Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-364
Location: LH-364

(Description ID: 595681)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

St. Francis Guild


Agency History
Scope and Content

The records of the St. Francis Guild were donated by the organization in 2009.

Agency History
The St. Francis Junior Guild was formed in 1960 with thirteen charter members. The purpose of this volunteer organization was to raise funds and provide support for the St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital, also known as the St. Francis Health Care Center, located in Green Springs, Ohio. The organization was variously known as the St. Francis of Oak Ridge Hospital Junior Guild, the St. Francis Rehabilitation Guild and the Villa Maria Junior Guild. The St. Francis Guild originally consisted of a Junior and a Senior Guild. The Guilds merged in the late 1990s to become the St. Francis Guild. This collection contains the records of both organizations.  The group will be referred to as the St. Francis Guild, though the earlier records in this collection pertain to the Junior Guild only.

The organization provided funds for scholarships and equipment such as wheelchairs, room furnishings, and beds. The guild also improved landscaping and hosted social events and outings for residents. The St. Francis Guild raised money through fundraisers such as an annual holiday bazaar and other events. The St. Francis Guild was dissolved in 2009 when the facility was purchased by the Elmwood Healthcare Center of Green Springs, Ohio.

Scope and Content
This collection is composed of the records of the St. Francis Guild from 1960 through 2009. It contains copies of the organization’s constitution and by-laws from various points in the organization’s history. The records of meetings and general business, in the form of president’s notes and minutes, are complete, extending from 1960 to 2009.

Additional activities and initiatives are documented in a series of bazaar-related notebooks and general scrapbooks. These books hold correspondence, organizational notes, financial information, photographs, and various printed materials, especially newspaper clippings. The bazaar notes extend from 1963 to1974, and the general scrapbooks extend from 1960 to 2000. Gaps in these records exist from 1974 to1982 and 1991 to 1994. Loose materials that were not included in these books were sorted by category and stored in front of the books.

Series Description


  • Includes constitutions and by-laws from multiple points in the organization’s history. Also contains lists of charter members and Guild presidents from 1960-1987.


  • Records of meetings and other information relating to the operation of the St. Francis Guild, such as speeches and event materials, from 1960-1976.


  • Minutes of meetings from 1968-2009.


  • This series contains documents such as correspondence, financial information, and printed materials that were for whatever reason left out of the scrapbooks and notebooks.


Two notebooks containing information relating to the St. Francis Guild’s Holiday Bazaar from 1963-1974. Includes planning information, financial information, photographs, and printed materials.


  • Series of seven scrapbooks containing correspondence, news clippings, photographs and other material relating to the St. Francis Guild’s activities. The scrapbooks span from 1960 to 2000, with gaps from 1974 to1982 and 1991 to 1994.

Ac. 5760
2 linear ft.

Box 1

  • Constitution and By-laws: 1964
  • Constitution and By-laws: pre-1985
  • Constitution and By-laws: 1985
  • Constitution and By-laws: undated
  • Constitution and By-laws: 1987
  • St. Francis Guild Constitution and By-laws: 2000
  • History of St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital and Villa Maria Jr. Guild
  • Past Presidents: 1960-1987
  • President’s Notes: 1960-1976
  • Minutes: 1968-1975
  • Minutes: 1975-1988
  • Minutes: 1988-2000
  • Minutes: 2000-2009
  • Loose Materials- Correspondence: 1994, 2009
  • Loose Materials- Financial Information: 1965, 1966, 1969
  • Loose Materials- Printed Materials on St. Francis
  • Bazaar Notes: 1963-1971
  • Bazaar Notes: 1971-1974
  • General Scrapbook: 1960-1965
  • General Scrapbook: 1965-1967
  • General Scrapbook: 1968-1973
  • General Scrapbook: 1983-1986
  • General Scrapbook: 1986-1990

Box 2

  • General Scrapbook: 1995-1998
  • General Scrapbooks: 1999-2000