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Top Ladies of Distinction Records, 1964-2001 | University of Houston Libraries

By Leigh Fought, Andrea Bean Hough

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Collection Overview

Title: Top Ladies of Distinction Records, 1964-2001

Predominant Dates:1964-1998

ID: 02/1997-015

Primary Creator: Top Ladies of Distinction

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1997

Subjects: Top Ladies of Distinction, Women - Societies and clubs

Forms of Material: Budgets, Ephemera, Minutes, Programs (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is composed of minutes, budgets, programs, and ephemera, arranged into four series. The materials date from 1964-1998 and are organized, for the most part, chronologically. The collection also includes eleven trophies dating from 1991 to 1993. The trophies were awarded at local and national conferences for chapter attendance and best scrapbooks.

Biographical Note

The Top Ladies of Distinction is a national professional and humanitarian organization, incorporated in 1964 in Texas. In addition to the national organization, there are local chapters throughout the United States, which hold area meetings. The original focus of the organization was to promote scholarship for today's youth, to provide experiences that would help youth develop social graces to perform comfortably in a cultural society, to point up opportunities for youth to become employable, to help make America beautiful, and to assist the aged. This changed in 1972 to focus on the Top Teens of America (a program for young people, sponsored by the Top Ladies of Distinction), programming for senior citizens, community beautification, and improvement in the status of women. These programming areas have continued to be the main priorities of the Top Ladies of Distinction.


Top Ladies of Distinction website http://www.tlodinc.org/

Subject/Index Terms

Top Ladies of Distinction
Women - Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

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.

Acquisition Method: Donated by Top Ladies of Distinction, 1997

Preferred Citation: Top Ladies of Distinction Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised February 23, 2017

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative],
[Series 2: Publications],
[Series 3: Programs],
[Series 4: Scrapbooks and Ephemera],

Series 1: Administrative
This series contains minutes and related materials, such as budgets, dating from 1966-1986. It also contains the organization's Constitution and By-laws, and two annual reports of the Top Teens of America, Inc. The materials are arranged chronologically. A small three ring binder entitled "Governance" and dated 1998, is in box 3.
Box 1
Folder 1: Constitution and By-laws, 1964
Folder 2: Governance, 1998
Folder 3: Minutes, 1966-1969
Folder 4: Minutes, 1971-1974
Folder 5: Minutes, 1975-1977
Folder 6: Minutes, 1978-1979
Folder 7: Minutes, 1980-1981
Folder 8: Minutes, 1982-1983, 1985-1986
Folder 9: Top Teens of America, Inc. Annual Report, 1982, 1984
Series 2: Publications
This series contains an almost complete run of The Crown, the annual publication of the Top Ladies of Distinction. The Crown includes photographs, capsule histories of the area chapters, and information about the activities of the organization. The series also includes three newsletters and a resources manual.
Box 1
Folder 10: The Crown, 1967
Folder 11: The Crown, 1979
Folder 12: The Crown, 1980
Folder 13: The Crown, 1982
Folder 14: The Crown, 1984
Folder 15: The Crown, 1986
Folder 16: The Crown, 1989
Folder 17: The Crown, 1995
Folder 18: The Crown, 1997
Folder 19: Newsletters, 1984, 1993
Box 2
Folder 1: Community Partnerships Resource Manual, 1998
Series 3: Programs
This series is composed of various programs, which document the meetings of the Top Ladies of Distinction. The Syn-Lod programs detail the annual meeting of the organization, which draws members from across the country. Additional programs are included for various area meetings and activities held throughout Texas. Some of the Syn-Lod program folders contain additional materials from the yearly meeting.
Box 2
Folder 2: Meetings, 1965-1970
Folder 3: Syn-Lod, 1971-1974
Folder 4: Syn-Lod, 1975-1978
Folder 5: Syn-Lod, 1979-1980, 1982
Folder 6: Syn-Lod, 1984
Folder 7: Syn-Lod, 1987
Folder 8: Syn-Lod, 1988, 1991, 1992
Folder 9: Syn-Lod, 1995, 1997
Folder 10: Syn-Lod, 2001
Folder 11: Assorted, 1964, 1993-1994, 1997
Series 4: Scrapbooks and Ephemera
This series contains three scrapbooks and one framed name/logo plate for the Houston Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction. Each of the scrapbooks consists of photos, programs and written material revealing the history, members and activities of the organization. The scrapbooks have not been taken apart and re-foldered.
Box 3
Item 1: Framed Name/Logo, undated
Item 2: Scrapbook - History, 1974-1979
Item 3: Scrapbook - Houston Chapter, 1977
Item 4: Scrapbook - Teddy A. McDavid, Ed.D., 1993
Item 5: Governance (2), 1998

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