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Guide to the Vassar College Goodfellowship Club Records, 1902-1957

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College Goodfellowship Club
Title: Vassar College Goodfellowship Club Records
Dates: 1902-1957
Quantity: 3.1 cubic ft. (15 boxes)
Abstract: Materials related to the Vassar College Goodfellowship Club, including correspondence, business papers and photographs.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, reports, yearbooks, notebooks and photographs

Administrative History

The Steadfast Club was Vassar's first club of maids, students, and faculty, but it was short-lived, meeting from 1890-1891. In the spring of 1901, the Vassar Students' Association developed an idea to found a social center for the workers in the housekeeping department. In 1902-1903, the Good Fellowship Club (later the Goodfellowship Club) was organized. The Trustees approved the idea for the construction of a building in June, 1903, and the students proceeded to raise $10,000 in order to build the building

The Maids' Club-house, home of the Goodfellowship Club, opened in March, 1908. The Club-house included a circulating library, a sewing machine, a laundry room, dining room, kitchen, and infirmary. The Club sponsored evening classes (recreational, domestic, and academic), and cultural events. One paid dues in order to belong. With the rise of unions after World War II, the Club eventually dwindled in membership and passed out of existence.

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Scope and Content Note

The Vassar College Goodfellowship Club Records include reports, correspondence, members' organization notebooks, publications, notes on miscellaneous club activities and photographs.

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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 -- Societies and clubs

Subjects:

  • Housekeepers -- Societies and clubs
  • Student organizations -- United States

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Encoding Information

Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 17 Mar 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vassar College Goodfellowship Club, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections Library staff.

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Series List

Series I. Constitution and History, 1902-1957 (Boxes 1-2)

Series II. Club Reports, 1908-1954 (Boxes 3-6)

Series III. Notebooks, 1908-1938 (Boxes 7-10)

Series IV. Correspondence, 1909-1943 (Box 11)

Series V. Activities and Publications, 1907-1942 (Boxes 12-13)

Series VI. Photographs (Box 14)

Series VII. Miscellaneous (Box 15)

Container List

SERIES I. Constitution and History, 1902-1957

Folder 1.1 Constitution of Goodfellowship Club
Folder 1.2 Constitution of Goodfellowship Club
Folder 1.3 History of the Maids' Club House of Vassar College, 1912
Folder 1.4 Visitors of the Maids' Club House, 1908-1957
Folder 1.5 Chart of History of Goodfellowship Club House
Folder 2.1 The Yearbook of The Goodfellowship Club, 1910
Folder 2.2 The Yearbook of The Goodfellowship Club, 1911

SERIES II. Club Reports, 1908-1954

Folder 3.1 Club Reports, 1911-1934
Folder 3.2 Club Reports, 1935-1941
Folder 3.3 Club House Reports, 1911-1912, 1916-1917, 1917-1918
Folder 3.4 Club House Reports, 1914-1915
Folder 3.5 Club House Reports, 1914-1915
Folder 3.6 Club House Reports, 1915-1916
Folder 3.7 Club House Reports, 1913, 1918, 1923-1926, 1930-1931
Folder 4.1 Club House Reports, 1931-1943
Folder 4.2 Goodfellowship Club House Reports, 1922-1924
Folder 4.3 Goodfellowship Club Reports, [1922-1954]
Folder 4.4 Miscellaneous Reports: Ruth Cutler, 1911-1912
Folder 4.4 Sub-Chairmen Reports, 1912-1913
Folder 5.1 Committee Reports, 1926-1927
Folder 5.2 Committee Reports, 1927-1928
Folder 5.3 Reports to Students' Association, 1911-1912, 1912-1913
Folder 5.4 Report of the House Committee, 1912-1913
Folder 5.4 Report to the Students' Association: Evelyn Noble, 1912-1913
Folder 5.5 Supervisor's Reports, 1913, 1921-1922
Folder 5.6 Treasurer's Report, 1913
Folder 5.7 Goodfellowship Club Records of Business Meetings by Secretary, 1908-1910
Folder 6.1 Goodfellowship Accounts, 1941-1944
Folder 6.2 Goodfellowship Club Accounts, 1934/1935-1937/1938
Folder 6.3 Goodfellowship Club Accounts, 1938/1938-1940/1941

