North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Graduate Dames Records 1948-1980

Creator
Graduate Dames
Size
3.5 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
UA 021.462

The collection contains the constitution, minutes, correspondence, work plans, directories, and publications of the Graduate Dames, a chapter of the National Association of University Dames, at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University). Yearbooks published by the national association are included. These contain annual reports from the Raleigh chapter beginning in 1951.

The Graduate Dames club of North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) provided a social and cultural outlet for women. The society was organized in 1948 by Mrs. R. K. Waugh with the advice of six faculty members' wives. All wives of male graduate students were eligible for membership. The organization was affiliated with the National Association of University Dames. Membership in the Raleigh chapter was eventually extended to female graduate students. The organization was active on the North Carolina State University campus until 1980.

Biographical/historical note

In March 1948, Mrs. R. K. Waugh organized the Graduate Dames of North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) as a social and cultural outlet for the wives of graduate students. Six wives of faculty members were instrumental in the founding of the chapter. They were Mrs. H. A. Stewart, Mrs. D. B. Anderson, Mrs. J. H. Hilton, Mrs. Fred Barkalow, Mrs. D. W. Colvard, and Mrs. W. G. Cochran. The society became an affiliate of the National Association of University Dames when it ratified the national constitution on September 1, 1949.

The concept of an organization for graduate students’ wives had originated in 1896 at Harvard University. From there, the idea spread to the University of Chicago and later to other institutions across the United States. In the 1920-1921 school year, the independent wives’ clubs at the University of Chicago and University of Iowa corresponded with one another about their mutual aims and experiences. They wrote a constitution and founded the national society in February 1921. The constitution provided that the national headquarters would rotate from one chapter to the next, in order of constitution ratification dates. In 1933-1934, the University of Chicago introduced the annual yearbook, which included reports from each chapter on its activities. By 1967, the national organization had grown to ninety-eight chapters.

Initially, monthly meetings of the North Carolina State chapter were held at the Vetville YMCA, where program topics included cooking, care of children, and homemaking skills. In October 1954, the chapter organized a baby equipment loan program for all married students at the university, including undergraduates. Other service projects included clothing drives for needy children, holiday parties for children from orphanages, and funding drives for charities such as the March of Dimes and state mental facilities. The club also produced a newcomer’s guide to Raleigh, which it distributed to its members and shared with the State's Mates, a similar club for undergraduate married students.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Dames printed several cookbooks and established a food cooperative for members. Annual fashion shows and craft fairs featured the sewing and artistic handiwork of members. Program topics broadened to address health and legal issues, consumer information, financial planning, substance abuse, job opportunities for women, equal rights, racial and religious prejudices, North Carolina literature and folklore, and international holiday traditions. Special interest groups within the chapter included a book club, a bridge club, and a swimming group. Covered-dish suppers, picnics, and parties included husbands and families in club activities. Membership in the Raleigh chapter was eventually extended to female graduate students.

In 1980, the North Carolina State chapter of the Graduate Dames disbanded, due to waning membership and interest. Remaining club funds were donated to D.H. Hill Library for the purchase of books to be used by graduate students.

Scope/content

The collection contains the constitution, minutes, correspondence, work plans, directories, and publications of the Graduate Dames, a women’s social, cultural, and service society at North Carolina College State College (later North Carolina State University). Yearbooks published by the National Association of University Dames include annual reports from the Raleigh chapter beginning in 1951.

Physical description

4 archival boxes, 2 oversized flat boxes

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by activities or functions and then by academic calendar year. Where multiple years are listed, there are some gaps in date ranges.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Graduate Dames Records, UA 021.462, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Transferred by the Graduate Dames, North Carolina State University.

Processing information

Processed by Lea Walker, March 2008

Encoded by Lea Walker, March 2008

Campus Organization Information 1957-1980, undated
Box 1, Folder 1
Constitution and By-Laws 1958-1970, undated
Box 1, Folder 2
Crafts 1975-1977, undated
Box 1, Folder 3
Directories 1948-1955
Box 1, Folder 4
Directories 1956-1960
Box 1, Folder 5
Directories 1960-1965
Box 1, Folder 6
Directories 1965-1969
Box 1, Folder 7
Directories 1970-1975
Box 1, Folder 8
Directories 1975-1980
Box 1, Folder 9
Goodwife Applications and Diplomas 1972, undated
Box 1, Folder 10
Fashion Shows 1967-1971
Box 1, Folder 11
Installation of Officers 1970-1974, undated
Box 1, Folder 12
Meeting Attendance Lists 1975-1980
Box 1, Folder 13
Meeting Room Contracts undated
Box 1, Folder 14
Membership Drive 1979, undated
Box 1, Folder 15
Membership Forms undated
Box 1, Folder 16
Minutes 1959-1969
Box 2, Folder 1
Minutes 1970-1979
Box 2, Folder 2
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1948-1952
Box 2, Folder 3
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1952-1955
Box 2, Folder 4
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1955-1959
Box 2, Folder 5
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1963-1965
Box 2, Folder 6
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1967-1969
Box 2, Folder 7
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1969-1971
Box 2, Folder 8
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1971-1973
Box 3, Folder 1
National Association of University Dames Yearbooks 1973-1974
Box 3, Folder 2
National Chapter Correspondence 1948-1976
Box 3, Folder 3
Newcomer's Guide undated
Box 3, Folder 4
Newsletters and Publicity 1973-1974
Box 3, Folder 5
Newsletters 1979-1980
Box 3, Folder 6
Outlet Guides and Maps 1976, undated
Box 3, Folder 7
President's File: General 1954-1959
Box 3, Folder 8
President's File: Newspaper Clippings 1957-1958
Box 3, Folder 9
President's File: General 1960-1966
Box 3, Folder 10
President's File: Newspaper Clippings 1961-1962
Box 3, Folder 11
President's File 1966-1970, undated
Box 3, Folder 12
President's File 1970-1972
Box 3, Folder 13
President's File 1972-1973
Box 3, Folder 14
President's File 1973-1974
Box 3, Folder 15
President's File 1974-1975
Box 3, Folder 16
President's File: Newspaper Clippings 1974-1975
Box 3, Folder 17
President's File 1975-1976
Box 3, Folder 18
President's File: General 1976-1977
Box 4, Folder 1
President's File: Newspaper Clippings 1976-1977
Box 4, Folder 2
President's File 1977-1978
Box 4, Folder 3
President's File 1978-1979
Box 4, Folder 4
President's File: Correspondence 1979-1980
Box 4, Folder 5
President's File: General 1979-1980
Box 4, Folder 6
Program Planning File 1973-1978, undated
Box 4, Folder 7
Student Union Meeting Regulations 1963-1972, undated
Box 4, Folder 8
Technician Style Manual 1969
Box 4, Folder 9
What's Cooking?, 1976-1977
Box 4, Folder 10
Scrapbook 1972-1977
Oversize flat box 5
Scrapbook 1977-1980
Oversize flat box 5

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Graduate Dames Records, UA 021.462, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.