Creator: Bozeman Business and Professional Women

Provenance Note: The records of the Bozeman Business and Professional Women were donated to Special Collections by a vote of the members at their business meeting on June 9, 1999. Additional materials deposited in 2014-2016 were assigned temporary accession number 2469 before their incorporation with this accession in 2018.  The collection will continue to be supplemented periodically with additional records as they are retired from active use by the organization.

Historical Note: The Bozeman Business and Professional Women's Club (BBPW) was organized on September 18, 1930 and chartered on October 25, 1930. They are affiliated with the Montana State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Organizations (MSFBPW) and the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc. (now BPW/USA). The objectives of the organization are: to elevate the standards for women; promote the interests of business and professional women with a spirit of cooperation among them; extend opportunities through education about industrial, scientific and vocational activities and provide fellowship and friendship among the members. When first established, membership was open to women who were actively engaged or retired from business or the professions but over the years membership has expanded to employed individuals, retired individuals if a member while working, students (post-secondary education), members-at-large (affiliated with State or National) and business affiliates. BBPW was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1986. The national organization promotes personal development, civic participation and world affairs which are represented by the programs adopted by the local Bozeman organization.

Content Description Note: The records of the BBPW have been organized into 3 series. Series 1 contains the minutes, financial records, membership lists and directories, program schedules, officers rosters, reports, memos, notices, brochures, newspaper clippings, and correspondence relevant to the club's activities. Programs represented include public relations strategies; National Business Women's Week; the Pearl S. Buck Award; scholarships materials; the Nike Club, the Equal Rights Amendment; International Women's Year; orientation and individual development programs; the Montana BPW (papers, correspondence, history, etc); BPW/USA informational papers and materials; local, state and national newsletters and assorted ephemera and certificates. Many of these records are sparse or incomplete. In Series 2 are president's notebooks kept by Pat Simmons, Denise Brown, Emily Swanson, Mary Berquist, Roxanne Smith Klingensmith, Debbie Jurgenson and Evelyn Lane between 1983 and 1991. The notebooks contain correspondence, handwritten meeting notes, newspaper clippings and materials collected according the style of the individual president during their tenure. Series 3 is a set of scrapbooks maintained by the BBPW between 1935 and 1992 which contain many photographs of prominent members, newspaper clippings of events and programs, ephemera and convention memorabilia.  Materials in boxes 12 through 18 represent records deposited by the organization in 2014.

Interspersed within the records of the BBPW are programs that deal with: women in the professions, women political activists, community organizations, feminism, reproductive rights, equal rights, sexual abuse, education, health, personal development, civic activism, world affairs, elder care, battered women, legislative programs and sex discrimination. Local programs and events represented are National Business Women's Week, Nike Club, Women's Exchange Mart, War Relief Fund, Girls State, BBPW Scholarship, Equal Rights Amendment, International Women's Year, Pearl S. Buck Award, Women's Lobbyist Fund, Woman of Achievement, Woman of the Year, Young Careerist, Springtime in the Rockies Talent Show, and local, state and national conventions. Members and other individuals often mentioned or featured are: Phenie Ahern, Helen Atkins, Minnie Barclay, Mary Berquist, Norma Boetel, Dorothy Bradley, Denise Brown, Idalaire Cloninger, Mabel Cruikshank, Alice Dahl, Beatrice F. Davis, Winnefred Dorsett, Dorothy Eck, Helen Fechter, Geraldine G. Fenn, Bess Fowler, Karen Furu, Margorie Goering, Gladys Gorman, Helen Heck, Georgia Higgins, Ginny Hunt, Debbie Jurgenson, Evelyn Lane, Ruth Loucks, Helen McQuarrie, Ione Moore, Dodie Moseley, Myrtle Noraker, Hermione Peterson, Jeannette Rankin, Eloise Reese, Laurie Shadoan, Anna Pearl Sherrick, Pat Simmons, Roxanne Smith Klingensmith, Jan Strout, Emily Swanson, Marilyn Wessel, Marcia Youngman.

Contents

Series 1: Minutes and records, 1941-1999
Series 2: President's notebooks, 1983-1991
Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1935-1992
Series 4 Minutes and Agendas (1990-2016)
Series 5 Newsletters 
Series 6  Financial Reports 
Series 7 Program Files 
Series 8 Miscellaneous Files
Series 9 Scrapbooks and Visual Materials

 

Series 1: Minutes and records, 1931-1999

The history of the BBPW to 1964, bylaws, amendments and the articles of incorporation begin the records of the club. Business and program meeting minutes plus Board of Director (Officers) and Executive Board (Officers and committee chairmen) minutes have been arranged chronologically for continuity. Financial records that are incomplete and scattered include treasurer reports, yearly budgets, audit reports and P & L statements. Incomplete, scattered membership lists, program schedules, officer rosters and most directories (yearbooks) to 1990 are present. There are memos, notices, brochures, newspaper clippings, correspondence, ephemera and certificates representing only a partial record of the 70 years of the club's existence. Folders related to particular local programs include: public relations, National Business Women's Week, the Pearl S. Buck Award, scholarships, Nike club, Equal Rights Amendment, International Women's Year, and an individual development plan. Papers, correspondence, brochures and other materials from the Montana and National BPW organizations and newsletters from the national, state and Bozeman organization.

