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Accession 2057

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Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Elva M. Chandler papers
Dates: 1917-1988, bulk 1965-1972
Accession Number: 2057
Creator: Chandler, Elva M., 1900-1990
Extent: 22 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Elva M. Chandler was an active clubwoman, active in many women's professional, church, and political organizations and president of the local Business and Professional Women's Club. Chandler's papers document her role in business and professional women's organizations and the changing role of women in business life from the 1950s to the 1970s.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Brumbaugh family, 1992

Access Restrictions

Records subject to 25-year time seal.

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Biographical Note

Elva M. Chandler, born on May 13, 1900, was a life-long Delaware resident. She attended Wilmington Friends School and graduated from Goldey College, a post-secondary school, which specialized in business education. Chandler worked during the 1940s and 1950s for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in the Pigments Department. From 1959 through 1969 she worked at Delaware Trust Company where she was employed as a teller/cashier. She retired from full-time employment in 1969 but continued to work there on a part-time substitute basis. During 1972 she worked at ICI America Inc.

Chandler also owned and operated Hartman's Store, located in Mount Cuba, north of Wilmington. In late 1955, she bought a gift and card shop in Wilmington from fellow Pilot Club member Francis Wright. She operated the shop, called "The Charm," from 1955-1957.

Chandler was a life-long clubwoman. Her earliest membership was in the Wilmington YWCA in the 1920s, and then she became a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi, an international, non-academic social and cultural sorority founded in 1931. She was also a charter member of the Pilot Club, which was organized in November 1940, and held the office of president.

Chandler was best known for her involvement in the Delaware Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (BPWC) and belonged to the Christina branch. This local branch was affiliated with the state federation, which in turn, was affiliated with the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. She was state president for two terms, in 1969 and 1970. Chandler was very active in both local and state affairs and attended state and national conventions.

Chandler was also involved with the Greater Wilmington Federation of Women's Organizations, which was affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Club, and served as an officer in the Women's Civic Association of Richardson Park. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and belonged to its women's club, the Philathea Circle. She was also a member of the Women's Republican Club of Wilmington.

Chandler died on May 6th, 1990, just short of her 90th birthday.

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Scope and Content

The Elva M. Chandler papers document her role in business and professional women's organizations and the changing role of women in business life from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The bulk of the records concern Chandler's membership in Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Business and Professional Women's Clubs (BPWC) at the local, state, and national levels. Papers for the BPWC include local and state board and membership meeting minutes, financial statements, correspondence, state convention programs, and the state publication First State Women. National level records primarily consist of mailings received by Chandler and include the publications Independent Woman (1953-1956) and National Business Woman (1956-1986), convention materials, and form letters regarding membership and programming ideas. The records of the National Federation reflect subjects of interest to working women from the 1960s through the 1980s and document the strategies used in pursuing goals, primarily through legislation. The organization provided networking opportunities and acted as a forum for issues affecting women, such as affirmative action, the Equal Rights Amendment, and day care.

Papers relating to Chandler's membership in social and church organizations include publications, meeting minutes, and programs. There are also a few personal papers, including correspondence, bills and receipts, and tax records.

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Arrangement

By the time Hagley Library received the collection, original order had been lost. The papers have since been arranged in series by organization, with a series of personal papers and a series of miscellany.

