Local History Collections

Collection ID: 285
Location: LH 115

(Description ID: 594381)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Bellevue and Fremont, Ohio

LH - 115

Agency History
Scope and Content

The records were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center prior to 1971.

Agency History
This collection contains the records of the Bellevue, Ohio and Fremont, Ohio Business and Professional Women’s Clubs as well as materials from the state and national organizations. Established nationally and statewide in 1919, the organization officially adopted its constitution in 1920.  Its purpose was to advocate for equal rights for women, jury service for women, and equal pay. They hoped to elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions; promote the interest of business and professional women; bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States; extend opportunities to business and professional women through education in the areas of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities; and devote the influence and efforts of their membership for the betterment of the community. The organization sponsored the publication of The Ohio Business Woman.

The Bellevue, Ohio chapter organized in April, 1940, and its Fremont, Ohio counterpart was formed nine years later in January, 1949. The Fremont chapter’s first president was Gertrude Bliss.  The Fremont group published a monthly newsletter titled Nike News. Members participated in the activities of one of four committees: Education and Vocation, Health and Safety, Public Affairs, and International Relations. The Fremont organization sponsored Civil Defense programs, a local drama guild, nursing education, and parks and recreation. They also supported the Oak Ridge Sanatorium in Green Springs, Ohio and an orphanage in Kyoto, Japan. Locally, it was the first organization to raise funds for the American Heart Association.   

Scope & Content
The records of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs span the years from 1940 to1972, but the bulk of the material dates from the 1960s. The records contain materials and documenhts relating to the national, state, and the local chapters of Bellevue, Ohio and Fremont, Ohio. The records for the Bellevue chapter and the Fremont chapter are incomplete, however, they contain organizational documents, Fremont chapter minutes, membership and treasurer’s records, newsletters, scrapbooks, annual yearbooks, newspaper clippings, and organizational correspondence.

Perhaps most valuable are the materials that reflect the local chapters’ public service efforts. The records also contain a file on general publications for women, primarily from the 1960s. Agendas and advocacy information from the national and state organizations are included.

1 ½ linear ft.

Box 1
1. Fremont BPW Club founding documents: by laws, minutes, certificate of acceptance, letters
2. Fremont BPW Club anniversary programs: 1959, 1969
3. Fremont BPW Club yearbooks: 1951-52, 1956-58, 1961-62, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1975-76
4. Fremont BPW Club Nike News publications: Aug. 1958, Oct. 1958, Dec. 1958, Jan.-June 1959, Feb. 1963, Dec. 1970, Jan.-April 1971, June-July 1971, Jan. 1975
5. Fremont BPW Club newspaper clippings: 1960s-1970s (many undated)
6. Fremont BPW Club scrapbook 1958-1959
7. Fremont BPW Club scrapbook 1959-1963
8. Fremont BPW Club scrapbook 1964-1965
9. Fremont BPW Club scrapbook 1970-1971
10. Bellevue BPW Club minutes, state meetings (scattered)
11. Bellevue BPW Club members’ resignations (including address and date)
12. Bellevue BPW Club treasurer’s records 1940-1958
13. Bellevue BPW Club correspondence
14. Bellevue BPW Club business papers
15. Bellevue BPW Club dinner meetings 1961-1963
16. Bellevue BPW Club booklets 1959-1962, 1964-1967
17. Bellevue BPW Club programs 1959, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1968
18. Bellevue BPW Club publications Bellevue Bulletin Jan.-June 1956, Nov. 1963
19. Bellevue BPW Club radio programs
20. Bellevue BPW Club newspaper clippings: 1949, 1950, 1961, 1968 (many undated)
21. Local BPW Clubs newspaper clippings (undated)
22. Ohio BPW Club papers: letters, information, state updates, instructions
23. Ohio BPW Club directories: 1946-1947, 1957-1958
24. Ohio BPW Club annual conventions: 1947, 1950, 1951, 1959, 1961, 1963
25. Ohio BPW Club annual reports: 1946-1947, 1960-1961, 1962-1963
26. Ohio BPW Club programs: 1950, 1951, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1970
27. Ohio BPW Club Buckeye Business Week: 1946
28. Ohio BPW Club Ohio Business Woman: 1947, May 1948, Oct. 1948, May 1951, Nov. 1951, April 1956, 1970, 1971
29. Ohio BPW Club: newspaper clippings: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963
30. National BPW Club annual report, 1962
31. National BPW Club: audit, 1962
32. National BPW Club statement of income 1961-1962
33. National BPW Club information brochure & cards
34. National BPW Club installation ceremonies: 3 brochures
35. National BPW Club radio notes: Sept.-Nov. 1947
36. National BPW Club 14th biennial convention 1958
37. National BPW Club newspaper clippings: 1955, 1958, (many undated)38. National BPW Club memorabilia catalogs
39. Negro BPW Club: one article, 1961
40. BPW Club of Windsor, Ontario: International Night dinner, 1951
41. General Publications for Women:

What Every Club Woman Ought to Know

Job Finding Techniques 1958

Training for Future Employment 1960

What’s new about Women Workers 1961

 Job Finding for the Mature Woman 1962

Women’s Bureau 1962

Spotlight on Women in Public Affairs 1972

Box 2
Fremont BPW Club scrapbook

Correspondence 1949; newspaper clippings 1949-1957; Fremont Bulletin 1949; Nike News 1949-1952, 1957-1958; The Ohio Business Woman 1951; programs 1949-1951, 1953-1954;
club citations 1952-1960