National League of American Pen Women, Baltimore Branch, 1921-1972, MS. 1892

Finding Aid to the National League of American Pen Women,
Baltimore Branch Collection, 1921-1996, MS 1892

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

National League of American Pen Women, Baltimore Branch Collection

Creator

National League of American Pen Women, Baltimore Branch

Call number

MS 1892

Inclusive dates

1921-1996

Bulk dates

1921-1996

Extent

4 boxes and 14 volumes

Abstract

Contains the records and scrapbooks of the Baltimore Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Members were asked to submit annual reports of achievements - their publications, awards, exhibitions, sale of works of art, performances of musical compositions, etc.

Administrative summary 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Margaret Coyne, 1971, 1972, 1978; Gift of Baltimore Branch of National League of American Pen Women, January 30, 2008

Accession number

63966, 64175, 64324, 73972; 2009-017-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Harriet Weiskittel, September 1978 and Lara Westwood, July 2016

 

Historical Note

The National League of American Pen Women was formally organized in Washington, D.C. in June 1897 to conduct and promote creative and educational activities in Art, Letters and Music. The Baltimore Branch was established in 1921. The organization is still active both nationally and locally.

Membership is restricted to any woman born or naturalized in the U.S.A. provided that she has within three years preceding her application received pay in the open commercial market. The National League holds biennial conventions, usually in Washington, D.C., and publishes a journal The Pen Woman. The Baltimore Branch held several regularly scheduled meetings each year and published The Pinion and The Baltimore Owl.

Scope and Content

The collection contains the records and scrapbooks of the Baltimore Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Members were asked to submit annual reports of achievements - their publications, awards, exhibitions, sale of works of art, performances of musical compositions, etc. From 1949 to 1951, the Baltimore Branch collected these records in the Achievement Book; later records are found in the chronological set of scrapbooks.

The chronological set of Historian’s Scrapbooks comprises the bulk of the collection. They contain a full and valuable record of the Branch’s activities and of the recognition accorded its members in the fields of art, literature and music. The scrapbooks include lists of members and officers, programs of meetings, invitations to and notices of events sponsored by the Baltimore Branch (especially the Art Exhibition held annually at the Peale Museum) as well as photographs, articles written by or about members, reports of their exhibitions and/or awards, and numerous press clippings from local newspapers and journals. Of special interest here are many “The Lively Arts” columns written by R.P. Harriss of the Baltimore American. The Historian's Scrapbook for 1928-45 was removed from the collection with the intention that it be donated later by Mrs. Blanche Ferguson to the Maryland Historical Society. Mrs. Ferguson served as President of the Baltimore Branch from 1928 to 1930 and again in 1938 to 1940 and of the National League from 1944 to 1946. The Maryland Historical Society has not received the Historian's Scrapbook.

The Branch's Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations in 1971 are well-documented in the form of a large History Scrapbook which contains biographical notes of past officers, lists of members, notices and invitations, photographs, publications etc. collected over the years. This special scrapbook is a useful and informative addition to the chronological set.

Several convention programs and issues of these journals have been assembled in Box 1 but numerous other programs and issues may be found scattered throughout the various scrapbooks.

A second donation was made by the Baltimore Branch in 2008. These materials have been added to Box 4.

For additional material relating to the Baltimore Branch see also the Florence Ring Kahn Papers (MS 1518) which includes two scrapbooks documenting Mrs. Kahn's achievements as poetess and playwright and her active participation in the Branch's activities.

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Box 

Folder 

Series I: Administration

 

 

 

Framed copy of certificate establishing Baltimore Branch

May, 1921

1

 

Original membership cards

1921-1925

1

 

Loose-leaf notebook containing list of officers and committees

1923-1924

1

 

The Pinion, 1 issue

May-June 1948

1

 

Mementoes of Fiftieth Anniversary Luncheon, Belvedere Hotel, Baltimore

May 22, 1971

1

 

Report on examination of financial records of National League by certified public accounting firm for the year ended April 30, 1970

1970

1

 

Financial statements of the National League prepared by certified public accounting firm for the nine months ended January 31, 1971 and for the three months ended October 31, 1971

1971

1

 

National League Biennial Convention programs

1950, 1962, 1972

1

 

Miscellaneous pamphlets. Includes short history of the Baltimore Branch prepared in March 1955 by Anna Heubeck Knipp, Historian

March, 1955

1

 

Minute book

May 1925 - May 1930

2

 

Minute book

October 1950 - December 1955

2

 

Minute book

October 1956 - May 1964

2

 

Minute book

August 1964 - May 1970

2

 

Roster and Bylaws

1968-1970

2

 

Roster and Bylaws

1970-1972

2

 

Roster and Bylaws

1974-1976

2

 

Roster and Bylaws

1976-1978

2

 

Minute book

1970-1971

3

 

Minute book

1974-1976

3

 

History

1955

4

1

Newspaper clippings

1980-1990

4

2

Bylaws

1947-1988

4

3

Presidents’ correspondence

1987-1996

4

4

Treasurer files

1977-1995

4

5

Treasurer reports

1984-1986

4

6

Secretary files

1981-1993

4

7

Member rosters

1949-1959

4

8

Member rosters

1960-1984

4

9

Achievements/contests

1983-1991

4

10

Memorials

1984-1985

4

11

Biennial convention

1988-1989

4

12

Photographs of members and events

1977-1984

4

13

Series II: Scrapbooks

 

 

 

Historical record of the Branch in the form of a scrapbook prepared on the occasion of its Fiftieth Anniversary

1971

 

 

Achievements Book

1949-1951

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1946-1948

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1948-1950

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1950-1952

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1952-1954

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1954-1956

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1956-1958

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1958-1960

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1962-1964

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1964-1966

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1966-1968

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1968-1970

 

 

Historian's Scrapbook

1970-1972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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