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Guide to the Ladies' Christian Union Records
1850-2001 (Bulk 1858-1960)
  MS 359

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Container List

Series II: Reports, 1859-2001

Scope and Contents note

This series contains administrative reports of the LCU in general as well as specific reports for particular houses and of the Devotional Committee. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Subseries 1: Annual Reports of the LCU, 1859-2001

Scope and Contents note

The annual reports of the Ladies' Christian Union provide a thorough overview of the LCU's activities for the years 1859-2001. They include the treasurer's report, the names of subscribers and members, a report on the devotional work for the year, and the constitution and bylaws of the organization. Annual Reports after 1895 include reports from the Annual Meetings. The annual reports also provide dated descriptions of the buildings used for boarders. They often describe the layout, decorations, and repairs or modernizations made to the buildings, such as additions of electricity or steam heat. They also list forms of entertainment provided for the girls such as sewing machines and a library and, eventually, televisions, stereos, and computers.

The annual reports also contain some general information on the boarders that the LCU served. They contain examples of the boarders' professions and their subjects of study and also include the number of girls who married or who suffered illnesses that year. Despite the fact that deaths were common, the Annual Reports from the nineteenth and early twentieth century focus on the healthfulness of their facilities. The Annual Reports also consistently reaffirm why affordable Christian housing is imperative to the young women of the age.

There were no annual reports created for 1999 and 2000.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1859-1869
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
1870-1879
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Annual Reports
1880-1889
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Annual Reports
1890-1899
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Annual Reports
1900-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Annual Reports
1910-1919
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Annual Reports
1920-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1930-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
1940-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Annual Reports
1950-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Annual Reports
1960-1969
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Annual Reports
1970-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1980-1989
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
1990-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Annual Report
2001

Subseries 2: Reports of Sage House, 1888-1957

Scope and Contents note

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Reports of Young Women's Home
1888-1899
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Year End Reports of Sage House
1946-1957

Subseries 3: Reports of Katharine House, 1942-1945

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains reports on the residents, employees, and maintenance of the Katharine House. It includes some wartime information such as household shortages and extra responsibilities taken on by the young women such as air raid duty or first aid classes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Reports of House Committee for Katharine House
1942-1945

Subseries 4: Reports of the Devotional Committee, 1871-1882

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains the reports of the Devotional Committee of the LCU. The reports summarize all the devotional work overseen by the Committee, including the Devotional Meetings and the Band of Prayer.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Reports of the Devotional Committee
1871-1882

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