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Needlework Guild of America, Norristown Branch records

1894-1961, 1.5 linear feet

21

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Creator:
Needlework Guild of America. Norristown Branch (Pa.).
Title:
Needlework Guild of America, Norristown Branch records
Date [inclusive]:
1894-1961
Call Number:
21
Extent:
1.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
3 document boxes and 1 custom box
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Needlework Guild of America, a charitable organization that collects and distributes articles of clothing to the needy, was founded in Philadelphia in 1885. The Norristown branch began in 1894 and disbanded in 1961. The Needlework Guild of America, Norristown Branch records, 1894-1961, include administrative and financial records spanning the life of the branch.
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Biography/History

The Needlework Guild of America is a charitable organization that collects and distributes articles of clothing to the needy. It was founded in Philadelphia in 1885, and later incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1896.

"Since that time, NGA has helped many needy neighbors. [NGA has] also helped those in need during the Spanish-American War, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, World War I and II, Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Floyd, and Hurricane Katrina. Today [the] organization is affiliated with over 170 non-profit charities across the United States and distributes over 240,000 items each year. NGA has 33 Branches in ten different states, as well as National Headquarters located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. In July of 2011, [its] official name was changed to NGA ~ Needlework Guild of America."

The Norristown branch of the NGA was formed in 1894 and disbanded in 1961.

Bibliography:

NGA. "About Us." Accessed February 24, 2012. http://www.nga-inc.org/index_files/Page362.htm

Scope and Contents

The Norristown Needlework Guild records contain administrative and financial records of the organization, as well as some newspaper clippings. The administrative records include minute books, 1894-1961, with clippings and annual reports glued in; as well as garment reports, 1958-1961. The collection also includes printed annual reports and branch reports. The financial records include: treasurer's book, 1898-1929; treasurer's reports, circa 1930s; account book, 1928-1960; financial records, 1940s; cash books, bank statements, receipts, and returned checks.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historical Society of Montgomery County for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. Darrah Ribble (Norristown, PA.), June 3rd, 1961 (#10878).

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Brooklyn Historical Society: Needlework Guild of America Records, 1923-1967, Collection 1991.042.

Conshohocken Historical Society: Needlework Guild of America, Conshohocken Branch records, 1918-2001.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Needlework Guild of America. Norristown Branch (Pa.).
  • Needlework Guild of America.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Norristown (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Charities
  • Clothing and dress
  • Sewing
  • Women--Societies and clubs

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