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Records of the Altrusa Club

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 550

Overview

The Altrusa Club of Lawrence, Kansas is a local chapter of Altrusa International, Inc. The club is a business and professional women's service organization whose members represent a diverse range of occupations and fields. The collection is arranged into three main series: 1) Lawrence Chapter, including the club's history, minutes, officer and committee files, financial and membership records, newsletters, yearbooks, correspondence, and general subject files; 2) District Eight; and 3) Altrusa International, Inc.

Dates

  • 1951 - 2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Administrative History of Altrusa Club of Lawrence, Kansas

The Altrusa Club of Lawrence, Kansas is a local chapter of ALtrusa International, Inc. The club is a business and professional women's service organization whose members represent a diverse range of occupations and fields. The club's main goal is to work together to serve the community's needs through service projects and fundraising. The club also addresses national and international betterment through projects. Altrusa members establish professional and social contacts with women outside their own professions. Members are classified according to their respective professions or fields and are selected for membership by invitation.

The Lawrence chapter was founded on November 7, 1951, with nineteen members.

Hazel Lee Simmons was the club's first president, Lawrence Altrusa members continue to be active in a variety of local service projects, including Douglas County Hospice, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, and several women's shelters.

One of the club's earliest service projects was the organization of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's first snack bar on May 10, 1957. A more recent project was the implementation of the Vials for Life program in Lawrence in 1983. Participants of this program are able to store vital personal and medical information in a plastic vial, which is in turn readily accessible to emergency personnel should a medical emergency arise. In 1988 the club nominated this project for the Mamie L. Bass Service Award, which is a national Altrusa award honoring a local chapter's achievements in community service.

The Lawrence chapter continually participates in local literacy-related projects and provides financial aid for women from Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American countries to pursue graduate studies at the University of Kansas. Furthering literacy and educational opportunities for women are goals of many local clubs.

Nationally, the first Altrusa Club was founded in 1917 in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1935 the National Association of Altrusa Clubs voted to become an international women's organization and changes its name to Altrusa International, Inc. in 1949. Clubs currently exist in thirty-eight states and seventeen countries, including Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. The clubs are divided geographically into fifteen districts. The Lawrence chapter is a member of District Eight, which includes clubs in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. District, national, and international conferences are held annually. The international Altrusa headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois.

Extent

15.0 Linear Feet (17 boxes + 4 oversize boxes, 1 video, 2 CDs)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes meeting minutes dating from the club's founding in 1951; officer and committee files and reports; financial records; membership files; newsletters; yearbooks; correspondence with miscellaneous Lawrence organizations, other Altrusa clubs, District Eight and International headquarters; and various District Eight and Altrusa International, Inc. files. It also contains general subject files with information pertaining to Lawrence chapter's services and fundraising projects, as well as newspaper clippings.

Series List

This collection arranged in the following series:

First series
Lawrence Chapter, including the club's history, minutes, officer and committee files, financial and membership records, newsletters, yearbooks, correspondence, and general subject files
Second series
District Eight
Third series
Altrusa International, Inc.

Physical Location

RH MS 550

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RH MS 1171

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RH MS 1298

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RH MS-P 1298

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RH MS Q308

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RH MS R268

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RH MS R344

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RH MS R345

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RH Video 43

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RH CD 35

Title
Guide to the Altrusa Club Collection
Subtitle
Records of the Altrusa Club
Author
Finding aid prepared by mg, 2004. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004; revised by tw, 2009; revised by skt, 2010; revised by aam, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/2593856669
Preferred citation
Altrusa Club Collection, RH MS 550, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States
785-864-4334