Guide to the Oneira Women's Club Records MS 174

Finding aid prepared by Lauren Rasmussen
Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.
San Diego History Center Document Collection
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
July 20, 2012

Title: Oneira Women's Club Records
Identifier/Call Number: MS 174
Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 9.0 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1915-1980
Abstract: The collection contains records related to the activities of the Oneira Women’s Club of San Diego.
creator: Oneira Women's Club.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lauren Rasmussen on July 20, 2012.
Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Preferred Citation

Oneira Women's Club Records, MS 174, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

Biographical / Historical Notes

During World War I, a group of women from Normal Heights organized a social club for Red Cross volunteers. When the war ended in November 1918, the women decided to continue on as a formal organization in order to pursue their philanthropic work. The first meeting of the Women’s Club of Normal Heights was held in February 1919. Later, the club changed their name to the Oneira Women’s Club; ‘oneira’ being a Greek word meaning “dreams or visions realized or come true,” accurately depicting the Club’s goal of civic advancement and community service. The word also contained all the letters common to the three names of the districts from which the Club drew its members: Normal Heights, Kensington Park, and Bonnie Brae. A charter of the San Diego Chapter of the Federated Women’s Club, Oneira had many active sections, including departments for music, gardening, literary study, and arts and crafts. The Club met for sixty years until interest waned; the organization was officially disbanded in 1980.


The collection is arranged into ten series:
Series I: Oneira Club History
Series II: Administration
Series III: Finances
Series IV: Membership
Series V: Correspondence
Series VI: Oneira Club Garden Department
Series VII: Oneira Club Orchestra and Choral Departments
Series VIII: Federated Women’s Club
Series IX: Newspaper Articles
Series X: Miscellanea
Items in each series are arranged by subject.

Scope and Content

The collection contains records of the Oneira Women’s Club from its inception as a Red Cross volunteer organization in 1915 through the club’s disbandment in 1980. The records consist of meeting ledgers, financial materials, membership details, and club correspondence. The meeting minutes include the general Club meetings as well as those of the Club’s Executive Board of Directors and the individual Club departments. There are also scrapbooks detailing the history of the Oneira Club. In addition, materials related to the activities of the Club’s Gardening Department and the Orchestra and Choral Department are present. For the Gardening Department, this primarily consists of subject files related to specific gardening topics. For the Orchestra and Choral Department, a large selection of sheet music and musical programs are present. There are records regarding chapter meetings and activities of the Federated Women’s Club. Additionally, there are photographs and negatives and newspaper clippings related to Oneira Club events and members.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Mold found on phonographs (Box 15 folder 7); phonographs have been wrapped and sealed until later date when they can be treated properly.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Red Cross.
Babcock, May
Federation of Women's Clubs.
Himmelman, Ella P.
Ireland, Hattie
Oneira Women's Club.
Reese, Fannie M.
Worden, Ella
Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.)
Sheet music
Women -- Societies and clubs


Series I: Oneira Club History

Box-folder 1:1

History of the Oneira Club, 1919-1927

Box-folder 1:2

History of the Oneira Club, 1928-1936

Box-folder 1:3

History of the Oneira Club, 1937-1943

Box-folder 1:4

History of the Oneira Club, 1943-1951

Box-folder 1:5

History of the Oneira Club, 1951-1954

Box-folder 1:6

History of the Oneira Club, 1954-1955

Box-folder 1:7

History of the Oneira Club, 1956-1958

Box-folder 1:8

History of the Oneira Club, 1958-1959

Box-folder 2:1

History of the Oneira Club, 1959-1961

Box-folder 2:2

History of the Oneira Club, 1961-1962

Box-folder 2:3

History of the Oneira Club, undated

Box-folder 2:4

Oneira Club Departments History, 1920-1926

Box-folder 2:5

Oneira Club Departments History, 1938-1947


Series II: Administration

Box-folder 2:6

By-laws, 1927-1928 and undated

Box-folder 2:7

"Early History of the N.H. Women's Club and Finally Oneira Club" meeting minutes ledger, 1919 February 13-1921 June 9

