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Western Sorosis records

Creator: Western Sorosis (Women's club)

Date: 1894-2016

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 849

Unit ID: 44758

Abstract: The Western Sorosis records include yearbooks dating back to 1894; scrapbooks; clippings; minutes; membership lists; essays; program notes & notebooks; and the Western Sorosis Chronicle, January 1994, and Sorosis Past. The bulk of the collections consists of minutes discussing membership, dues, activities, and programs and providing treasurer's reports. The scrapbooks contain clippings and photographs concerning club meetings, conferences, and celebrations. The collection also contains several research essays on historical topics written by club members. Topics include but are not limited to: children of the presidents, Knights in Kansas (Knights of Pythias); Lincoln Memorial; Alexander Brothers Baking Company; Switzerland; Winston and Clementine Churchill; The Big Burn of 1910; fireworks; Gertrude Bell; Joseph Pulitzer; Nikola Tesla; the B-29 airplane; Christmas traditions; Chinese history; prisoners of war in Kansas; Lake Wabaunsee; quilts; the Congo; Lincoln's Cottage; The Barnes Museum; Arteries of the Roman Empire: the Appian Way, Dorothy Draper; A Monumental Mission; Kansas State Capitol; Jacqueline Cochran by Marilyn S. Ward; Even The Topeka State Hospital Could Not Help The Mad-As-Hatter Assassin; and "Sven Birger Sandzen, From Sweden to America"

Space Required/Quantity: 4.00 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Western Sorosis records

Titles (Other):

  • Records

Administrative History

Administrative History: Western Sorosis is a women's club. It was organized in 1893 by Margaret Hill McCarter and Mrs. H. E. Roby. The founders desired that the club be to the west what the first woman's club in the United States, Sorosis, was to the east. The purpose of organizing was the provide a source of constant inspiration for better living, for higher ideals of women, and for the active participation of women in the community. The name Western Sorosis was an adaptation of the New York Club, and was derived from the Greek word meaning a collection of flowers on one stem. Qualities for membership were the ability to write a good paper, ladylike deportment, and willingness to do the tasks assigned by the club.

The eastern, or original, Sorosis club was created by Jane Cunningham Croly in 1868, after she was prohibited from joining the male-only New York Press Club.

Scope and Content


Locator Contents
008-04-02-02 to 008-04-02-06   

Related Records or Collections

Related materials: Manuscript: "Harnesses & Hides, 1869-1990," written by Judy Coffman Bray and presented to the Western Sorosis Club, Topeka, November 13, 1992.

Index Terms


    Knights of Pythias
    Western Sorosis (Women's club)
    Western Sorosis (Women's club) -- Records and correspondence
    China -- History
    Lake Wabaunsee
    Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911
    Tesla, Nikola, 1856-1943
    B-29 Bomber
    Meetings -- Kansas
    Prisoners of war -- Kansas
    Women -- Kansas -- Societies and clubs

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