Guide to the California Native Daughters Club Collection

Supriya Wronkiewicz
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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Oakland, California 94612
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African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the California Native Daughters Club Collection

Collection number: MS 42

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Supriya Wronkiewicz
Date Completed:
December 2006
Encoded by:
Mia Jaeggli
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: California Native Daughters Club collection
Dates: 1957-1980
Collection number: MS 42
Creator: California Native Daughters Club
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The California Native Daughters Club Collection consists of correspondence, records, printed materials, founding documents, and artifacts related to club activities and member activities. It also contains documents specific to individual members.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

Access Restrictions

Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish from the California Native Daughters Club Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

California Native Daughters Club collection, MS 42, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Supriya Wronkiewicz, December 2006. Updated by Mia Jaeggli, October 2013

Biography / Administrative History

The California Native Daughters Club was founded in Berkeley, California in the late 1950s. Founders included Bertha Allen, the club's first president, and Ruth Lasartemay, who also served as president later. The club joined the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs in 1959. The club was actively involved in multiple local activities such as California Negro History Week.

Scope and Content of Collection

The California Native Daughters Club Collection consists of correspondence, records, printed materials, founding documents, and artifacts related to club activities and member activities. The collection includes correspondence to and from the club and membership information for the women who were in the club and the club's relationship to outside organizations. There are also materials honoring members who passed on. There are a small number of photographs, two of which are of members and two copies of a photograph of a display put together by the club for California Negro History Week.

Arrangement

Series I. Administrative Records Series II. Photographs Series III. Assorted Printed Materials

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California Native Daughters Club
National Association of Colored Women (U.S.)
African Americans--California--History.
African Americans--California—East Bay--History.
African American women--Societies and clubs.
African American women—California—History.
Photographs.

Other Finding Aids

Colored Women's Clubs Associations collection, MS 1, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Collection Contents

 

Administrative records

Physical Description: 7 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes constitutional by-laws and founding history for the California Native Daughters Club and the National Association of Colored Girls, as well as correspondence for club events, memberships, newsletters and meeting notes.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
 

Founding history and constitutional by-laws

Box 1:1

Constitution and by-laws, California Native Daughters Club and the National Association of Colored Girls circa 1957

Box 1:1

Founding history of the National Association of Colored Girls circa 1957

 

Correspondence

Box 1:2

Invitations for club events 1957-1963

Box 1:3

Letters and cards regarding club activities, membership outreach, membership inquiries and donations 1947-1965

 

Assorted printed material

Box 1:4

Draft of club newsletter 1959

Box 1:5

Programs 1959-1963

Box 1:6

Notes from club meeting circa 1950s

Box 1:7

Memorial tributes, notices, and membership certificates 1957-1965

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 4 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes two portraits of club members and duplicate photographs of the club exhibit board for the California Negro History Week.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph identification number.
Box 1:8

Mrs. Willie Washington [001] circa 1950s

Box 1:8

Exhibit board for the California Negro History Week, plaque reads “Capwell’s salutes the California Negro History Week [002/003] circa 1950s

Box 1:8

Clipping of portrait of Amy DeSilva with handwritten note on possible genealogy for Amy DeSilva [004] circa 1950s

 

Assorted printed material

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes newspaper clippings on the lives of a number of club members as well as an inscribed book.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:9

Newspaper clippings 1957-1969

Box 1:10

Skelding, Susie B. Birthday Flowers: Designs of Pansies and Roses; Violets; Eglantine; and Forget-Me-Nots and Four-Leaved Clover. Poems by Prominent Authors. White, Stokes, & Allen, New York, 1884. Inscribed “From: Vernon S. McDonald, Sonora, California. Used by the Sugg family of Sonora. To Ruth H. Lasartemay, November, 1980.” 1980