callout

Black Mountain Woman's Club Records


The Black Mountain Woman's Club was founded in 1921, but its origin can be traced to 1913 when five women met to organize a Mother's Club with the purpose of improving the local school. Projects of the Black Mountain Woman's Club include town beautification projects; student scholarships; an annual home tour, flower shows, and an arts and crafts festival; public safety; and education.The Black Mountain Woman's Club Records contain minutes, yearbooks, scrapbooks, clippings, club project files, financial records, and publications.

Title

Black Mountain Woman's Club Records

Collection Number

ORG.7007

Abstract

The Black Mountain Woman's Club was founded in 1921, but its origin can be traced to 1913 when five women met to organize a Mother's Club with the purpose of improving the local school. Projects of the Black Mountain Woman's Club include town beautification projects; student scholarships; an annual home tour, flower shows, and an arts and crafts festival; public safety; and education.

The Black Mountain Woman's Club Records contain minutes, yearbooks, scrapbooks, clippings, club project files, financial records, and publications.

Creator

Black Mountain Woman's Club

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Prcessed by Sara Kaglic winter 2018 with additional processing by Sarah Downing spring 2018


The Black Mountain Woman's Club was officially founded in 1921, but its origin can be traced to 1913, when a group of 5 women met to organize a Mother's Club with the purpose of improving the local school. This organization grew in membership and included civic work so it was renamed the Women's Betterment Association. Along with making improvements to the school, the organization worked to improve the appearance of Black Mountain by cleaning up alleys and vacant lots, clearing debris and rubbish, planting flowers and shrubs and urging others to do the same. In 1914, it affiliated with the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. Around 1918, a literary club, the Pro Re Bona Club was formed in Black Mountain. These two organizations merged to form the Black Mountain Woman's Club on April 14, 1921.

Meetings often included speakers to keep club members abreast of happenings in the community. School improvement, civic enhancements, literacy, education, and providing aid to those in need were goals of the club. During the Depression, membership dropped as dues became difficult to pay. In 1932, the price was dropped from $2.00 to $1.00.

A long-lasting civic improvement project, in which the club was involved, was the creation of Lake Tomahawk and the adjacent community clubhouse, as well as the nearby golf course. These recreational enhancements were financed in part as a Works Progress Administration project and are still very popular and are enjoyed by residents and visitors.

The list of projects of the Black Mountain Woman's Club is lengthy and includes, but is not limited to, town beautification projects; student scholarships; an annual home tour, flower shows, an arts and crafts festival; public safety; and education.


In 2017, the Swannanoa Valley Museum transferred the Black Mountain Woman's Club Records (1913 - 2016) to the Western Regional Archives to facilitate easier access.


The Black Mountain Woman's Club Records contain minutes, yearbooks, scrapbooks, clippings, club project files, financial records, and publications.


  • North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Black Mountain Woman's Club
  • Mother's Club
  • Pro Re Bona Club
  • Women's Betterment Association
  • Societies and clubs
  • Civic improvement
  • Women
  • Works Progress Administration (U.S.)
  • Black Mountain (N.C.)

