Willing Workers Club (Fayette County, Iowa) records
The Willing Workers Club records measure 10 linear inches and date from 1918 to 1987. They consist of minutes of meetings, annual programs, a club history and constitution, and club financial records. The history of the Willing Workers Club describes the major events that formed and changed the group through the years. Newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, obituaries, and correspondence can also be found in the History folder. The record books and minute books contain meeting agendas and topics, roll calls, and membership lists.
- Willing Workers Club (Fayette County, Iowa) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The records are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
10.00 linear inches
A social and benevolent women's club initially formed as a Red Cross sewing club during World War I.
Biographical / Historical
The Willing Workers Club of Fayette County met for the first time October 3, 1918 at the home of Kate Ostrander. The group was initially formed as a Red Cross sewing club to sew and knit garments for soldiers serving overseas in World War I. The club also donated clothes, blankets, quilts, and food to needy families and orphanages during the Depression. Club meetings were a major social event for the women where they could work together to help the community, accomplish goals, socialize, cultivate new hobbies, learn and study about other cultures and countries, and share common interests such as sewing, cooking, and gardening. The women also held events for club and community members such as bake sales, picnics, fundraisers, Christmas parties, baby showers, and bridal showers.
Method of Acquisition
The records (donor no. 601) were donated by Frances Graham in 2000.
Other Descriptive Information
- 20th century
- Administrative records
- Archives (groupings)
- Community life
- Community organization
- Fayette County (Iowa)
- Financial records
- Rural women
- Social participation
- Willing Workers Club (Fayette County, Iowa)
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women and War
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Women
- Andrea Rasmusson, 2002.
- Language of description