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Business And Professional Women's Clubs of New York State Inc. (BPWNYS) Records

RECORDS (APAP117)1921-ongoing

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Abstract

These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.

Summary

Creator:
Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State
Date Coverage:
1921-ongoing
Quantity:
3.99 cubic ft. (about 3.99 boxes)

The Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York (BPWNYS) was founded in April 1919 by a group of 100 women at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City led by Abbie (Gail) Laughlin. Laughlin also served as the organization's first national president. The organization's first president was Adaline Zachert of Rochester, New York. The federation was to be "not just another woman's organization," but was to become, within a quarter of a century, one of the strongest sources of unified women power in the nation.[1] Originally known as the New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club, the purpose of the clubs was indicated in their constitution as:

to unite organizations of Business and Professional Women in order to come to a better knowledge and understanding of their conditions and needs in different sections of the state; to secure more equitable treatment and just recognition for women in business and the professions; [and] to gather and distribute information relative to vocational opportunities and to bring about a greater solidarity of feeling among women throughout the State.[2]

The BPWNYS has been interested in achieving its goals through both state legislation and Federal enactment. The Clubs have not only made themselves felt in their respective communities but offered programs of study and action directly related to the woman in business. Since passing the Todd bill permitting women's jury service in 1937, BPWNYS has been a leader in passing much of the nation's landmark civil and women's rights legislation including: the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; the Women's Business Ownership Act; and more recently, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.[3] Through these, the Clubs are working on building better workplaces by focusing on equal and fair pay issues, flexible hours and parental leave, and policies for improved child and elder care.

Education has always held an important place in the Club's work. "A high school education for every girl" was one of the first goals set up to train young women for business and to help them make places for themselves in the business world.[4] Through regular meetings, BPWNYS has recognized the political, professional and personal achievements of young professional women and offered programs to provide education and guidance. Projects include the New York City Commission on the Status of Women that brings women's issues to the attention of important governmental figures, the Working Women's Clothes Closet that provides proper business attire for those who would otherwise not be able to afford business clothes, the Young Careerist Program that provides young business women and men with valuable chances to network, the Youth Leadership Program that offers workshops to high school aged girls that are designed to make them aware of available career opportunities, and Girl Scout and Business and Professional Women, a program that provides Girl Scouts with the necessary knowledge to succeed in their future careers.[5]

These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. The collection of BPWNYS includes the records of the state board meeting, annual legislative conference, annual state and national conventions, and publications by the Clubs. There is also a small photograph series.

The bulk of the collection is part of the Conventions and Conferences series. The records and related materials concerning the annual legislative conferences and the annual state and national conventions are extensive as is the Publications series. This series includes a run of the BPWNYS's magazine The Nike from 1951 to 2000. There are significant gaps in the State Board Meetings, Conventions and Conferences, as well as the Publication series.

For related records consult the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York (APAP-064) records.

Box and Folder List:

  • Series 1 - Administration, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1933, 1938, 1944, 1946, 1950-1951, 1960-1976, 1981-1985, 1989-1998
  • Series 2 - State Board Meetings, 1953, 1956-2000
  • Series 3 - Conventions and Conferences, 1948-1956, 1960-1977, 1979-1994
  • Series 4 - Publications, 1927, 1933-1937, 1939, 1944, 1948-1969, 1974-2004
  • Series 5 - Photographs, 1980-1990

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Catherine Raycraft in June 2001 and February 2002. Copies of Nike (2001-2004) were donated in July 2005.

Processed by: Young In Oh in 2002.

Collection record created by: Ian Gauthier

Published: 2013

Revised by Sarah Campbell , October 2002

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Copyright Statement

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Business And Professional Women's Clubs of New York State Inc. (BPWNYS) Records, 1921-ongoing. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.33 cubic ft. (about 0.33 boxes)
Arranged Alphabetically.
This series consists of the constitution and by-laws and annual reports of the Clubs (1960-1998). The constitution and by-laws provided the organizational structure of the Clubs. It includes printed copies of the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (1924, 1930, 1933, 1938), certificates of incorporation and by-laws (1944, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1973), and proposed revisions to state by-laws (1967, 1974). The annual reports of the Clubs are similar to the histories of BPWNYS found in series 4 in that they are a chronological account of annual activities of the Clubs. The annual reports also include detailed information of various activities under the agenda or theme of each year, a photograph of the Club's president, the news of the state board meeting and annual convention, officers and committee member lists, and awards and membership reports. This series also includes documents pertaining to the projects that the BPWNYS was involved with. It includes brochures, correspondence and other documents pertaining to the BPWNYS' booth at the 1965 World's Fair, a script for a dramatic reading entitled "An Unfinished Tapestry," written by Dorothy Titchener, that tells the story of the founding of the BPWNYS, brochures and reports from "Project Buttonhole," a program designed to promote affirmative action and the handbook for the membership "Tee-Off," for recruiting new members to the BPWNYS.
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11Annual Reports1960-1970

