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General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas Papers

Identifier: MC 1395

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials related to the activities and organization of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas, as well as to the national General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) and to the South Central Region of the GFWC. Materials include correspondence, constitutions and by-laws, directories, administration program books, guides and handbooks, miscellaneous administration and financial reports, budgets, minutes of the meetings, announcements, invitations, programs and agendas, brochures, bulletins, pamphlets, newsletters, miscellaneous promotional material, newspapers and newspaper clippings, two scrapbooks, slides, and memorabilia.


  • Creation: circa 1942-2014


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is the largest and oldest international service organization of volunteer women in the world. It is comprised of fifty-two State Federations including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, eight regions, and four hundred and twenty-one districts. The GFWC was organized in March 1889 and received its Charter by Congress in 1901. The objective of its membership is to promote and enable communication and unification of the women's clubs and similar organizations throughout the world for the purpose of mutual benefit and for the promotion of education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, contributing to world peace and international understanding, and supporting participation in the arts. Through six departments--the Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Affairs, and Public Affairs and with the support of many national foundations and corporations, the GFWC has in the past successfully organized a series of projects for the benefit of its member clubs. The Federation also cooperates closely with various specialized associations as well as with local public agencies and private groups such as American Library Association, CARE, America's Clean Water Foundation and many others, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the community service work.


10.25 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in three series:

  1. 1. General Federation of Women's Clubs Records
  2. 2. South Central Conference/Region
  3. 3. General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas

Acquisition Information

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas Papers were donated to the Special Collections Division by Joanne J. Swafford, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on June 4, 1999. Additional materials (Boxes 13-17) were donated by Swafford in March 2015.

Materials Cataloged Separately

Two publications were removed from the collection and cataloged in the print holdings of the library. These are: Clubwoman, the General Federation magazine, (published monthly, incomplete run from 1976-1998) and the Arkansas Federation Speaks, a quarterly newsletter of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in June 1999. An additional donation of materials (Boxes 13-17) was integrated into the collection by Katrina Windon and Huong Nguyen in December 2021.


General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arkansas Papers
Vera Ekechukwu
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444