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Athens Woman's Club records

Collection number: MSS-006

Scope and Contents

The Athens Woman’s Club records span the years 1899-1984 and focus on the events, programs, and correspondence of the club. Administrative records include member’s dues, treasurer’s notes and reports, and yearbooks.


  • 1899-1990

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

Biographical / Historical

Formally organized in January of 1899, the Athens Woman's Club met monthly with Mary Ann Rutherford Lipscomb presiding. The group initially worked with the General Federation of Women's Clubs in encouraging rural committees to build model schools for children. Tallulah Falls School, opened in 1905, is one such school that the Athens Woman's Club helped establish. The club awarded scholarships and raised funds for various causes. A headquarters location was secured at 248 Prince Avenue in Athens, Georgia, which became known as the Joseph Henry Lumpkin House. The Athens Woman’s Club Cookbook, published by the organization in 1922, helped to finance the purchase of the headquarters. Other projects undertaken by the group included the Child Health Demonstration in 1925 to teach preventive measures in health education and dentistry; the establishment of kindergartens; setting up curb markets to promote the sale of local produce; the establishment of the Athens Public Library, predecessor to the Athens Regional Library System; organizing cancer education programs with the American Cancer Society; and publicity and fundraising efforts for the American Red Cross.


12.66 Linear Feet (15 boxes)


Minutes, scrapbooks, financial records, photographs, event brochures, newspaper clippings, and correspondence related to the history of the club.


The collection is organized in seven series: Series I: Administration, 1948-1969 Series II: Correspondence, 1962-1972 Series III: Events and guest books, 1938-1996 Series IV: Minutes, 1899-1980 Series V: News clippings, 1966-1994 Series VI: Photographs, 1990 Series VII: Scrapbooks, 1952-1984

Physical Description


Athens Woman's Club records
Beth Whitlock, Jennifer Sirotkin
May 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606