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Separated Material

The NFBPWC published a monthly magazine for members entitled National Business Woman (originally entitled Independent Woman). These publications, ranging in date from 1953 to 1986, have been transferred to the Published Collections Department.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1950-1988
Scope and Content
The Business and Professional Women’s Clubs consist of national, state and local levels.
A. National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC), 1950-1983
Arranged chronologically.
Scope and Content
The subseries consists mailings sent by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC), and includes letters from officials (photocopies or duplicates) with information on the organization's programming initiatives with recommendations for state and local programming. The programs' subjects reflect the interests of women in the business and professional world through the 1960s through 1980s and document the strategies used in pursuing goals, which were often legislative. There are also letters pertaining to membership which contain statistics by state on the number of members and the exhortations to increase membership. Other types of records include membership information kits, pamphlets, and bulletins.
The NFBPWC held annual national conventions which Chandler regularly attended from 1963-1983. The convention records include packets containing annual reports, brochures, convention programs, emblem merchandise catalogs, financial statements, printed addresses of keynote speakers, and campaign literature of those seeking elective office in the NFBPWC.
The NFBPWC also sponsored National Legislative Conference, held in Washington, DC annually beginning in 1967. Chandler's records for this conference date from 1970, 1972, 1974, and 1978 and consist of agenda, schedules, and publications. At that time, the organization was focused on informing its members about the Equal Rights Amendment and encouraging its passage.
Additional materials in this subseries include the newsletter Hustler's Happenings (1970-1982), which appears to have been published irregularly by BPWC members in Las Vegas, Nevada; Widening Horizons (1965-1982), a publication of the International Federation of BPWC; and non-NFBPWC publications that Chandler probably received at conferences.
For high school girls interested in the organization, Nike Clubs were operated by local chapters.
Box
1 Chronological files, 1950-1982
1 Mailings, undated
1 Publications, undated
1 Handouts, undated
1 Program Pointers, 1964-1965
1 Hustler's Happenings, 1970-1982
1 International Federation of BPWC Widening Horizons, 1965-1982
1 Non-BPWC publications, 1963-1966
1 National Legislative Conference, 1970, 1972, 1974
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2 National Legislative Conference, 1978
2 National Conventions - Dallas, TX, 1963
2 National Conventions - Detroit, Mich., 1964
2 National Conventions - Washington, DC (includes International Fed. BPWC), 1965
2 National Conventions - Atlanta, GA, 1966
2 National Conventions - New York, NY, 1967
2 National Conventions - Minneapolis, MN, 1968
2 National Conventions - St. Louis, MO (50th anniversary), 1969
2 National Conventions - Honolulu, HA, 1970
2 National Conventions - Cleveland, OH, 1971
2 National Conventions - Atlantic City, NJ, 1972
2 National Conventions - Miami, FL, 1973
2 National Conventions - Chicago, IL, 1974
2 National Conventions - Las Vegas, NV, 1975
2 National Conventions - Denver, CO, 1976
2 National Conventions - Louisville, KY, 1977
2 National Conventions - San Juan, PR, 1978
2 National Conventions - Boston, MA, 1979
2 National Conventions - San Fransicso, CA, 1981
2 National Conventions - San Antonio, TX, 1982
2 National Conventions - Columbus, OH, 1983
2 Convention campaign material, undated
2 State BPWC correspondence, 1968-1977
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3 State and international BPWC publications - The Alabama Business Woman, July 1968-July 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Arizona Woman, September 1968-Summer 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Arkansas Business Woman, November 1968-May 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The California Woman, July 1968-June 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Capital Women (District of Columbia), 1957 December 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - Career Woman (South Africa and South West Africa), 1965
3 State and international BPWC publications - Caribbean Careers (Virgin Islands), 1969-1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Colorado Business Woman, 1958 February, October 1968-June 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Connecticut Nutmeg Notes, 1969 May 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - Federation Notes (Virginia), March 1969-August 1971
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Florida Business Woman, Winter 1968-1973
3 State and international BPWC publications - Georgiana (Georgia), August 1968-October 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Headband and Feather (Oklahoma), October 1968-April 1971
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Hoosier Business Woman (Indiana), October 1968-May 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Illinois Bulletin, 1968 September 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Iowa Business Woman, November 1968-August 1971
