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Creator Madison Civics Club (Madison, Wis.)
Title Madison Civics Club records.
Dates of Creation 1912-2005
Physical Description 2 full size archives boxes.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Madison Civics Club Records contain subject files, correspondence, photographs, glass slides, committee reports, membership lists, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, an audio cassette, and other memorabilia chronicling the formation and ongoing activities of the group, which was organized in 1912 by five prominent Madison, Wis. area women concerned with the issue of women's suffrage. Emphasis shifted to general civic affairs and social issues after women won the right to vote.

Many of the items are directly related to the group's 50th and 75th anniversary celebrations, including a scrapbook of clippings, copies of a dramatic script titled "Time Weaves a Tapestry" by Robert E. Gard, the accompanying slides for the script, programs, booklets, photographs, and a published volume of Public Affairs Reports written by members from 1912 to 1987. A large portion of the materials were collected by Delma Woodburn, former chairman and longtime member.

An inventory exists for this collection. Online users please see Inventory below. In-house users please click on the Custom button at the right to go to the Inventory field.
Admin/Biographical History The Madison Civics Club was organized in 1912 by five like-minded women who were dedicated to the cause of women's suffrage and the general social betterment of the community. The five founding members included Georgia H. Lloyd Jones, Alice H. Bleyer, Edna Chynoweth, Lucille McCarthy, and Mary B. Orvis. Mrs. Bleyer served as the first chairman of the organization. The membership was expanded by these original members each inviting three women to join, who then each invited two people to join, giving the goup a total of 50 members. A candidate was to be "brainy and outstanding in her own right and must honestly have developed a civic conscience." Membership quickly expanded from 50 to 100 members. The membership was 500 in 1962, with a waiting list of over 500 names. This growth points to the popularity of the group among community leaders and prominent professional women in the area. The group did not have a constitution or bylaws, as they felt this would interfere with the group's freedom and flexibility. The board is "self-perpetuating" -- each officer is first an assistant officer, receiving a year's training under the present officers. During World War II, the group disbanded, but was re-established in 1950 due to popular demand. The Club was incorporated under state laws as a non-profit and non-stock organization on September 30, 1960.

Although the group had a social function, many activities were geared towards community betterment and personal enrichment. Many outside speakers were invited to speak at luncheons, including such noteworthy individuals as Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Carl Sandburg, Vincent Price, Nelson Rockefeller, and Bob Woodward. There were committees on various topics of interest to members, which sometimes involved outside involvement with community leaders. In 1939, the Public Affairs Committee was created, the purpose of which was to present matters of local interest at regular club meetings. From this time onwards, each meeting included a five-minute report by a member on a selected topic of current interest. The collection contains these reports, some of which were bound into a volume in 1987 to celebrate the group's Diamond Jubilee.
Archival History Original portion presented by Delma Woodburn, 1968. M68-006 Additions to the Madison Civics Club Records were made in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2006.

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There is also an accession record for another donation relating to the Madison Civics Club in 1988 (1988.014). These materials are not included with the other Madison Civics Club records in ARM 87-2. Their location is unknown.
People Woodburn, Delma
Gard, Robert Edward
Subjects Women's suffrage
Citizen participation
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 Madison Civics Club (Madison, Wis.)
Object Name Records

Call Number ARM 87-02
Catalog ID Number M1968.006.0011
Collection Inventory The following 3-page inventory to the Madison Civics Club Records is included primarily for searching purposes. A more readable version is available the the Dane County Historical Society's records center. Please contact the DCHS for more information.

Contents List

Box 1Loose Items
1) Small box of 51 black & white glass slides from "Time Weaves a Tapestry"
2) Audiocassette, "Madison Civics Club Presentation of Memorabilia, Aug. 26, 1987"
3) Scrapbook containing items documenting the Madison Civics Club 50th Anniversary Celebration

Box 1 Folder 1Miscellaneous
Includes clippings, invitations, memos, an annual report, a list of Civics Club officers for 1959-60, lists of speakers, correspondence, lists of programs, script for "Time Weaves a Tapestry", and a memo taken for Bob Woodward when he was speaking to the club on October 20, 1973, detailing the start of the "Saturday Night Massacre".

