club was formed and Lowe was elected its leader. In 1896, Lowe invited 17 other women's clubs to meet and form the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs. She be

Image of PRE 1902-1904 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1902-1904 - International Presidents Papers

The Dimies T. S. Denison (Mrs. Charles H.) Papers document Denison's administration as the fourth international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Denison was a member of Sorosis of New York City. She first attracted the attention of the Federation at the 1898 Denver convention when she took Jane Cunningham Croly's place in representing Sorosis. At that time, she was appointed to the committee working on reorganization plans for the Federation. Elected GFWC President in 1902, Denison was especially interested in education, but also advocated for traveling libraries, forest preservation, labor laws, and pure food and drug regulations. She declined being a candid

Image of PRE 1904-1908 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1904-1908 - International Presidents Papers

The Sarah Chase Platt Decker (Mrs. Westbrook S.) Papers document Decker's administration as the fifth international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1904-1906 and 1906-1908. Sarah Chase was born in 1852 in McIndoe Falls, Vermont. She moved with her second husband James H. Platt to Denver, Colorado in 1887 and became the first president of the Woman's Club of Denver. She was chosen as chairman of the GFWC Nominating Committee at the 1896 convention, which was held in Denver. She was so admired that the delegates wanted to choose her as president, but they thought it would be unethical to name the principal officer from the hostess st

Image of PRE 1932-1935 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1932-1935 - International Presidents Papers

The Grace Morrison Poole (Mrs. J. Henry) Papers document Poole's administration as 12th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1932-1935. Grace Morrison was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in 1880. She was educated in teaching at the Salem Normal School and taught for four years before her marriage to J. Henry Poole, who died in 1919. Poole was active in the Woman's Club of Brockton before becoming GFWC recording secretary in 1926. She served as first vice-president, 1928-1932, and was elected GFWC President in 1932. Grace Poole was a proponent of education, labor, pure food and drug laws, women's suffrage, economic reform, and diversity. She made sever

Image of PRE 1908-1912 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1908-1912 - International Presidents Papers

The Eva Perry Moore (Mrs. Phillip N.) Papers document Moore's life and administration as the sixth international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1908-1910 and 1910-1912. Moore was born in Rockford, llinois, in 1852. She attended Vassar College, graduating in 1873 and teaching there until 1875. She became a trustee of the college in 1902. She was a charter member of the Wednesday Club of St. Louis and served as its president from 1892-1894. While serving as state president of the Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, 1901-1906, she implemented the state federation decision to divide Missouri into nine districts, which helped t

Image of PRE 1938-1941 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1938-1941 - International Presidents Papers

The Saidie Orr Dunbar (Mrs. Jesse Austin) Papers document Dunbar's administration as 14th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1938-1941. Dunbar was born in Granger, Missouri. She lived in Kansas and California before moving to Oregon in 1889. She worked for many years in various capacities at the Oregon Tuberculosis Association, eventually rising to executive secretary. Dunbar organized several clubs in Oregon and went on to become state president of the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs, 1923-1926. She was elected GFWC President in 1938. During her term, Saidie Dunbar's keynote was "Adjusting Democracy for Human Welfare." She served as a member

Image of PRE 1912-1916 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1912-1916 - International Presidents Papers

The Anna Hardwicke Pennybacker (Mrs. Percy V.) Papers document Pennybacker's life and administration as seventh international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1912-1914 and 1914-1916. Pennybacker was born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1861. After graduating from Texas State Normal School and studying abroad in Europe, she became a Texas public school teacher. From 1901 to 1903 she served as state president of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. From 1904 to 1912, she served in several capacities as a GFWC officer and as chairman of the Program Committee and chairman of the Endowment Fund. She was elected GFWC President in 1912.

Image of PRE 1916-1920 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1916-1920 - International Presidents Papers

The Ione Virginia Hill Cowles (Mrs. Josiah Evans) Papers document Cowles' life and administration as the eighth international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1916-1918 and 1918-1920. Cowles was born on March 13, 1858 in Carthage, Indiana. After her marriage, she moved to Los Angeles, California. From 1905 to 1906 she served as state president of the California Federation of Women's Clubs. From 1906 to 1912 Cowles served in various capacities as a GFWC national officer. In 1912 she was next in line for the presidency but stepped out of place in order to let her home state hold the convention. She was elected GFWC President in 191

Image of PRE 1920-1924 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1920-1924 - International Presidents Papers

