Guide to the Women's International Club Records, 1944-2011 UA.40.01.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Women's International Club Records
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Women's International Club.
Collection Number
UA.40.01.01
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1963-2011
Date [inclusive]
1944-2011
Extent
4.3 linear feet (11 mss boxes)
Abstract
The Women’s International Club was founded on August 4, 1939 at the University of Pittsburgh within the Nationality Rooms Program. The purpose of the club was to establish communication between the various Nationality Rooms committees and to promote intercultural understanding and exchange within the university and city community.

Preferred Citation

Women's International Club Records, UA.40.01.01, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

Nationality Rooms Program Director Ruth Crawford Mitchell founded the Women’s International Luncheon Club on August 4, 1939, just one year after the completion of the first Nationality Classroom in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The Nationality Rooms Program itself originated from a wish to celebrate and explore Pittsburgh’s multinational and multicultural background as well as garner support from the Pittsburgh community for the construction of the Cathedral of Learning. The club’s foundation was an extension of this intercultural mission.

The original members were female representatives of the Nationality Room Committees who met to exchange progress reports on the developing rooms. The club accordingly became a communication hub for the classroom committees. Almost immediately after its founding, the club faced the disunity that came with the emerging conflict in Europe. Because of its purposeful exclusion of political affiliation or motive, the club met with enthusiastic interest from Pittsburgh women eager to forestall wartime disunion. Members assembled regularly at luncheons to discuss current events and view lectures by faculty speakers in Political Science, History and Languages. The organization assumed its current name, the Women’s International Club, on October 23, 1947 to better reflect its goals of global consciousness, outreach and learning.

In 1961 the club began awarding scholarships to University students interested in pursuing studies abroad. Permanent funding was secured by the 1975 publication of The Nationality Rooms Recipe Book, the proceeds of which subsidized the endowment that funds the Women's International Club (WIC) summer abroad scholarship. Although the book was essentially a WIC project, it benefited from contributions by the Nationality Rooms committee members and the Nationality Rooms Office administrative staff. The Women’s International Club meets quarterly and remains a co-sponsor in the Summer Study Abroad scholarship program.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collections consists of the administrative files and records of the activities of the club. Included are corresponcence files, treasurer's reports, minutes (incomplete) and events. A prominent section of records is that of the development and sales of the Nationality Rooms Recipe Book.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, April 2013

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Christina Lagnese in March 2013.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carly Lough and Marianne Kasica in March 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The floppy disks that contain the electronic version of the Recipe Book are in Box 11. The file has been transferred to the Archives server.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cathedral of Learning (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Women's International Club. -- Records and correspondence

Genre(s)

  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes

Occupation(s)

  • Cookbooks -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Personal Name(s)

  • Mitchell, Ruth Crawford, 1890-

Subject(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Women
  • Women -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs

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Previous Citation

Women's International Club Records, UA.40.01.01, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Policy and Bylaws 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains a somewhat incomplete set of policies and by-laws that were filed in the Nationality Rooms office at the time of processing.

  BoxFolder
Policies, Rules of Procedure, draft Bylaws, 1975-2001 11
  Folder
Bylaws, 1966-1984 2

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Series  II. Membership 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains some membership lists as well as the applications and nominations for membership in the Club.

  Folder
Members, 1941-1956 3
  Folder
Members, 1963-1966 4
  Folder
Members, 1967-1975 5
  Folder
Members, 1980-1985 6
  Folder
Members, 1987-1990 7
  Folder
Member Nominations, 1965, 1984 8-9

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Series  III. Treasurers Accounts and Reports, 1961-1988 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the records of the treasurer as well as supporting documentaion. Since dues were often collected at the time of the annual luncheon, the luncheon sheets document dues payment as well as luncheon attendance. There is also the finances for the production and sale of the Recipe Book. Other activities around the book are in Series VII.

  BoxFolder
Ledger Cards, 1961-1973 21
  Folder
Dues and Reports Ledgers, 1967-1988 2-4
  Folder
Luncheon Sheets and Dues, 1984-1985 5-6
  Folder
Hoechstetter Printing Co. Invoices and Correspondence, 1973-1978 7
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Recipe Book Sales and Invoices, 1974-1985 8-11
  BoxFolder
Nationality Rooms Books Sales and Invoices, 1976-1998 31-9

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Series  IV. Minutes 

Scope and Content Notes

This series comprises the minutes of the meetings as well as any business transacted at other gatherings. There are some missing.

  BoxFolder
 1972-1973 310
  Folder
 1973-1975 11
  Folder
 1977-1983 12
  BoxFolder
 1985-1990 41
  Folder
 2003-2005 2
  Folder
Executive Committee, 1963-1965 3

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Series  V. Correspondence Files 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains correspondence as well as many other day-to-day transactions of the club. The postcards and letters pertain mainly to scholarship recipients but occasionally other greetings.

  BoxFolder
 1950-1963 44-12
  BoxFolder
 1965-1973 51-7
  BoxFolder
 1973-1985 61-12
  BoxFolder
 1986-1996 71-10
  BoxFolder
 1997-2012 81-14
  Folder
Postcards and Letters, 1984-1985 15

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Series  VI. Events and Publicity 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains all of the preparations and details of the various functions listed below. There are minutes mixed in with some of these files as they pertain to the event.

  BoxFolder
Nationality Rooms Council Dinner for Ruth C. Mitchell, 1956 91
  Folder
Events, 1959 2
  Folder
Ruth C. Mitchell Lecture, 1962 3
  Folder
Folk Dance Workshop, 1963 4
  Folder
Publicity, 1963, 1965 5-6
  Folder
Ruth Crawford Mitchell 90th Birthday Celebration, 1975-1980 7-10
  Folder
50th Anniversary Celebration, 1989 11-12
  Folder
Buffet Meetings, 1976-1993 13
  Folder
Luncheon Invitations, 1981-1993 14
  Folder
Publicity, 1982 15
  Folder
Costume Show, 1990 16
  Folder
President's Luncheon, 1980-1999 17
  Folder
Luncheons, 2004 18
  Folder
International Buffets, 1989-2002 19
  Folder
25th Anniversary, 1964 20
  BoxFolder
Photographs, 1952-1999 101

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Series  VII. Nationality Rooms Recipe Book 

Scope and Content Notes

The Nationality Rooms Recipe Book is a compilation of recipes used in Women's International Club (WIC) events as well as some donated by various members of the Nationality Room Committees. The proceeds of the sales of this book established the endowment for the WIC Study Abroad Scholarship Program.

  Folder
Manuscript, 1953 2-4
  Folder
Planning, 1953-1956 5
  Folder
Publicity, 1975-1988 6
  Folder
Promotion Events, 1975-1979 7
  Folder
Gimbels Promotion, 1976 8
  Folder
Book Events, 1976-1978 9
  Folder
TNN Broadcast, 1991 10
  Folder
Electronic Format Agreement, 1991 11
  BoxFolder
Quail Ridge Press, 1993 111
  Folder
WQED Nutrition Council 2
  Folder
Correspondence, 1991 3
  Folder
Recipe Books 4-5

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