Records of the Twentieth Century Club, 1904-1999

Records of the Twentieth Century Club, 1904-1999

Finding Aid

Collection No. 56
D.C. Community Archives


The materials were removed from the vertical files to ensure preservation. Other items were donated by Club members.


In April 1890, a group of women members of the All Souls’ Unitarian Church at 14th and I streets met to form the Twentieth Century Club. As stated in its first Constitution, the Club was established “to unite for promotion of liberal thought and philanthropic work in its broad sense.” Membership was gained by submission of your name for consideration by the Club’s Board.

In the 1890s, the Club maintained a reading room for boys and girls, improved Work House conditions, and helped establish kindergartens in the DC public schools.

The Club’s philanthropic work during the 20th century has supported many local community organizations, including Gallinger/D.C. General Hospital, DC Public Library, WWII home front efforts, DC Public Schools, Crippled Children’s Clinic, Children’s Hospital, Junior Village, and the YWCA.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of yearbooks, monthly bulletins, by-laws, printed programs, histories of the Club, a few items regarding membership and fundraising, and a handwritten ledger recording the celebration in 1940 of the 50th anniversary of the Club’s founding. 

Related Collections

Vertical files.

Box List

Box 1

  • Bulletins, 1930-1999

Box 2

  • Yearbooks, 1908-1993

Box 3

  • Yearbooks, 1993-1999
  • By-laws, 1904-1992, non-inclusive
  • Histories, 1940, 1990
  • Membership 1924-1944
  • Programs, 1925; 1990-1991
  • Fundraising, 1976-1996
  • A Record of Special Events, 1939-1940

DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives

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