Box-folder 2:8

"General Meeting" minutes (bound), 1921 September 22-1926 June 17

Box-folder 2:9

General meeting minutes, 1928 September 28-1929 May 23

Box-folder 2:10

General meeting minutes, 1929 May 24-1930 May 22

Box-folder 2:11

General meeting minutes, 1931 June 18-1933 November 2

Box-folder 3:1

General meeting minutes, 1934 January 4-1937 April 1

Box-folder 3:2

General meeting and board meeting minutes (bound), 1937 June 3-1939 May 4

Box-folder 3:3

General meeting and board meeting minutes, 1939 June 1-1942 June 4

Box-folder 3:4

General meeting and board meeting minutes, 1942 September 3-1946 June 6

Box-folder 3:5

General meeting and board meeting minutes (bound), 1946 September 5-1950 October 6

Box-folder 3:6

General meeting and board meeting minutes (bound), 1954 May 6-1957 June 6

Box-folder 3:7

General meeting and board meeting minutes, 1954 September 5-1958 June 5

Box-folder 3:8

General meeting and board meeting minutes (bound), 1957 June 5-1962 June 7

Box-folder 3:9

General meeting and board meeting minutes (bound), 1970 September 3-1974 August 20

Box-folder 4:1

"Minutes of the Meetings of the Board of Directors" (bound), 1920 December 20-1927 January 27

Box-folder 4:2

Board meeting minutes, 1927 September 28-1928 November 19

Box-folder 4:3

Board meeting minutes, 1928 December 17-1929 October 19

Box-folder 4:4

Board meeting minutes, 1929 October 29-1932 October 27

Box-folder 4:5

Board meeting minutes, 1932 November 17-1935 September 5

Box-folder 4:6

Board meeting minutes, 1936 June 4-1942 September 2

Box-folder 4:7

Board meeting minutes, 1942 October 1-1958 June 5

Box-folder 4:8

Study Department meeting minutes and disbursement ledger, 1922-1934

Box-folder 4:9

Annual reports, 1921-1929

Box-folder 4:10

Annual reports, 1929-1933

Box-folder 4:11

Annual reports, 1933-1935

Box-folder 4:12

Annual reports, 1935-1939

Box-folder 5:1

Annual reports, 1939-1942

Box-folder 5:2

Annual reports, 1942-1946

Box-folder 5:3

Annual reports, 1946-1954 and undated

Box-folder 5:4

Program drafts, 1955-1963

Box-folder 5:5

Officer election ballots, 1936 April 2 and undated

Box-folder 5:6

Summary of officer's installation luncheon, undated


Series III: Finances

Box-folder 5:7

Treasurer's statements, 1937 April 7-1946 April 30

Box-folder 5:8

Accounts ledger, 1919 February 6-1929 May 14

Box-folder 5:9

Accounts ledger, 1929 May 29-1942 September 1


List of dues paid
Box-folder 5:10

Accounts ledger, 1942 September 1-1956 May 9

Box-folder 5:11

Accounts ledger, 1955 June 1-1975 October 28

Box-folder 6:1

Oneira Hall rental ledgers, 1961 January 2-1971 December 27

Box-folder 6:2

Checkbook with stubs, 1956 July 24-1959 June 16

Box-folder 6:3

Check stubs and cancelled checks, 1935 July 23-1951 March 31

Box-folder 15:1

Income taxes, 1946-1951

Box-folder 6:4

Income taxes, 1952

Box-folder 6:5

Bills and receipts, 1935-1952

Box-folder 6:6

Financial notes, 1952 March 20 and undated


Series IV: Membership

Box-folder 6:7

"Names of Members" (bound), 1923-1929


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Box-folder 6:8

Membership lists, 1937-1948


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Application for membership card, 1937
Box-folder 6:9

Membership lists, 1948-1955


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Box-folder 6:10

Membership lists (bound), 1942-1956


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Box-folder 6:11

Membership lists (spiral bound), 1952-1956 and undated


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Loose sheet introducing new members, undated
Box-folder 6:12

Membership lists (spiral bound), 1956-1957


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Box-folder 6:13

"Oneira Women's Club - Book for Membership" (bound), 1956-1968


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Box-folder 7:1

"Book of Membership. Oneira Club" (bound), undated


Member name and contact address
Dues paid
Box-folder 7:2

Membership dues receipts, 1953 September 19-1957 June 6

Box-folder 15:2

Meetings register for members and guests, 1945 September 6-1950 April 6

Box-folder 15:3

Meetings register for members and guests, 1950 May 4-1954 November 4

Box-folder 15:4

Meetings register for members and guests (bound), 1954 December 2-1958 May 1

Box-folder 15:5

Meetings register for members and guests, 1958 June 5-1963 June 6

Box-folder 15:6

Meetings register for members and guests, 1963 September 5-1969 May 1

Box-folder 7:3

"Sign In Book 1980-1985" for members and guests (bound), 1980 September 4-1985 March 9

