Name of the collection: Junior League of Flint 
Inclusive years: 1929-1987 
Quantity: 7 linear ft. and 8 outsized vols. 
Acquisition: This record group (donor no. 095) was deposited with the Genesee Historical Collections Center in June 1985. 
Access: There are no restrictions. 
Photographs: Photographs were removed from the collection with the intention of cataloging them separately. 
Processed by: Darwin C. Matthews, September 1985
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HISTORY

The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements was founded in New York City in 1901 by Mary Harriman. In the following years similar organizations were formed in various American cities by young women who recognized society's needs. They realized that as young women they could play an active role in service to their communities through volunteer work.

In 1927 the Wednesday Club of Flint applied for membership in the Association of Junior Leagues of America. The Junior League of Flint, Inc., was officially accepted by the national organization in March of 1928. One of the requirements for membership was the successful operation of a project beneficial to the community. The charter members decided there was a need in Flint for a home for dependent girls aged 12 to 17. Over $1,000 was raised, and the Junior League House was established on Church Street on January 3, 1928. Mrs. Loretta Norris was the matron and Blanche Dubruill the housekeeper. The League supported the house until 1932. In that year cases were taken over by the State of Michigan's Children's Aid.

The League's philosophy is to design projects which will benefit the total community as well as serve as an educational and training experience for its members. The projects accepted and supported by the League do not focus on one area of the community. A diversified slate of projects is presented to League members each year so that the League can gain a complete picture of the community's needs. In keeping with the philosophy of the League, support given to these projects is primarily through volunteer service rather than financial assistance.

In addition to the home for teenage dependent girls, in the late 1920s and 1930s the League established the circulating library at Hurley Hospital (1928-1940); the Children's Theatre program (1929-1969); puppet shows by League members for schoolchildren (1930-1942); a handicraft 
exchange, which gave financial assistance to needy women who were able to sew (1938-1941); the Child Benefit Fund, which provided hot lunches and clothing, as well as libraries with books for elementary grades (1938-1944); and the Children's Hospital Work Program, which gave aid to crippled children and made funds available to hire a part-time therapist (1939-1945).

In the early 1940s, League activities were focused on the Red Cross, the U.S.O., and other activities which supported the war effort. Of the 5,000 hours League members spent in volunteer work in 1941-1942, over 2,500 were spent working for national defense. By 1943, 42 League members served on community boards, including the Genesee County Price and Rationing Board, the Office of Civil Defense, and the Red Cross Blood Bank.

Programs established after the war centered on the arts and the Cerebral Palsy Nursery School. The Cerebral Palsy Nursery School began in 1949 with financial assistance from the League and a matching grant from C. S. Mott. In 1955, the school was firmly established, and the administration of the school was turned over to the Flint Board of Education.

In the 1940s the bylaws of the League were amended so that professional women living in Flint could join the organization. Certain requirements, such as attendance at a minimum of six meetings, were omitted for these professional members.

Following the 1953 tornado, which devastated Flint and Beecher, the Junior League of Flint was appointed by the Red Cross to organize volunteer services. League members worked two 9½-hour shifts each day for nine weeks. The disaster center was housed in the St. Francis of Assisi School.

Other programs in the 1950s included the Children's Theatre, puppet shows, radio series for WFBE and WFDF, and working on community committees investigating fluoridation, mental health and international tensions, the problems of senior citizens, and lurid literature in the community.

The Children's Theatre program remained a community favorite throughout the 1960s with over 57,000 elementary school children attending nine different plays. Volunteer services were given to 22 different community agencies or organizations, including the Community Planning Committee for Senior Citizens, the Flint Institute of Arts, Hurley Hospital, and the Whaley Memorial Foundation. Major financial contributions during the 1960s were for mental 
health programs, Community Planning Committee for Senior Citizens, the Council of Social Agencies, the Day Care Center, and the Volunteer Bureau.

Moneys raised by the League's Town Hall Lecture Series and the annual charity balls in the 1960s were put into a community trust fund account. This fund supports projects that benefit the community, such as the Mental Health Clinic, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Children's Theatre program, and the puppet theatre.