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12 Annual Reports 1970-1976

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13Annual Reports1981-1985, 1989-1990

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14Annual Reports1990-1998

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15"An Unfinished Tapestry," A History of the BPWNYS1944

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16Articles of Incorporation and By-laws1924, 1930, 1933, 1938

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17Award Certifications and Scholarship Recipients1988

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18By-laws, Proposed Revisions1967, 1974, 1975

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19Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws1944, 1946, 1950-1951, 1962, 1973

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110Citations and Proclamations1947-1948, 1950-1952, 1973, 1982, 1995

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111Constitution and By-laws1921

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112Membership "Tee-Off,"1965

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113Miscellaneous Brochures, Pamphlets and ReportsUndated

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114"Operation Buttonholes," Reports1963

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115Personal Resumes1940, 1942, 1960, 1964-1966

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116World Fair1964-1965
Quantity: 1.25 cubic ft. (about 1.25 boxes)
Arranged Chronologically.
This series includes minutes (with gaps), financial reports, and membership reports. The board members who have a vote are state officers, district directors, standing committee chairs, and the editor of the magazine. The state board meeting is a biannual regular meeting of BPWNYS held in September and January.
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117Minutes1953, 1956-1957

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118Minutes1958

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119Minutes1959

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120Minutes1960

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21Minutes1961

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22Minutes1962

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23Minutes1963

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24Minutes and Programs1964

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25Minutes1965

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26Minutes and Call to Meeting1966

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27Minutes, Programs and Call to Meeting1967

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28Minutes1968

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29Minutes1969

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210Minutes1970

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211Minutes1971

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212Minutes, Call to Meeting and District Map1972

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213Minutes1973

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214Minutes1974

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215Minutes1975

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216Minutes1976-1977

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217Minutes1978-1979

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218Minutes1980

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219Minutes1981

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220Minutes1982

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221Minutes1983

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222Minutes and Related Material1984

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223Minutes1985

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224Minutes1986

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225Minutes1987

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226Minutes1988

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227Minutes1989

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228Minutes1990

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229Minutes1991

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230Minutes and Brochures1992

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231Minutes and Programs1993

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31Minutes1994

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32Minutes1995

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33Minutes1996

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34Minutes1997

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35Minutes1998

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36Minutes1999

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37Minutes2000
Quantity:  1 cubic foot
Arranged Chronologically and Alphabetically.
Series 3 consists of the records of the annual legislative conference (with gaps), the BPWNYS annual conventions, and the national conferences held by the National Federation. State legislation committee members, and the hostess club's president, vice president, and chairs who attend these conferences each year create the annual legislative conference records. With a long and proud history of action and commitment, this conference continues to work together with the original idea of "women helping women," by supporting and initiating legislation to make a more equitable position for women in the job market. It encourages women to become involved in legislation so that they can gain power in political life in ways other than just supporting candidates, but by getting into the power structures of party politics.The records of the BPWNYS annual conventions include minutes (with gaps). The voting body at the annual state convention consists of the elected officers, district directors, state standing committee chairs and the duly elected delegates of the affiliated clubs or their alternates, and past state presidents. Through a convention, the Clubs encourage the greatest possible number of members to attend, and offer an opportunity to those attending to personally meet the national representative.The records of the national conventions that have been held by the National Federation (BPW/USA) include the minutes, financial records, and proceedings produced during the course of these conventions. The National Federation is composed of local business and professional women"s clubs from across the country.
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38Annual Convention, Minutes1948-1956

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39Annual Convention, Minutes and Resolutions1960

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310Annual Convention, Minutes1961

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311Annual Convention, Minutes and Programs1963

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312Annual Convention, Program1964

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313Annual Convention, Minutes, Programs and Agendas1965

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314Annual Convention, Minutes, Resolutions, Program and News Clippings1966

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315Annual Conventions, Amendments to By-laws, Schedules of Contribution, Nike Manager Statement and Program1967

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316Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1968

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317Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1969

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318Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1970

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319Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1971

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320Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1972

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321Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1973

