Print preview Close

Showing 19 results

Clubs and Organizations -- Women's Clubs
Print preview View:

19 results with digital objects Show results with digital objects


Ivy covered Fire Station #6 located at 823 A St. before being destroyed by a fire in 1974.


Undated photograph of the Matrons Club. The woman seated front left is Helen Beck Stafford, one of the founders of the group. Dr. Stafford moved to Tacoma in 1926 to marry Wendell P. Stafford on New Years Eve. Even though she had taught for a few years in Kansas schools, Tacoma school personnel directors refused to hire a black teacher. She stayed at home and cared for her husband and daughter. She and several other women who stayed home to rear their children would get together for a social outlet. In 1927, they formally organized the Matrons Club. The women who attended the meetings often brought their children along and the children would play together. (TNT 2/22/1982- NWR clipping file) (photograph by Liberal Engraving Co., 907 1/2 Commerce)


Posed in front of the Carnegie Building (then the Tacoma Free Public Library) on October 18, 1922, are members of the Guard Team from Everett of the Women's Benefit Association of the Maccabees. This was the ladies' auxiliary of the fraternal insurance group. The Everett team was part of the 17 lodges who had sent some 300 delegates to the Women's Benefit Association of the Maccabees of Western Washington's one-day convention. The gathering was held at Fraternity Hall, 1111-17 Tacoma Avenue South, which was near the library. G24.1-010 (TNT 10-18-22, p. 1-article on convention)

Women's Benefit Association of the Maccabees; Tacoma Public Library (Tacoma); Flags--United States; Meetings--Tacoma--1920-1930;


On January 19, 1924, Tacomans of a Southern persuasion gathered at 2706 No. Junett, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. C.P. Gammon, to celebrate the birthday of Civil War luminary General Robert E. Lee. These young ladies, whose mothers were members of the Daughters of Dixie chapter of the United Daughters of Confederacy, posed for the camera in Southern belle attire. Pictured left to right are Doris Steele, Sarah Elizabeth Boland (daughter of photographer Marvin D. Boland), Betty Schluss and Vergie Leckenby. (TNT 1/21/1924, pg. 7) G24.1-005

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of Dixie Chapter (Tacoma); Patriotic societies--Tacoma--1920-1930; Gammon, Clarence P.--Homes & haunts; Costumes; Steele, Doris; Boland, Sarah Elizabeth; Schluss, Betty; Leckenby, Vergie;


In May of 1927, the leaders in the Y.W.C.A. building campaign posed around a poster advertising the fund raising drive that would kick off on May 23rd. The women are, front row (l to r); Daisy (Mrs. A.R.) Warren, Mabelle (Mrs. F.A.) Leach, and Mrs. George G. Wagner. Back row (l to r); Nora (Mrs. J.G.) Parkhurst, Mrs. E.A. White, and Mabel (Mrs. Edgar F.) Dodds. In its 21 years of existence, the Y.W.C.A. had moved six times to progressively larger quarters. In 1927, a building campaign was proposed to raise $300,000 to build a new, larger structure and to pay off the mortgage on its current home, the Blackwell mansion at 401 Broadway. The mansion had been purchased by the organization in 1923 and would be connected with the new structure, which would house the first pool and gymnasium for girls in Tacoma. The new structure was built at 405 Broadway and dedicated in December of 1928. It still houses the YWCA. (Tacoma Sunday Ledger 5/22/1927, pg A-7) G68.1-160

Young Women's Christian Association (Tacoma); Fund raising--Tacoma--1920-1930; Warren, Daisy; Leach, Mabelle; Parkhurst, Nora; Dodds, Mabel; Wagner, George G.--Family; White, E.A.--Family; Posters; Women--Clothing & dress--Tacoma--1920-1930;


Children enjoying the Y.W.C.A. pool. On April 6, 1929, three young girls prepared to dive, under the watchful supervision of instructors, into the Young Women's Christian Association pool located at 405 Broadway. They have attracted a small group of curious bystanders in the walkway above the pool. Other small children are already enjoying the soothing waters. The pool, named after Mrs. Harriet Strong, was among the amenities included in the newly opened Y.W.C.A. concrete-and-brick Georgian structure which was dedicated in mid-December of 1928. This is believed to be the children's swim class, open to all girls 8-14, held each Saturday morning. (TDL 4-9-29, p. 12-article on the YWCA)

Young Womens Christian Association (Tacoma); Swimming pools--Tacoma--1920-1930; Diving--Tacoma--1920-1930; Swimmers--Tacoma--1920-1930;


Democratic Woman's Club. Eight older women in room, radio with model ship atop it. Ordered by Janet Brady, Tacoma Times society section. (WSHS & photo filed with Argentum)

Democratic Woman's Club (Tacoma);


Women of the Moose are honoring visitors. Bessie Lovitt, Graduate Grand Regent from Long Beach, California and Mrs. Elmer Eggleston, Grand Regent, of Seattle are both guests from the College of Regents. In honor of Ms. Lovitt a class of candidates will be initiated in the Moose. View of moose head above Ladies Degree Team at Moose Temple (T. Times, 5/11/46, p. 2).