In the 1970s, the League focused on cultural activities, civic responsibilities, and social problems. The League was instrumental in organizing Leadership Flint, a program designed to recruit potential leaders in the Flint area. This program introduces people to the work and actions sponsored by governmental agencies, corporations, and private foundations in Flint.

The League confronted social problems such as child abuse and neglect with a Child Advocacy program. An Everywoman's Center of Flint was established to counsel women with various problems, and a Youth Listening Post program served as a listening outlet for local young people.

The League sponsored the Young People's Concert series (1969-1971) and worked with the Affiliate Artist Program of New York City to arrange for ballet master Milenko Banovitch to appear in Flint for two years. League members also served as docents at the Flint Institute of Arts and the Sloan Museum.

The programs initiated in the early 1980s were designed to assist the elderly, the handicapped, immigrants, women, and the poor. Along with these social awareness programs, the League continued to support programs which encouraged community involvement and development, such as Leadership Flint and the education and training component of the Voluntary Action Center.

In 1984-1985 the Junior League of Flint had 159 active members, 41 provisional members, three non-resident active members, 235 sustaining members, and 18 non-resident sustaining members. Just as the original members of the Junior League of Flint recognized their responsibilities to the community, today's members are taking leadership roles in the community. As a result of the Junior League's volunteer services, Flint's cultural activities have grown, 
and social problems facing the community are being addressed. 
 

DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS 

Whenever possible, the records of the Junior League of Flint have been retained in their original order. There are five major subgroups of files: Historical Files, 1928-1960; Administrative Files, 1936-1991; Financial Records, 1928-1960; Committee and Activity Files, 1929-1985; and Publications and Articles Files, 1955-1988.

The Historical Files consist of manuscripts relating to the organization of the Junior League of Flint. These papers include materials on the organizational meeting of the Junior League of Flint, the bylaws, minutes of the first meetings, and the Articles of Association (1929) with Certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation (1960).

The Administrative Files contain several separate series of records. The annual reports and yearbooks (1936 and 1953/1954-1990/1991) also include the administrative structure of the organization, the history of national and local Leagues, the articles and bylaws, standing rules, and policies and procedures. Minutes contain the records of the Board of Directors, annual meetings, general meetings, special board meetings, and executive meetings. The Board 
of Directors files consist of correspondence (1977-1979) and manuals issued to Board members. Other series of records include administrative budgets (1978-1982), administrative and President's annual reports (1979/1980 and 1980/1981), bylaws standing rule revisions, correspondence (1958-1969), 
and membership lists (1975-1983).

The Financial Records consist of reports of examination (1959-1976), declaration of trust (1974), and non-profit corporation annual reports (1930 and 1933-1936).

The Committee and Activity Files contain papers which reflect the League's varied community programs. Of these papers, several series of records thoroughly document these activities: the Advisory Planning Committee, the Children's Theatre Committee, the Committee on Aging-Aging Interest 
Group, the Drug Interest Group, and the Leadership Flint program.

The Publications and Articles Files consist of the League's monthly publications, the Gazette (1954-1982) and League Connections (1982-1988). Other papers include monthly publications from various Junior Leagues throughout the United States and Canada, National Junior League Outlines and Planning Guides, the program from the League's 1980 Decorator Showhouse, and miscellaneous newspaper articles.

There are eight outsized scrapbooks in the collection (1953-1973). These focus on publicity for programs established by the League, such as the Children's Theatre program, the Town Hall series, and the Junior League Follies.

FOLDER LIST

BOX 1 
HISTORICAL FILES 
        Organizational meeting with bylaws and minutes, 1928-1929 
        Articles of association with certificate of amendment to the articles of incorporation, 1929 and 1960

