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The Married Ladies Social, Art and Charity Club

 Collection
Identifier: RG 0046

Scope and Contents

The Married Ladies Social Art and Charity Club Collection contains the organizations records from 1950-1977. Materials include the constiution, membership rolls, meeting minutes, correspondece, committee reports, financial records, and photographs.

Dates

  • 1950 - 1977

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Married Ladies Social, Art and Chartiy Club must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

In 1902 twelve black women determined to satisfy their own artistic and intellectual needs, as well as be of service to the needy, by organizing together as a group. Thus was the Married Ladies Social, Art and Charity Club created. Its membership was subsequently limited to seventy "respectable married women living with their husbands in Harris County." Over the years its roster has traditionally been composed of women from the ranks of Houston's black elite.

Unfortunately, most of the Club's records have unintentionally been scattered or misplaced. This is a tragedy, since the Club may very well be the oldest surviving civic organization of black women in the city's history. Members are currently trying to locate and recover as many of the missing records as possible. In the meantime, the documents in this collection, which span the years from 1950 to 1977, amply illustrate the continued dedication of its members to their own improvement and to the betterment of their community.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is organized chronologically, by topic.

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as RG E 0046 Married Ladies Social, Art and Chartiy Club and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in April 2019.

Related Materials

RG 0045 Chat-An-Hour Social and Cultural Club Collection

RG 0067 Texas Association of Women's Clubs, Houston Branch

MSS 0165 National and Texas Association of Women's and Girls Club Inc.

Related Material at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center

  1. RG E 0018 The Federation of Women's Clubs Collection
  2. RG E 0020 The Woman's Club of Houston Collection
  3. RG E 0026 Ladies Reading Club Collection
  4. RG E 0033 Park Place Woman's Club Collection
  5. RG E 0040 Houston Heights Women's Club Collection
  6. MSS 0135 Gomez Family Collection (records of Club Femenino Chapultepec)

Processing Information

Processed by: Howard Beeth on September 30, 1982
Title
RG 0046 The Married Ladies Social, Art and Charity Club
Subtitle
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 5 February 2020: Updated collection to current standards, added custodial history; SW

Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
M Closed T 10-6 W 10-6 Th 12-8 F 10-5 Sa 10-5 Su Closed
TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov
832-393-1662