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Women's Club of Trinity College scrapbook

Identifier: TCA-1998-001

Scope and Contents

The Women's Club of Trinity College scrapbook documents the club's history and activities from its inception in 1971 through 1997. Records include constitution and bylaws; lists of officers; timelines; meeting minutes; details of club activities and projects; and photographs with corresponding captions. Records beyond 1984 are incomplete, with gaps between years. The scrapbook was compiled in 1998 by retired staff members of the Trinity College Alumni Office, Lucy E. Myshrall and Elizabeth H. McCue.


  • Creation: 1971 - 1998


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This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

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Biographical / Historical

The Women's Club of Trinity College began in January 1971 as The Trinity College Girls Club, organized by a group of female staff members. The purpose of the club was "to give [members] an opportunity to socialize outside of working hours, to pursue common interests and activities, and to cooperate with other organizations in advancing the welfare of the community." To this end, the club participated in both college and community projects such as campus beautification, support for the campus day care center, the Big Sisters program, and schools and churches in the wider Hartford community. Annual community projects included donating food and money to local food banks. Additionally, the club held social events such as annual Christmas parties, progressive dinners, game nights, and trips to the theater.

In 1976 the club moved from an annual year calendar of events to an academic year calendar, and in December of 1978 the club changed its name to The Women's Club of Trinity College. In his approval of the name change, then president Theodore Lockwood wrote in a private letter, "I approve the change although I know that the accomplishments of the Club under either name have been and will continue to be excellent."

In 1979 the club established and endowed an award to be given during the spring Honors Day ceremony to a student from the Individualized Degree Program (IDP), for "superior academic and personal achievement." In 1989 the IDP Award was given to not one, but two students, and continues to be awarded each year. At its inception, the endowment for the award was funded solely by the club's fundraising efforts, most notably, the creation and sale of a cookbook, A Book of Favorite Recipes in 1982.

The 1983-1984 academic year was the last formally structured year for the Women's Club. At an informal meeting in September 1984, club members came to the consensus that the club would function as a social club for that year, meeting once a month for lunch or dinner on and off campus.


.33 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size document box with 15 file folders of documents and pages from a scrapbook.) ; 1 letter size Hollinger box (10.25"H x 5"W x 12.5"D) equals .37 cubic feet (as defined by UNLV Archives Calculator)

Language of Materials



The scrapbook is arranged in one series as found in original, chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was donated by Lucy E. Myshrall in 1998.

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Processing Information

Scrapbook pages were removed from their original housing in a three-ring binder and placed into acid-free folders and housed in one document box. Multiple documents found together inside one protective sleeve were removed from the sleeve for better access. Photographs and other items adhered to scrapbook pages were left intact on the original pages which were placed within the file folder. In one instance the processing archivist removed one item found on the back of a scrapbook page that would not otherwise correspond to the date range of the other items within that file folder.

Guide to the Women's Club of Trinity College scrapbook
Amy M. FitzGerald
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Trinity College Archives Repository

Watkinson Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford CT 06106 USA