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Lil Punks Club Collection M/A 2005.08.01-.04

Creator:Lil Punks Club. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Title: Lil Punks Club Collection
Dates:1938-2004
Quantity: 4.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

History

The Lil Punks began having formal weekly meetings the fall of 1938. Each meeting had the treasurer's and secretaries reports, new business etc. Purpose was to pass on any kindness given to them which translated to making doll clothes, stuffed animals, and scrapbooks for children. They also performed by singing at nursing homes and hospitals. A strong component of the club was on planning social occasions. Food was also an important component of the meeting. The membership included only girls from the graduating class of 1941 from West High School. The group met continuously through their remaining years at West. After high school, formal get togethers were very rare for the whole group. Then in 1982, there was a revival of the club. Thereafter, they met on an annual basis in each others homes or vacation homes around the country as friends, to see the sights and have a relaxing time.

Jean Pardo while in high school and then in the 1980s did a social study on the women in the group and their families. Looking at the girl's parents-what their jobs were and educational levels, number of siblings, and for the Lil Punk members their education levels and home and/or professional careers, the women as individuals and as mothers and wives.

Minneapolis West High School seemed to have generated some strong leaders and activists for the city of Minneapolis and beyond, particularly for the late 30s and 40 classes. This informal club is an example of the structure and direction that many West High students from that era seemed to possess.

Members of the Lil Punks included Aarness, Helen Margaret; Ackerman, Mary Ellen; Alexander, Mary Ellen; Benson, Marjorie Grace; Callahan, Audrey Ellen; Chapman, Marilyn; Crail, Lois Mae; Hogan, Lelah; McLellan, Jean Ellen; Paul, Phyllis Ann; and Wiese, Karin Antonette.


Description of Collection

Collection includes minutes to meetings, correspondence, reports and play written by Jean M. Pardo, annual reports, photos, scrapbooks, diaries, clippings, artifacts include sewn doll, red-checked gift bag, two stick-pin buttons from West High School, 1940.


Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Lil Punks Club. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
West High School. (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Subjects

Clubs -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.

Table of Contents


Synopsis and container list -- Box 1, Folder 1
History of group: formation and friendship -- Box 1, Folder 2
Play: Lil Punks written by Jean M Pardo 1989 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Play: Lil Punks written by Jean M Pardo, earlier edition not complete -- Box 1, Folder 4
Study of five members of Lil Punks 1940 -- Box 1, Folder 5
Miscellaneous: meeting minutes copies (incomplete) 1939-1940 -- Box 1, Folder 6
Annual get together reports 1983, 1990-1999 -- Box 1, Folder 7
Correspondence 1980-1989 -- Box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence 1990-1999 -- Box 1, Folder 9
Correspondence 2000-2004 -- Box 1, Folder 10
Miscellaneous: clippings -- Box 1, Folder 11
Profile: Aarness, Helen Margaret -- Box 1, Folder 12
Profile: Ackerman, Mary Ellen -- Box 1, Folder 13
Profile: Alexander, Mary Ellen -- Box 1, Folder 14
Profile: Benson, Marjorie Grace -- Box 1, Folder 15
Profile: Callahan, Audrey Ellen -- Box 1, Folder 16
Profile: Chapman, Marilyn -- Box 1, Folder 17
Profile: Crail, Lois Mae -- Box 1, Folder 18
Profile: Hogan, Lelah Jeannette -- Box 1, Folder 19
Profile: McLellan, Jean Ellen -- Box 1, Folder 20
Profile: McMillan, Patricia -- Box 1, Folder 21
Profile: Paul, Phyllis Ann -- Box 1, Folder 22
Profile: Weise, Karen Antoinette -- Box 1, Folder 23
Photos 1982 -- Box 2, Folder 1
Photos 1983 -- Box 2, Folder 2
Photos 1984 -- Box 2, Folder 3
Photos 1984 -- Box 2, Folder 4
Photos 1986 -- Box 2, Folder 5
Photos 1987 -- Box 2, Folder 6
Photos 1988 -- Box 2, Folder 7
Photos 1989 -- Box 2, Folder 8
Photos 1990 -- Box 2, Folder 9
Photos 1991 -- Box 2, Folder 10
Photos 1992 -- Box 2, Folder 11
Photos 1993 -- Box 2, Folder 12
Photos 1994 -- Box 2, Folder 13
Photos 1994-2003 -- Box 2, Folder 14
Photos 1998 -- Box 2, Folder 15
Photos 2003 -- Box 2, Folder 16
Photos: Childhood homes -- Box 2, Folder 17
Photos: Punks Children -- Box 2, Folder 18
Negatives -- Box 2, Folder 19
Photos 1938-1939 -- Box 3, Folder 1
Photos 1940-1949 -- Box 3, Folder 2
Photos 1956 -- Box 3, Folder 3
Photos, Miscellaneous 1956, 1961, 1968, 1973, 1987 -- Box 3, Folder 4
Lil Punks Notebook - Blue spiral notebook 1939-1986 -- Box 3
Red and White checked Notebook, Lil Punks 1984 -- Box 3
Blue spiral: Middle book – reunion locations 1987-1992 -- Box 3
Green spiral notebook 1992-2003 -- Box 3
Doll with beach towel and bag from Madeline Island (14 inches tall) 2003 -- Box 4
Gift bag, red checkered given at Madeline Island 2003 -- Box 4
Laminated newspaper clipping, ledger-size -- Box 4
Button: West High School 1940 -- Box 4
Button: West High School Homecoming November 1, 1940 -- Box 4


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