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Administrative Information

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History

Administrative

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Yearbooks

Holly Hall

Community Resource and Development

Photographs

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Church Women United in Houston Records, 1911-2011 | University of Houston Libraries

By Joanie South-Shelley, June 2001; Timothy Wyatt, 2012

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Collection Overview

Title: Church Women United in Houston Records, 1911-2011

Predominant Dates:1989-2006

ID: 02/2001-001

Primary Creator: Church Women United in Houston

Extent: 6.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2000. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Christian women - United States - Texas - Houston, Church Women United in Houston, Women - Religious aspects - Christianity, Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston

Forms of Material: Administrative records, Newsletters, Photographs, Programs, Yearbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection arrived at the archives in good order and in general the original order has been maintained. Although primarily concerned with Church Women United in Houston, the collection also contains material from the state and national levels. Information in the collection includes material on the history of the organization, business and financial records, materials from the three annual celebrations, and programs from area worship services. It also includes yearbooks, photographs, and ephemera such as scrapbooks. The collection is divided into eight series: History, Administrative, Activities, Yearbooks, Holly Hall, Community Resource and Development, Photographs, and Ephemera. All of the series are arranged in alphabetical order, except for History, Yearbooks and Ephemera, which are in chronological order. For further information on women and religious activity in Houston, please see Brigid's Place, also in the Women's Archive and Research Center.

Biographical Note

Church Women United is a national ecumenical organization dedicated to bringing together religious women in order to celebrate and expand their faith, to promote peace and prayer, and to join together as a community to encourage spirituality and advocacy. Church Women United is divided into four levels: national, regional, state, and local. At the national level, the United Council of Church Women was formed in December 1941, when delegates from three inter-denominational women's groups approved a constitution and established an office in New York City. This Council represented women from seventy Protestant denominations. In 1950, the Council became one of twelve interdenominational agencies that comprised the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States. In 1966, the organization's name was changed to Church Women United in order to encourage the participation of non-Protestant women, such as Roman and Orthodox Catholics.

In 1911, a group of Houston women of different denominations formed the Houston City Federation of Missionary Society; by 1946 the organization was known as the Houston Council of Church Women. The name was changed to Church Women United of Houston in 1966, and to Church Women United in Houston in 1968. At the local level, groups are organized into committees that administer programs and projects; in Houston, the women hold meetings at the many Houston area churches that are members of CWU. Church Women United in Houston participates in worship services at area churches and works with other Houston organizations to promote awareness of a number of issues, including the elderly, women and children, and the environment. Members of the Houston group also participate in the three annual Church Women United celebrations: World Day of Prayer, May Fellowship Day, and World Community Day.

Subject/Index Terms

Christian women - United States - Texas - Houston
Church Women United in Houston
Women - Religious aspects - Christianity
Women - Societies and clubs - Texas - Houston

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Accruals: Additional materials were acquired in 2011 as part of a donation by Mabel Cavanagh.

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: Mabel Cavanagh

Preferred Citation: Church Women United in Houston Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Finding Aid Revision History: November 2012.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: History],
[Series 2: Administrative],
[Series 3: Activities],
[Series 4: Yearbooks],
[Series 5: Holly Hall],
[Series 6: Community Resource and Development],
[Series 7: Photographs],
[Series 8: Ephemera],
[All]