 Folder 1

September 1931 - May 1932

September 1932 - May 1933

September 1933 - May 1934

September 1934 - May 1935

September 1935 - May 1936

September 1936 - May 1937

 Folder 2

September 1937 - May 1938

September 1938 - May 1939

September 1939 - May 1940

September 1940 - May 1941

September 1941 - May 1942

September 1942 - May 1943

 Folder 3

September 1943 - May 1944

September 1944 - June 1945

September 1945 - May 1946

September 1946 - August 1947

September 1947 - August 1948

September 1948 - May 1949

 Folder 4

September 1949 - May 1950

September 1950 - May 1951

September 1951 - June 1952

September 1952 - May 1953

September 1953 - May 1954

September 1954 - May 1955

 Folder 5

September 1955 - May 1956

September 1956 - May 1957

September 1957 - May 1958

September 1958 - May 1959

September 1959

 Folder 6

September 1962 - May 1963

September 1963 - May 1964

September 1964 - May 1965

 Folder 7

January 1968- May 1968

September 1968 - May 1969

September 1969 - May 1970

September 1970 - July 1971

September 1971 - May 1972

 Folder 8

September 1972 - May 1973

September 1973 - May 1974

September 1974 - May 1975

September 1975 - May 1976

September 1976 - May 1977

 Folder 9

August 1977 - July 1978

September 1978 - July 1979

August 1979 - May 1980

August 1980 - May 1981

September 1981 - May 1982

 Folder 10

August 1982 - July 1983

September 1983 - May 1984

September 1984 - May 1985

September 1985 - May 1986

September 1986 - June 1987

 Folder 11

September 1987 - May 1988

August 1988 - July 1989

August 1989 - May 1990

September 1990 - July 1991

September 1991 - May 1992

 Folder 12

September 1992 - May 1993

September 1993 - May 1994

September 1994 - June 1995

September 1995 - May 1996

 Folder 13

September 1996 - May 1997

September 1997 - May 1998

September 1998 - June 1999

August 1999 - April 2000

September 2001

January - April 2002

September - October 2002

May, September - November 2009

April, September - October 2010

August 2012 - 2013

February 2015

November 2015

March - April 2016

 Folder 14

Garden Division Minutes

1969 - 1993

 Folder 1

1925 - 1931, 1933 - 1940

 Folder 2

1940 - 1958

 Folder 3

1959 - 1974

 Folder 4

1975 - 1983

 Folder 5

1996 - 2001, 2009 - 2010

 Folder 1

Financial Reports / Disbursements 1930 - 1945, 1949, 1972 - 1982

 Folder 2

Ledgers 1938 - 1950

 Folder 3

Ledgers 1954 - 1960, 1968 - 1981

 Folder 4

Audits 1935, 1968 - 1980

 Folder 5

Bank Statements

 Folder 6

Miscellaneous Savings Documents

 Folder 7

Receipts 1950 - 1984, 2012 - 2016

 Folder 8

Budgets

 Folder 9

Financial Reports 2009 - 2016

 Folder 1

Annual reports 1964 - 2000

 Folder 2

Miscellaneous reports 1938 - 1940, 1980 - 1984

 Folder 3

Constitution, bylaws, installation 1925 - 1982

 Folder 4

Membership rolls and attendance sheets 1933 - 2015

 Folder 5

Miscellaneous correspondence

 Folder 6

Mountain Echoes Newsletter 1966, 1975, 1977 - 1984, 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2002

 Folder 7

Programs - 1932-1933

 Folder 1

1967

 Folder 2

1968

 Folder 3

1969

 Folder 4

1970, 1972

 Folder 5

1976 - 1978, 1978 - 1980

 Folder 6

1979 - 1985

 Folder 7

1986 - 1989

 Folder 8

1991 - 1993

 Folder 9

1994, misc.

 Folder 1

Fatherless Children of France

 Folder 2

WPA Community Center Project

 Folder 3

Red Coach Coffee House

 Folder 4

Community Improvement Program

 Folder 5

Sourwood Bloomery Flower Show

 Folder 6

Cookbook

 Folder 7

Homes Tour

 Folder 8

Arts and Crafts Festival

 Folder 9

Scholarships

 Folder 10

Birthday Luncheon

 Folder 11

Miscellaneous Projects

 Folder 1

Written Histories

 Folder 2

Art Program Submissions and Programs, Choir Records

 Folder 3

Newspaper Clippings

 Folder 4

Garden Division Clippings and Programs

 Folder 5

Awards and Certificates

 Folder 6

University of North Carolina Extension Leaflets, chiefly with programs for women's clubs

 Folder 7

Sheet Music

 Folder 8

Sheet Music

 District Records II

Folder 1

Yearbooks

 Folder 2

Annual Meeting

 Folder 3

Summer Workshop

 Folder 4

Fine Arts Luncheon/Arts Festival

 Folder 5

Miscellaneous

 North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs Records and Publications

Yearbook

 Folder 6

1917 - 1918, 1918 - 1919

 Folder 7

1939 - 1940, 1940 - 1941

 Folder 8

1963 - 1968

 Folder 9

1984 - 1985

 Folder 10

1996 - 1998

 Folder 11

History of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, 1982 edition

 Folder 12

Miscellaneous NCFWC

 The North Carolina Club Woman

 Folder 13

October 1962 - Spring 1967

 Folder 14

February -April 1967, October 1984 - October 1985

 Folder 15

Winter 2009 - Fall 2010, Spring 2012 - Fall 2013

 General Federation of Women's Clubs Records and Publications

 Folder 16

Brochures

 Folder 17

Handbooks/Guidelines

 Folder 18

Handbooks/Guidelines

 General Federation Clubwoman: Magazine of the World's Largest Organization of Women

 Folder 19

October 1962 - March 1964

 Folder 20

April 1964 - February 1967

 Folder 21

March 1967 - May 1967, November 1984 - January 1986, July and October 2001