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Kansas Business Woman, January 1969-July 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Kentucky Cardinal, October 1968-September 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Michigan Business Women, October 1969-June 1971
3 State and international BPWC publications - Minnesota Business Woman, January 1969-July 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Missouri Business Woman, November 1968-July 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Montana Business Woman, 1970 March-July
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Mountain Trail (Vermont), 1969 May 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Newscaster (Maryland), 1969 September 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - Nevada Business Woman, September 1968-March 1971
3 State and international BPWC publications - New Jersey Business Woman, October 1968-October 1971
3 State and international BPWC publications - NIKE (New York State), December 1968-September 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - North Dakota Flickertales, July 1969-October 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Northern Lights (Alaska), 1969 October 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Ohio Business Woman, 1958 January, July 1969-June 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Oregon Business Woman, December 1968-September 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Pelican (Louisiana), 1970 February-April
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Rhode Islander, 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - Sierra Mar District TOPS (California), October 1968-June 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The South Carolina Business and Professional Woman, December 1968-May 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The South Dakota Business Woman, 1969 January 1
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Tar Heel Woman (North Carolina), April 1967-December 1969
3 State and international BPWC publications - Tennessee Business and Professional Woman, November 1968-June 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Utah Business Woman, Fall 1968-Winter 1969
3 State and international BPWC publications - Washington Business Woman, September 1968-April 1970
3 State and international BPWC publications - The Wisconsin Business Woman, 1969 January-November
B. Delaware Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (DFBPWC), 1950-1988
Scope and Content
These papers reflect the direct involvement of Chandler as an active member and frequently-elected state officer of the Delaware Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (DFBPWC). The papers document Chandler's work with the organization and include minutes of board meetings and special committees, treasurer's reports, membership reports, agenda, membership directories, and correspondence. DFBPWC also held yearly conventions where legislation and other business was discussed. For a single convention, there are agenda, minutes, several hand-made invitations to the various meals, and programs for the non-denominational service. These records document the administration of the DFBPWC.
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4 Chronological Files, 1950-1969
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5 Chronological Files, 1970-1988
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6 State Conventions, 1953-1983
C. Christina Club of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (Christina BPWC), 1950-1974
Scope and Content
Chandler was an active member of her local BPWC and the papers reflect her role within the organization, as well as how the National Federation's programming and membership initiatives were carried out on a local level. Papers include club meeting minutes, financial statements, correspondence, programs. Many of the programs were in support of local charities. Chandler was a long-time member of the Christina Club, but became a member of the Wilmington Club by 1980 and served as its president.
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5 Chronological Files, 1950-1974
II. Federation of Women's Clubs, 1931-1984
A. General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), 1980-1984
Scope and Content
These records consist mostly of fund-raising and program mailings. GFWC programs concerned bettering the lives of foreign women and children and also educating women in the community. Other material includes information about the 1981 Middle East Convention and the 1982 International Convention.
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7 Chronological Files, 1981-1984
7 Program Planning, 1980-1984
7 Fundraising Programs, 1982
7 Personal and Club Insurance, 1982-1983
B. Delaware State Federation of Women's Clubs (DSFWC), 1973-1981
Scope and Content
The Delaware State Federation of Women's Clubs (DSFWC) held yearly conventions, many of which Chandler attended. Records include yearbooks, progress reports, fund-raising packets, and handmade invitations to the various sessions and meals.
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7 Chronological Files, 1973-1981
C. Wilmington City Federation of Women's Clubs and Associated Organizations (Wilmington FWC), 1931-1964
Scope and Content
