Gardnerville Woman's Literary Club Records

Identifier: 94-30

Scope and Contents

The records of the Gardnerville Woman's History Club document the history of the club and its members from its founding in 1916 to the present. The collection, divided into three series, falls into three main categories: constitution and bylaws, minutes and financial information, and programs and club history.

Series 1, Constitution and Bylaws, contains original and amended documents from 1916-2009, which often includes member signatures. Series 2, Minutes and Financial Information, includes detailed minutes in both bound and loose format, documents the happenings of the club at their regular meetings conducted twice a month from September to May. Of interest with the minutes are the notes of member presentations made to the club members. Also included is one ledger of cash records from 1929-2001.

Series 3, Programs and Club History, contains bound program booklets, a scrapbook of clippings on the club, and other history related documents. Each program consists of the dates for each meeting, names of speakers and their topic of presentation, names of local officers for the year, and the names of state presidents for the Women’s Literary Clubs. Club history documents are in the form of newsletters of the Nevada Federation of Women's Clubs, entitled Nevada Federation News, programs for special events and activities, some photographs, and member information (obituaries and biographies).


  • 1916-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

Founded in 1916 for “the education of the members, the bettering of the home, the uplifting of the community, and the betterment of all things which lie in womans [sic] sphere of life, liberty and the enjoyment of happiness,” the Gardnerville Woman’s Literary Club pursued its mission by conducting twice-monthly meetings in which members presented on literary topics. These meetings, held at member homes, allowed women to gather to discuss current literature as well as raise funds to donate dictionaries to seniors graduating from Douglas High School. The club also invited guest lecturers to discuss special topics and held social events multiple times a year.

Membership to the club was by invitation only and limited to those 18 years or older. In 2016, the club celebrated their 100th anniversary.


2.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Literary club based out of Gardnerville, Nevada and founded in 1916 for “the education of the members, the bettering of the home, the uplifting of the community, and the betterment of all things which lie in womans [sic] sphere of life, liberty and the enjoyment of happiness.” Collection includes constitutions, bylaws, minutes, programs, scrapbook of clippings about the club, and club history in the form of member biographies, obituaries, and programs and photographs of special events.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Constitutions and Bylaws; 2) Minutes and Financial Information; 3) Programs and Club History

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mary Crawford in 1994, Karen Yates in 2005, and Carolyn L. Miller in 2017 on behalf of the Gardnerville Woman's Literary Club. In addition, an early collection, NC1136, from an unknown source has been added to this more complete collection. In March 2016, the Centennial Celebration booklet about the 100 year history of the club was received and added to the collection.

A Part of

Nevada women's archives.


Guide to the Gardnerville Woman's Literary Club Records
Jessica Maddox
May 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)