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Program, 1950 - 1951

 File — Box: 2, Folder: 11

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The collection consists of records of the Altrusa International, Inc. of Indianapolis, 1917-1997. These records were presented to the archives by Carol D. Nathan, past president, in six parts from 1993-1997. All of the records were combined to create one institutional archives for Altrusa International, Inc. of Indianapolis.

There are many gaps existing in the collection. The Board of Directors minutes are incomplete. There are gaps in meeting and conference files, as well as in financial and correspondence files. There is no single newsletter issue prior to 1950, although the weekly bulletin was published since 1923. However, through the existing records such as minutes, yearbooks, publications and history files, the Indianapolis Altrusa club development and achievements may be partially reconstructed.

The records have been divided into eleven series: Legal Documents, Board of Directors Files, Committee Files, Meeting Files, Correspondence Files, Financial Records, Project Files, Publications, Special Event Materials, Publicity and Photographs.

Legal Documents, 1923-1997, contain Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, By-Laws and Policies of Altrusa International, Inc. of Indianapolis. The series also includes the Altrusa Standing Rules and 1923 Certificate of Affiliation. These documents reflect the structure , functions and policies of the organization.

Board of Directors Files, 1917-1995, contain the board minutes with related documents from regular monthly and special meetings, award diplomas, history files and OMNI Club annual activity reports. Although the minutes series is incomplete, it reflects the process of Altrusa development, the decisions of the governing body, programs and policies.

The history files, an important source of information for researchers, contain histories of Indianapolis Altrusa Club such as: Altrusa Club of Indianapolis Chronicle, 1917-1962, Volume I, Altrusa-its history, its organization, its ethical principles, membership by Educational Committee, 1931-32; yearly archives reports containing the major events (1958-64), list of Altrusa civic projects arranged chronologically, and the Altrusa Objectives and Organization through decades, 1917-58.

Committee Files, 1927-1995, consist primarily of reports and minutes from the following committees: Ad Hoc Planing Committee, Community Service, Hi-Rise, Information, International Relations, Literacy, Membership and Classification, Program, Nominating, Public Affairs, Vocational, Ways and Means, and Convention Committee files which consist of minutes and correspondence regarding the Altrusa National Convention held in Indianapolis in May 1928. The committee files are fragmentary, although they give some details related to committee operations.

Meeting/Conference Files, 1931-1995, include minutes and related documents from membership (regular and special) and annual meetings. This series also contains meeting notes from membership luncheons, orientation meetings, and District Six Area Leadership Workshop program brochures.

Financial Records, 1930-1991, contain monthly and year ending treasurer’s reports and comparative statements, proposed budgets and IRS Tax documents. This series also includes one folder with letters regarding the Mamie Bass Scholarship Loan Fund, 1949-50. The financial records give a basic understanding of the Altrusa financial background.

Correspondence File, 1950-1995, contains membership letters (resignation and welcome letters and meeting announcements), District letters, Altrusa International correspondence and periodic mailings, and general correspondence (incoming and outgoing letters). The files also consist of president Carol Nathan’s general correspondence.

Project Files, 1943-1989 and n.d., consist of materials related to Altrusa civic projects: war service and literacy projects, news releases, a few news clippings, thank you letters, and expenditures for 1954-55 projects.

Special Event Materials, 1931-1995 and n.d., include materials related to Altrusa club special events such as: birthday and Christmas parties, luncheons and fashion shows, officer installation ceremonies, memorial services, Merit Award and 1995 Altrusa International Award Program, Indianapolis Professional Women of the Year Program, and others. Materials include: programs, party announcements and letters dealing with anniversary celebrations, invocations, campaign stunts, obituaries and tributes, news clippings, and devotional services materials.

Publications, 1940-1995 and n.d., contain Altrusa yearbooks, Altrusa Flash newsletter, the Altrusa Encyclopedia, handbooks, membership and ASTRA Clubs manuals, Altrusa District Six and International directories, Altrusa general information brochures, and 1987-88 Altrusa International Annual Report. Although there are many gaps in this series (for instance, there is no single issue of the weekly bulletin The Altrusan, published since 1923), the existing publications contain valuable information on Altrusa Club operations, programs and membership. Publications are arranged by categories, then chronologically.

Publicity, 1917-1991 , includes scrapbooks and news clippings. Scrapbooks (1928-1935) contain mostly news clippings that are related to Indianapolis Altrusa Club activities, members, meeting guests and speakers. Some program brochures from 1938 are also included. News clippings (1917-1991) contain the very first articles on Altrusa organization and activities, articles on members and obituaries.

Photographs, 1950s-1990s and n.d., contain group photos from Altrusa annual birthday parties, fashion shows, and other activities and meetings. Photos include also 1992 presidential campaign photos.


  • 1950 - 1951

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.


From the Collection: 3.7 Cubic Feet (3 cartons, 1 document box, and 1 pamphlet box)


Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA