RG 136: Records of the Rotary Club of Arlington, 1946-1995

Collection Number
RG 136
Chartered on July 4, 1929, the Arlington Rotary Club is an active community organization made up of local business and professional leaders and is part of Rotary International. This larger entity is a worldwide organization, consisting of over 31,000 local clubs in 166 countries. Rotary International is dedicated to service and encourages its members to “address various community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.”
Scope and Content
RG 136 is made up entirely of textual materials. The bulk of the materials consist of weekly club newsletters sent out to members. The contents of these newsletters include, but are not limited to, the following: reporting on a previous week’s proceedings, announcing the agenda for the next meeting, detailing upcoming club-sponsored events, making general announcements about members (i.e., birthdays, accomplishments, or significant milestones).

RG 136 also contains a very small amount of miscellaneous textual items, such as some correspondence, membership lists, and newspaper clippings. The collection is a total of 1.75 linear feet and ranges in date from 1946 through 1967 and from 1985 through 1995.
Arrangement and Description
RG 136 consists of two series. Series 1, Newsletters, is broken down into two subseries based on date. Subseries 1 contains those newsletters from 1946 through 1967 and is arranged according to volume number, in this case Volumes #9 through #35. Each volume usually begins in early July and ends in late June of the next year. This Volume/Number structure remains generally consistent. However, there are discrepancies within the system, which are listed here:
  • Volume 24 begins on July 7, 1960 (No. 1) and ends on December 22, 1960 (No. 24).
  • Volume 25 starts on December 29, 1960 (No. 25) and continues on through June 22, 1961 (No. 50). Volume 27 starts on July 5, 1962 (No. 1) and ends on November 1, 1962 (No. 16).
  • Volume 28 consists of only one issue for July 19, 1962.
  • Volume 29 begins on July 27, 1962 (No. 3) and abruptly concludes on August 16, 1962 (No. 6).
  • Volume 30 commences on November 8, 1962 (No. 17) and finishes on June 27, 1963 (No. 47).

In Subseries 2, the newsletters start in 1985 and continue through 1995. Efforts to continue using volume and issue numbers stop in 1986. Therefore, these newsletters are arranged according to the calendar year, starting in January and ending in December. In addition, it should be noted that for both subseries, there are gaps where individual issues are missing.

Series 2, Miscellaneous Administrative Records, consists of correspondence, membership directories and phone lists, newspaper clippings, notes detailing the plans for an upcoming event, and blank newsletter letterhead.
This material was donated in August of 2002 by Tom Brannan, a member of the Arlington Rotary Club.
There are no restrictions regarding the use of this collection.
Related Collections
The records of other local Arlington chapters of national or international service groups can be found in RG 119, Optimists Club of Arlington Records, RG 102, Records of the Arlington Kiwanis Club, RG 197, South Arlington Kiwanis Club Records, and RG 146, Records of the Arlington Sunrise Lions Club.