Finding aid prepared by Angelia Pulley under the supervision of Ruth Bryan, Director of Archives and University Archivist
Midway Woman's Club records
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
2011ms041: [identification of item], Midway Woman’s Club, University of Kentucky Archives.
2.48 Cubic feet
The Midway Woman’s Club records (dated 1922-2011; 2.48 cubic feet) consists of bound ledgers, history scrapbooks, clippings, and yearbooks documenting club membership, officers, civic and social activities; meeting minutes and committee reports; and treasury accounts.
On September 14, 1922, forty-two women chartered the Midway Woman’s Club in Midway, Woodford County, Kentucky. Their primary objective was civic improvement. In March 1923, the club joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and adopted the slogan, For the Good of Our Community. Children and community beautification projects were focal points of the club’s early endeavors (1922-1935). Midway club women established a free community library (1935), participated in sponsored community improvement programs (1948), and established the Woodford County Health Unit (1955). The club received monetary awards and certificates of appreciation from the 1950s to the present for its efforts. The Midway Woman’s Club continues to promote civic improvement by contributing to local efforts and organizations including Woodford County Habitat for Humanity, Midway 4-H, Midway Recreation, Kentucky Educational Television, Woodford County Literacy Council, Midway Free Library, Midway Cemetery Fund, Midway Elementary School, and Midway College Scholarships. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, September through May. The clubhouse is located at 233 South Gratz Street, Midway, Kentucky 40347.
The Midway Woman’s Club records (dated 1922-2011; 2.48 cubic feet) consist of bound ledgers, history scrapbooks, clippings, and yearbooks documenting club membership, officers, civic and social activities; meeting minutes and committee reports; and treasury accounts. Primary civic activities include the Midway Free Library (1935); Clean-up Proclamation for the City of Midway (1949); Build a Better Community Improvement program (1948-1950); welfare and public health literacy (1955); and participation in Kentucky Federation of Women's Club's (KFWC) State Conventions and annual meetings. Social activities include May Day Pageant (1933); May Day Parties and May luncheons (1930s-2000s); home tours (1960s-1980s); Antique Show (1982); special guests, entertainment, recognition dinners, and creative writing entries (1930s-2000’s). There are also photographs of members and activities and records of KFWC meetings. Three of the history scrapbooks are publications and have individual titles: One Hundred Years in Midway (1932); As We Were: Midway, 1852-1976 (1976); and The History of the Midway Woman's Club, 1922-1989 (1989). Although the records are generally complete for all years, some of the yearbooks are missing, including 1924-1929, 1932-1935, 1943-1944, and 1964-1968. Arranged in three series: Ledgers, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks.
Comprises seven bound ledgers of meeting minutes and financial records. Member rolls, meeting minutes, and officer reports are collected together, while receipts, disbursements and dues are recorded separately. However, all records are maintained in yearly groupings. Arranged chronologically.
Comprises eight scrapbooks primarily of newspaper clippings and photographs documenting the members, meetings, and activities of the Midway Woman's Club. Specific subjects covered throughout the scrapbooks include the Kentucky Federation of Woman’s Clubs, community improvement projects, and May parties. Three of the history scrapbooks have individual titles: One Hundred Years in Midway (1932); As We Were: Midway, 1852-1976 (1976); and The History of the Midway Woman's Club, 1922-1989 (1989). Arranged chronologically. Scrapbook pages have been removed from three-ring binders and placed in order in acid-free folders. Club members had cut out the 1923-1950 and 1955-1982 pages from an original scrapbook and had re-housed them in three-ring binders.
Comprises 76 yearbooks recapitulating the year in service for September through May. Contents include elected club officers, department chairs, standing committee membership, programs, activities, club member contacts, and in memory notes for each year. A themed slogan and a poem are also generally included. Publication size and style varies. Arranged chronologically.