Women’s History and Resource Center

Women’s History and Resource Center

Founded in 1984, the Women’s History and Resource Center collects, preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of the GFWC and women volunteers. The WHRC documents the social and political contributions of GFWC clubwomen from 1890 to the present through the GFWC archives, related special collections, and publications. We also maintain a reference library collection focused on women’s history, the woman’s club movement, and the history of volunteerism.

WHRC Online Catalogs

The WHRC online catalogs provides access to much of our archival, artifact, photograph, and library collections, and are great places to begin your research.

For our reference library, including our state federation and local club history collection: use our TinyCat Library catalog!

As a non-circulating reference library we are not currently lending books off-site, but staff will be happy to help provide access to selected works to the fullest extent possible. Please note: This is an early version of the catalog, and we know that there’s room for improvement! If you have questions or comments about a particular work, please click “Ask About This Item” to let us know, or reach out to us at whrc@gfwc.org.

For photographs, objects, and archival material: use our PastPerfect Web Edition Public Access site!

Tips for searching are available on the catalog home screen. Click a thumbnail image for a link to request an image; permission fees may apply.

To learn more about what we have, view the Collections page. Visit the Donating Items to WHRC page if you have material you are interested in donating.

While our collections are broad, we are unable to maintain official records for State Federations or local clubs. Please contact the appropriate State Federation for assistance, or contact the WHRC for help in locating the material you need at WHRC@GFWC.org.

Please direct any questions and comments to GFWC@GFWC.org. To make a gift, visit our Marketplace.