Woman's Club of Greenville Collection

1932-1975
Manuscript Collection #951
Creator(s)
Woman's Club of Greenville
Physical description
0.45 Cubic Feet, 1 container, 60 items, 37 volumes , consisting of correspondence, clippings, and yearbooks
Preferred Citation
Woman's Club of Greenville Collection (#951), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Collection (1932-1975) of correspondence, clippings, and yearbooks compiled by Harriett Roseveare and Carolyn "Dink" James, who served as club officers, relating to club membership and activities in support of World War I and II, including sale of war bonds, United Nations Day, home economics education, Green Springs Park, Parent - Teacher Associations, nursery schools and night schools, social events and scholarships for teenagers, Community Fine Arts Festival, Pitt General Hospital, Pitt County Fair, and other activities.


Biographical/historical information

The Woman's Club of Greenville was organized in 1917, joined the State Federation of Women's Clubs in 1917, was incorporated in 1928, and joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1929. The motto of Woman's Club of Greenville was "The Union of All For the Good of All," and its colors were red and white. The club celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1955 and 50th anniversary in 1967.

Important historical information can be found in the 50th Anniversary (1967) newspaper article. The Woman's Club of Greenville was founded two weeks after World War I was declared. The clubs first elected officers were Mrs. R. R. Cotton, honorary president, Mrs. M. H. Quinerly, first president, Miss Daisy B. Waitt, first vice president, and Miss Lina Baker, second vice president. Other elected officers included Mrs. P. T. Anthony, secretary, Mrs. Frank Cotten, corresponding, Mrs. Lula Fleming, treasurer, and Mrs. C. T. Munford, auditor. The club had several committees and activities to raise money for both World Wars; during WWII, the club raised enough money to buy a bomber. The article highlights important contributions of the clubs involvement in International Relations, Home Department, Greenville Garden Club, and Junior Woman's Club.

Harriet Roseveare was an active member of the Woman's Club of Greenville, and served as club president from 1964-1965. She served in many club committees, and was also active in the Presbyterian churches in Richmond, VA and Greenville, NC. She was given the club's "Woman of the Year" award in 1967, and she was also awarded a "Life Membership" in the women of her church in January, 1967. Roseveare was a member in the James River Woman's Club of Richmond until she moved to Greenville. She was married to Dr. Roseveare, who taught physical chemistry in Berkeley, CA, and conducted research with DuPont Co. in Richmond and Greenville. Together they had three sons and six grandchildren.

Carolyn "Dink" James served as vice president of the Woman's Club of Greenville, and served two terms as club president from 1942-1944 and 1961-1964. She served in many club committees, and was also active in her community and church. Additionally, Carolyn James helped with the organization of the United Church Women of Greenville and served in many committees. She was married to Judge Dink James, and was the mother of two children and three grandchildren.


Scope and arrangement

The Woman's Club of Greenville Collection (1932-1975) contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and yearbooks compiled by Harriet Roseveare and Carolyn "Dink" James, who served as club members, relating to club membership and activities in support of World War I and II, including sale of war bonds, United Nations Day, home economics education, Green Springs Park, Parent – Teacher Associations, nursery schools and high schools, social events and scholarships for teenagers, Community Fine Arts Festival, Pitt General Hospital, Pitt County Fair, and other activities.

The Woman's Club of Greenville Collection contains a newsletter titled "Greenville Woman's Club" (1962) written by Carolyn James, constitution and by-laws of Woman's Club of Greenville (undated), and constitution and by-laws of The General Federation of Women's Clubs (1964). Additionally, the collection contains a handwritten biographical sketch of club member Carolyn "Dink" James, correspondence to Harriet Roseveare regarding senior citizens group formation and problems (1967), congratulations on Roseveare's "Clubwoman of the Year" accomplishment (1967), and well wishes (1962).

Numerous newspaper clippings including Roseveare's "Clubwoman of the Year" award (1967), overview of Woman's Club of Greenville picturing Harriet Roseveare and Carolyn James (1965), 50th Anniversary and related photographs (1967), annual Spring Garden Fair (1967), public forum thanks (1967), Hawaiian Tour (1970), installation of new Greenville Art Society Officers (1970), arts discussion for State of North Carolina with picture of Harriet Roseveare (1970), awards given to Mrs. Argent Smith and Mrs. Vance Perkins (1970), visit from N.C. Federation of Women's president with photograph of Roseveare (1971).

Many event programs are also included for the Greenville Art Center Sidewalk Art Show (1968), United Nations Dinner (1961), and 50th Anniversary (1967). In particular, the Greenville Art Center Sidewalk Art Show program highlights co-sponsorship of the event with Women's Club of Greenville with Co-chairman Harriet Roseveare, United Nations Dinner program lists the names of attendees from other countries, and the 50th Anniversary program includes Greenville club historical dates and accomplishments.


Administrative information
Custodial History

October 8, 2003, 60 items, 0.45 cubic feet; Collection (1932-1975) of correspondence, clippings, and yearbooks compiled by Harriett Roseveare and Caroline "Dink" James, who served as club officers, relating to club membership and activities in support of World War I and II, including sale of war bonds, United Nations Day, home economics education, Green Springs Park, Parent - Teacher Associations, nursery schools and night schools, social events and scholarships for teenagers, Community Fine Arts Festival, Pitt General Hospital, Pitt County Fair, and other activities. Donor: Caroline "Dink" James

Source of acquisition

Gift of Carolyn James

Processing information

Encoded by Mark Custer, March 10, 2008

Processing Completed July 5, 2018, by Meredith Clark

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Language of material

English

Related material

For more information on the Woman's Club of Greenville, see:

Greenville Council of Church Women Collection(#948), East Carolina Manuscript collection J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC USA


Key terms
Corporate Names
Woman's Club of Greenville (Greenville, N.C.)
Topical
Clubs--North Carolina--Greenville
Women--Societies and clubs

Container list
Box 1 Folder b Woman's Club of Greenville Yearbooks (1942-1962) 12 v. 193 p
Box 1 Folder c Woman's Club of Greenville Yearbooks (1963-1975) 11 v. 411 p
Box 1 Folder d Citizenship Department Yearbooks (1938-1939) 1 v. 6 p
Box 1 Folder e Fine Arts Department Yearbooks (1961-1963) 3 v. 17 p
Box 1 Folder f Home Life Department Yearbooks (1956-1964) 4 v. 50. P
Box 1 Folder g Junior Woman's Club Yearbooks (1932-1957) 4 v. 93 p
Box 1 Folder h Miscellaneous Yearbooks (1961, 1967) 2 v. 11 p