Series 1: History
This series contains a history of the Houston group, as well as brochures and a handbook describing Church Women United at the national level. The series also includes a book, Just Because, the Story of Church Women United in the U.S.A. 1941-1975, by Margaret Shannon, a former executive director of the national organization, published in 1977.
Box 1
Folder 1: Organization History, Part 1, 1911-1959
Folder 2: Organization History, Part 2, 1960-1978
Folder 3: Brochures, 1951-1999
Folder 4: Just Because, 1977
Folder 5: Handbook, undated
Series 2: Administrative
The series consists of the business and financial records of the organization, including reports, minutes, and membership information. The newsletters in this series are those of Church Women United in Houston.
Box 1
Folder 6: Annual/President's Reports, 1959-1971
Folder 7: Annual/President's Reports, 1986, 1991
Folder 8: Constitution, By-laws, Standing Rules, 1965-1985
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1988-2000
Folder 10: Financial Reports, 1965-1997
Box 2
Folder 1: Membership Rosters, 1979-1989
Folder 2: Membership Rosters, 1989-1992
Folder 3: Membership Rosters, 1992-1993
Folder 4: Minutes - Board of Managers, 1965-1994
Folder 5: Minutes - General Assembly, 1965-1994
Folder 6: Newsletters, 1987-1994
Folder 7: Nominating Committee, 1989-1992
Folder 8: Scholarships, 1987-1992, 2000
Box 7
Folder 7: Certificate of Appreciation Form, 2002
Folder 8: Job Descriptions, 2001-2002
Folder 9: Membership Forms, 2002
Folder 10: Membership Information, undated
Folder 11: Membership Roster, 2002
Folder 12: Press, undated
Folder 13: Quotation by Tom Brokaw, undated
Series 3: Activities
This series contains material concerning the organization's activities at the local, state, and national level and is divided into three sub-series reflecting those levels. The series includes church service programs, newsletters, and brochures. The newsletters in this series are those from the national and state levels of Church Women United.
Sub-Series 1: Local
Sub-Sub-Series 1: Celebrations
Box 2
Folder 9: Celebrations, 1990
Folder 10: Celebrations, 1991
Folder 11: Celebrations, 1992
Folder 12: Celebrations, 1994
Folder 13: Celebrations, 1998
Folder 14: Celebrations, 1999
Folder 15: Celebrations, 2000
Folder 16: Celebrations, 2001
Box 3
Folder 1: Celebrations Information, undated
Sub-Sub-Series 2: Programs
Box 3
Folder 2: Church World Service, 1989-1992
Folder 3: Interfaith Workshops, 1965-1989
Folder 4: Programs, 1987-1993
Folder 5: Programs, 1994-2001
Folder 6: Women in Community Service, 1979-1988
Box 6
Folder 14: May Friendship Day, 2000
Folder 15: World Day of Prayer, 2003
Folder 16: World Community Day, November 4, 2005
Folder 17: May Friendship Day, 2006
Folder 18: World Day of Prayer, March 3, 2006
Folder 19: “A Balm in Gilead”, September 5, 2008
Folder 20: World Community Day, November 7, 2008
Folder 21: World Day of Prayer, March 6, 2009
Folder 22: World Day of Prayer, March 5, 2010
Folder 23: World Day of Prayer, March 4, 2011
Folder 24: May Friendship Day, 2011
Sub-Sub-Series 3: General Assembly Programs
Box 6
Folder 25: Bethel United Church of Christ, February 2, 2000
Folder 26: Bellaire Christian Church, January 10, 2003
Folder 27: The Women’s Home, February 7, 2003
Folder 28: Terrace United Methodist Church, April 4, 2003
Folder 29: Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, October 3, 2003
Folder 30: Chapelwood United Methodist Church, November 7, 2003
Folder 31: Juan Marcos Presbyterian Church, December 5, 2003
Folder 32: First Congregational Church, February 6, 2004
Folder 33: Pilgrim Congregation United Church of Christ, April 2, 2004
Folder 34: Pines Presbyterian Church, May 7, 2004
Folder 35: St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, September 3, 2004
Folder 36: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, October 1, 2004
Folder 37: Bellaire Christian Church, December 3, 2004
Folder 38: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, January 7, 2005
Folder 39: St. Mary’s United Methodist Church, February 4, 2005
Folder 40: Epworth-Parker United Methodist Church, May 6, 2005
Folder 41: Christ Church Cathedral, September 2, 2005
Folder 42: St. Philip’s United Methodist Church, February 3, 2006
Folder 43: Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, September 8, 2006
Folder 44: Silver Palace Restaurant, November 3, 2006
Folder 45: El Mesias united Methodist Church, December 1, 2006
Folder 46: Pines Presbyterian Church, February 2, 2007
Folder 47: Unknown, February 1, 2008
Folder 48: Pines Presbyterian Church, December 5, 2008
Folder 49: Holly Hall Retirement Community, December 4, 2009
Folder 50: Terrace United Methodist Church, February 5, 2010
Folder 51: Pines Presbyterian Church, May 7, 2010
Folder 52: Payne Cathedral of Faith, September 10, 2010
Sub-Sub-Series 4: Newsletters
Box 6
Folder 53: Newsletter, December 2002
Folder 54: Newsletter, January-May, September-December 2003
Folder 55: Newsletter, January-May, September-December 2004
Folder 56: Newsletter, February-May, September-December 2005
Folder 57: Newsletter, January-May, September-November 2006
Folder 58: Newsletter, January-May, September-December 2007
