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Beavercreek Women's League Records

Identifier: MS-428

Scope and Content

The Beavercreek Women's League (BWL) Records document its establishment in 1969 to the most recent mission in 2009. The BWL Records are a significant contribution to the local and regional history and women's history collection areas of the Special Collections and Archives. The records contain extensive and detailed holdings, including scrapbooks, photographs, publicity, publications, and administrative documentation. The collection is organized into three series:

Series I, Administrative and Organizational Records, is an extensive collection that consists of the organization's administrative documentation. The records in this series were removed from a 3-ring binder that held information for three consecutive years starting in 1993-1994 to 2007. Not all binders were arranged exactly the same way and different information was found in each binder. The records from 1969 to 1993-1994 were grouped together based on document type. Now all the records are organized chronologically by document type. The end of the year reports also contain annual job descriptions and annual committee reports. There is a gap in the records from 1997 to 2000. Event or program and fundraising records are located in this series.

Series II, Publicity and Publications, consists of newspaper articles, publicity from 2001 to 2005, a cookbook proof set, newsletters, certificates, and a plaque.

Series III, Photographs and Scrapbooks, consists of photographs and scrapbooks that document the history of the organization, events and programs, and members of the group. The scrapbooks highlight and contain pictures, member information, newspaper articles, and documents from past events and programs. An annual scrapbook is assembled, which started in 1969 that documents the history of the organization.


  • Creation: 1969-2012


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Beavercreek Women's League (BWL)

The Beavercreek Women's League (BWL) was formed in 1969, from women in Beavercreek (around Fudge Drive), as an enlargement of what was then a Citizen's Committee for Traffic Control guided by Mrs. Robert Bader and Pat Johnson. Mrs. Bader later became the 1970-71 president of the new league and chairman of its first committee - The Traffic Safety Committee. Initially, the organization instituted several area bike safety inspections and bike rodeos to encourage safe bicycle skills. Today, the BWL continues to serve the community as a civic organization with a three tier mission dedicated to supporting families, women, and their communities, which represents their three hearted emblem.

The BWL is open to the public and strives to promote worthwhile community projects, provide mental stimulation through study, develop friendships, and encourage a spirit of helpfulness. The BWL meets monthly at the Peace Lutheran Church on Dayton-Xenia Road to conduct business, have an enlightening, educational, or entertaining program, as well as to enjoy refreshments and socializing with other members. Their biggest fund raiser is a Spring Scholarship Luncheon with proceeds providing a scholarship and book awards for a Beavercreek High School senior.

The organization is composed of people of all ages and backgrounds, which includes the board of elected officers and appointed committee chairpersons who meet monthly to plan programs, projects, and prepare for the future meetings. It is not considered a social club, but an independent organization or independent auxiliary and non-residents of Beavercreek are welcome to join. The BWL is a non-partisan organization, and does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any candidate for office. They may endorse nonpolitical issues upon approval of the Board and membership. (This section contains information from the Beavercreek Women's League website )


11 linear feet

Language of Materials



Established in 1969, the Beavercreek Women's League (BWL) is a civic organization that supports families, women, and their communities. It is an ongoing collection that includes administrative and organizational records including meeting agendas and minutes, monthly financial statements, end of the year reports, constitutions, by laws and code of regulations, correspondence, membership records, and program information; publicity and publication records including newsletters, newspaper clippings, and awards; and photographs and scrapbooks.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series. The series are:

  1. Series I: Administrative and Organizational Records
  2. Series II: Publicity and Publications
  3. Series III: Photographs and Scrapbooks

Technical Requirements

The collection includes one floppy disk with pictures that requires appropriate hardware and software to access the images.

Other Finding Aid

A complete box and folder inventory for this collection is available on the Special Collections and Archives web site at

Acquisition Information

The Beavercreek Women's League Records were donated to Wright State University Special Collections and Archives by member Cynthia A. Raymond, on two separate occasions, November 5, 2009, and June 1, 2010.


This is an ongoing collection, with the expectation of annual additions of materials from the Beavercreek Women's League.

Related Material

MS-315, College Women's Club of Dayton; MS-129, Dayton Working Women; MS-408, Women's Literary Society; MS-176, Women, Inc. Scrapbooks

Processing Information

The 16 scrapbooks were kept intact and are housed together. The one plaque that was donated was photographed intact, dismantled, and important contents housed with the publicity and publication records. The administrative information originally found in 3-ring binders was removed and now housed in proper archival folders arranged by document type. One photo album containing member profile photographs was disassembled and the pictures are housed with photographs. Several pages in scrapbook 1999 - 2000 are glued together.

Guide to the Beavercreek Women's League Records (MS-428)
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Haeuptle, March 2011
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Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • March 2012: Additions processed by Patricia A. McEldowney
  • October 2012: Additions processed by Victoria Penno

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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