RG 309: The Crystal Spring Study Club Records, 1955-2009

Collection Number
RG 309
History
The Crystal Spring Knoll Study Group was formed in 1955 for women in the Crystal Spring Knoll neighborhood; the first meeting was on September 29, 1955. At some point the name changed to the Crystal Spring Study Club. The group started as a reading and discussion group but eventually it became a social outlet for these neighborhood women. Meetings were held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. The December gathering was a holiday party and the May meeting was a luncheon in which officers were chosen for the next year.
Scope and Content
Record Group 309 holds the records of the Crystal Springs Study Club. The records date from 1955 to 2009, with the bulk of the materials dating 1955-1974 and then 1981-1998. Series 1 originally came in a binder and contains minutes, membership lists, membership attendance, by-laws and correspondence. Series 2 is a history of the club written by in 1977 by members Mary Jo Conner and Irene Young. Series 3 contains photographs which date 1970-1995. These photographs were originally in albums with identifying information written on the margins. Many of these photographs are in color.
Arrangement and Description
RG 309 was originally donated in two bankers boxes, one filled with binders and one with photograph albums. The binders with administrative material make up Series 1. The binder that housed a history of the club made up Series 2; three other albums contained photographs which formed Series 3.

Records from binders were kept in the order in which they were donated and files labeled the same. Meeting minutes were often divided into separate file folders by the archivist for size considerations. If the meeting date was missing, the third Thursday date was put in brackets. For example, if the minutes said the February 1956 meeting, February [16], 1956 was indicated. Organization is by school year (September through May) rather than by calendar year.

Series 2, Club History, was photocopied as the papers were difficult to remove from the magnetic photo pages.

The photographs in Series 3 were removed from three photograph albums and placed in protective sleeves. Names were written on the back of the photographs by the archivist if indicated in the photograph album. Some names in brackets [ ] were added by the archivist. Most of the pictures are in chronological order. Some pictures, found after numbering had been completed, have higher numbers but were placed in the folders with the correct event.
Provenance
The records of the Crystal Spring Study Club were donated by Carole Robinson in 2014.
Restrictions
There are no restrictions on this Record Group.
Related Collections
The Center for Local History has many collections of neighborhood-based woman’s groups and local chapters of national women’s groups. A sampling includes:

Record Group 49, Woman’s Club of Lyon Village
Record Group 50, Records of the Women’s Club of Waycroft
Record Group 73, Williamsburg Woman’s Club of Arlington
Record Group 93, Clarenford Woman’s Club
Record Group 96, The Lyon Park Woman’s Club Record
Record Group 98, Ki-Wives of Arlington, Virginia
Record Group 322, Woman’s Club of Arlington

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