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1989-1990
1) "MATC-Madison's Own Community College" by Barbara Arnold
2) "Women in the Wisconsin Legislature" by Melissa Uelk Smith
3) "Making Sense of Place: The Madison Children's Museum" by Peg Sherry
4) "Global Connections" by Joan Shropshire
5) "Madison Recycles: A Capital Idea" by Mary J. Brennan

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1990-1991
1) "Working toward a Media Wide Society: A Global Perspective with Madison Roots" by Marieli Rowe
2) "From A-Z to Max Kade: The Max Kade Institute for German American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison" by Heidi Bollinger
3) "Welcoming Foreign Investment in Madison: The Reverse Investment Program at the Wisconsin Department of Development" by Cheryl Furstace Daniels
4) "Madison Connections with the Middle East" by Michele Burr Michelson
5) "AIDS: What Can it Teach Us?" by Sally Washburn

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1992-1993
1) "The Madison Public Schools' Perspective on Improving Family Communication" by Alice E. Benn
2) "A Sense of Community in the Midst of Change" by Velma B. Hamilton
3) "Hello…Is Anybody There?" by Elaine E. Davis
4) "Madison - A Place Where the Arts Can Grow" by Fannie Taylor
5) "We Walk on Common Ground" by Mary Moen

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1993-1994
1) "Cosmopolis in Madison" by Ruth Martin
2) "Madison Schools 2000-A Community Based Educational Partnership for Children" by Cheryl Wilhoyte
3) "Love Thy Neighbor" by Alma Baron
4) "Bridges of Hope" by Virginia H. Henderson
5) "A Sizzling Side of Madison" by Mary Polson Haefer

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1994-1995
1) "The Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative" by Jacqueline Wineke
2) "The Community Responds" by Carol Kiemel
3) "Local Publishers Respond to the Community" by Fannie Hicklin
4) "Madison: A City of Neighborhoods" by Susan Bauman
5) "A Seed to Sow" by Isabel J. Hubbard

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1995-1996
1) "Moments Etched in Memory" by Patsy Evans
2) "Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport" by Kathryn Johnson
3) "I Did It Myself; Now You Don't Have To!" by Maryann Bast
4) Women Writers Are Alive and Well and Living in Madison by Linda K. Shriberg
5) "4 Extraordinary Women" by Jane Ilgen Whitacre

Box 1 Folder 2Madison Civic Club Reports, 1996-1997
1) "Let Us Not Waste Our Children" by Inger Kay
2) "The Madison YWCA Community and Our Children" by Jean B. David
3) "Women/The Body Struggle" by Sharon Baker
4) "The McBurney Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities-Making Hills Out of Mountains" by Georgianna Stebnitz
5) "Thinking Globally About Children: Acting Locally" by Judge Angela B. Bartell

Box 1 Folder 3Madison Civic Club Reports, 2000-2001
1) "Greenbush: The Loss of a Neighborhood" by Catherine Tripalin Murray
2) "Bringing Space Down to Earth: UW Space Place", author not indicated
3) "Reading Is More than Just Saying the Words" by Dale B. Wortley
4) "The Helping Hand Strikes Again" by Moria Krueger
5) "Avoiding the Inevitable" by Susan Derse Phillips

Box 1 Folder 3Madison Civic Club Reports, 2002-2003
1) "Whose Freedom of Speech Is It Anyway?" by Joanne Cantor
2) "The Challenge of Living with Fear" by Susan W. Brooks
3) "Reengaging Young People in Democracy" by Diana Hess
4) "Votes of Hope for the Future" by Mary Kay Baum
5) "Health Care: We're All in This Together" by Linda A. Hall

Box 1 Folder 3Madison Civic Club Reports, 2004-2005
1) "Inspire Locally, Impact Globally" by Claire Kotenbeutel
2) "It's Never Too Late to Begin Again!" by Donna M. Gray
3) "Discovering Myself: My Personal Journey from Conflict to Community" by Mona Adams
4) "You Can Change the World: One Person Can Make a Difference" by Martha A. Taylor
5) " Survival through Empowerment: Creating Hope by Political Action" by Margaret M. Liss

Box 2Vol 1Bound volume titled "Madison Civics Club 1912-1987, Diamond Jubilee, Public Affairs Reports"

Box 2 Folder 1Delma Woodburn files
Box 2 Folder 2Delma Woodburn Public Affairs Reports
Box 2 Folder 3Re: Anniversary
Box 2 Folder 4Anniversary Photographs
Box 2 Folder 5Civics Club 50th Anniversary
Box 2 Folder 6Photographs of Civics Club 50th Anniversary Banquet
Box 2 Folder 7Civics Club 50th Anniversary Banquet
Box 2 Folder 8"Time Weaves a Tapestry" scripts
Box 2 Folder 9Photographs of "Time Weaves a Tapestry" performance
Box 2 Folder 10Publicity for 50th Anniversary Dinner & Tapestry
Box 2 Folder 11Letters from Robert E. Gard
Box 2 Folder 12-16Speakers, 1962-63
Box 2 Folder 171962-3 Tom Woodburn file (Speakers)
Box 2 Folder 18Financial Reports, 1962-3
Box 2 Folder 19 Board, membership reports, speakers
Box 2 Folder 20List of guests at speaker's tables
Box 2 Folder 21Public Affairs Reports
Box 2 Folder 22"Time Weaves a Tapestry" by Robert E. Gard scripts