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RG3719.AM:  Nebraska Church Women United

Records:  1934-1981

Nebraska:  Interdenominational women’s church organization

Size:  1.25 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


Nebraska church women first organized into a federation in 1935.  A Lincoln woman, Mrs. Ada Bash Hunt, believed that a state group of church women should be formed to exert pressure and influence whenever conscience and reason demanded.  In response to her invitation, eighteen women from Omaha, Norfolk, and Lincoln churches met, and on April 30, 1935, they formed the Nebraska Federation of Church Women.  The organization was affiliated with a national group of church women.  In turn, local councils or units throughout the state of Nebraska became members of the state organization.  Annual conventions, beginning 1936, brought the local councils together. 

In 1941, the Federation joined with another group of church women and the two groups became a single unit under the name of the United Council of Church Women.  The group became the Nebraska Council of United Church Women in 1955 and adopted its present name, Nebraska Church Women United, in 1967. Throughout its various name changes, the organized group of church women have maintained a single purpose, “to united church women in their allegiance to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through a program looking to their integration, in the total life and work of the church and the building of a world Christian community.”  Nebraska Church Women United’s programs of welfare and inspiration continue to be planned with this purpose in mind.


This collection consists of two boxes of records of the Nebraska Church Women United.  The materials date from ca. 1934 to 1981.  The bulk of the collection consists of materials compiled by the organization’s historian, including minutes, clippings, newsletters, programs, flyers and reports.  Also included in the collection are histories and by-laws of the organization.  Some photos of events are scattered throughout the historian’s records.  There can be some duplication and overlap between the various years of historian records, so interested researchers should review the preceding and following years for potentially related materials.

Note:  See the library for newsletters of the organization.


Box 1


  1. History of Nebraska Church Women United

  2. By-laws and Statement of Purpose

  3. Historian’s records, 1934-1946

  4. Historian’s records, 1948-1959

  5. Historian’s records, 1960-1961

  6. Historian’s records, 1962-1963

  7. Historian’s records, 1963-1964

  8. National Assembly of United Church Women, 1964

  9. Historian’s records, 1964-1965

  10. Historian’s records, 1965-1966

  11. Historian’s records, 1966

  12. Historian’s records, 1967

  13. Historian’s records, 1968-1969

  14. Historian’s records, 1969-1970

  15. Historian’s records, 1970

  16. Historian’s records, 1971

  17. Historian’s records, 1972

  18. Historian’s records, 1973-1974

  19. Historian’s records, 1975

  20. Historian’s records, 1976

  21. Historian’s records, 1977-1978

Box 2


  1. Historian’s records, 1978-1979

  2. Historian’s records, 1980-1981


Subject headings:

Charities — Nebraska

Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska

Lincoln Church Women United (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Nebraska Church Women United

Nebraska Council of Churches

Nebraska Council of United Church Women

Nebraska Federation of Church Women

Social problems — Nebraska

Social reform — Nebraska


AIF/psw                  05-06-1980

Revised TMM          05-10-2018; 09-22-2021