NEWCOMERS CLUB OF NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION

 

 

(Mss 335)

 

 

Inventory

 

 

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

 

February 2008

 

 

Contents

 

 

Contents

 

Summary

 

Historical Note

 

List of Series and Subseries

 

Container List

 

Index Terms

 

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

Size:                           9 linear feet

 

Geographic

locations:                 Greater New Orleans area

 

Inclusive

dates:                        1947-1998

 

Summary:                 Records of the Newcomers Club of New Orleans, an organization comprised of women over twenty-one years of age who have relocated to the New Orleans area within two years prior to joining.

 

Related

collections:             

 

Source:                     Gift, December 1998, December 1999

 

Access:                     No restrictions on use in our reading room

 

Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

 

Citation:                    Newcomers Club of New Orleans Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

 

 

 

Historical Note

 

 

            In 1947, a group of ladies called the New Orleans Hostess Service saw the need for an organization to welcome new people into the community.  The purpose of the organization was to offer them friendship and entertainment, and to provide them with opportunities to use their talents and experiences in making a place for themselves in their adopted city.  On September 12 a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing such a club.  At that meeting it was decided to name this new organization The Newcomers Club of New Orleans.  A candlelight ceremony was held at a January 1949 luncheon to celebrate the approval of the Constitution and By-Laws, and the City Charter plans were finalized.  Hilda Resor Thomas is considered the club founder. 

 

            In addition to forming hobby groups and holding social functions, the ladies of this new club contributed their time and effort to a wide variety of cultural and philanthropic organizations throughout the city.  In 1954 the Club joined the New Orleans Federation of Women’s Clubs and decided to limit its endeavors to one charity at a time. Members chose the Association for the Development of Pre-School Blind Children as their first philanthropic project.  Since that time, the Newcomers Club has helped many different organizations, including the Louise S. Davis School and Raintree House, and has received recognition because of its involvement.

 

            To help its members become a part of New Orleans, the Newcomers Club formed its own Mardi Gras organization, the Krewe of Neophermenos (“newly transplanted to this soil”).  The first carnival ball was held on February 27, 1954, and the annual ball has become an important part of the Club’s social calendar.  The crest of the Krewe of Neo­phermenos was designed by a Club member and was presented at the February 12, 1965 ball.  The first doubloon, produced for the 1967 ball, bore the crest on one side and depicted a scene of old New Orleans on the obverse.

 

            In February 1964 the Club voted to recognize outstanding service to the Club by presenting a Woman of the month Award to deserving members.  Since that date, many surprised and happy ladies have been honored.  The Special Recognition Award, given annually to an outstanding, long-term member for her involvement in Club activities, also began in 1964.  In 1971 the Club initiated the Volunteer of the Year Award, presented annually to an outstanding member who has contributed her time and talent to volunteer work throughout the community.

 

 

 

List of Series and Subseries

 

 

Series I.         Minutes of Board Meetings and Luncheon Meetings

 

Series II.        Six-Month Reports

                        Subseries II.1:         Reports of Officers

                        Subseries II.2:         Reports of Committees

                        Subseries II.3:         Reports of Hobby Groups

 

Series III.       Monthly Reports

                        Subseries III.1:        Reports of Officers

                        Subseries III.2:        Reports of Committees

 

Series IV.      Special Projects

 

Series V.       Club Publications

                        Subseries V.1.         Newcomers News (newsletter)

                        Subseries V.2.         Club handbooks

 

Series VI.      Miscellany

 

 

 

Container List

 

 

Series I.  Minutes of Board Meetings and Luncheon Meetings

 

            Bound volumes.  Note: minutes of some meetings are bound out of chronological sequence.

 

335-1              August 1947 – May 1953

                                    Includes original constitution and bylaws.

 

335-2              June 1953 – May 1956

 

335-3              June 1956 – May 1958

                                    Includes list of past presidents.

 

335-4              June 1958 – May 1961

 

335-5              June 1961 - November 1963

 

335-6              December 1963 – May 1966

 

335-7              June 1966 – May 1968

 

335-8              June 1968 - November 1970

 

335-9              December 1970 - November 1972

 

335-10            December 1972 - November 1975

 

335-11            December 1975 – May 1978

 

335-12            June 1978 – June 1980

 

335-13            December 1980 – May 1983

 

335-14            June 1983 – May 1985

                                    Includes constitution and bylaws.

 

335-15            June 1985 – May 1988

 

335-16            June 1988 – May 1991

 

335-17            June 1991 – May 1994

 

Series II.  Six-Month Reports

 

            Subseries II.1:         Reports of Officers

 

                  President

335-18            November 1997 – June 1994

335-19            May 1994 - December 1991

335-20            November 1991 – June 1990

335-21            May 1990 - December 1985

335-22            November 1985 - December 1968

                        Insurance file

335-23                  October 1989 – May 1964

                        President’s supply file

335-24                  [n.d.]