Box 1
1. History of BBPW through 1963; parliamentary procedures; secretary's instructions
2. By-laws and amendments, 1949-1996; articles of incorporation, 1996
3. Minutes: Sep 23, 1941 - May 22, 1945
4. Minutes: June 12, 1945 - May 10, 1950
5. Minutes: June 27, 1950 - May 17, 1955
6. Minutes: Sep 13, 1955 - May 24, 1960
7. Minutes: June 14, 1960 - May 17, 1966
8. Minutes: Sep 8, 1976 - May 20, 1980
9. Minutes: Sep 9, 1980 - May 14, 1985
10. Minutes: June 11, 1985 - May 24, 1990
11. Minutes: June 14, 1990 - June 8, 1995
Box 2
1. Minutes: June 14, 1995 - May 26, 1999
2. Financial records (incomplete): 1942 - 1998
3. Statements of club membership (incomplete): 1938 - 1998
4. Member yearbooks (directories): 1931 - 1990 (incomplete)
5. Program schedules; officer rosters; membership lists; 1953 - 1999 (scattered/incomplete)
6. Scattered reports, memos, notices, brochures and correspondence between 1949 - 1994
7. Newspaper clippings (national and local activities), 1931 - 1998; ephemera and certificates
Box 3
1. Public relations materials folder for 1982-1986
2. National Business Women's Week: local articles about honored women, 1982-1989 and related papers
3. Pearl S. Buck Award Nominations: Myrtle Noraker, Ginny Hunt and Geraldine G. Fenn
4. Scholarships, related papers and application form
5. Nike Club - sponsored by BPW/USA for high school girls interested in careers: bylaws; correspondence; scholarship applications and related papers, 1971-1982
6. Papers, articles, newspaper clippings and correspondence promoting the Equal Rights Amendment, 1973 - 1977
7. International Women's Year material, 1975 - 1977
8. Orientation materials from Montana BPW for local chapters
9. Individual Development Plan - Coordinator's manual, 1985
10. Montana BPW - papers, correspondence, financial reports, handbook, history, and convention programs, 1932 - 1989
11. BPW/USA ( national organization): papers, procedures, brochures and other informational materials
Box 4
1. BBPW Newsletter: June 1984 - May 1997 (incomplete)
2. Montana Business Woman: 1957 - 1991 (incomplete)
3. National Business Woman: 1989 - 1991 (incomplete)
4. Update (congressional news in women's issues): 1991 - 1992 (incomplete)

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Series 2: President's notebooks, 1983-1991

Between 1983 and 1991 (1985-86 is missing), each individual president of the BBPW created her own notebook. The contents of the notebooks are reflective of the individual's personal style. They may contain handwritten notes for addressing the club, correspondence, program information, newspaper clippings and other papers relative to the year in office.

Box 5
1. President's notebook, 1983-84 - Pat Simmons
2. President's notebook, 1984-85 - Denise Brown
3. President's notebook, 1986-87 - Emily Swanson
4. President's notebook, 1987-88 - Mary Berquist
5. President's notebook, 1988-89 - Roxanne Smith Klingensmith
Box 6
3. President's notebook, 1989-90 - Debbie Jurgenson
4. President's notebook, 1990-91 - Evelyn Lane

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Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1935-1992

Scrapbooks created to chronicle the activities of the Bozeman Business and Professional Women's Club between 1935 and 1992. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, photographs, ephemera, articles and programs of special meetings; information on the Young Careerist award, Woman of Achievement award, Woman of the Year award, Springtime in the Rockies Talent Show, national and state conventions, etc. This is not a complete run of years. The 1980-1984 scrapbook has been stored separately.*

Box 7
1. Scrapbook: 1935 - 1943
2. Scrapbook: 1945 - 1947
3. Scrapbook: 1948 - 1949
Box 8
1. Scrapbook: 1949 - 1955
2. Scrapbook: 1963 - 1970
Box 9
1. Scrapbook: 1970 - 1973
2. Scrapbook: 1973 - 1979
3. Scrapbook: 1980 - 1984 (oversize, stored separately)*
Box 10
1. Scrapbook: 1984 - 1985
2. Scrapbook: 1985 - 1986
3. Scrapbook: 1986 - 1987
Box 11
1. Scrapbook: 1987 - 1988
2. Scrapbook: 1988 - 1989
3. Scrapbook: 1990 - 1991
4. Scrapbook: 1991 - 1992

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Series 4: Minutes and Agendas (1990-2016)

The materials in this series represent deposits made by the organization in 2014-2016.  The minutes vary in style as different recorders had their own style of note taking, commonly you can find discussion topics, speaker notes, votes, and results of programs. The minutes and agendas can sometiems include a treasurer report with financial information and budgets.

