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. The collection will 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.

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.


Series 1: Minutes and records, 1941-1999
Series 2: President's notebooks, 1983-1991
Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1935-1992

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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Updated: 4/4/14