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The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, NY Records

1934-1988

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Abstract

The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, (BPW) was founded in 1934 with 22 charter members as a chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (founded in 1919) and a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. The objectives of the club, according to its by-laws, were "To elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions; To promote the interests of business and professional women; To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States; [and] To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities."

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Creator:
The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, NY
Date Coverage:
1934-1988
Quantity:
2.3 cubic ft. (about 2.3 boxes)

The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, (BPW) was founded in 1934 with 22 charter members as a chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (founded in 1919) and a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. The objectives of the club, according to its by-laws, were "To elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions; To promote the interests of business and professional women; To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States; [and] To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities."

The officers of the club (a president, a vice-president, a recording secretary, a corresponding secretary and a treasurer) constituted the Executive Committee, which ran the affairs of the club.

BPW was especially interested in attaining its goals through legislation concerned broadly with women's rights rather than specifically with businesswomen's rights. One of their first concerns was to change the law so women would be allowed to serve on juries. After winning that battle in 1939, the BPW began a new drive to make participation on juries mandatory for women by deleting a section of the 1939 law that automatically exempted women from sitting on a jury. This law was important to them because they wanted to achieve equal responsibilities as well as equal rights for women. During the 1930s and 1940s the BPW worked for the passage of the equal rights amendment. They also opposed a law that would set a lower minimum wage for women, and they pushed for equal pay for equal work. At the end of World War II, the BPW campaigned for the retention of the women's units as parts of the military, and they advocated participation in the United Nations as a means to peaceful settlement of international disputes. In the 1950s, they sponsored female foreign exchange students. Throughout its existence the BPW advocated women attaining political office as a way to help change laws and saw the promotion of good public relations as a means of changing public opinion.

The newspaper clippings, though not in perfect chronological order, contain the most information about the early years of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York. BPW was interested in having its ideas appear in the local newspapers, so the clippings file has much information no the concerns and also the activities of BPW. Another source for information on the club's early years is The Hustler, a monthly newsletter of BPW, but this is a small leaflet with little information. There are a few other series that cover the first years of the club, but they rarely contain much information. Some of the photographs cover these years. The rosters of members contain lists of members along with their addresses and occupations. The radio scripts from 1936 and 1938 are interesting items that show one public relations method the club used.

The clippings files for the 1970s and the 1980s are not as complete as the earlier news clippings because there are few clippings for any of these years. Citations make up the of the files, and these only give clues to the activities of the club. For the later years, the minutes of the board meetings and those for the general business meetings have much more information on the activities and the concerns of the club. Another interesting source is the award entries, which contain material the club entered into contests for best club of the year and best program.

The collection is organized into the following series: Series 1- Constitution and By-Laws 1934-1982, Series 2- Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1972-1985, Series 3- Business Meeting Minutes 1973-1985, Series 4- Financial Reports 1954-1985, Series 5- Award Entries 1981-1982, Series 6- Photographs 1935-1968, Series 7- News Clippings 1834-1987, Series 8- Publications 1938-1988, Series 9- Radio Scripts 1936-1938, Series 10- Rosters of Members 1934-1986.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, on May 11, 1988.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York Records, 1988. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the [ABBREVIATED NAME]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.10 cubic ft. (about 0.10 boxes)

Arranged Alphabetically.

Records giving the organizational structure of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, as well as that of the state and national groups. Includes revisions of the by-laws (1979-80, 1982), a printed copy of the certificate of incorporation for the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (1965), copies of the constitution of the BPW of Albany (1934), and maps and charts showing the district organization of BPW in New York State (1976).

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1 1By-Laws1979-1980

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2 2By-Laws and Brochures on the Organization of BPW1982

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3 3Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws1965, 1967

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4 4Constitution of Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, NY1934, 1954

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5 5District Organization of BPW in New York state, Maps and Charts1976
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Arranged Chronologically.

Minutes of board meetings, including some pertinent memoranda and reports.

