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BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS OF NEW YORK STATE, INC. (BPWNYS)
RECORDS, 1921-ongoing
(APAP-117)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Young In Oh
April 2002

Finding Aid Revised by
Sarah Campbell
October 2002



 
 
 
 
 
 

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ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Catherine Raycraft in June 2001 and February 2002. Copies of Nike (2001-2004) were donated in July 2005.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
Administrative History

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TThe Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York (BPWNYS) was founded in April 1919 by a group of 100 women at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City led by Abbie (Gail) Laughlin. Laughlin also served as the organization's first national president. The organization's first president was Adaline Zachert of Rochester, New York. The federation was to be "not just another woman's organization," but was to become, within a quarter of a century, one of the strongest sources of unified women power in the nation.[1] Originally known as the New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club, the purpose of the clubs was indicated in their constitution as:

to unite organizations of Business and Professional Women in order to come to a better knowledge and understanding of their conditions and needs in different sections of the state; to secure more equitable treatment and just recognition for women in business and the professions; [and] to gather and distribute information relative to vocational opportunities and to bring about a greater solidarity of feeling among women throughout the State.[2]

The BPWNYS has been interested in achieving its goals through both state legislation and Federal enactment. The Clubs have not only made themselves felt in their respective communities but offered programs of study and action directly related to the woman in business. Since passing the Todd bill permitting women's jury service in 1937, BPWNYS has been a leader in passing much of the nation's landmark civil and women's rights legislation including: the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; the Women's Business Ownership Act; and more recently, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.[3] Through these, the Clubs are working on building better workplaces by focusing on equal and fair pay issues, flexible hours and parental leave, and policies for improved child and elder care.

Education has always held an important place in the Club's work. "A high school education for every girl" was one of the first goals set up to train young women for business and to help them make places for themselves in the business world.[4] Through regular meetings, BPWNYS has recognized the political, professional and personal achievements of young professional women and offered programs to provide education and guidance. Projects include the New York City Commission on the Status of Women that brings women's issues to the attention of important governmental figures, the Working Women's Clothes Closet that provides proper business attire for those who would otherwise not be able to afford business clothes, the Young Careerist Program that provides young business women and men with valuable chances to network, the Youth Leadership Program that offers workshops to high school aged girls that are designed to make them aware of available career opportunities, and Girl Scout and Business and Professional Women, a program that provides Girl Scouts with the necessary knowledge to succeed in their future careers.[5]


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Notes

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1. Business and Professional Women/NY Online. 1999. Business and Professional Women of New York State. 13 November 2002. http://www.bpwnys.org.
2. Smith, Marjorie C., ed. Twenty-Five Years of Progress, 1919-1944. Syracuse, NY: Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc., 1944.
3. Business and Professional Women/NY Online. 1999. Business and Professional Women of New York State. 13 November 2002. http://www.bpwnys.org.
4. Smith.
5. Business and Professional Women/NY Online. 1999. Business and Professional Women of New York State. 13 November 2002. http://www.bpwnys.org.


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
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These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. The collection of BPWNYS includes the records of the state board meeting, annual legislative conference, annual state and national conventions, and publications by the Clubs. There is also a small photograph series.

The bulk of the collection is part of the Conventions and Conferences series. The records and related materials concerning the annual legislative conferences and the annual state and national conventions are extensive as is the Publications series. This series includes a run of the BPWNYS's magazine The Nike from 1951 to 2000. There are significant gaps in the State Board Meetings, Conventions and Conferences, as well as the Publication series.

For related records consult the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York (APAP-064) records.


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administration, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1933, 1938, 1944, 1946, 1950-1951, 1960-1976, 1981-1985, 1989-1998, .33 cubic feet, Arranged Alphabetically.

This series consists of the constitution and by-laws and annual reports of the Clubs (1960-1998). The constitution and by-laws provided the organizational structure of the Clubs. It includes printed copies of the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (1924, 1930, 1933, 1938), certificates of incorporation and by-laws (1944, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1973), and proposed revisions to state by-laws (1967, 1974).

The annual reports of the Clubs are similar to the histories of BPWNYS found in series 4 in that they are a chronological account of annual activities of the Clubs. The annual reports also include detailed information of various activities under the agenda or theme of each year, a photograph of the Club's president, the news of the state board meeting and annual convention, officers and committee member lists, and awards and membership reports. This series also includes documents pertaining to the projects that the BPWNYS was involved with. It includes brochures, correspondence and other documents pertaining to the BPWNYS' booth at the 1965 World's Fair, a script for a dramatic reading entitled "An Unfinished Tapestry," written by Dorothy Titchener, that tells the story of the founding of the BPWNYS, brochures and reports from "Project Buttonhole," a program designed to promote affirmative action and the handbook for the membership "Tee-Off," for recruiting new members to the BPWNYS.

Series 2: State Board Meetings, 1953, 1956-2000, 1.25 cubic feet, Arranged Chronologically.

