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Newtown New Century Club records

1895-1980, 4 linear feet

12

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

Summary Information

Repository:
Newtown Historic Association
Creator:
New Century Club (Newtown, Pa.)
Title:
Newtown New Century Club records
Date [inclusive]:
1895-1980
Call Number:
12
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Organized in November 1895 and federated the following year, the Newtown New Century Club was a literary club that was also involved in civic affairs and community service. The Newtown New Century Club records, 1895-1980, document over 80 years of the Club's history through minute books, treasurer's books, financial and legal papers, officer lists, scrapbooks, correspondence, and programs and ephemera.
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Biography/History

Organized in November 1895 and federated the following year, the Newtown New Century Club was a literary club that began with over 30 members. Three of its organizers were Lavinia Blackfan, Anna M. Maris, and M. Anna Smith. The Club modeled itself off of the New Century Club of Wilmington, Delaware, inviting members of that organization to meet in order to explain how the Wilmington club functioned. At meetings, members presented papers and literary works. The Club was also involved in civic affairs and community service.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of minute books, 1895-1975; treasurer's books, 1895-1941; membership books, 1895-1918; printed annual programs, 1899-1993; scrapbooks, 1932-1934; and essays written by the members of the club, usually about the history of Newtown often printed in the newspaper. Also included are financial statements, legal papers, correspondence with the Pennsylvania Federation of Women's Clubs; and lists of officers.

The collection also includes press clippings scrapbooks, 1963-1965, of the Junior New Century Club.

An item-level inventory for this collection is available in a database on-site.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Newtown Historic Association

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton 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 Newtown Historic Association for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Annual programs gift of Mary and David Callahan, 2004.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

Detailed, computerized inventories of all of the items in this collection are available on site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Newtown Historic Association directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • New Century Club (Newtown, Pa.)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Newtown (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Newtown (Bucks County, Pa.)
  • Newtown (Pa. : Borough)
Subject(s)
  • Societies and clubs
  • Women in community organization
  • Women's history

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