                        President’s Tea Guest Book

335-25                  [n.d.]

 

                  First vice-president

                        Six-month reports and related papers

335-26                  November 1997 - November 1996

335-27-

335-28                  May 1995 – May 1991 (2 folders)

335-29                        Samples of certificates, place cards, etc.

335-30                  November 1991 – May 1964

                        Luncheon reports (Summary)

335-31                        November 1986 – [November 1978]

                        Individual first vice-presidents’ files

335-32                  June 1985 - November 1985 (Deen White)

335-33                  December 1984 – May 1985 (Linda Ferraro)

335-34                  June 1984 - November 1984 (Kay Burch)

335-35                  December 1983 – May 1984 (Sherilyn Hall)

335-36                  June 1983 - November 1983 (Pat Sherinski)

335-37                  December 1982 – May 1983 (June Kirk)

335-38                  June 1982 - November 1982 (Chris Griggers)

335-39                  December 1981 – May 1982 (Cathy Camalier)

335-40                  May 1981 - November 1981 (Gloria Rathman)

335-41                  December 1980 – May 1981 (Sandy Cusick)

335-42                  December 1979 – May 1980 (Tina Balestrieri)

335-43                  May 1978 – November 1978 (Scotty Dundas)

                        Restaurant contact information

335-44                  [1980s]

                        Luncheon prayers

335-45                        [n.d.]

 

                  Second vice-president

335-46            [n.d.], November 1997 – May 1963

 

                  Recording secretary

335-47            May 1997 – December 1968

 

                  Corresponding secretary

335-48            June 1997 – May 1966

 

                  Treasurer

335-49            May 1995 - November 1994, May 1989 - November 1986

335-50            May 1986 – November 1984

335-51            May 1983 – July 1967

                        Ledger

335-52                  January 1985 – November 1995

 

                  Parliamentarian

335-53            November 1997 – May 1967

 

                  Historian

335-54            April 1990 – May 1964

 

                  Board members

335-55

 

                  Federation of Women’s Clubs Representative

335-56            May 1969 – March 1855

 

            Subseries II.2:         Reports of Committees

 

                  Area Coffee Committee

335-57            November 1960 – May 1960

 

                  Arts and Crafts Committee

335-58                            November 1995 – July 1963

 

                  Civil Defense and Ecology Committee

Includes four booklets about disaster preparedness.

335-59            June 1983 - December 1967, December 1961, August 1959, December 1958, May 1958, [n.d.]

                        See also Community Awareness Committee

 

                  Club Handbook Committee

                        See Handbook Committees

 

                  Community Awareness Committee

Includes a copy of the Newcomers Club of New Orleans publication No Left Turn: (A Newcomer’s Guide to New Orleans).

335-60            January 1997 - November 1994, [n.d.]

                        See also Civil Defense and Ecology Committee

 

335-61        Decorations Committee

                        November 1996 – May 1956

 

                  Discover New Orleans Committee

335-62            May 1996 – June 1994

 

                  Entertainment Committee

335-63            November 1995 – [May?] 1964

 

                  Executive Rules Committee

Includes proposed changes in by-laws and standing rules.

335-64                November 1996 – June 1987

335-65                May 1987 - September 1983

335-66                November 1983 - December 1968

335-67                Changes made since by-laws books were printed, 1980

                        See also Changes in By-Laws and Standing Rules, Executive Rules Background

 

                  Finance Committee

335-68            May 1997 - February 1960

 

                  Handbook Advisory Committee

                        See Handbook Committees

 

                  Handbook Committees

                              Includes Handbook Advisory Committee, Club Handbook Committee

335-69            November 1985 - November 1983

 

                  Hostess Committee

                              Includes Luncheon Hostess Committee

335-70            November 1996 - November 1961

 

                  Mardi Gras Committee

335-71            December 1995 – June 1995, [n.d.]

 

                  Membership Committee

335-72            November 1997 – May 1994

335-73            May 1993 – May 1987

335-74            May 1989 - December 1985

335-75            November 1985 – June 1982

335-76            December 1982 - December 1975

335-77            November 1982 - December 1975

                        Membership lists

335-78                  December 1989 – May 1978

335-79                  [n.d.], May 1976 – May 1966

335-80                  May 1966 – June 1964

335-81                  June 1963 – [1959?]

 

                  Newsletter Committee

335-82            May 1994 – May 1960

 

                  Nominating Committee

Includes membership rosters.