This series includes minutes (with gaps), financial reports, and membership reports. The board members who have a vote are state officers, district directors, standing committee chairs, and the editor of the magazine. The state board meeting is a biannual regular meeting of BPWNYS held in September and January.

Series 3: Conventions and Conferences, 1948-1956, 1960-1977, 1979-1994, 1 cubic foot, Arranged Chronologically and Alphabetically.

Series 3 consists of the records of the annual legislative conference (with gaps), the BPWNYS annual conventions, and the national conferences held by the National Federation. State legislation committee members, and the hostess club's president, vice president, and chairs who attend these conferences each year create the annual legislative conference records. With a long and proud history of action and commitment, this conference continues to work together with the original idea of "women helping women," by supporting and initiating legislation to make a more equitable position for women in the job market. It encourages women to become involved in legislation so that they can gain power in political life in ways other than just supporting candidates, but by getting into the power structures of party politics.

The records of the BPWNYS annual conventions include minutes (with gaps). The voting body at the annual state convention consists of the elected officers, district directors, state standing committee chairs and the duly elected delegates of the affiliated clubs or their alternates, and past state presidents. Through a convention, the Clubs encourage the greatest possible number of members to attend, and offers an opportunity to those attending to personally meet the national representative.

The records of the national conventions that have been held by the National Federation (BPW/USA) include the minutes, financial records, and proceedings produced during the course of these conventions. The National Federation is composed of local business and professional women's clubs from across the country.

Series 4: Publications, 1927, 1933-1937, 1939, 1944, 1948-1969, 1974-2004, 1.25 cubic feet, Arranged Alphabetically.

The Publications series consists of a Manual of Instructions for the BPWNYS (1958), Supplemental Manuals to the National Handbook of the BPW (1940, 1948), booklets on the history of the BPWNYS (1919-1994, with gaps), and magazines (1922-2001). The Supplemental Manual (to be used with the National Handbook) represented the combined efforts of a committee, providing an invaluable aid to local club presidents and committee chairs. The histories of the BPWNYS provide a chronological overview of the Clubs' activities since its inception. In this regard, the booklets of histories of BPWNYS are similar to the annual reports in series 1 due to the brief information they contain.

This series also includes a group of organizational magazines that include New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Notes (1922), Newsletter (1933-1936), one National Business Women's Week Magazine from 1939, The New York State Business and Professional Woman (1948-1952), and NIKE (1955-2001). Particularly before the publication of NIKE in 1951, many issues of publications are missing but there are enough here to give us an interesting insight into BPWNYS. This series also contains photocopies of pages from the May 1990 issue of NIKE, which is not found in hard copy in this collection.

The group's official publications began with the New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Notes edited by Jane J. Martin and published in July 1921. The next publication was a Newsletter edited by Miss Irene McGuire of Saratoga Springs, and the first issue of The New York State Business and Professional Woman edited by Miss Lottie Edwards and Mrs. Anne Birrell Scott of Albany and New York City was printed in magazine form with advertising in 1937. Since 1951, NIKE, the newly named state magazine, has been published. It was issued eight times a year from 1951-1954, bi-monthly from 1955-1963, and then became a quarterly magazine.

Series 5: Photographs, 1980-1990, .17 cubic feet, Arranged Alphabetically.

Series 5 is made up of photographs, some of which are undated and unnamed of a parade, the national conventions including negative films from 1989-1990, and other images.


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
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Series 1: Administration, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1933, 1938, 1944, 1946, 1950-1951, 1960-1976, 1981-1985, 1989-1998

Box 1
Folder

1. Annual Reports, 1960-1970
2. Annual Reports, 1970-1976
3. Annual Reports, 1981-1985, 1989-1990
4. Annual Reports, 1990-1998
5. "An Unfinished Tapestry," A History of the BPWNYS, 1944
6. Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, 1924,1930, 1933, 1938
7. Award Certifications and Scholarship Recipients, 1988
8. By-laws, Proposed Revisions, 1967, 1974, 1975
9. Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1944, 1946, 1950-1951, 1962, 1973
10. Citations and Proclamations, 1947-1948, 1950-1952, 1973, 1982, 1995
11. Constitution and By-laws, 1921
12. Membership "Tee-Off," 1965
13. Miscellaneous Brochures, Pamphlets and Reports, undated
14. "Operation Buttonholes," Reports, 1963
15. Personal Resumes, 1940, 1942, 1960, 1964-1966
16. World Fair, 1964-1965


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
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Series 2: State Board Meetings, 1953, 1956-2000

