Savannah Women's Federation (Ga.) records
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Savannah Women's Federation (Ga.) records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Historical Society.
Creator: Savannah Women's Federation (Ga.)
Title: Savannah Women's Federation (Ga.) records
Dates: 1913-1994
Extent: 4.25 cubic feet (7 boxes, 3 volumes)
Identification: MS 2137

Biographical/Historical Note

The Savannah Women's Federation (SWF) was founded as the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs and chartered in 1913. It was originally a federation of existing women's groups and consisted of about seventy women's organizations. The Federation was sometimes known as a "Public Service Council." These groups dealt with a variety of interests, such as education, child welfare, jails and prisons, public health, and housing. This arrangement lasted through World War II. After the war, many of the federated organizations went on their own and some disbanded completely.

The Savannah Women's Federation became an independent group in April 1955. It is the oldest Savannah club affiliate of the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs (GaFWC) and is the second oldest GaFWC club in the First District. On a national level, the Savannah Women's Federation is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. SWF focuses on six different departments of work. These are the Education, Arts, Home Life, Conservation, Public Affairs, and International Affairs departments. The club met monthly and each month's program focused on a different department. The club won many awards for its work in the community. Some of the areas in which SWF were involved include: tree planting at Jacob G. Smith Elementary, working with Chatham Nursing Home, anti-litter campaigns, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, establishment of a memorial for the victims of the Challenger space shuttle, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Tallulah Falls School, owned and operated by the GaFWC, was another interest of the Savannah Women's Federation. The school was founded in 1909 in the northeast Georgia mountains as a boarding school for boys and girls in Grades 6-12.


Scope and Content Note

Within the six boxes and three volumes of this collection are the organizational files of the Savannah Women's Federation and its predecessor, the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs. The material can be divided into two separate time brackets and there is a significant gap between the two time periods. The first group of papers deals with material from the founding of the Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs in 1913 up to 1940. There are minutes of the club for 1913-1917, a scrapbook of newspaper articles from 1917-1940, and some other miscellaneous papers from 1916-1926 and 1936.

The second group of materials in this collection dates from 1972 until the club disbanded in January of 1994. It deals with the papers of the Savannah Women's Federation. There are minutes of the club, financial records, president's papers and reports, departmental reports and information, information on the club's monthly meetings, a club history, membership records, correspondence, awards/certificates, newspaper articles about club activities, a scrapbook for 1992-1994, and some material on the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

This collection contains a box of photographs of the Savannah Women's Federation club meetings and activities from 1968 to 1989. The photographs are arranged chronologically. They contain images of monthly club meetings, GaFWC district meetings, and GaFWC annual meetings. Except for some images in Folder 1 that appear to be from the 1970s, all of the images are identified by date, location, and/or event. However, the women in the photographs are not usually identified.

The box containing photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.


Index Terms

Certificates.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records.
General Federation of Women's Clubs.
Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs.
Jacob G. Smith Elementary (Savannah, Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Photographs.
Savannah Women's Federation (Ga.)
Scrapbooks.
Tallulah Falls School (Tallulah Falls, Ga.)
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Some material acquired from creating organization

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Savannah Women's Federation (Ga.) records, MS 2137, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vann Sewell, 1982; Juanita Lambert, 1994; Savannah Women's Federation, 1995.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11Club history
 
2Club Constitution, By-laws, and Collect
 
3Savannah Federation of Women's Club - Misc. papers, 1916-1926, 1936
 
4-6Programs and notices from monthly meetings, 1979-1986
 
7-10Club minutes, 1977-1994
 

Box

Fldr

21President's Annual Reports, 1976-1993 (missing 1979-1980)
 
President's files

Box

Fldr

221986
31988-1990
41990-1992
 
5GaFWC District awards - rules and regulations
 
6Awards and certificates received, 1979-1988
 
7-9Correspondence, 1980-1993, undated
 
10Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs Achievement Goal Sheets, 1976-1993
 
11Annual Statistical Reports to the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1982-1989
 
Membership

Box

Fldr

31Lists, 1977-1993
2Records, 1972-1984
 
3Treasurer's files, 1980-1990
 
4Bank statements, May 1984-May 1990
 
Monthly financial reports

Box

Fldr

351978-1984
61985-1988, 1990-1993
 
7Receipts and accounts payable, 1972-1984
 
8Proposed budgets (1980-1993) and yearly treasurer's reports
 
News clippings

Box

Fldr

39From scrapbook #1, 1910-1940
10Re club's activities, 1976-1991
 
11Obituaries of club members
 

Box

Fldr

41Program committee, 1980-1982
 
2-4Community Improvement Program, 1980-1986
 
5-7Home Life Department, 1978-1984, 1986-1993
 
8-10Education Department, 1976-1993
 
11Public Affairs Department, 1981-1984, 1988-1990, 1992-1993
 

Box

Fldr

51International Affairs Department, 1981-1993
 
2Arts Department, 1978-1981, 1983-1990
 
3-8Conservation Department, 1978-1993
 
Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs

Box

Fldr

59General information
10District 1, 1980-1993
 
11GaFWC policy manuals, 1984-1986; Reports of GaFWC state officers and district presidents, 1980-1982, 1989-1990, 1992-1993
 

Box

Fldr

61Programs from GaFWC Annual Meetings, (incomplete set), 1981-1993
 
2Programs from GaFWC District 1 meetings, (incomplete), 1978-1992
 
3Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs-District 1, Yearbooks for 1986-1988, 1988-1990, 1992-1994
 
4-6Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs - 1984-1986, 1990-1994 Yearbooks
 
7Newsletters from Tallulah Falls School, (incomplete), 1982, 1989-1993
 
8General Federation of Women's Clubs
 

Volume

1Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs Scrapbook - newspaper articles, March 1917-November 1930
 

Volume

2Savannah Women's Federation Scrapbook, May 1992-January 1994
 

Volume

3Savannah Federation of Women's Clubs Minute Book, January 9, 1913-May 13, 1917
 
Photographs. Club activities

vm_box

Fldr

111968-circa 1970s

vm_box

Fldr

121979-1980

vm_box

Fldr

131981

vm_box

Fldr

14January - Summer 1982

vm_box

Fldr

15September - December 1982

vm_box

Fldr

16January - May 1983

vm_box

Fldr

17October 1983 - May 1984

vm_box

Fldr

18August 1984 - March 1985

vm_box

Fldr

19April - December 1985

vm_box

Fldr

110January - May 1986

vm_box

Fldr

1111989
 
Artifacts
A-2137-001 Plaque from the Salvation Army, with an attached nameplate "Savannah Women’s Federation, 1976" View online.
A-2137-002 Plaque from the Salvation Army, with an attached nameplate "Savannah Women’s Federation" View online.
A-2137-003 Plaque from the Salvation Army, with an attached nameplate "Women’s Federation, 1985" View online.
A-2137-004 Plaque from the 85th anniversary of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs View online.
A-2137-005 Seal from Tallulah Falls School, 75th Anniversary View online.
A-2137-006 Pin from the Tallulah Falls School, 75th Anniversary View online.
A-2137-007 Laminated ribbon with seal from the Tallulah Falls School 75th Anniversary View online.
A-2137-008 Lalia Perkins’ pin from the Savannah Women’s Federation View online.
A-2137-009 Gavel from the Savannah Women’s Federation View online.
A-2137-010 Invitation stamp for the Savannah Women’s Federation View online.