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Women’s Club Records

Identifier: UA 0035
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  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

The Women's Club Records are comprised of newsletters, yearbooks, directories, papers, scrapbooks, media files, realia and photographs that document the activities of the James Madison University Woman’s Club, from 1977-2013. Yearbooks and directories contain membership rosters, club officers, interest groups, recipients of the Ellen Chappell Award of Merit and the Edith Carrier Scholarship, past presidents and officers, and the club’s constitution. The collection contains meeting minutes, administrative files, promotional materials and correspondence. Three scrapbooks contain photographs, programs and papers documenting the activities of the Honorary Life Members Interest Group. The collection also includes four t-shirts, and a banner used at JMU Women’s Club events.


  • Creation: 1977-2013


Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of James Madison University is retained by James Madison University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information, contact the Special Collections Reference Desk (

Administrative History

The James Madison University Women’s Club, also called the James Madison University Woman's Club, was formed in 1977, as a continuation of the Faculty Wives’ Sewing Circle (1947-1951), Faculty Wives’ Club (1952-1967), and the Madison College Women’s Club (1968-1976). Membership was open to JMU women faculty, administrators, staff and retirees, as well as wives of JMU faculty, administrators, staff and retirees. Their mission was to “build community spirit, promote friendship, and support projects that will benefit the University.” The club is no longer active, though directories are printed through 2005. The Honorary Life Members, a JMU Women’s Club interest group for retired club members, continued to meet through 2013. The JMU Women’s Club administered the Edith Carrier Scholarship, available for children of JMU faculty members, and coordinated social gatherings and interest groups.


1.75 cubic feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Women's Club Records are comprised of newsletters, yearbooks, directories, papers, scrapbooks, media files and photographs that document the activities of the James Madison University's Woman’s Club, from 1977-2013.


Items are arranged by subject matter. The scrapbooks remain bound in a flat box.

Acquisition Information

Records were donated by Elizabeth Ihle on April 4, 1996. Scrapbooks were donated by Beverly Silver on November 28, 2016.

Separated Materials

Applications for the Edith Carrier Scholarship with personal and identifying information were removed from the collection and disposed.


  • “Women’s Club Offers $1000 Scholarship.” The Breeze. February 3, 2003. Accessed February 20, 2018.

Processing Information

Records were formerly given the collection number JA 96-0402, JMU Woman’s Club, 1986-1993. Two unprocessed accessions were added to the collection at the time of processing.

A Guide to the Women’s Club Records, 1977-2013
Sarah Roth-Mullet
February 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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