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National League of American Pen Women, Minnesota Branch Collection M/A 1995.01.01-.12

Creator:National League of American Pen Women. Minnesota Branch.
Title: National League of American Pen Women, Minnesota Branch Collection
Dates:1928-2007
Quantity: 12.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

History

The National League of American Pen Women was founded in 1897. Marian Longfellow O'Donohue, niece of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, decided to found an organization for women journalists. Assisted by Margaret Sullivan Burke and Anna Sanborne Hamilton, Marian Longfellow O'Donohue made plans for "bringing together women journalists, authors, and illustrators for mutual benefits and the strength that comes of union."

The first meeting was on On June 26, 1897. The three founders brought together seventeen writers, novelists, newspaper women, a teacher, a poet, and an artist for the first meeting. Alice R. Morgan, an illustrator for New York publishers, designed the League insignia, the owl, symbolic of wisdom, placed in a triangle formed by a red pen, a blue pencil, and a white brush, colors of the American flag.

The first National Convention was held in Washington, D. C., in April 1921, and the 300 members in attendance were received by President Warren G. and Mrs. Florence Kling Harding. Mrs. Harding was a distinguished member of the League, she helped Mr. Harding turn the Marion(OH) Daily Star into a profitable newspaper. Eleanor Roosevelt was also a member.

The Minnesota branch was organized with twelve charter members in 1927. This organization of women included artists in many creative fields. Besides those who wrote novels, poetry, drama, radio scripts, etc., there were artists in every medium, designers, composers of music, lecturers and research workers in many fields.


Description of Collection

The collection includes an alphabetical list of officers and a list by year, and member's achievement records (1940s-1950s). Correspondence, clippings, annual reports and scrapbooks are also in the collection. Special Collections continues to receive materials in the 2000s, profiles on members and newsletter.


Subject Headings

Subjects

Literature--Minnesota
Trade and professional assocations--Minnesota
Women--Minnesota--Societies and clubs

Table of Contents


Control Folder -- Box 1, Folder 1
Achievement records 1946-1948 -- Box 1, Folder 2
Achievement records and correspondence 1948-1954 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Achievement records and correspondence 1970-1993 -- Box 1, Folder 4
Applications for membership 1958, 1969-1984 -- Box 1, Folder 5
Bookplates by Cleora Wheeler -- Box 1, Folder 6
By-Laws -- NLAPW, MN Branch -- Box 1, Folder 7
By-Laws and Constitution -- NLAPW FOLDER -- Box 1, Folder 8
Calendar 1947-1990 -- Box 1, Folder 9
Calendar 1991-1997 -- Box 1, Folder 10
Clippings, Misc -- Box 1, Folder 11
Conventions, NLAPW 1932-1978 -- Box 1, Folder 12
Conventions, NLAPW 1982-2000 -- Box 1, Folder 13
Correspondence 1946-1989 -- Box 1, Folder 14
Correspondence 1990-1996 -- Box 1, Folder 15
Handbook NLAPW 1948-1950 -- Box 1, Folder 16
History 1927-1946 -- Box 1, Folder 17
History, activities during WWII -- Box 1, Folder 18
Members, clippings -- Box 1, Folder 19
Members, misc. -- Box 1, Folder 20
Members, obituaries -- Box 1, Folder 21
Members, photographs -- Box 1, Folder 22
Members, poetry -- Box 1, Folder 23
Members, publicity and publications -- Box 1, Folder 24
Membership lists 1941-1979 -- Box 1, Folder 25
Membership lists 1980-1990 -- Box 1, Folder 26
Membership lists 1190-1997 -- Box 1, Folder 27
Membership, misc. -- Box 1, Folder 28
Miscellaneous, NLAPW -- Box 1, Folder 29
Newsletters, North Star Pointer June 1947 -- Box 1, Folder 30
Newsletters: Around the Triangle April 1951 -- June 1955 -- Box 1, Folder 31
Newsletters: Around the Triangle September 1955 – May 1960 -- Box 1, Folder 32
Newsletters: Around the Triangle October 1961-September 1966 -- Box 1, Folder 33
Newsletters: Untitled 1961 -- Box 1, Folder 34
Officers 1994, 1996 -- Box 1, Folder 35
Periodical, Official Bulletin 1937, 1944 -- Box 1, Folder 36
Programs 1937-1969 -- Box 1, Folder 37
Programs 1970-1979 -- Box 1, Folder 38
Programs 1980-1999 -- Box 1, Folder 39
Programs, no date -- Box 1, Folder 40
Reports to NLAPW 1942-1946 -- Box 1, Folder 41
Reports to NLAPW 1946-1950 -- Box 1, Folder 42
Reports to NLAPW 1950-1956 -- Box 1, Folder 43
Roll -- Box 1, Folder 44
Scrapbook honoring the visit of Elaine Waidelich December 4, 1997 -- Box 1, Folder 45
Treasurer - Annual Reports 1940-1991 -- Box 1, Folder 46
Treasurer - Misc. -- Box 1, Folder 47
Treasurer - Reports 1969-1993 -- Box 1, Folder 48
Workshops and Contests -- Box 1, Folder 49
Yearbooks 1930-1934 -- Box 1, Folder 50
Directories, Membership Roster and By-laws 1944-1988 -- Box 2
Selection or transfer of members -- Box 3, Folder 1
Presidents notebook 1928-1954 -- Box 3, Folder 2
Scrapbook 1927 -- Box 3, Folder 3
Treasurers book 1927-1942 -- Box 3, Folder 4
Treasurers book #1 1929-1936 -- Box 3, Folder 5
Minutes to MN Branch meetings October 29, 1927-Febrary 22, 1936 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings February 27, 1936-February 24, 1940 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings March 1, 1940-January 30, 1942 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings (includes Treasurer's information) March 1, 1940-April 27, 1945 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings May 25th, 1945-April 17, 1948 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings April 17, 1948-April 18, 1953 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings April 18, 1953-June 12, 1954 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings May 1966-May 1976 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings October 1975-March 3, 1986 -- Box 4
Minutes to MN Branch meetings 1961, 1990 -- Box 4, Folder 1
Minutes to MN Branch meetings February 2,1994-April 9,1998 -- Box 4, Folder 2
Rolled Photograph, Bicentennial Convention,Washington, D.C. April 20, 1940 -- Box 5
Alphabetical list of officers and a list by year, and member's achievement records 1940-1959 -- Box 6
Collection of works and some biographies of members, Roster of members 2007 -- Box 7
Scrapbook: File of permanent information blanks for the president -- Box-folder 1
Scrapbook: Historical Material 1966-1974 -- Box-folder 2
Scrapbook: Historical Material 1986-1989 -- Box-folder 3
Scrapbook: Historical Material 1942-1998 -- Box-folder 4
Scrapbook: Historical Material December 1998 to May 2000 -- Box-folder 5


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