Folder 59: Newsletter, January-May, September, November-December 2008
Folder 60: Newsletter, January-May, September-December 2009
Folder 61: Newsletter, January-May, September-December 2010
Folder 62: Newsletter, January-March, May-June 2011
Sub-Series 2: State
Box 3
Folder 7: Assembly, 1985
Folder 8: Assembly, 1993
Folder 9: Assembly, 1994
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1988-1992
Folder 11: Directory, 1986-1989
Folder 12: Directory, 1989-1991
Folder 13: Newsletters, 1988-1998
Sub-Series 3: National
Box 3
Folder 14: Brochures, 1983
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1982-1992
Folder 16: Ethical Choices Workshop, 1993
Folder 17: Fund for the Fifth Decade, 1981-1984
Folder 18: Gift Certificates, 1986
Box 4
Folder 1: Health Care, 1991-1994
Series 4: Yearbooks
This series contains yearbooks which list the officers, directors, projects, and programs for each year. Within this range of dates, only a few yearbooks are missing: 1955, 1956, and 1995.
Box 4
Folder 2: Yearbooks, 1951-1952
Folder 3: Yearbooks, 1953-1954, 1957
Folder 4: Yearbooks, 1958-1960
Folder 5: Yearbooks, 1962-1964
Folder 6: Yearbooks, 1965-1967
Folder 7: Yearbooks, 1968-1970
Folder 8: Yearbooks, 1971-1973
Folder 9: Yearbooks, 1974-1975
Folder 10: Yearbooks, 1976-1977
Folder 11: Yearbooks, 1977-1978
Folder 12: Yearbooks, 1979-1980
Folder 13: Yearbooks, 1982-1983
Folder 14: Yearbooks, 1984-1985
Folder 15: Yearbooks, 1986-1987
Folder 16: Yearbooks, 1988-1989
Folder 17: Yearbooks, 1990, 1992
Folder 18: Yearbooks, 1993
Folder 19: Yearbooks, 1994, 1996
Box 7
Folder 1: Yearbooks, 1997-1998
Folder 2: Yearbooks, 1999-2000
Folder 3: Yearbooks, 2001-2002
Folder 4: Yearbooks, 2003-2004
Folder 5: Yearbooks, 2005, 2008
Folder 6: Yearbooks, 2009-2010
Series 5: Holly Hall
This series contains information related to Holly Hall, a non-profit retirement community in Houston. In 1949, CWU in Houston proposed building a retirement home. By the next year, the project had grown to the extent that CWU in Houston was no longer able to financially sponsor the home, and in 1951 that task was relegated to the Holly Hall Board of Directors. However, Church Women United in Houston continued to act as Holly Hall's spiritual sponsor; CWU in Houston raised over $12,000 in 1951 for the project, and several CWU officers served on the Board of Directors of Holly Hall. Ground was broken and a cornerstone laid in 1951, and the home opened in 1952. For more information, please visit the Holly Hall web site at www.hollyhall.org.
Box 5
Folder 1: Architectural Drawings, 1961
Folder 2: Audit Report, 1961
Folder 3: Audit Report, 1963
Folder 4: By-laws, undated
Folder 5: Committee Reports, 1962-1965
Folder 6: Financial Reports, 1960-1966
Folder 7: Report on Examination of Accounts, 1960
Series 6: Community Resource and Development
The series contains material of interest to Church Women United on a number of topics. Certain folders in this series contain items on a particular subject from several sources, while other folders contain material from only one organization.
Box 5
Folder 8: Children and Family Services, 1987-1998
Folder 9: Christian Community Service Center, 1992
Folder 10: Committee, 1986-1995
Folder 11: Elder Services, 1989
Folder 12: Environmental Issues, 1993-1998
Folder 13: Greater Houston Women's Foundation, 1994
Folder 14: Houston Metropolitan Ministries, 1981-1991
Folder 15: Mental Health Organizations, 1989
Folder 16: Miscellaneous, 1988-1998
Box 6
Folder 1: New Directions Club, 1988-1997
Folder 2: United Way, 1989-1990
Folder 3: Women in Action, 1985-1997
Series 7: Photographs
This series contains photographs previously held in magnetic albums, but they have been removed for preservation purposes. Some of the individuals have been identified. Folder 13, Miscellaneous, contains photographs which were neither in an album, nor were the individuals identified.
Box 6
Folder 4: CWU Causeway, November 1988
Folder 5: Community Resource and Development Committee, Fall 1988
Folder 6: Dallas State Assembly, September 1987
Folder 7: Leadership Training, May 1987
Folder 8: May Fellowship Day, May 1987
Folder 9: Miscellaneous, 1986-1988
Folder 10: Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 11: Savvy Award, April 1987
Folder 12: State Meeting, 1981
Folder 13: Slides, 1986-1987
Series 8: Ephemera
This series contains items dating from 1966 to 1981, arranged chronologically. The three scrapbooks in this series have been disassembled for preservation purposes. The pages from each scrapbook have been removed from their covers and retained in their original order, while the covers have been placed in a separate box.
OVS Box 8
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1966
OVS Box 9
Item 1: Scrapbooks, 1967, 1981
OVS Box 10
Item 1: Scrapbook Covers, 1966, 1967, 1981
Item 2: Newspaper Clipping, 1982
Item 3: Bandana, undated
Item 4: Leather Binder, undated
Item 5: Plastic 3-Ring Binder, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: History],
[Series 2: Administrative],
[Series 3: Activities],
[Series 4: Yearbooks],
[Series 5: Holly Hall],
[Series 6: Community Resource and Development],
[Series 7: Photographs],
[Series 8: Ephemera],
[All]

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