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This collection reflects and records almost a century of Gettysburg College history, and the first women's--only organization officially affiliated with and recognized by the college. It is also a prime example of the kinds of activities and movements that were occurring during the Progressive Era in Pennsylvania and the United States. The collection consists of board minutes, minutes from numerous leagues, loose correspondence, convention programs, banquet programs, registrar's reports, treasurer's reports, treasurer's ledger books, handbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, and "Golden Books", volumes of calligraphy pages honoring League donors, service men and women, grandchildren and the like. The processing of this collection was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

This collection provides a variety of interesting materials that give insight to both the Woman’s League and the history of Gettysburg College. The majority of the material represents the records of the General League. However, there are additional records and memorabilia from the Sub-Leagues as well. Information is organized, foremost with the records of the General League, and then for the Sub-leagues according to the year of their inception. Names of Sub-leagues were only included if there was information received from that particular Sub-league in one of the relevant categories. It follows then, that not all of the Sub-leagues included on this Finding Aid have information for each Series. In such instances, researchers should refer to General League: Series: Official Records, where records were kept on each individual Sub-league for the number of years that the Sub-league was active.

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Collection Size

47.07 cubic feet

Publication Date

December 2002


Woman's League, Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania College, women's history, College Ladies Aid Society, Golden Books, Woman's General League


Cultural History | History | History of Gender | Social History | United States History | Women's History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-040: Woman’s League of Gettysburg College