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Smith Club of Hartford Records, 1896-[ongoing]
5 boxes (2.1 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 90

Abstract:
The Smith Club of Hartford records contain minutes, membership directories, financial records, and correspondence.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The Smith Club of Hartford, Connecticut was founded in 1896 as a means for former Smith College students, including non-graduates, to socialize.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of the Smith Club of Hartford span a century from 1896 to 2003 with the bulk of the records being from the 1980s and 1990s. The earliest, handwritten registers of minutes and membership from 1896 to 1920 describe the social nature of the club which continues to be a main feature of the Club. The Club's records detail the events, lectures, and fundraisers held since its start in 1896, especially how central fundraising for the Alumnae Fund has been. The correspondence sheds light on problems of attracting and keeping members, hosting profitable fundraisers, and involving young alumnae. Changes and updates in the Club's events schedule show how the Club attempts to deal with these challenges and gives the researcher a sense of the changing sensibility from socializing to networking for the Club as it entered the twenty-first century.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Smith Club of Hartford, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Smith Club of Hartford records were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English

Series Descriptions



This series covers the largest time-span of the Smith Club of Hartford records. The records begin with the founding of the club in 1896 through 1920. The minutes jump to the 1980s and continue through the late 1990s. The minutes by the Secretary cover Board meetings as well as General Body meetings and are fairly complete for the 1980s and 1990s. Copies of meeting announcements have been included with the minutes.

The membership files contain membership directories, recruitment mailings to Hartford area alumae, and member participation questionnaires. Most material in the membership files is concentrated between 1989 and 1992.




The correspondence includes invitations to non-Club events, information and newsletters from the Smith Alumnae Association, and letters between members regarding Club events. Like the membership files, the correspondence files from the 1989-1992 program years contain the most information.




The financial series includes Treasurer's records as well as information on the Club's fundraising events. Because fundraising for the Smith College Alumnae Fund is a high-priority for the Club, the Treasurer made periodic reports regarding the amount of the Club's bank account.

The fundraising files include advertising and correspondence related to the Club's fundraising activities. Records about the Club's annual book sale and the beginning of its partnership with Hartford-based chef David Glass to sell chocolate mousse cakes are found in this series.




The general files include material that was mailed to Club members and mailings announcing individual events. The rest of the Club's records are arranged in the alphabetical files. These alphabetical files contain records of specific, non-annual events and miscellaneous notes.

Contents List
Series I: Minutes and Membership



Minutes and Membership
1896-1902

Box 1: folder 1
Minutes and Membership
1902-1910

Box 1: folder 2
Minutes and Membership
1910-1920

Box 1: folder 3
Minutes
1985-1989

Box 1: folder 4
Minutes
1989-1992

Box 1: folder 5
Minutes
1992-1997

Box 1: folder 6
Minutes and Agendas
1998-2002, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Membership
1979-1980

Box 1: folder 8
Membership
1985-1989

Box 1: folder 9
Membership
1989-1990

Box 1: folder 10
Membership
1990-1992

Box 1: folder 11
Membership
1992-1999

Box 2: folder 1
Membership
1998-2002

Box 2: folder 2
Participation Questionnaire
1989-1991

Box 2: folder 3
Participation Questionnaire and Results
1991-1998

Box 2: folder 4
Series II: Correspondence



Correspondence
1986-1989

Box 2: folder 5
Correspondence
1989-1990

Box 2: folder 6
Correspondence
1990-1991

Box 2: folder 7
Correspondence
1990-1991

Box 3: folder 1
Correspondence
1991-1992

Box 3: folder 2
Correspondence
1992-1998

Box 3: folder 3
Correspondence
1999-2003

Box 3: folder 4
Correspondance
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Series III: Financial



Treasurer
1985-1989

Box 3: folder 6
Treasurer
1989-1999

Box 3: folder 7
Treasurer
2002

Box 3: folder 8
Fundraising-Book Sale
1978-1989

Box 3: folder 9
Fundraising
1989-1992

Box 4: folder 1
Fundraising
1993-1996, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Fundraising - Desserts by David Glass
1989-1990

Box 4: folder 3
Series IV: General Files: Program and Alphabetical



Program
1939

Box 4: folder 4
Program
1985-1989

Box 4: folder 5
Program
1991-1994

Box 4: folder 6
Program
1994-2003

Box 4: folder 7
Program
n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
Three College Luncheon
1988-2001

Box 4: folder 9
AARC Report
1999

Box 4: folder 10
Alumnae Admissions
1989-1994

Box 4: folder 11
Alumnae Council
1966, 1968, 1990-91

Box 4: folder 12
Alum Status Change Reports
1997-2002

Box 4: folder 13
Annual Report
1993-1994

Box 4: folder 14
Book Awards
1990-2003

Box 4: folder 15
Book Fund
1996-1997

Box 4: folder 16
Book Group
1989-2000

Box 4: folder 17
Boston Smith Club
1994-1996

Box 4: folder 18
Carol Christ Welcome
2002

Box 4: folder 19
Clippings
1988-1998

Box 4: folder 20
Club and Group Officer Handbook
2001

Box 5: folder 1
Community Involvement
1996-1997

Box 5: folder 2
Constitution
1977, 1989

Box 5: folder 3
"Current Matters"
1991-1992

Box 5: folder 4
Current Students List
1994-1995

Box 5: folder 5
Event Reports
1996-1998

Box 5: folder 6
History of the Club


Box 5: folder 7
Internships (SCIPI)
1996-1997

Box 5: folder 8
Ketcham Project
1990-1991

Box 5: folder 9
Leadership Conference
1996-2001

Box 5: folder 10
Multi College Events
1991-1992

Box 5: folder 11
Multi College Symposium
1989-1990

Box 5: folder 12
National Smith Club Information
1992-2003

Box 5: folder 13
Notes, MISC
1988-1989

Box 5: folder 14
Notes, MISC
1990-1991

Box 5: folder 15
Notes, MISC
1991-1992

Box 5: folder 16
Notes, MISC
1994-1996

Box 5: folder 17
Notes, MISC
1996-1998

Box 5: folder 18
Richard H. Hersh, Trinity College Inauguration
2002

Box 5: folder 19
Ruth Simmons Welcome
1995-1996

Box 5: folder 20
Scholarships
1992-1997

Box 5: folder 21
Silent Auction Conference
1995-1996

Box 5: folder 22
Young Alums Events
1993-1995

Box 5: folder 23

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