Republican Women's Club of Reno Records
Scope and Contents
The Washoe County Republican Women’s Club Records contains some of the earliest records for the group in the form of minutes from the initial founding meetings at the end of 1949. There are also two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs covering the years from 1953 to 1965. Newspaper clippings primarily document club activities, members, and the Republican Party. Please note that photographs are adhered to the pages of the scrapbooks and have not been removed. Some photographs became loose, but remain where they were once attached. Photographs are primarily of unidentified women in the club documenting club activities.
Also included are two other scrapbooks that document state activities. Scrapbook 3 contains information on the Nevada Federation of Republican Women as well as other general club information from 1964 to 1969 and is comprised of press clippings and photos (also adhered to the pages). The final scrapbook documents the Republican Women of Las Vegas STARS (Sub-Teenager Republican) group. It includes correspondence from the national level regarding STARS, photographs of participating youth, and programming material.
Administrative records included in the series were mostly found loose in Scrapbook 2. They have been removed for both preservation and access and placed in folders in chronological order among the other materials. Records include bylaws, minutes, and newsletters.
- Republican Women's Club of Reno (Creator, Organization)
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Originally named the Washoe County Women’s Club, the Republican Women’s Club of Reno was organized on October 17, 1949 by twelve women who felt the need to work together in the best interests of the Republican Party. This was the first such club since the early 1900s. In November 1949, bylaws were adopted and the club began its work informing and facilitating discussions among Republican women, participating with other local women’s clubs, community service projects, fundraising projects, and coordinating activities with the state Republican Party, including precinct work and direct fundraising for the Republican Party.
Plans for a state federation were soon considered and delegates were nominated and elected to attend a meeting to discuss federation. Dorothy Brimacombe and Edna Colville were among the eighteen delegates sent to the meeting. In August 1950, state bylaws were approved and an organizational meeting was planned. On September 9, 1950, a meeting of all interested clubs was held in Ely and a state federation was formed. The Reno club was one of the charter members. Lucie Humphrey, a member of the Reno club, was elected president of the state federation.
From 1955-1957, activities of the club fell into two major categories: political education and campaign activities. Under political education, the club organized study group activities in a variety of subjects in an effort to stimulate independent and individual thinking while keeping in mind Republican philosophy and platform. Meetings featuring Senator George Malone, Congressmen C. Cliff Young, Governor Charles Russell, as well as individuals from the national Republican Committee and State Committee, were common. Under campaign activities, the club encouraged members to volunteer at campaign headquarters or work with individual candidates on a number of jobs from mailings to working on election boards.
Past presidents of the club include Marvel Guisti, Barbara (Dillon) Vucanovich, Gloria Wilson, Mary Frazzini, Eileen Schouweiler, Ramona Brockliss, Lucie Humphrey, Louise Gasho, Florine Trigueiro, and Patsy Redmond. The club has also had members serve as National Committeewomen, Federation presidents, and Washoe County Central Committee vice-chairs.
(Much of the above information was taken from two separate club histories found in the collection.)
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Originally named the Washoe County Women’s Club, the Republican Women’s Club of Reno was organized on October 17, 1949 by twelve women who felt the need to work together in the best interests of the Republican Party. Plans for a state federation were soon considered and delegates were nominated and elected to attend a meeting to discuss federation. In August 1950, state bylaws were approved and an organizational meeting was planned for a state federation which was officially formed on September 9, 1950. This collection contains scrapbooks of administrative records, newspaper clippings, photos, and programs as well as information on the Nevada State Republican Party, the Nevada Federation of Republican Women, and the Las Vegas Republican Women group STARS.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Dorothy Ovitt on August 30, 1985.
- Guide to the Republican Women's Club of Reno Records
- Jessica Maddox
- December 2016
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