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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG4019.AM:  Nebraska Council of Home Extension Clubs



Records:  1936-1986

Nebraska:  Women’s club

Size:  3.25 cu.ft.; 4 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



On May 28, 1936, a Nebraska delegation of women attended a triennial meeting of the Associated Country Women of the World at the Cataract Hotel, Niagara Falls, New York (Secretary’s book, 1937).  Following this meeting, Miss Mary-Ellen Brown proposed the first state-wide Home Extension organization for Nebraska.  The Nebraska Council of Home Extension Clubs held its first annual meeting on June 15-16, 1937 at the Pawnee Hotel in North Platte, Nebraska.  The club has been known by two other names:  the Nebraska Home Demonstration Council and the Nebraska Homemakers’ Council.  The Nebraska Council of Home Demonstration Clubs was to be an affiliate of the National Home Demonstration Council as well as an affiliate of the International Country Women of the World.



The Council’s organizational goals focused on education, and improving the well-being and unity of country-women.  It also worked to promote women in Nebraska history, from pioneer women to the more recent prominent women who have come from Nebraska.  The Council was involved in 4-H clubs, and “promote[s] rural health activities, and encourage[s] spiritual life in the home” (Secretary’s book, 1942).  Meetings included songs, inspirational stories, food, and socializing.  The Council participated in many fund-raisers and projects.  The Murals Documentation Project, carried out in 1979-1980, forms a significant part of this collection.  For this project the extensions of the Council throughout Nebraska recorded and often photographed any kind of mural in their town or county as a means to broaden the cultural knowledge of Nebraskans.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of records of the Nebraska Council of Home Extension Clubs arranged in three series:  1) Administrative records, 1940-1979; 2) Scrapbooks and historian’s records, 1936-1986; 3) Mural Inventory Project records, 1979-1980 (documenting murals created 1894-1980).  Materials in this collection relate to the history of the organization, members, activities and projects, etc.



The administrative records of Series 1, arranged chronologically, contain membership books, secretary’s books, state council meeting records, and annual meeting reports and books. Series 2, scrapbooks and historian’s records, contain eight oversized volumes dated c.1939-1986. The other items are arranged chronologically and include the historian’s record [a scrapbook with commentary], scrapbooks of Washington trips and a Silver Milestone Anniversary Album. In Series 3, the Mural Inventory Project Records, there are photographs, newspaper clippings, slides and photo negatives that relate to the NCHEC.  The files are arranged in alphabetical order by county.  Included is a notebook containing a summary of the mural documentation by county and city, and mural inventory forms that include the artist’s name(s) and location of the mural.  Researchers must wear gloves when handling mural photographs, slides, and negatives.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Administrative records, 1940-1979



Box 1

Folder




  1. Membership Book, 1940-1941

  2. Membership Book, 1938-1943 (Neb. Home Demonstration Council)

  3. Secretary’s Book, 1937- 1946

  4. Secretary’s Book, 1937- 1946

  5. Secretary’s Book, 1947- 1951

  6. Secretary’s Book, 1947- 1951

  7. Secretary’s Book, 1952- 1957

  8. Secretary’s Book, 1952- 1957

  9. State Council Meeting Records, 1944

  10. State Council Meeting Records, 1961

  11. State Council Meeting Records, 1961

  12. State Council Meeting Records, 1962

  13. State Council Meeting Records, 1962

  14. State Council Meeting Records, 1963

  15. State Council Meeting Records, 1963

  16. State Council Meeting Records, 1964

  17. State Council Meeting Records, 1964

  18. State Council Meeting Records, 1965

  19. State Council Meeting Records, 1965

  20. State Council Meeting Records, 1966

  21. State Council Meeting Records, 1966

  22. State Council Meeting Records, 1967

  23. State Council Meeting Records, 1967

  24. State Council Meeting Records, 1968

  25. State Council Meeting Records, 1968

  26. State Council Meeting Records, 1969

  27. State Council Meeting Records, 1973

  28. State Council Meeting Records, 1973



Box 2

Folder




  1. State Council Meeting Records, 1974

  2. Annual Meeting Reports, 1970

  3. Annual Meeting Reports, 1970

  4. Annual Meeting Reports, 1971

  5. Annual Meeting Reports, 1971

  6. Annual Meeting Reports, 1972

  7. Annual Meeting Reports, 1973-1974

  8. Annual Meeting Books, 1975

  9. Annual Meeting Books, 1975

  10. Annual Meeting Books, 1976

  11. Annual Meeting Books, 1976

  12. Annual Meeting Books, 1977

  13. Annual Meeting Books, 1977

  14. Annual Meeting Books, 1978

  15. Annual Meeting Books, 1978

  16. Annual Meeting Books, 1979

  17. Annual Meeting Books, 1979



Series 2 – Scrapbooks and historian’s records, 1936-1986




  1. Historian’s record, 1936-1945 [Scrapbook with commentary]

  2. Scrapbook, Washington Trip, 1936

  3. Scrapbook, Washington Trip, 1977

  4. Silver Milestone Anniversary Album, 1961

  5. Miscellaneous clippings, 1944-1980

  6. 1939-1941 (see oversize)

  7. 1941-1948 (see oversize)

  8. 1948-1954 (see oversize)

  9. 1955-1961 (see oversize)

  10. 1961-1962 (see oversize)

  11. 1977-1979 (see oversize)

  12. 1977-1984 (see oversize)

  13. 1984-1986 (see oversize)



Series 3 – Mural Inventory Project records, 1979-1980




  1. Notebook containing summary of mural documentation by county and city

  2. A – Adams & Antelope

  3. A – Adams & Antelope



Box 3

Folder




  1. B – Banner to Butler

  2. B – Banner to Butler

  3. C – Cass to Custer

  4. C – Cass to Custer

  5. D – Dawes to Dundy

  6. D – Dawes to Dundy

  7. F – Fillmore to Furnas

  8. G – Gage to Grant

  9. H – Hall to Howard

  10. H – Hall to Howard

  11. J – Jefferson to Johnson

  12. K – Kearney to Knox

  13. L – Lancaster to Logan

  14. M – McPherson & Merrick

  15. N – Nemaha & Nuckolls

  16. O – Otoe

  17. P – Pawnee to Polk

  18. R – Red Willow & Richardson

  19. S – Saline to Sheridan

  20. S – Saline to Sheridan

  21. S – Saline to Sheridan



Box 4

Folder




  1. T – Thayer to Thurston

  2. VW – Valley, Washington & Wayne

  3. Y – York

  4. Y – York

  5. Miscellaneous clippings about murals



 



Subject headings:



Mural painting and decoration — Nebraska

Nebraska Council of Home Extension Clubs

Rural women — Nebraska

Women — Education

Women — Societies and clubs



 



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