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Collection TitleCL 111 The Sorosis Club of Elmira RecordsCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/25/2008
Provenance:

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Margaret Hilbert in 2003. 

Terms:Book clubs; Elmira (N.Y.); Women-Societies and clubs
Historical:

The Sorosis Club of Elmira-The Walnut Street Literary Club was founded on January 4, 1898 with the stated object of social, ethical and intellectual culture, gained through organized effort, mutual sympathy and counsel.  The club was originally composed of the women of Walnut Street, and met on Wednesday afternoons at the homes of the members for lectures and book discussions.  In 1912, the Club joined the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, and in 1916, it joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  In May of 1926, the Walnut Street Literary Club voted to change the name to the Sorosis Club.  In 1953, following some protest from the original Sorosis Club in Floral Park, NY, they changed the name again, this time to the Sorosis Club of Elmira.  The organization disbanded in 2001.

Scope:The Sorosis Club of Elmira Records contains administrative papers and correspondence, programs of Club events, programs and documents relating to the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, scrapbooks and photographs of events.  The bulk of the collection consists of a complete run of the Club's yearly programs from 1902-2001.  The administrative documents include the Club's constitution and by-laws, guidelines for parliamentary procedure, roll books, minutes and budgets and date from 1910 to 1992.  The documents pertaining to the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs include programs, correspondence and awards and dates from 1912 to 1999.  The correspondence dates from 1906 to 1998.  The scrapbooks and photographs of events date from 1898 to 1998, with the majority of the photographs dating from the 1930's and 1940's. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1898-2001
AbstractThe items in this collection all pertain to the Sorosis Club of Elmira and include administrative papers, correspondence, annual programs and scrapbooks. 


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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Robert's Rules of Order Revised, 1951. Book100
Constitution and By-Laws of the Walnut Street Literary Club, 1910. Booklet10101
The Sorosis Club of Elmira Constitution and By-Laws, no date. Booklet10102
Proposed Amendments, Sorosis Club Constitution and By-Laws, no date. Document10103
Sorosis Club Rolls of Attendance, 1946-1956. Ledger102
Proclamation by Chemung County Executive Robert G. Densberger declaring the spring of 1987 to be the Sorosis Club Beautification Sring, 1987. Document103
Sorosis Club minutes, September 19, 1992 to April 18, 2001. Documents104
Procedure for conducting a meeting from the Newsletter of the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, 1989. Document10501
Parliamentary Procedure by Mrs. Roland Davis. Document10502
Sorosis Club of Elmira Budget 1990-1991. Document106
Program from the New York State Federation of Women's Club 39th Annual Convention, 1933. Booklet10701
Program from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs Golden Jubilee Convention, 1944. Booklet10702
Program from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs 57th Annual Convention, 1951. Booklet10703
Program for the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs Centenial, 1994. Booklet10801
Letter from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs to the president of the Walnut Street Literary Club regarding nominations for officers, March 29, 1913. Letter10802
Letter from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs to the Sorosis Club president regarding an endowment fund, 1913.Letter10803
New York State Federation of Women's Clubs Resolutions Recorded and Passed at Annual Conventions, 1897-1952. Booklet10804
Program for the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs Sixth District Annual Fall Meeting, October 15, 1969. Booklet10805
Certificate of Second place in the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs sewing competition for Margaret Hilbert, May 7, 1987. Document10806
History of the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, 1988. Document10807
Certificate of First Place in the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs sewing competition for Margaret Hilbert, May 4, 1988. Document10808
100th Anniversary Scroll presented to the Sorosis Club by the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, May 1998. Document10809
Citation from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs to the Sorosis Club of Elmira for their Historian's report, May 5, 1998. Document10810
Citation from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs presented to the Sorosis Club of Elmira for GFWC Libraries 2000, May 2, 1999. Document10811
Certification of Commendation in recognition of the Sorosis Club of Elmira's participation in General Federation of Women's Clubs Libraries 2000, 1998. Document10812
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