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1 6Meeting Minutes1972-1980

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1 7Meeting Minutes1980-1982

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1 8Meeting Minutes1983-1985
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Arranged Chronologically.

Minutes of the regular business meetings, which were the general meetings of the BPW.

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1 9Meeting Minutes1973-1977

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1 10Meeting Minutes1977-1980

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1 11Meeting Minutes1980-1982

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1 12Meeting Minutes1983-1985
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Arranged Chronologically.

Includes proposed budgets, Finance Committee reports, treasurer's reports, auditor's reports, and financial statements.

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1 13Reports1954

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1 14Reports1973-1980

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1 15Reports1983-1985
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Arranged Chronologically.

Contains entries and supporting materials submitted to contests, including the contest for the program award for the best single program held by a local BPW club And the contest for the outstanding club of the year award for BPW clubs in New York state.

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1 16Entry Form1981

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1 17Health Management Fairs1981

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1 18Participation1981

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1 19Public Relations1981

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1 20Luncheon1981

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1 21Exhibits1981

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1 22Entry Form and Citation1982

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1 23Participation1982

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1 24Public Relations1982

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1 25Evening Events1982

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1 26Exhibits1982

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1 27Contest Entry1982
Quantity: 0.68 cubic ft. (about 0.68 boxes)

Arranged Alphabetically.

Photographs of club activities, officers, state and national levels, women in New York State government, Frances Vosburgh, Dorothy Titchner, and Margaret Barnard.

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1 28Barnard, Margaret1947-1961

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1 29Barnard, Margaret1947-1961

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1 30Members and Activities1949-1968

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1 31Members and Activities1949-1968

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1 32Members and Activities1949-1968

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1 33Presidents and Officers, State and Local1935-1966

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1 34Presidents and Officers, National1939, ca. 1940

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1 35Titchner, Dorothy1956

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1 36Vosburgh, Frances1966

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1 37Women in Government, Harriman Administrationca. 1950

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1 38Women in Government, Rockefeller Administrationca. 1960
Quantity: 1 cubic ft. (about 1 boxes)

Arranged Chronologically.

Extensive clippings fill on BPW members and on the activities of BPW to make its concerns known. Includes some award certificates and a few photographs.

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2 1News Clippings1934-1939

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2 2News Clippings1940-1949

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2 3News Clippings1950-1954

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2 4News Clippings1955-1959

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2 5News Clippings1961-1962

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2 6News Clippings1960-1969

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2 71970-19801970-1980

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2 8News Clippings1980-1984, 1987
Quantity: 0.10 cubic ft. (about 0.10 boxes)

Arranged Alphabetically.

Includes The Hustler a monthly newsletter of BPW of Albany (1939-1971, with gaps), BPW...Action Line a monthly newsletter of BPW of Albany (1979-1988, with gaps), histories of BPW of Albany (1961-1968) and of New York State (1960), and other publications.

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2 9BPW Action Line (newsletter)1979-1988

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2 10Facts and Faces, 1919-1959, a history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State1960

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2 11Flyers for People Running for Offices in National BPWca. 1982

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2 12History of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany1960-1968

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2 13The Hustler, Newsletter1939-1971

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2 14Our Town's Business, Pamphlet1938

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2 15Programs and Announcements of Activities1940-1984

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2 16Publications of BPW of New York State1956, 1980
Quantity: 0.10 cubic ft. (about 0.10 boxes)

Arranged Chronologically.

The scripts for radio conversations presented over WABY by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany to inform the public of BPW, its activities, and its concerns.

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2 18Radio Scripts1936, 1938
Quantity: 1 cubic ft. (about 1 boxes)

Arranged Chronologically.

Published roster's of members for individual years, but includes the roster of charter members which is a list of signatures of charter members.

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2 19Charter Membersca. 1934

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2 20Members1939-1950

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2 21Members1951-1956

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2 22Members1961-1969

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2 23Members1970-1980

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2 24Members1981-1986