ADMINISTRATIVE FILES 
        Administrative budgets, 1978-1982 
        Administrative vice president's annual report, 1979/1980 and 1980/1981 
        Annual reports and yearbooks 
                1934/1935 
                1936 
                1953/1954 
                1954/1955 
                1956/1957 
                1957/1958 
                1958/1959 
                1959/1960 
                1960/1961 
                1961/1962 
                1963/1964 
                1967/1968 
                1969/1970 
                1970/1971 
                1971/1972 
                1972/1973 
                1973/1974 
                1974/1975 
                1975/1976 
                1976/1977 
                1981/1982 
                1984/1985 
                1986/1987 
                1988/1989 
                1990/1991 
        Minutes 
                1931-1932 
                1932-1933 
                1934 
                1935 
                1936 
                1937-1938 
                1938-1939 
                Board of Directors 
                        1958-1966 
                        1967-1969 
                        1970-1971 
                        1971-1972

BOX 2 
                        1972-1973 
                        1974-1975 
                        1975-1976 
                        1976-1977 
                        1977-1978 
                        1978-1979 
                        1979-1980 
                        1980-1981 
                        1981-1982 
                        1982-1983 
            Executive 
                        1967-1968 
                        1968-1969 
                        1969-1970 
                        1970-1971 
                        1971-1972 
                        1972-1973 
                        1973-1974 
                        1975-1976 
                        1976-1977 
                        1977-1978 
                        1978-1979 
                        1979-1980 
                        1980-1981 
                        1981-1982 
                        1982=1983 
            General membership meetings 
                        1967-1968 
                        1968-1969 
                        1970-1971 
                        1971-1972 
                        1972-1973 
                        1973-1974 
                        1978-1979 
                        1980-1981 
            Board of Directors 
                        Correspondence 
                                1977 
                                        September 
                                        November 
                                        December 
                                1978 
                                        January 
                                        February 
                                        March 
                                        April 
                                        May 
                                        June 
                                        September 
                                        October 
                                1979 
                                        March 
                        Manual 
                                1981 
                                Outline for planning: New Board members orientation 
                                Parliamentary procedures and guidelines 
            Bylaws standing rule revisions, 1969-open

BOX 3 
            Correspondence 
                        Michigan Corporation and Securities Commission, 1958-1959 
                        Michigan Department of Treasury Corporation Division, 1969 
            Membership lists 
                        1979-1980 
                        1981-1982 
                        1982-1983 
                        Correspondence, 1978 
                        Status changes, 1975-1982

FINANCIAL RECORDS 
            Reports of examination (3 folders), 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967,1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 
            Declaration of trust, 1954 
            Non-profit corporation annual reports, 1930 and 1933-1936 
            U.S. Savings Bonds receipts, 1965

COMMITTEE AND ACTIVITY FILES 
            AM-PM Committee, 1979 
            Acronyms of the Junior League of Flint 
            Admissions and sponsor kits 
            Advisory Planning Committee 
                    1976/1977 
                    1977/1978 
                    1978/1979 
                    1980/1981 
                    1981/1982 
                    1982/1983 
                    Goals and objectives, 1977-1981 
            Anniversary Committees 
                    50th anniversary (2 folders) 
                    40th anniversary 
            Arts Interest Group – Committee, 1972-1985 
                    Affiliate artist program, Milenko Banovitch 
                    Correspondence and notes 
            Carnival reports, 1950-1952 
            Charity Ball, 1966

BOX 4 
            Children's Theatre Committee, 1929-1969 
                    American Educational Theatre Association, 1967 
                    American Junior League Association, 1962-1965 
                    Bower Theatre, 1964-1969 
                    Budgets, 1962 
                    Children's Theatre Bureau of Flint, 1956 
                    Committee reports, 1962-1968 
                    "Let Children Create": project sponsored by the University of Michigan, Flint Public Schools, and the Mott Foundation, 1951 (?) 
                    Plays presented by Junior League of Flint 
                            Chronological list, 1929-1969 
                            Schedules 
                            Scripts 
                                   Beauty and the Beast 
                                    The Bremen Town Musicians 
                                    Carnival of the Animals 
                                    Christmas Eve in the Used Car Lot and Pancho 
                                    Danny the Dark Green Dinosaur 
                                    Dr. Gray Matter's Dilemma 
                                    The Ghost Story 
                                    Hansel and Gretel 
                                    The Land of the Alligator 
                                    Niccolo and Niccollette of the Puppet Prince 
                                    The Pied Piper of Hamelin 
                                    The Princess and the Swineherd 
                                    Simple Simon 
                                    The Sorcerer's Apprentice 
                                    The Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs 
                                    Tina and the Three Billy Goats Gruff 
                                    Willie Williams Goes to Mars 
                                    The Wizard of Oz 
                        Procedures 
                        Puppets (2 folders) 
                        Script royalties 
            Committee on Aging – Aging Interest Group, 1964-1970 
            Council of Social Agencies of Flint and Genesee 
            County. Community Planning Committee for Senior Citizens 
                        Board of Directors – Minutes, 1964-1970 (2 folders) 
                        Steering Committee – Minutes, 1965-1967 (2 folders) 
                        Annual inventory of programs and services for older adults of Flint and Genesee County, 1967 
                        Committee on Study of Nursing Professional Needs, 1966 
                        Institute on Working With Older People, 1965 
                        Reports and notes of the Committee for Senior Citizens 
                        Subcommittee to Explore Needed Action to Deal with the Problems of Medically Indigent Senior Citizens, 1964-1966 
                        Printed materials

