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Records of the La Sertoma Club of Lawrence, Kansas

Call Number: RH MS 597


La Sertoma is a women's service organization. The Lawrence chapter of La Sertoma International was founded in 1930 as the Lawrence Co-Operette Club; the group's name was changed in 1951. This collection contains assorted papers of the La Sertoma Club, including correspondence, programs, rosters, booklets and newsletters, scrapbooks, yearbooks, correspondence, and organizational documents.


  • Creation: 1930 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of La Sertoma

A group of Kansas City, Missouri business- and professional men met on April 5, 1912 to attend the first organizational meeting of the Stand Together Club. The name quickly changed to the Co-Operative Club when the group met again on April 11 that same year, with a mission to progress the improvement of the community.

The women's auxiliary, the Co-Operettes, was begun in 1923 when the wives of the Manhattan, KS club formed their own branch. In 1928 the Co-Operettes became a national organization, and the Lawrence, Kansas branch was founded in 1930 as the Lawrence Co-Operette Club.

In 1950 the men's organization became Sertoma, a contraction of "SERvice TO MAnkind," and the motto became "Make Life Worthwhile through SERvice TO MAnkind." The women's organization followed suit, and the Lawrence women's branch became known as La Sertoma in 1951.

The national men's organization began accepting women in 1985.


7 Linear Feet (8 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 597

Physical Location

RH MS 1067

Physical Location

RH MS R114

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Jane Golden, 1993-1994; Richard Haun, 1994-1997; Delores Stinson, 1994-2002; Wauneta Perry Hamilton, 2000.

Processing Information

Materials now located at RH MS 1067 were formerly described and found via their accession numbers at 1994-06-28, 1994-07-05, 1994-08-04, 1995-01-37, 1997-08-05, 1997-10-04, 2000-11-11, and 2003-03-12.

Guide to the La Sertoma Collection
Records of the La Sertoma Club of Lawrence, Kansas
Finding aid prepared by ha/mab, 2005; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by ha/mab, 2005; revised by skt, 2010; gem, 2019.
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Preferred citation
Records of the La Sertoma Club of Lawrence, Kansas, Kansas Collection, RH MS 597, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Revision Statements

  • 2019-06-10: Updated for version 1.5, cleaned up ASpace record, prepped for student processor to add info about records located at RH MS 1067, mwh
  • 2019-06-27: Data entry for 6 lf at RH MS 1067, gem

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States