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Finding Aid for the
THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB OF ALBANY, NEW YORK
RECORDS, 1934-1988

(APAP-064)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Geoffrey Huth
November 2, 1988







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 2.3 cubic feet

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, on May 11, 1988.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Administrative History

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The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, (BPW) was founded in 1934 with 22 charter members as a chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (founded in 1919) and a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. The objectives of the club, according to its by-laws, were "To elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions; To promote the interests of business and professional women; To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States; [and] To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities."

The officers of the club (a president, a vice-president, a recording secretary, a corresponding secretary and a treasurer) constituted the Executive Committee, which ran the affairs of the club.

BPW was especially interested in attaining its goals through legislation concerned broadly with women's rights rather than specifically with businesswomen's rights. One of their first concerns was to change the law so women would be allowed to serve on juries. After winning that battle in 1939, the BPW began a new drive to make participation on juries mandatory for women by deleting a section of the 1939 law that automatically exempted women from sitting on a jury. This law was important to them because they wanted to achieve equal responsibilities as well as equal rights for women. During the 1930s and 1940s the BPW worked for the passage of the equal rights amendment. They also opposed a law that would  set a lower minimum wage for women, and they pushed for equal pay for equal work. At the end of World War II, the BPW campaigned for the retention of the women's units as parts of the military, and they advocated participation in the United Nations as a means to peaceful settlement of international disputes. In the 1950s, they sponsored female foreign exchange students. Throughout its existence the BPW advocated women attaining political office as a way to help change laws and saw the promotion of good public relations as a means of changing public opinion.


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
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The newspaper clippings, though not in perfect chronological order, contain the most information about the early years of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York. BPW was interested in having its ideas appear in the local newspapers, so the clippings file has much information no the concerns and also the activities of BPW. Another source for information on the club's early years is The Hustler, a monthly newsletter of BPW, but this is a small leaflet with little information. There are a few other series that cover the first years of the club, but they rarely contain much information. Some of the photographs cover these years. The rosters of members contain lists of members along with their addresses and occupations. The radio scripts from 1936 and 1938 are interesting items that show one public relations method the club used.

The clippings files for the 1970s and the 1980s are not as complete as teh earlier news clippings because there are few clippings for any of these years. Citations make up the of the files, and these only give clues to the activities of the club. For the later years, the minutes of the board meetings and those for the general business meetings have much more information on the activities and the concerns of the club. Another interesting source is the award entries, which contain material the club entered into contests for best club of the year and best program.

For related materials consult the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (APAP-117) records.


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Constitution and By-laws, 1934, 1954 1965, 1967, 1976, 1982, 1 in., Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Records giving the organizational structure of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, as well as that of the state and national groups. Includes revisions of the by-laws (1979-80, 1982), a printed copy of the certificate of incorporation for the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (1965), copies of the constitution of the BPW of Albany (1934), and maps and charts showing the district organization of BPW in New York State (1976).

Series 2: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1972-1985, 2 in., Arranged chronologically.

Minutes of board meetings, including some pertinent memoranda and reports.

Series 3: Business Meeting Minutes, 1973-1985, 2 in., Arranged chronologically.

Minutes of the regular business meetings, which were the general meetings of the BPW.

Series 4: Financial Reports, 1954, 1973-1985, 1 in., Arranged chronologically

Includes proposed budgets, Finance Committee reports, treasurer's reports, auditor's reports, and financial statements.

Series 5: Award Entries, 1981-1982, 4 in., Arranged chronologically and thereafter by subject.

Contains entries and supporting materials submitted to contests, including the contest for the program award for the best single program held by a local BPW club And the contest for the outstanding club of the year award for BPW clubs in New York state.

Series 6: Photographs, 1935-1968, 6 in., Arranged alphabetically by subject but not arranged within folders.

Photographs of club activities, officers, state and national levels, women in New York State government, Frances Vosburgh, Dorothy Titchner, and Margaret Barnard.

Series 7: News Clippings, 1934-1984, 1987, 9 in., Arranged in rough chronological order.

Extensive clippings fill on BPW members and on the activities of BPW to make its concerns known. Includes some award certificates and a few photographs.

Series 8: Publications, 1938-1940, 1944-1969, 1971, 1979-1984, 1986-1988, 1 in., Arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically thereafter.