335-83            October 1994 – March 1988

335-84            September 1987 – April 1982

335-85            September 1981 – March 1969

 

                  Philanthropy Committee

335-86            November 1995 – May 1974

335-87            May 1973 - October 1956

 

                  Photography Committee

335-88            November 1991 – May 1974, [n.d.]

 

                  Publicity Committee

335-89            November 1995 - November 1961

 

                  Reservations Committee

335-90            October 1995 - November 1962

 

                  Sunshine Committee

335-91            November 1994 - November 1962

 

                  Telephone Committee

335-92            November 1995 – May 1964

 

                  Volunteer Services Committee

335-93            December 1995 - November 1961

 

                  Ways and Means Committee

335-94            December 1995 – March 1960

 

                  Woman of the Month Committee

335-95            [December] 1996 - November 1966, [n.d.]

 

            Subseries II.3:         Reports of Hobby Groups

 

                  Antiques and Interior Design Hobby Group

335-96            November 1990 - September 1981

335-97            November 1980 - November 1972

                        See also Exploring the Arts Hobby Group

 

                  Book and Study Hobby Group

335-98            December 1994 - November 1975, [n.d.]

 

                  Bowling Hobby Group

335-99            November 1995 – May 1973, [n.d.]

 

                  Bridge Hobby Group

                        See Cards Hobby Group

 

                  Cards Hobby Group

335-100         May 1980 - November 1973

 

                  Exploring the Arts Hobby Group

335-101         April 1997 - November 1974

                        See also Antiques and Interior Design Hobby Group

 

                  Glee Club

335-102         December 1995 - November 1970

 

                  Golf Hobby Group

335-103         January 1986 - December 1956

 

                  Gourmet Club

335-104         September 1995 – July 1973

 

                  Lazy Gourmet Hobby Group

335-105         August 1995 – [1983], [n.d.]

 

                  Racquetball Hobby Group

335-106         December 1985 - June 1984, [n.d.]

 

                  Tennis Hobby Group

335-107         December 1985 - October 1977, [n.d.]

 

 

Series III.  Monthly Reports

 

            Subseries III.1:        Reports of Officers

 

                  Second vice-president

335-108         [ca. 1996] – July 1995

 

                  Corresponding secretary

335-109         August 1995 – July 1995

 

                  Recording secretary

335-110         October 1995 - November 1961, November 1957

 

                  Treasurer

335-111         December 1995 – June 1989, [n.d.]

 

            Subseries III.2:        Reports of Committees

 

                  Area Coffee Committee

335-112         December 1995 – July 1995

 

                  Community Awareness Committee

335-113         October 1995 – June 1995

 

                  Decorations Committee

335-114         January 1996 – May 1995

 

                  Executive Rules Committee

335-115         February 1995 – June 1990

335-116         Background (information compiled October 12, 1975), [n.d.], December 1974 - December 1960

 

                  Finance Committee

335-117         May 1995 – November 1989

 

                  Hostess Committee

335-118         November 1995 – July 1995

 

                  Membership Committee

335-119         December 1995 - January 1991

335-120         December 1990 – June 1983

 

 

Series IV.  Special Projects

 

                  Bicentennial

335-121         December 1976 – September 1974

 

                  Cookbook

335-122         January 1984 – October 1976

                        Recipes

335-123               [n.d.]

 

                  Louise S. Davis School

335-124         [n.d.], January 1974 – August 1964

 

                  Quilt

335-125         [n.d.], January 1980 – June 1979

 

 

Series V.  Club Publications

 

            Subseries V.1:         Newcomer News (newsletter)

 

335-126   June 1996 – June 1989

335-127   April 1989 – June 1980

335-128   May 1980 – June 1976

335-129   November 1975 – June 1973

335-130   April 1973 - January 1969

335-131   December 1968 - January 1965

335-132   December 1964 - January 1960

335-133   December 1959 – June 1955

 

            Subseries V.2:         Club handbooks

 

335-134   [1955/56], [1957/58], [1963/64], [1966/67], [ca. May 1969], [1971/72], [1974/75], August 1977, February 1980, July 1983

 

335-135   July 1985 – July 1994

 

 

Series VI.  Miscellaneous Files

 

            Binding of minutes

335-136   July 1996 – April 1981, [n.d.]

 

            Birthday luncheon

335-137   [n.d.], September 1989 – September 1984, October 1967

 

            Forms – Discussion on a motion

335-138   March 1986 – July 1983, [n.d.]

 

            Greeting cards

335-139   [n.d.]

 

            Luncheon preferences survey

335-140   [August 1997]

 

            Prospective speakers

335-141   August 1997 – July 1997

 

            Club banner

335-142   [n.d.]

 

 

 

Index Terms

 

 

Newcomers Club of New Orleans

Women’s clubs—Louisiana—New Orleans