SERIES III. Notebooks, 1908-1938

Box 7 Ring binder: pages taken from a scrapbook from the Good Fellowship Club House, 1908-1910
Folder 8.1 Club House Notebook: Ruth Cutler, 1910-1911
Folder 8.2 Club House Notebook: Ruth Cutler, 1910-1911
Folder 8.3 Club House Notebook: Ruth Cutler, 1911-1912
Folder 8.4 Club House Notebook: Ruth Cutler, 1911-1912
Folder 8.5 Club House Notebooks: Evelyn Noble, 1912-1913
Folder 9.1 Chairman's Notebook: Evelyn Noble, 1912-1913
Folder 9.1 Club House Committee Notes: Adeline De Sale, Secretary, 1912-1913
Folder 9.2 Chairman's Notebook: Evelyn Noble, 1912-1913
Folder 9.3 Club House Notebook, 1913-1914
Folder 9.4 Chairman's Notes: Anne Thorpe, 1915-1916
Folder 9.5 Chairman's Notebook: Constance Woodworth, 1926-1928
Folder 10.1 Chairman's Notebook: Kathleen B. Smyth, 1928-1930
Folder 10.2 Chairman's Notebook: Kathleen B. Smyth, 1928-1930
Folder 10.3 Goodfellowship Club Plays Notebook, 1930-1938

SERIES IV. Correspondence, 1909-1943

Folder 11.1 To Club House/Club House News (General)
Folder 11.2 From Club House/Club House News
Folder 11.3 Regarding endowment funds, 1909-1910
Folder 11.4 Regarding endowment funds, 1911, 1912, 1923
Folder 11.5 Letters and Notes, 1914-1943
Folder 11.6 Miscellaneous Correspondence

SERIES V. Activities and Publications, 1907-1942

Folder 12.1 Chart of Goodfellowship Club House Activities, 1907-1915
Folder 12.2 Activities, 1911-1914
Folder 12.3 Activities, 1925-1925
Folder 12.4 Activities, 1936-1942 ; undated
Folder 12.5 Red Cross-First Aid Courses
Folder 12.6 Swimming-Kenyon Gym, 9 Oct 1934
Folder 12.7 Productions: The Love Doctor and The Birds' Christmas Carol
Folder 12.8 Productions: The Travel Class
Folder 12.9 Productions: Three Cornered Moon, 1941
Folder 12.10 Club House News Scrapbook, 1925-1926
Folder 13.1 Club House News, 1920-1921
Folder 13.2 Club House News, 1921-1924
Folder 13.3 Club House News, 1925-1928
Folder 13.4 Club House News 1929-1933
Folder 13.5 Club House News, 1934-1937
Folder 13.5 Club House News, 1939-1940

SERIES VI. Photographs

Folder 14.1 Photographs of Club House Building
Folder 14.2 Photographs of Goodfellowship Club members and productions
Folder 14.3 Photographs and theatrical productions
Folder 14.4 Photographs, miscellaneous
Folder 14.5 Photograph Album, circa 1920-1929

SERIES VII. Miscellaneous

Folder 15.1 Miscellaneous club information; press releases; club history; articles
Folder 15.2 Good Fellowship Club, miscellaneous
Folder 15.3 Employee fire Capts. Black out, etc.
Folder 15.4 Employee 75th Benefit, 1940
Folder 15.5 Lists, Notices
Folder 15.6 Membership List, 1936-1937
Folder 15.7 Club House Council; Student Committee [list of members], 1932/1933-1937/1938
Folder 15.8 Vassar Drive, 1933-1946

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