About the Web site: For Our Mutual Benefit consists of two minute books, covering the years 1899-1920, from the Athens Woman's Club collection housed in the Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library. The minutes provide a detailed record of the educational, social, philanthropic and reform activities of the Athens Woman's Club during the height of the Progressive Era and document the relationships between the Athens Woman's Club and various other organizations of local, state and national significance such as the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The materials help shed light on the complexity of southern progressivism, with particular regard to the social and political issues surrounding the regulation of child labor, the enforcement of compulsory school attendance and the passage of a woman's suffrage amendment. Chartered in 1899, the Athens Woman's Club, like many other women's clubs in Georgia and throughout the United States, was originally formed as a literary club dedicated to the educational and cultural development of its members. Over the next two decades, the club gradually directed its efforts to serve the community beyond its membership by embarking upon social reform and civic improvement initiatives. The following set of minutes chronicles this critical transition and the notable work performed by members of the Athens Woman's Club, who organized, fundraised and lobbied to establish institutions such as the Tallulah Falls Industrial School and the Crawford Long Infirmary and to persuade university trustees to admit women as students at the University of Georgia.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

  • Athens (Ga.)--Local history
  • Women--Societies and clubs
  • Women social reformers--Georgia--Athens
  • Women social reformers--Georgia
  • Women--Education--Georgia--Athens
  • Coeducation--Georgia--Athens
  • Education, Compulsory--Georgia
  • Education, Rural--Georgia
  • Public health--Georgia--Athens
  • Child welfare--Georgia--Athens
  • Child labor--Georgia
  • Women in war--Georgia--Athens
  • World War, 1914-1918--Women
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work
  • Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Athens (Ga.)
  • Clarke County (Ga.)
  • Minutes
  • Minute books

Creation of the Web site:The following Athens-Clarke County Library, Georgia HomePLACE, and Digital Library of Georgia staff and student assistants contributed to the production of the For Our Mutual Benefit Web site:

  • Laura Carter
  • Delaney Davis
  • Katie Gentilello
  • P. Toby Graham
  • Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm
  • Edward A. Johnson
  • Jennifer Kaplan
  • Katha Massey
  • Mandy Mastrovita
  • Sheila McAlister
  • Ben McCormick
  • Meghan Pye
  • Leigh Ann Ripley
  • Zachary Smola
  • Deborah Tritt

Publisher: The Digital Library of Georgia, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA 30602

Date: 2006-2007

Publication status: This work is the property of The University of Georgia Libraries. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

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Finding aids: The Digital Library of Georgia/GALILEO provided assistance in the digital conversion and encoding of the finding aid as a part of the Georgia Homeplace initiative. Support provided by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the Georgia Public Library Service.