BOX 5 
            Community Research Committee, 1967-1970 
            Crossroads Village Interest Group – Buzzell House, 1975-1976 
            Drug Interest Group, 1970-1973 
                    Correspondence (3 folders) 
                    Drug counselor – Carl S. Wilson 
                    Genesee County Regional Drug Abuse Commission 
                    Minutes and reports of Board meetings 
            Ecology Interest Group, 1965-1973 
            Financial Committee, 1971 
            Five-Year Survey on Transferring and Changes – Flint League, 1956-1961 
            Flint Community Schools – Bucket Brigade Program, 1973 
            Grantsmanship Interest Group, 1971-1975 
            Homemaker Service (Joint project between the Junior League of Flint and the Family Service Agency), 1968 
            Human Relations Interest Group, 1971-1972 
           Interest Group orientation, 1972 
            Junior League Welfare Conference, Milwaukee, 1937 
            League Restructuring Task Force, 1971 
            Leadership Flint, 1973-1975 
                    Correspondence 
                    Leadership Interest Group minutes 
                    Minutes and reports (3 folders) 
            Learning Disabilities Interest Group, 1973-1975 
            Placement skits, 1954 
            Professional Group meeting minutes, 1969-1974 
            Project research reports, 1962-1963 
            Proposal for change, 1970 
            Proposed placement guidelines, 1981-1982 
            Public Affairs Committee, 1970 
            Public Relations Committee, 1968-1971 
            Publications Committee, 1969-1970

BOX 6 
            Report of Region IV Regional Conference, Association of the Junior Leagues of America, 1961 
            State Board meeting minutes, Michigan Junior Leagues, 1977 
            Study and development report, 1970 
            Surveys and questionnaires 
                    Evaluation of the community, 1968-1969 
                    Annual questionnaire, 1977/1978 
                    Organizational Self-Assessment program, 1981 
            Volunteer career development workshop, 1978-1979 
            Wednesday Club, 1956-1967 
            Young people's concerts, 1969-1971 (2 folders) 
            Youth Listening Post, 1970 
            Youth volunteer program, 1977

PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES FILES 
           Gazette 
                   1954-1955 
                    1955-1956 
                    1956-1957 
                    1957-1958 
                    1958-1959 
                    1959-1960 
                    1960-1961 
                    1961-1962 
                    1962-1963 
                    1963-1964 
                    1964-1965 
                    1965-1966 
                    1966-1967 
                    1967-1968 
                    1968-1969

BOX 7 
                    1969-1971 
                    1971-1972 
                    1972-1973 
                    1973-1974 
                    1974-1975 
                    1975-1977 
                    1977-1979 
                    1979-1981 
                    1981-1982 and undated 
                    Editorial notes, 1978-1980 
                    Budget 
           League Connections 
                    1982-1983 
                    1984-1985 
                    1985-1986 
                    1986-1987 
                    1988 
            Junior League monthly publications from various cities 
            National Junior League outlines and planning guides 
            Marketing planning outline 
            S.T.O.P. Violence planning guide 
           Decorator Showhouse Flint, 1980 
            Newspaper articles