Women--Clubs--Tacoma; Evening gowns--Tacoma; Moose; Hunting trophies; Moose Temple (Tacoma);


Forty Women at Masonic Temple, Daughters of the Nile, Mrs. Shotwell. The Zora Temple No. 5, Daughters of the Nile, were honored by the official visit of the supreme queen, Mrs. Ray Hoble of Rockford, Illinois. The decorating committee chose an oriental theme. The program included an exhibition drill by the Egyptian patrol and the dancing girls presented an Egyptian number. These women are wearing a variety of costumes and stand on the stage at the Masonic Temple. The formation of the Daughters of the Nile originated in the home of Mrs. Mable R. Krows, Seattle, Washington. She and a number of other Shriners' wives on February 20, 1913, formed the Ladies of the Nile Club. The first local unit (temple) was named "Hatosu" in honor of an Egyptian queen. (TNT, 2/29/1948, p.B-5; Fraternal Organizations, Alvin J. Schmidt, 1980)

Women--Tacoma--1940-1950; Costumes--Egyptian; Costumes--Russian; Evening gowns--Tacoma--1940-1950; Group portraits; Headdresses; Masonic Temple (Tacoma); Daughters of the Nile Zora Temple No. 5 (Tacoma);


Two pages helping out at the United Daughters of the Confederacy's annual convention posed together on October 10, 1928. Their names were not listed. The convention was held at the Tacoma Hotel with Tacoma's Dixie Chapter as host. Members were joined by the Robert E. Lee Chapter of Seattle and the Mildred Lee Chapter of Spokane. G24.1-002 (TNT 10-9-28, p. 16-article on convention)

United Daughters of the Confederacy; Meetings--Tacoma--1920-1930;


This photograph, taken on January 30, 1932 at what is believed to be the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 5 So. "G" St., is thought to be of the newly installed officers of Daughters of the Nile, Zora Temple No. 5. The women are all dressed in long evening gowns and are clutching large bouquets of flowers. Mrs. C. D. Magenheimer was installed as the new head of Zora Temple before 1000 guests. (TNT 2-1-32, p. 6-article)

Daughters of the Nile, Zora Temple No. 5 (Tacoma); Fraternal organizations--Tacoma--1930-1940; Women--Tacoma--1930-1940; Bouquets; Evening gowns--Tacoma;


Young women, believed to be members of the YWCA, are packed into this unidentified hall in this October, 1920, photograph. It appears that they have just finished having dessert. This may be the conclusion of the membership campaign of Stadium and Lincoln High School Reserve clubs of the YWCA which culminated in a dinner held at the YWCA on Saturday night, October 16, 1920. New membership totals were 170 members at Stadium and 220 members at Lincoln. G46.1-176 (Tacoma Sunday Ledger, 10-10-20, D-4-article on membership contest & upcoming dinner)

Young Women's Christian Association (Tacoma);


The Ladies Musical Club presented its regular concert on Tuesday afternoon, March 2, 1920, in the drawing room of the Tacoma Hotel. The program featured pianist George Congdon Bailey of Seattle. Mr. Bailey, who is blind, is a student at the University of Washington. Marjorie Miller, also of Seattle, entertained the club with a violin solo. Mr. Bailey may be the man seated in the front row with Miss Miller, holding a large bouquet of flowers, next to him. (TNT 2-28-20, p. 8-article)

Ladies Musical Club (Tacoma);

BOLAND G68.1-161

ca. 1922. YWCA residence located at 610 Broadway. This structure was built in 1889 from a design by Pickles & Sutton, architects, for Theodore Hosmer. It was used as a residence for the YWCA from 1922-1928. In 1946, the home was razed to construct a parking lot. Boland B3466, BU-13177, TPL-1780

Young Womens Christian Association (Tacoma);


The Daughters of the Nile, Zora Temple held their winter ceremonial in the Gothic Room of the Masonic Temple on December 9, 1931. The women were members of an international fraternal order of women either married to or related to Shriners. 300 women were in attendance at the ceremonial that honored the Supreme Queen, Mrs. Lulu Ramage Phelps of Seattle. The Supreme Queen is the national head of the organization. Mrs. Glen Darling presided over the ceremonies. (TNT 12-10-31, p. 12-article)

Daughters of the Nile Zora Temple No. 5 (Tacoma); Fraternal organizations--Tacoma--1930-1940; Women--Tacoma--1930-1940;


Forty Women at Masonic Temple, Daughters of the Nile, Mrs. Shotwell. These women are wearing a variety of costumes. In the very front five women are dressed as belly dancers with sheer skirts, midriff exposed and egyptian head pieces. Women in the middle are wearing white cossack-style costumes with blouson pants, cumberbund and high-necked, long, full sleeved blouses. They also wear matching head pieces.The women around the edges and back row are wearing evening gowns.

Women--Tacoma--1940-1950; Costumes--Egyptian; Costumes--Russian; Evening gowns--Tacoma--1940-1950; Group portraits; Headdresses; Masonic Temple (Tacoma); Daughters of the Nile Zora Temple No. 5 (Tacoma);


Tacoma Credit Women were active members throughout the Tacoma community. They sponsored and hosted events for service men through the United Service Organization Travelers Aid Society. View of Tacoma Credit Women, members of the Tacoma Retail Credit Association.

Women--Organizations--Tacoma; Women--Social life--1940-1950; Women--Clothing & dress--Tacoma--1940-1950; Group portraits; Tacoma Retail Credit Association (Tacoma);