Nebraska Council of Home Extension Clubs [RG4019.AM]

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

 

CLB/kfk                05-01-1996
kfk                        01-15-2004
TMM                   05-25-2018

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