JMU Women’s Club Records, 1977-2013 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
JMU Woman's Club (1977-2006)
JMU Women's Club Records
Collection No.:
UA 0035
6 boxes, 1.75 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
Language of the Material:
The JMU Women's Club Records are comprised of newsletters, yearbooks, directories, papers, scrapbooks, media files and photographs that document the activities of the JMU Woman's Club, from 1977-2013.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], JMU Women's Club Records, 1977-2013, UA 0035, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Administrative History

The JMU Women's Club, also called the JMU Woman's Club, was formed in 1977, as a continuation of the Faculty Wives' Sewing Circle (1947-1951), Faculty Wives' Club (1952-1967), and the Madison College Women's Club (1968-1976). Membership was open to JMU women faculty, administrators, staff and retirees, as well as wives of JMU faculty, administrators, staff and retirees. Their mission was to "build community spirit, promote friendship, and support projects that will benefit the University." The club is no longer active, though directories are printed through 2005. The Honorary Life Members, a JMU Women's Club interest group for retired club members, continued to meet through 2013. The JMU Women's Club administered the Edith Carrier Scholarship, available for children of JMU faculty members, and coordinated social gatherings and interest groups.

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Scope and Content

The JMU Women's Club Records are comprised of newsletters, yearbooks, directories, papers, scrapbooks, media files, realia and photographs that document the activities of the JMU Woman's Club, from 1977-2013. Yearbooks and directories contain membership rosters, club officers, interest groups, recipients of the Ellen Chappell Award of Merit and the Edith Carrier Scholarship, past presidents and officers, and the club's constitution. The collection contains meeting minutes, administrative files, promotional materials and correspondence. Three scrapbooks contain photographs, programs and papers documenting the activities of the Honorary Life Members Interest Group. The collection also includes four t-shirts, and a banner used at JMU Women's Club events.

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Items are arranged by subject matter. The scrapbooks remain bound in a flat box.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Acquisition Information

Records were donated by Elizabeth Ihle on April 4, 1996. Scrapbooks were donated by Beverly Silver on November 28, 2016.

Processing Information

Records were formerly given the collection number JA 96-0402, JMU Woman's Club, 1986-1993. Two unprocessed accessions were added to the collection at the time of processing.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Applications for the Edith Carrier Scholarship with personal and identifying information were removed from the collection and disposed.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Yearbooks
  • Membership lists
  • Constitutions
  • Programs (documents)
  • Invitations
  • T-shirts
  • Banners
  • Directories
  • Floppy Discs


  • James Madison University -- History
  • James Madison University -- Faculty
  • Women in higher education -- History
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History

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"Women's Club Offers $1000 Scholarship." The Breeze. February 3, 2003. Accessed February 20, 2018.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Board Meeting Minutes, 1971-1977 box 1 folder 1
Board Meeting Minutes, 1978-1983 box 1 folder 2
Board Meeting Minutes, 1984-1987 box 1 folder 3
Meeting Minutes, 1992-2002 box 1 folder 4
Budget Reports, 1978-2003 box 1 folder 5
Yearbooks and Directories, 1982-1991 box 1 folder 6
Yearbooks and Directories, 1991-2005 box 1 folder 7
Administrative Files, 1989-1998 box 1 folder 8
Constitution and Bylaws, 1993-1996 box 1 folder 9
Newsletters, 1986-1992 box 2 folder 1
Newsletters, 1993-2006 box 2 folder 2
Correspondence, 1977-2003 box 2 folder 3
Memorandum, 1988-2000 box 2 folder 4
Ellen Chappell Award of Merit, 1984-1994 box 2 folder 5
Edith Carrier Scholarship, 1990-2001 box 2 folder 6
Membership Lists, 1977-2003 box 2 folder 7
Membership Forms, 1989-1993, undated box 2 folder 8
Interest Groups, undated box 2 folder 9
Honorary Life Group, 1988, undated box 2 folder 10
Friendship Committee, 1990-1997 box 2 folder 11
Newcomers Group, 1988-1999 box 2 folder 12
Website, 1999-2002 box 2 folder 13
Discount Card Business Agreements , 2002-2003 box 3 folder 1
Promotional Material and Flyers, 1977-2002 box 3 folder 2
Events Planning Papers, 1986-1992 box 3 folder 3
Events Planning Papers, 1993-2002 box 3 folder 4
Women's Club Letter Head, undated box 3 folder 5
JMU Programs, 2003, undated box 3 folder 6
Ephemera, undated box 3 folder 7
Photographs and Negatives, undated box 3 folder 8
Digital Media, 2002-2003, undated box 3 folder 9
Four T-Shirts, undated box 4
Honorary LIfe Members Interest Group Scrapbook, 1987-2010 box OV1
Honorary LIfe Members Interest Group Scrapbook, 2012-2013 box OV1
Honorary LIfe Members Interest Group Scrapbook, 2011 box OV1