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Business and Professional Woman's Club of Philadelphia Records

Collection ID

Acc. 359

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Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary

Business and Professional Woman's Club of Philadelphia Records


Collection ID
Acc. 359

Business and Professional Woman's Club of Philadelphia

1 linear foot (3 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.         

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

Founded in 1920 by Katherine Emmert and Katherine Brooks, the Business and Professional Women's Club of Philadelphia served as a social and professional organization which sought to address the needs of professional business women. A branch of a state and national network begun in 1918, the club grew rapidly in the early 1920s, and experienced a second resurgence in the late 1940s. Club membership declined again in the late 1960s but the local organization remained active, cooperating closely with the state and national organization. Members were drawn from many different industries and professions. Principle activities included the awarding of educational scholarships to women, the planning and execution of an annual National Business Women’s Week, and social and political advocacy on behalf of all women, but with particular emphasis on workplace issues.

Description of Collection

The collection includes the minutes from most Executive Board and regular meetings, financial records, several official club histories and annual reports, a small clippings file and mayoral proclamations.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Business and Professional Woman's Club of Philadelphia Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Business and Professional Woman's Club of Philadelphia Records, Acc. 359, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the organization through Jennie Ilacqua, Secretary, 928 Moore Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148, September 1978.        

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.            

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Business and Professional Woman's Club of Philadelphia

Commerce -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Community development -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Community organization -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Material Types
Bylaws (administrative records)
Financial records
Membership lists


1          1          Constitution and By-laws          (Drafted, October 1981, Revised August 1982)

1          2          Executive Board Minutes          1920-1922

1          3          Executive Board Minutes          1923-1925

1          4          Executive Board Minutes          1926-1927

1          5          Executive Board Minutes          1929-1934

1          6          Executive Board Minutes          1935-1939

1          7          Executive Board Minutes          1940-1943

1          8          Executive Board Minutes          1949-1951

1          9          Executive Board Minutes          1952-1955

1          10          Executive Board Minutes          1956-1958

1          11          Executive Board Minutes          1960-1965

1          12          Executive Board Minutes          1966-1971

1          13          Executive Board Minutes          1973-1976

1          14          Regular Meetings Minutes          1922-1924

1          15          Regular Meetings Minutes          1925-1927

1          16          Regular Meetings Minutes          1929-1934

1          17          Regular Meetings Minutes          1935-1939

2           18          Regular Meetings Minutes          1940-1943

2           19          Regular Meetings Minutes          1949-1953

2           20          Regular Meetings Minutes          1954-1958

2           21          Regular Meetings Minutes          1960-1965

2           22          Regular Meetings Minutes          1966-1967

2           23          Regular Meetings Minutes          1968-1969

2           24          Regular Meetings Minutes          1970-1971

2           25          Regular Meetings Minutes          1973-1976

2           26          Annual Histories          1967-1968, 1970-1975

2           27          Annual Reports          1970-1977

2           28          Annual Reports          1978-1979

2           29          Awards          1967-1968, 1973-1979

2           30          Cashbooks          1941-1966 (Including Convention/Reserve Fund and Mabel Snowden Memorial Fund)

2           31          Financial Information (Including tax records)          1966-1971

2           32          Membership Lists and Summary Sheets, (Including membership applications from 1975-1976)           1969-1972, 1975-1976

2           33          News Clippings           1935-1938

2           34          Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Press Clippings           1978-1979

3           35           Proclamations, National Business Women’s Week           1978

3           36           Proclamations, National Business Women’s Week           1980

3           37           Proclamations, National Business Women’s Week           1981