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322Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1974

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323Annual Conventions, Reports and Programs1975-1976

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324Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1977

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325Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1979-1980

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326Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program1981

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327Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1982

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328Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1983

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329Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1984

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330Annual Conventions, Minutes, List of Candidates and Instruction Manual for Electing Officers and Program1985

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331Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1986-1988

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332Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1989

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333Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1990

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334Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1991

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335Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1992

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336Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs1993

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337-38Annual Conventions, Budget Information and Programs1994

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41Annual Conventions, Minutes1997

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42Legislative Conference, Minutes1963, 1965-1966

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43Legislative Conference, Reports, News Clippings and Related Materials1967

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44-5Legislative Conference, Reports and Brochures1973

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46Legislative Conference, Minutes1976

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47Legislative Conference1983

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48National Conventions, Proceedings1960

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49National Conventions, Minutes, Newsletters, News Clippings, Budget Information1964

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410National Conventions, Financial Information, Reports and Programs1966

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411National Conventions, Proceedings1968, 1973

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412National Conventions, Financial Reports, Program and Conference Information, Newsletters, and Publicity1981

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413National Conventions, Program1991
Quantity: 1.25 cubic ft. (about 1.25 boxes)
Arranged Alphabetically.
The Publications series consists of a Manual of Instructions for the BPWNYS (1958), Supplemental Manuals to the National Handbook of the BPW (1940, 1948), booklets on the history of the BPWNYS (1919-1994, with gaps), and magazines (1922-2001). The Supplemental Manual (to be used with the National Handbook) represented the combined efforts of a committee, providing an invaluable aid to local club presidents and committee chairs. The histories of the BPWNYS provide a chronological overview of the Clubs' activities since its inception. In this regard, the booklets of histories of BPWNYS are similar to the annual reports in series 1 due to the brief information they contain.This series also includes a group of organizational magazines that include New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Notes (1922), Newsletter (1933-1936), one National Business Women's Week Magazine from 1939, The New York State Business and Professional Woman (1948-1952), and NIKE (1955-2001). Particularly before the publication of NIKE in 1951, many issues of publications are missing but there are enough here to give us an interesting insight into BPWNYS. This series also contains photocopies of pages from the May 1990 issue of NIKE, which is not found in hard copy in this collection.The group's official publications began with the New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Notes edited by Jane J. Martin and published in July 1921. The next publication was a Newsletter edited by Miss Irene McGuire of Saratoga Springs, and the first issue of The New York State Business and Professional Woman edited by Miss Lottie Edwards and Mrs. Anne Birrell Scott of Albany and New York City was printed in magazine form with advertising in 1937. Since 1951, NIKE, the newly named state magazine, has been published. It was issued eight times a year from 1951-1954, bi-monthly from 1955-1963, and then became a quarterly magazine.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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41425 Years of BPW1944

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41550 Birthday (1919-1969)1969

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41660 Years of BPW1979

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41775 Years of BPW1994

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418Facts and Faces 1919-19591960

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419National Business Women's Week1939

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420Newsletter, Annual Report1927, 1935, 1937

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421Newsletter1933-1936

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422New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Notes1922

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423The New York State Business and Professional Woman1948-1950

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424The New York State Business and Professional Woman1950-1951

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425The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1951-1952

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426The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1955-1960

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427The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1962-1966

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428The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1966-1968

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429The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1968-1969

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430The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1974-1979

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431The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1980-1982

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432The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1983

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433The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1984

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434The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1985

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435The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1986-1987

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436The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1987-1988

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437The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1988-1989

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51The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1989-1990

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52The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1990-1991

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53The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1991-1992

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54The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1992-1993

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55The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1993-1994

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56The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1995-1996

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57The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1997-1998

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61The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS1999

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62The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS2000

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63The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS2001-2002

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63AThe NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, (missing volume 52 no. 2, 2003)2002-2006

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64Supplemental Manuals to the National Handbook and Manual of Instructions to the National Handbook1940, 1948, 1958-1960
Quantity: 0.17 cubic ft. (about 0.17 boxes)
Arranged Alphabetically.
Series 5 is made up of photographs, some of which are undated and unnamed of a parade, the national conventions including negative films from 1989-1990, and other images.
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65Frank C. MooreUndated

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66Marie E. Creel, Biography and Photograph1980s

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67Members BPWNYS, Photographs and Related Materials1990

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68National Convention, Photographs and Negatives1989

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69National Convention1990

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610Parade of Albany Chapter, Photographs and Contact Sheets1986