Includes The Hustler a monthly newsletter of BPW of Albany (1939-1971, with gaps), BPW...Action Line a monthly newsletter of BPW of Albany (1979-1988, with gaps), histories of BPW of Albany (1961-1968) and of New York State (1960), and other publications.

Series 9: Radio Scripts, 1936, 1938, 0.5 in., Arranged chronologically.

The scripts for radio conversations presented over WABY by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany to inform the public of BPW, its activities, and its concerns.

Series 10: Rosters of Members, 1934-1986, with gaps, 4 in., Arranged chronologically.

Published roster's of members for individual years, but includes the roster of charter members which is a list of signatures of charter members.


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Constitution and By-laws, 1934, 1954, 1965, 1967, 1976, 1982

Box 1
Folder

1. By-Laws, 1979-1980
2. By-Laws and Brochures on the Organization of BPW, 1982
3. Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1965, 1967
4. Constitution of Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, 1934, 1954
5. District Organization of BPW in New York state, Maps and Charts, 1976


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Board of Directors Meetings Minutes 1972-1985

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

6. 1972-1980
7. 1980-1982
8. 1983-1985


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 3: Business Meetings, Minutes, 1973-85.

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

9 1973-1977
10. 1977-1980
11. 1980-1982
12. 1983-1985


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 4: Financial Reports, 1954, 1973-85.

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

13. 1954
14. 1973-1980
15. 1983-1985


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 5: Award Entries, 1981-1982

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

Program Award Entry, 1900-81 Club Year

16. Folder 1, Entry Form, 1981
17. Folder 2, Health Management Fairs, Brochures, 1981
18. Folder 5, Participation, 1981
19. Folder 4, Public Relations, 1981
20. Folder 5, Luncheon, 1981
21. Folder 6, Exhibits, 1981
22. Folder 1, Entry Form and Citation, 1982
23. Folder 2, Participation, 1982
24. Folder 4, Public Relations, 1982
25. Folder 4, Evening Events, 1982
26. Folder 5, Exhibits, 1982
27. Outstanding Club of the Year, Contest Entry, 1982


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 6: Photographs, 1939-1968

Box 1 (continued)
Folder

28. Barnard, Margaret, 1947-1961
29. Barnard, Margaret, 1947-1961
30. Members and Activities, 1949, 1953-1955, 1959-1962, 1966-1968
31. Members and Activities, 1949, 1953-1955, 1959-1962, 1966-1968
32. Members and Activities, 1949, 1953-1955, 1959-1962, 1966-1968
33. Presidents and Officers, State and Local, 1935, 1958, 1966
34. Presidents and Officers, National, 1939, circa 1940s
35. Titchner, Dorothy, 1956
36. Vosburgh, Frances, 1966
37 Women in Government, Harriman Administration, circa 1950s
38. Women in Government, Rockefeller Administration, circa 1960s

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Folder

1. Presidents and Officers, State and Local, circa 1966


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 7: News Clippings, 1934-1984, 1987

Box 2
Folder

1. 1934-1939
2. 1940-1949
3. 1950-1954
4. 1955-1959
5. 1961-1962
6. 1960-1969
7. 1970-1980
8. 1980-1984, 1987


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 8: Publications, 1938-1940, 1944-1969, 1971, 1979-1984, 1986-1988

Box 2 (continued)
Folder

9. BPW... Action Line (newsletter), 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986-1988
10. Facts and Faces, 1919-1959, a history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, 1960
11. Flyers for People Running for Offices in National BPW, circa 1982
12. History of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, (1960-1968), 1961-1968
13. The Hustler, Newsletter, 1939-1971
14. Our Town's Business, Pamphlet, 1938
15. Programs and Announcements of Activities, 1940, 1948-1952, 1959-1964, 1974, 1980-1984
16. Publications of BPW of New York State, 1956, 1980

Oversize Box 1 (continued)
Folder

2. Flyer for Marie Creel Running for Office in National BPW, circa 1982


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 9: Radio Scripts, 1936, 1938

Box 2 (continued)
Folder

18. Radio Scripts, 1936, 1938


Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York
Box and Folder List

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Series 10: Rosters of Members, 1934-1986, with gaps

Box 2 (continued)
Folder

19. Charter Members, circa 1934
20. 1939, 1941-1947, 1949-1950
21. 1951, 1955, 1956
22. 1961, 1963-1969
23.1970-1980
24. 1981-1984, 1986


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