Woman’s Century Club Receives 4Culture Grant

Woman's Century Club

For immediate release: October 28, 2013

Media contact:
Debra Alderman
Communications Chair
Woman’s Century Club (of Seattle)


Woman’s Century Club Receives 4Culture Grant to Conserve Historic Archive Materials

The Woman’s Century Club of Seattle has received a grant of $1,038 to help conserve its scrapbooks, early members’ papers, and correspondence. The archival conservation project will be supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture for the 2013-14 year under its Heritage Collections Care program.

“We are thrilled to receive the recognition and support of 4Culture,” said Tammy Peterson, chair of the club’s History Committee, which will coordinate the conservation effort.

Other documents to be conserved include materials from Seattle mayor Bertha Knight Landes and suffragist Susan B. Anthony, and documents pertaining to Amelia Earhart’s 1933 visit to Seattle, which was sponsored by the club.

The club’s scrapbooks include newspaper accounts of club activities, letters, invitations, and programs from the 1920s to the present. The early members’ papers include writings by important women residents of King County such as suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, who founded the club in 1891; Dr. Sarah Kendall, an early woman physician in Seattle; and Julia E. Kennedy, Seattle’s first woman superintendent of schools.

The correspondence, covering the 1920s to the 1940s, reflects the club’s many activities, including legislative work, support of the Red Cross, gardening, safe driving initiatives, artists’ works, musical programs, and theater productions.

Once these documents are properly housed, an agreement has been reached with the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Division that will enable scholars to use them in the Special Collections reading room, under staff supervision in a secure environment. The History Committee also plans to develop and post lists of the collection’s contents, so specific documents will be easy to find.

With proper housing and storage, and more complete contents lists, this irreplaceable collection of documents reflecting the history of women in Seattle will be available for use by educators, scholars, genealogists, students, relatives of past club members, and others interested in women’s history.

For more information on the conservation work, contact Tammy Peterson at history@womanscenturyclub.org.

The Woman’s Century Club welcomes new members; dues are $50/year. Club events are open to all; most are held at the group’s historic clubhouse, now the Harvard Exit Theatre, 807 E. Roy St., on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Information about upcoming events and programs is available on the group’s website, womanscenturyclub.org.