The Alice Ames Winter (Mrs. Thomas Gerald) Papers document Winter's administration as 9th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and some of her later work in the motion picture industry. She served for two administrations: 1920-1922 and 1922-1924. Winter was born in Albany, New York. Although she lived in various places throughout her childhood, most of it was spent in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. After graduating from Wellesley College with both a B.A. and an M.A., she married and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Active in civic affairs, she founded and headed the Minneapolis Woman's Club for eight years. In 1914 Winter became chairman of GFWC's Depar

Image of PRE 1924-1928 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1924-1928 - International Presidents Papers

The Mary Belle King Sherman (Mrs. John Dickinson) Papers document the activities of her time as 10th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served for two administrations: 1924-1926 and 1926-1928. Sherman was born in New York in 1862. She later moved to Chicago, where she married journalist John Dickinson Sherman in 1887. She was active in the Chicago Woman's Club, taught at the John Marshall Law School, and wrote a book on parliamentary law. In 1904, Sherman became GFWC's recording secretary. In 1908, she became second vice-president and served in that position until 1912. In 1909, the family moved to Estes Park, Colorado, for the health of their so

Image of PRE 1928-1932 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1928-1932 - International Presidents Papers

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 p

Image of PRE 1935-1938 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1935-1938 - International Presidents Papers

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, unt

Image of PRE 1941-1944 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1941-1944 - International Presidents Papers

The Sara Anderson Whitehurst (Mrs. John L.) Papers document Whitehurst's administration as 15th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1941-1944. Whitehurst was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Hahnemann and Women's Medical Colleges in Philadelphia and studied psychology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She served as state president of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs, 1930-1932. In 1933, she was the first woman appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland, a position she held until 1966. Before becoming GFWC President in 1942, she served in various Federation departments, including Legislation an

Image of PRE 1944-1947 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1944-1947 - International Presidents Papers

The Lucy Jennings Dickinson (Mrs. LaFell) Papers document Dickinson's administration as 16th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1944-1947. Dickinson was born in Winchester, New Hampshire. She attended Mount Holyoke College. Shortly after graduating, her father died and she took over his lumber business, real estate holdings, and succeeded him as director of the Winchester National Bank. Dickinson was president of the Keene Women's Club, 1924-1926, and state president of the New Hampshire State Federation of Women's Clubs, 1929-1931. She was elected GFWC President in 1944. During her term, Lucy Dickinson emphasized war service projects and also instit

Image of PRE 1947-1950 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1947-1950 - International Presidents Papers

The Dorothea Dutcher Buck (Mrs. J. L. Blair) Papers document Buck's administration as 17th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1947-1950. Buck was born July 31, 1887, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After her marriage she moved to Hampton, Virginia. She was a charter member and the first president of the Woman's Club of Hampton. After moving to Richmond, she joined both the Richmond Woman's Club and the Tuckahoe Woman's Club. As state president of the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs, 1930-1932, Buck worked for unemployment relief. As a result of her accomplishments, she was chosen to serve as chairman of the GFWC Budget Committee in 1935. She was elected G

Image of PRE 1950-1952 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1950-1952 - International Presidents Papers

The Dorothy Deemer Houghton (Mrs. Hiram Cole) Papers document Houghton's administration as 18th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1950-1952. Houghton was born March 11, 1890, in Red Oak, Iowa. After her graduation from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she became very active in her home state, serving two terms as a member of the state board of education, president of the Iowa Library Association, and a life member of the Iowa Historical Society. Houghton was the first president of the Red Oak Monday Club, and state president of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, 1935-1937. She was elected GFWC President in 1950. During her term, Dorothy Hought

Image of PRE 1970-1972 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1970-1972 - International Presidents Papers

The Louise Graham Brown (Mrs. Earle A.) Papers, document Brown's administration as 28th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1970-1972. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brown earned an A.B. from Chatham College and did graduate work at Columbia University. Her club career began with the junior section of the Woman's Club of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. She served as state president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Women's Clubs, 1958-1960. Brown served as chairman of GFWC's Home Life Department and Membership Department. She became recording secretary in 1962 and worked her way up through all national offices, becoming GFWC President in 1970. Durin

Image of PRE 1952-1954 - International Presidents Papers

PRE 1952-1954 - International Presidents Papers

The Mildred Carlson Ahlgren (Mrs. Oscar A.) Papers, document Ahlgren's administration as 19th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1952-1954, and her later career as GFWC Public Relations Director, 1954-1997. Ahlgren was born in Whiting, Indiana, on November 7, 1899. She was a reporter for the Hammond Times and, during World War II, she served as the Indiana chairman of the Women's Division of the U.S. War Bonds Committee. In 1944 Ahlgren became GFWC recording secretary and moved up in the ranks, becoming president of GFWC in 1952. Her administration theme was "The Preservation of Our American Heritage." During her term, Mildred Ahlgren was an advocat