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Polish Women’s Business and Professional Club (New Bedford, Mass.) records

 Collection
Identifier: MC-105

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of 16 scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and photographs. The club also kept in-depth records from both the secretaries and the treasurers, and has kept all of their monthly club newspapers, “The Trumpeter.” Books written by the club founder, Anna Gacek, and other various authors, club memorabilia ranging from certificates to plates and plaques, and club sponsored events programs and pamphlets are also included in the collection. The collection of the Polish Women’s Business and Professional Club records were assembled by a variety of members over 72 years.

The collection is divided into seven series: Historian’s Books; Recording Secretary’s Books; Treasurer’s Books; Trumpeters; Books; Club Memorabilia; and Other Programs and Events.

Dates

  • 1937 - 2009

Language of Materials

Materials in English and Polish

Biographical / Historical

This club was founded in 1937 by author Anna Zajack Gacek in New Bedford, Massachusetts, with the intent of sharing the Polish culture with others. It was put in place to promote Polish heritage, lasting longer than other Polish groups due to the business aspect which attracted younger members and business girls. They promoted annual events including banquets and May Teas, and also put on fundraisers and other community projects.

Extent

12 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Polish Women’s Business and Professional Club, November, 2010, accession # 11-13.
Title
MC 105, Polish Women’s Business and Professional Club (New Bedford, Mass.) records
Status
Completed
Author
Jocelyn LaPlante
Date
October 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

Contact:
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA