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Special Collections: Guide to the Fryeburg Business & Professional
Women's Club Records

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
December 2008

Collection title: Fryeburg Business and Professional Women's Club Records
Collection number: MS 192
Dates of collection: 1928-1970
Size of collection: 1 box
Provenance: Gift of Club ca. 1972?
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


The Fryeburg Business and Professional Women’s Club, a regional chapter of the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, was founded in 1928 in Fryeburg, Maine, for the purpose of promoting the interests of business and professional women in the area. Its activities included awarding a prize to the outstanding female student in the commercial course at Fryeburg Academy, arranging a career day for senior girls there, and sponsoring adult education courses in the community. During World War II members took part in civil defense programs and first aid classes. The Club also regularly aided the community and sponsored activities such as dental clinics, hot lunch programs, donations to the local library and holiday parties for children.

The club disbanded in 1970; the minutes of the meeting of April 16, 1970 note that after discussion of candidates for office for the coming year, “the conclusion was that no candidates were available, and it was decided that the Club has served its purpose.”

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains administrative records of the organization including minutes of meetings, 1928-1970, treasurer’s records, 1928-1965, and information about disbanding the club, 1970. It also contains clippings about activities of the club compiled by its publicity chairmen, brochures, and club yearbooks, 1962-1966.

Contents of Box

Box 1


1-12 Secretary’s records, 1928-1970

13 Notes, correspondence, etc., 1959-1966

14 Information re disbanding, 1970?

15-17 Treasurer’s account, 1928-1964/65

18 Check registers, 1959-1966

19 Clippings compiled by publicity chairman, 1934-1935

20 B.P.W. news items, 1960-1961

21 Public relations, 1961-1962 (news clippings)

22 Brochures

23 Club yearbooks, 1962-1966

24 National Federation publications: Handbook of policies and procedures, rev. 1963; BPW action manual, 1966

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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