Box-folder 7:4

Yearbooks, 1935-1980


Series V: Correspondence

Box-folder 7:5

Administrative, 1935 March 7-1952 February 11 and undated

Box-folder 7:6

Officers and membership, 1926 October 25-1954 July 7

Box-folder 7:7

Legislation and politics, 1935-1960

Box-folder 7:8

Charity and donations, 1945 March 21-1956 April 7 and undated

Box-folder 7:9

Events and invitations, 1948 January 25-1954 March 20 and undated

Box-folder 7:10

Personal greetings, 1949 May 15-1953 November 21 and undated

Box-folder 7:11

Miscellanea, 1933 May 24-1954 February 20 and undated


Advertisement mailers
Questionnaires about the Club
Event facilities information at El Cortez Hotel (letter and brochure)

Series VI: Oneira Club Garden Department

Box-folder 7:12

Meeting minutes, 1941 September 19-1944 August 18

Box-folder 7:13

Gardening notebooks (bound), undated


"Species and Breeding" notebook
"Iris Book"
Box-folder 7:14

Flowers, articles (A), undated

Box-folder 7:15

Flowers, articles (B), undated

Box-folder 8:1

Camelias, articles, 1944-1961 and undated

Box-folder 8:2

Daylilies, articles, 1955-1957 and undated

Box-folder 8:3

Fuchsias, articles, 1952 and undated

Box-folder 8:4

Perennials, articles, undated

Box-folder 8:5

Perennials, articles, undated

Box-folder 8:6

Bulbs, articles, 1955 and undated

Box-folder 8:7

Ferns and shade plants, articles, undated

Box-folder 8:8

Lath house plants, articles, undated

Box-folder 9:1

Orchards and trees, articles, 1947-1958

Box-folder 9:2

Orchards and trees, articles, 1956-1959

Box-folder 9:3

Shurbs, articles, undated

Box-folder 9:4

Succulents and cacti, articles, 1962 and undated

Box-folder 9:5

Tropical plants, articles, 1955 and undated

Box-folder 9:6

Vines, articles, undated

Box-folder 9:7

Potted plants, articles, 1955 and undated

Box-folder 9:8

Pest control, articles, undated

Box-folder 9:9

"Germination Ideas, Seed Sowing, Soils, and Sprayers" notes,

Box-folder 9:10

Miscellanea, articles, undated

Box-folder 10:1

Gardening pamphlets and newsletters, 1932-1955 and undated

Box-folder 10:2

Gardening guides by month, articles, 1944-1956

Box-folder 10:3

Flower show awards, 1954


Series VII: Oneira Club Orchestra and Choral Departments

Box-folder 10:4

"Poinsettia Choral Club" meeting (bound), 1920 May 29-1930 April 2

Box-folder 10:5

Orchestra Department meeting minutes, 1936 September 14-1940 April 15

Box-folder 10:6

Orchestra Department meeting minutes, 1941 September 8-1944 March 9

Box-folder 10:7

Orchestra Department meeting minutes, 1944 September 11-1946 June 10

Box-folder 10:8

Department dues and finances, 1925 September-1945 May

Box-folder 10:9

Programs and notes, 1936 March 10-1944 April 6 and undated

Box-folder 10:10

Oneira Club songs and sheet music, undated

Box-folder 10:11

Federated Women's Club songs and sheet music, 1954 May 25 and undated

Box-folder 10:12

Song lyrics, undated

Box-folder 10:13

Sheet music (A), undated


"Allah's Holiday"
"April Showers"
"Around the World"
"An Autumn Lullaby"
"Ave Maria"
"Away in a Manger"
Box-folder 10:14

Sheet music (B), undated


"Banjo Player, The"
"A Bed-Time Song"
"Bicycle Built For Two"
"The Big Brown Bear"
"By the Beautiful Sea"
Box-folder 11:1

