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Chicago Woman's Club records
Chicago Woman's Club records (32.25 lin. ft.) consists of meeting minutes, financial records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, contracts, leases, correspondence, certificates, guest books, calendars and other papers from the Chicago Woman's Club. The collection includes scrapbooks pertaining to the club's activities, including women's participation in the World's Columbian Exposition. Also included is a scrapbook from 1927 (ca. 50 pages) of newspaper clippings, photographs, manuscripts, programs, and other documents pertaining to Negro in Art Week, sponsored by the Chicago Woman's Club, Nov. 16–23, 1927. Exhibitions were held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Nov. 16–Dec. 1, 1927, and at the Chicago Woman's Club, Nov. 16–23, 1927
Biographical Historical Note
The Chicago Woman's Club was formed in 1876. Originally focused on self and social improvement, by the late 1880s members’ efforts turned to state-building and social reform. Along with other women’s clubs in the Chicago area, the Chicago Woman’s Club was active in patronizing art activities, for example by funding exhibition prizes at the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual exhibitions and by gathering its own collection of art.