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Guide to the Vassar Club of Philadelphia Records, 1903-2011

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar Club of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Title: Vassar Club of Philadelphia Records
Dates: 1903-2011
Quantity: 6.8 cubic ft. (10 boxes)
Abstract: Materials relating to the creation and subsequent activities of the Vassar Club of Philadelphia.
Forms of Materials: Minutes, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, directories, correspondence, newsclippings, scrapbooks and photographs

Administrative History

The Vassar Club of Philadelphia was founded in 1903. From 1967-2006, the club organized the Vassar Show House which raised more than 3 million dollars to provide scholarships for Philadelphia-area students attending Vassar College.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials relating to the creation and subsequent activities of the Vassar Club of Philadelphia. The first two boxes include materials of a general nature, such as minutes, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, directories, and correspondence. The other eight boxes contain documents relating to the Vassar Show House. Included are planning materials, newsclippings, brochures, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials which provide information about the process of creating a designer show house, the programming surrounding each show house, as well as the histories of some of the houses themselves.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Vassar College -- Alumni And Alumnae.
  • Vassar Show House.

Subjects:

  • Women--Societies and clubs.
  • Decorator showhouses -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Interior decoration -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, December 2008.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The VHS tapes, floppy disks, and compact disks may require reformatting before use.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vassar Club of Philadephia Records, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Finkel, November 2008. Updated September 2009 and May 2011.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Vassar Club of Philadephia, 2008-2011.

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Container List

Boxes 1-2 General club records, 1903-2004, 2011
Boxes 3-4 Show House - General, 1968-2006, n.d.
Box 4 Show House - House histories, 1967-1996
Box 4 Show House - Publicity packets, 1996-2006
Boxes 4-5 Show House - Programs, 1967-2006
Boxes 5 and 10 Show House - Clippings, 1967, 1975-2006, n.d.
Box 6 Show House - Scrapbooks and photograph albums
Box 6 Show House - Decorator Show Houses, by Tina Skinner, Melissa Cardona, and Nancy Ottino (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 2004).
Boxes 6-10 Show House - Photographs, 1983-2006 (prints, slides, negatives, contact sheets and digital files)
Box 10 Show House - Posters
Box 9 Show House - VHS tapes
Box 7 Show House - unidentified computer floppy disks
Box 6 Show House - Flag

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