Sheet music (C), undated


"Christ Arose"
"Christmas Carols"
Box-folder 11:2

Sheet music (D), undated


"The Dancing Doll"
"De Bogie Man"
"Dear California"
"Director's Song"
Box-folder 11:3

Sheet music (F-G), undated


"Forever and Ever"
"Glorious California"
"Glory to San Diego"
"Great is Thy love"
"The Green Cathedral"
Box-folder 11:4

Sheet music (H), undated


"Hail, the King"
"Hark! Hark the Lark"
"The Harp of Delight"
"Hymn of the Pilgrims"
Box-folder 11:5

Sheet music (I), undated


"I Believe"
"I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked"
"If I Were a Moonbeam"
"In Autumn"
"In San Diego"
"In the Garden of To-Morrow"
"In the Time of Roses"
"I've Done My Work"
Box-folder 11:6

Sheet music (J), undated


"Jeanette in Her Garden"
"Just a Prayer Away"
Box-folder 12:1

Sheet music (L), undated


"Land of Hope and Glory"
"Like Birds at Eve"
"Love in the Spring-Time"
"Love is a Rose"
Box-folder 12:2

Sheet music (Ma-Mir), undated


"March on America"
"May-Day Song"
"The Message of the Violet"
"Military March (Hail to the Chief)"
"A Miracle"
Box-folder 12:3

Sheet music (Mis-Moo), undated


"Mistress Margarita"
"Moonlight and Roses"
"Moonlight Bay"
Box-folder 12:4

Sheet music (Mor-N), undated


"Morning Invocation"
"My Garden"
"My Old Kentucky Home"
"My Sun (O Sole Mio)"
"Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen"
"Now Hush A-Bye, My Dear"
Box-folder 12:5

Sheet music (O-P), undated


"O Come, All Ye Faithful"
"O Tannenbaum!"
"O, No, John"
"Oh Peter Go Ring-a dem Bells"
"One Memory"
"A Prayer"
Box-folder 12:6

Sheet music (S), undated


"The Savior is Born"
"Song of a Shepherd"
"A Song of the Southern District"
"The Springtime of the Year"
"Standin’ In the Need of a Prayer"
"St. Francis' Prayer"
"Star Go By"
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
"Sweet and Low"
Box-folder 12:7

Sheet music (T-W), undated


"Thanks Be to God"
"That Naughty Waltz"
"Three Blind Mice"
"Welcome Mighty Chief, Once More"
"When You're Smiling"
"While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks"
Box-folder 12:8

“America Sings, Community Song Book,” 1935

Box-folder 13:1

“America Sings, Community Song Book,” 1935

Box-folder 13:2

“Twice 55, Community Songs,” undated

Box-folder 13:3

Miscellaneous song booklets, 1915-1945 and undated


“Christmas Carols”
“The Girls’ Glee Club”
“Songs for Lions”
Box-folder 15:7

Phonographs, undated


“Chorus Ng”
“Chorus Surray”
“Oneira Chorus”
“Chorus Beautiful Day”

Series VIII: Federated Women's Club

Box-folder 13:4

Procedure Book, 1957-1958

Box-folder 13:5

General meeting minutes (bound), 1958 February 10-1964 June 7

Box-folder 14:1

San Diego (District 25) Executive Committee meeting minutes (bound), 1962 June-1964 January

Box-folder 14:2

"California Federation of Women's Clubs, Year book," 1958-1959

Box-folder 14:3

"General Federation of Women's Clubs Administration Program," 1958-1960

Box-folder 14:4

Correspondence and notifications, 1950 October-1961 July and undated

Box-folder 14:5

Annual Conventions and events, 1930 April 16-1959 April 20 and undated

Box-folder 14:6

Certificates of achievement, undated

Box-folder 14:7

"California Clubwomen" magazines, 1960 September-December


Series IX: Newspaper Articles

Box-folder 14:8

Newspaper articles, 1924 October 17–1935 September 20

Box-folder 14:9

Newspaper articles, 1936 September–1951 September


Series X: Miscellanea

Box-folder 14:10

Photo album, undated

Box-folder 14:11

Miscellanea, undated


Oneira Club poem
Program for dedication of the Harvey L. Lewis, Jr. Junior High School, May 11, 1960
Abbey Rents, Sales Rentals (pamphlet)
"Eugenics Pamphlets No. 88," undated
"The Truth About Floridation" by Citizens Committee for Children's Dental Health, undated