University Women's Club Records
Scope and Content
The University Women’s Club Records date from 1922 to 2022 and contain scrapbooks, minutes, yearbooks, newsletters, photographs, and other records belonging to the club. The collection is organized into five series. Series 1 contains scrapbooks and photo albums that reveal data about the size of entertainments in the past, and about interesting guests and speakers the Club has enjoyed, from local celebrities to governors, artists and scholars. Series 2 contains “Minute Books” that document meeting minutes, agendas, president’s messages, treasurer’s reports, and planning for various events and activities. Series 3 contains the club’s yearbooks, missing 1924-1929. Series 4 contains the club’s newsletters, more recent newsletters can be found on their website which has been archived and can be accessed from the link in Series 5. Series 5 contains a variety of records including anniversaries, histories, photographs, news clippings, awards, artifacts, the website, and various other files.
- 1922 - 2022
- University Women's Club (University of Florida). (Organization)
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On October 6, 1922, University of Florida President A. A. Murphree called a meeting in Peabody Hall of the wives of faculty members to suggest the formation of an organization, the purpose of which would be "to promote a spirit of friendliness and to provide social intercourse among its members." The result was the formation of the University of Florida Dames, which presently operates under the name of University Women’s Club after it was changed on November 19, 1928. In 1991, the club was incorporated to become the University Women’s Club, Inc. and the University Women’s Club Educational Association, Inc.
The wives of UF Presidents have historically served as Honorary Presidents of the club and have hosted many University Women’s Club activities, attended meetings and functions, and acted as advisors to the University Women’s Club board as needed.
Immediately after the Club was organized, the University Dames instituted three events which became a time-honored tradition: a reception in the fall for new members of the faculty; an annual party for members and their spouses; and the Vesper Tea for the graduating class, their families, and friends. Since that time, there have been many receptions honoring new presidents of the University, governors, statesmen, and other prominent visitors. The club also operates numerous newcomers groups, interest groups, and the Six O’clock scholars program. Starting in the 1950s, the club began to offer scholarship assistance to students attending UF.
During World War II, members of the club devoted themselves to helping the nation’s defense efforts. Club funds that were usually spent on refreshments were invested in war bonds and stamps. Arrangements were made for dances for soldiers from nearby Camp Blanding, and the Club sponsored Red Cross programs and other activities related to the war effort.
Meeting places for the University Women’s Club have been varied. Early on, meetings were held in the YMCA building, and even in fraternity houses. Sometimes members met at the clubhouse of the Twentieth Century Club, which eventually became the Gainesville Woman’s Club. Beginning in 1936, the meetings were usually held in the Bryan Lounge of the Florida Union. After the Tootie Perry House was acquired by the University, arrangements were made in 1957 for it to become the University Women’s Clubhouse. In 2001 the Women's Club moved to a new clubhouse located on Woodlawn between SW 2nd Avenue and Stadium Drive. Due to declining membership, the Club sunsetted on their 100th anniversary in October 2022.
Seventieth Anniversary: A brief history, 1922-1992
13.25 Linear Feet (14 boxes, 3 volumes)
Language of Materials
Scrapbooks, minutes, yearbooks, newsletters, photographs, and other records belonging to the University Women's Club.
Please note the bulk of this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.
Gift of the University Women's Club, February 2022.
- A Guide to the University Women's Club Records
- Finding aid created by Matt Kruse
- March 2022
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- Description is written in English.
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