Box 12
     1. BPW   Minutes (1990-1993)
     2. BPW   Minutes (1993-1994)
     3. BPW   Minutes (1995-1996)
     4. BPW   Minutes (1996-1997)
     5. BPW   Minutes (1997-1998)
     6. BPW   Minutes (1998-1999)
     7. BPW   Minutes (1999-2000)
     8. BPW   Minutes (2000-2001)
     9. BPW   Minutes (2001-2002)
     10. BPW   Minutes (2005-2006)
     11. BPW   Minutes (2006-2007)
     12. BPW   Minutes (2007-2008)
     13. BPW   Minutes (2008-2009)


Box 13
     1. BPW   Minutes (2009-2010)
     2. BPW   Minutes (2010-2011)
     3. BPW   Minutes (2011-2012)
     4. BPW   Minutes (2013-2014)
     5. BPW   Minutes (2014-2015)
     6. BPW   Minutes (2015-2016)

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Series 5: Newsletters

The materials in this series represent deposits made by the organization in 2014-2016.  These newsletters contained information such as meeting minutes from the previous month, articles from prominent women in the community and member spotlights. They also released a quarterly report newsletter that served as a summary of their business for the months prior for backers of the club and members who couldn’t attend the regular meetings.

Box 13 (cont.)
     7. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (Jun-Dec 1990)
     8. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (Feb 1991   Jan 1992)
     9. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (Feb 1992   Dec 1992)
     10. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (Jan 1993   Apr 1993)
     11. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (1995 -1997)
     12. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (1997   2000)
     13. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (Jun 2000   May 2001)
     14. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (2002 -2003)


Box 14
     1. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (2005 -2006)
     2. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (2007 -2010)
     3. BPW   Bulletin/Newsletter (2012   2013)

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Series 6: Financial Reports

The materials in this series represent deposits made by the organization in 2014-2016.  Fiscal reports and budget information as recorded by the treasurer of the BPW. Also included are budget approval forms, balance sheets, audits and bank account summaries in this series.


Box 14 (cont.)
     4. BPW   Financial Reports (1991-1992)
     5. BPW   Financial Reports (1997-1998)
     6. BPW   Financial Reports (1999-2000)
     7. BPW   Financial Reports (2000-2001)
     8. BPW   Financial Reports (2012-2015)

 

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Series 7: Program Files

The materials in this series represent deposits made by the organization in 2014-2016. The BPW has been holding events since the group formed in 1930. Their programs have helped empower women in business through training, endorsement and recognition. Programs like "Take our Daughter to Work Day", "The Young Careerist Award", and "Woman of Achievement Award" have a long history in the Bozeman community. These files include all the papers and reports pertaining to programs run by the group.


Box 14 (Cont.)
     9. "Take our Daughters to Work Day"
     10. Candidates School
     11. Dorothy Eck Day
     12. Equal Pay Day
     13. Honor Program (2010)
     14. Honor Program (2011)
     15. Membership Retreat (2010)
     16. National Business Women Week
     17. Program Ideas
     18. Programs (1981-1982)
     19. Programs (1982-1983)
     20. Programs (1983-1984)
     21. Programs (1984-1985)
     22. Programs (1985-1986)
     23. Programs (1986-1987)
     24. The Silent Witness
     25. Website Project

Box 15
     1. Woman of Achievement Nomination and Winners
     2. Young Careerist   Files
     3. Young Careerist   Memos, Communication, and Nominations

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Series 8: Miscellaneous files        

The materials in this series represent deposits made by the organization in 2014-2016. This series of files showcases other activities of the BBPW. This series contains information on the advertising, organizational controls and management of the group.
     
Box 15 (Cont.)    
     4. Bozeman Chamber of Commerce
     5. BPW   Bylaws (1991   2015)
     6. BPW History
     7. Executive Committee (1998-1999)
     8. Governmental Paperwork
     9. Member Handbook
     10. Membership Lists
     11. Memos and Communications
     12. Newspaper Ads
     13. Newspaper Clippings and Articles
     
Box 16    
     1. Presidents Notebook (1992-1993)
     2. Presidents Notebook (1992-1993)
     3. Presidents Notebook (1996-1997)
     4. Presidents Notebook (1997-1998)
     5. Presidents Notebook (1997-1998)
     6. Presidents Notebook (2014-2015)
     
Box 17    
     1. Press
     2. Press Releases by Anna Graham
     3. Public Relations Committee   Press Release
     4. Publicity (2004 -2012)
     5. Website Printouts 03/01/2001
     6. Website redesign (2011)
     7. Charter and Charter Members

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Series 9: Scrapbooks and visual materials

Box 17: (Cont.)
     8. Loose Photos 1-10
     9. Loose Photos 11-20
     10. Loose Photos 21-24


Box 18
     1. VHS - BPW   Daughters to Work   4/28/99
     2. VHS - Marcia Youngman and Anna Graham Interviewed by Fox News
     3. VHS - Marcia Youngman wins state BPW woman of achievement   Aug 1998
     4. VHS - Dorothy Eck Day Coverage
     5. VHS   Young Careerist Segment   2/24/1999
     6. Betacam   Dorothy Eck Day Coverage
     7. Slides
     8. Scrapbook - Bozeman BPW 1989-1990
     9. Scrapbook - Bozeman BPW 1940
     10. Scrapbook - Bozeman BPW 1954-1965

 

 

 

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Updated: 5/24/18