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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (Delaware), GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois), Alamo Women’s Club (California), GFWC Arizona Benson Juniors, and Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin)
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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.
GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.