Box 1 (Continued)
Folder

17. Minutes, 1953, 1956-1957
18. Minutes, 1958
19. Minutes, 1959
20. Minutes, 1960

Box 2
Folder

1. Minutes, 1961
2. Minutes, 1962
3. Minutes, 1963
4. Minutes and Programs, 1964
5. Minutes, 1965
6. Minutes and Call to Meeting, 1966
7. Minutes, Programs and Call to Meeting, 1967
8. Minutes, 1968
9. Minutes, 1969
10. Minutes, 1970
11. Minutes, 1971
12. Minutes, Call to Meeting and District Map, 1972
13. Minutes, 1973
14. Minutes, 1974
15. Minutes, 1975
16. Minutes, 1976-1977
17. Minutes, 1978-1979
18. Minutes, 1980
19. Minutes, 1981
20. Minutes, 1982
21. Minutes, 1983
22. Minutes and Related Material, 1984
23. Minutes, 1985
24. Minutes, 1986
25. Minutes, 1987
26. Minutes, 1988
27. Minutes, 1989
28. Minutes, 1990
29. Minutes, 1991
30. Minutes and Brochures, 1992
31. Minutes and Programs, 1993

Box 3
Folder

1. Minutes, 1994
2. Minutes, 1995
3. Minutes, 1996
4. Minutes, 1997
5. Minutes, 1998
6. Minutes 1999
7. Minutes, 2000


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
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Series 3: Conventions and Conferences, 1948-1956, 1960-1977, 1979-1994

Box 3 (Continued)
Folder

8. Annual Convention, Minutes, 1948-1956
9. Annual Convention, Minutes and Resolutions, 1960
10. Annual Convention, Minutes, 1961
11. Annual Convention, Minutes and Programs, 1963
12. Annual Convention, Program, 1964
13. Annual Convention, Minutes, Programs and Agendas, 1965
14. Annual Convention, Minutes, Resolutions, Program and News Clippings, 1966
15. Annual Conventions, Amendments to By-laws, Schedules of Contribution, Nike Manager Statement and Program, 1967
16. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1968
17. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1969
18. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1970
19. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1971
20. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1972
21. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1973
22. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1974
23. Annual Conventions, Reports and Programs, 1975-1976
24. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1977
25. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1979-1980
26. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Program, 1981
27. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1982
28. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1983
29. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1984
30. Annual Conventions, Minutes, List of Candidates and Instruction Manual for Electing Officers and Program, 1985
31. Annual Conventions, Budget and Programs, 1986-1988
32. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1989
33. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1990
34. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1991
35. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1992
36. Annual Conventions, Minutes and Programs, 1993
37-38. Annual Conventions, Budget Information and Programs, 1994

Box 4
Folder

1. Annual Conventions, Minutes, 1997
2. Legislative Conference, Minutes, 1963, 1965-1966
3. Legislative Conference, Reports, News Clippings and Related Materials, 1967
4-5. Legislative Conference, Reports and Brochures, 1973
6. Legislative Conference, Minutes, 1976
7. Legislative Conference, 1983
8. National Conventions, Proceedings, 1960
9. National Conventions, Minutes, Newsletters, News Clippings, Budget Information, 1964
10. National Conventions, Financial Information, Reports and Programs, 1966
11. National Conventions, Proceedings, 1968, 1973
12. National Conventions, Financial Reports, Program and Conference Information, Newsletters, and Publicity, 1981
13. National Conventions, Program, 1991


Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
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Series 4: Publications, 1927, 1933-1937, 1939, 1944, 1948-1969, 1974-2004

Box 4 (Continued)
Folder

14. 25 Years of BPW, 1944
15. 50 Birthday (1919-1969), 1969
16. 60 Years of BPW, 1979
17. 75 Years of BPW, 1994
18. Facts and Faces 1919-1959, 1960
19. National Business Women's Week, 1939
20. Newsletter, Annual Report, 1927, 1935, 1937
21. Newsletter, 1933-1936
22. New York State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Notes , 1922
23. The New York State Business and Professional Woman, 1948-1950
24. The New York State Business and Professional Woman, 1950-1951
25. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1951-1952
26. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1955-1960
27. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1962-1966
28. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1966-1968
29. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1968-1969
30. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1974-1979
31. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1980-1982
32. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1983
33. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1984
34. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1985
35. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1986-1987
36. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1987-1988
37. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1988-1989

Box 5
Folder

1. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1989-1990
2. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1990-1991
3. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1991-1992
4. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1992-1993
5. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1993-1994
6. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1995-1996
7. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1997-1998

Box 6
Folder

1. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 1999
2. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 2000
3. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 2001-2002
3A. The NIKE, Official Publication of the BPWNYS, 2002-2006 (missing volume 52 no. 2, 2003)
4. Supplemental Manuals to the National Handbook and Manual of Instructions to the National Handbook, 1940, 1948, 1958-1960


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Series 5: Photographs, 1980-1990

Box 6 (Continued)
Folder

5. Frank C. Moore, Photographs, undated
6. Marie E. Creel, Biography and Photograph, circa 1980-1989
7. Members BPWNYS, Photographs and Related Materials, 1990
8. National Convention, Photographs and Negatives, 1989
9. National Convention, 1990
10. Parade of Albany Chapter, Photographs and Contact Sheets, 1986



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