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Trotwood Women's Club Records

Identifier: MS-441

Scope and Content

The Trotwood Women's Club is a collection of material documenting the administrative, educational, and philanthropic activities of the club within Trotwood, Ohio.

Series I, Administrative Records, includes historical material documenting the organization, minutes and attendance, treasury reports, and agendas relating to the various organizations and philanthropic activities of the group. This is the largest series in the collection and contains information about activities with the Dayton Federation of Women's Clubs and the Widow's Home of Dayton. This portion of the collection also provides interesting insight into the themes and guest speakers present at the meetings and in the programs of the club.

Series II, Programs, documents topics, areas of interest, and keynote speakers from September to June and includes the years 1939 through 2011. The programs reflects social issues of interest within the greater Dayton, Ohio, area and are each visually distinct and vivid.

Series III, Scrapbooks, contains a variety of programs and photographs of guest lecturers. These also provide newspaper articles and photographs about the philanthropic activity of the club, particularly the Penny Art Fund, the Dayton Federation of Women's Club Marie J. Kumler Scholarship Fund, and the Widow's Home of Dayton, Ohio.


  • Creation: 1936-2011


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Trotwood Women's Club

The Trotwood Women's Club was organized in April 1936 after a group of mothers met to discuss issues within their local Trotwood, Ohio, area. Shortly after formation, they joined the Dayton Women's Federation in 1937. In 1939 the organization changed its name to the Trotwood Women's Club. The purpose of the club is the literary, social, and civic uplift of the members. Meetings are held in member's homes and the club generally meets eight times throughout the year. Each meeting consists of a program focusing on travel, book reviews, or organizations in the greater Miami Valley area. The group participates in annual charity events including donations to the Dayton Federation of Women's Clubs annual Marie J. Kumler Scholarship fund, Penny Art, and the Widow's Home in Dayton, Ohio. The organization continues to hold educational meetings and institute philanthropic work within the greater Dayton, Ohio, area.


3.5 linear feet

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The collection includes minutes, treasury reports, program information, certificates, newspaper clippings, and a few photographs from the Trotwood Women's Club of Trotwood, Ohio. These items were collected by members of the Trotwood Women's Club and relate to the club's activities and community involvement from its creation in 1936 to 2011. The club is still active in the community today.

Statement of Arrangement

The Trotwood Women's Club Records are arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: Administration
  2. Series II: Programs
  3. Series III: Scrapbooks

Technical Requirements

The collection includes one CD disk with agendas and forms that require appropriate hardware and software to access the material.

Other Finding Aid

A complete box and folder inventory is available on the Special Collections and Archives website at

Acquisition Information

The Trotwood Women's Club material was donated by Rose Leonard to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives in June 2011.

Related Material

MS-187, Dayton Federation of Women's Club Records

Guide to the Trotwood Women's Club Records (MS-441)
Finding aid prepared by Noel Rihm, March 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA