The Research Collections of the Women’s History and Resource Center include documents and artifacts of permanent historical significance to the mission of the WHRC to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the GFWC and women in volunteering. Some of GFWC’s historical materials have been collected since the organization began in 1890, thanks to great foresight by the Federation’s founders. Most of the records in the archives were generated at the national/international level of the organization.
The volume of processed records in the collection is 378 linear feet (Addditionally, approximately 165 linear feet of program records are in process, and are available for research). The records span the years 1889 to 2018, the bulk of which date from 1890 to 1990. Most of the records are bound volumes or paper files, but photographs, audio-visual material, and artifacts are also included. These collections are accessioned, cataloged, and preserved for use in research, exhibitions, and loans. They consist of the GFWC Archives, Special Collections, and the Research Library. If you have questions about the WHRC Research Collections or would like to request research assistance, please contact WHRC@GFWC.org
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.