This subseries contains mostly correspondence, minutes, treasurer’s reports and agenda. Of particular interest are two complete officer notebooks. Club projects in the Wilmington area included prisoners’rights, educational television, and city development.
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7 Chronological Files, 1931-1964
D. Greater Wilmington Federation of Women's Organizations (GWFWO), 1964-1983
Scope and Content
The Wilmington FWC officially changed its name to the Greater Wilmington Federation of Women’s Organizations in 1964. The records in this subseries include minutes, agenda, correspondence, treasurer’s reports, and project information. Of particular note are the member applications from the various organizations in 1972.
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7 Chronological Files, 1964-1983
E. Women's Civic Club of Richardson Park, 1980-1982
Scope and Content
The Women’s Civic Club of Richardson Park was a member organization of the Greater Wilmington Federation of Women's Organizations. This subseries is small and contains minutes, correspondence, member rosters, memorials to deceased members, and an information packet about recent political issues.
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7 Chronological Files, 1980-1982
III. Beta Sigma Phi (BSP), 1934-1978
Historical Note
Beta Sigma Phi, a national organization consisting of state and local branches, was founded in 1931 in Kansas City by Walter Ross. It is a non-academic group whose goals are reflected in its motto: Vita Scientia Amicitia (Life, Learning, Friendship). Initiates are invited to ‘rush’ the sorority, and if they make it through the process, they become members in a special ritual. After participating in the cultural and social programs of the group and proving their worthiness with a test, the Pledge members may undergo the Ritual of Jewels. Following the Ritual of Jewels, a Sister may progress even further to obtain the Exemplar Degree and then the Preceptor Degree. For each of these Degrees, a separate Chapter may be formed from Sisters of the same rank. Elva Chandler was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi and was widely respected within the organization.
A. National Beta Sigma Phi (National BSP), 1937-1974
Scope and Content
This subseries focuses on the rituals, programs and degrees common to all the sorority sisters. In this subseries are copies of most of the major rituals including the Pledge Ritual, the Ritual of Jewels, and a ritual to honor a deceased sister. Other mailings involve fund-raising efforts by selling sorority jewelry and cookbooks. There are also several periodic announcements from the national president and other officers.
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8 Rituals, undated
8 Rambles - BSP Trips, 1937
8 Program Books and Reading Guides, 1938-1939, 1943
8 Rush and Degrees, 1944, undated
8 Fundraising Information, 1946, undated
8 Chronological Files, 1947-1970
8 State Conventions, 1955, 1974
8 L.A. City Council Constitution, undated
B. Middle Eastern Council of Beta Sigma Phi (Mid-East BSP), 1935-1978
Scope and Content
This subseries reflects the activity of Beta Sigman Phi (BSP) Chapters in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. There is a partial (the first page is lost) history of the Middle Eastern Area Council and its activities dating from 1939. Most of this material is related to the biannual conventions held in the spring and fall. For many of the conventions, there are hand-decorated programs detailing the menus and order of business. In 1951, Wilmington hosted the Middle Eastern Area Convention, and because Chandler was president of the Wilmington City Council that year, there is a large number of correspondence relating to reservations and activities.
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8 Chronological Files, 1935-1978
8 Correspondence re: 1951 Area Council, 1949-1951
C. Wilmington City Council of Beta Sigma Phi (Wilm. BSP), 1934-1977
Scope and Content
This subseries relates to the Wilmington City Council which supervised all of the Delaware Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi. Chandler was very active on this level as well, serving on the Council in 1968-1969 and as President in 1951-1952. A large portion of the material consists of meeting minutes that date back to 1934. The Council was also responsible for determining which members were eligible to undergo the Ritual of Jewels, and their role is reflected by the numerous graded tests, the bulk of which are from 1957. A monthly newsletter, ‘Chapter Chatter,’ was published to showcase the programs, member news, and upcoming events of all the Delaware Chapters.
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8 Minutes, 1934-1940
8 Chronological Files, 1939-1977
8 Test for Ritual of Jewels, 1957
D. Delaware Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi (DE BSP), 1934-1972
Scope and Content
This subseries reflects the activities of several different Delaware Chapters. Chandler was initiated into the Delta Chapter on September 29, 1933, and became the Chapter’s first president. For this Chapter there is a scrapbook detailing its activities in the years 1933-1936 and letters of congratulations from other Chapters across the United States. In 1949, she became a charter member of the Xi Alpha Exemplar Chapter and in 1964 she was one of the founding members of the Beta Preceptor Chapter. Many of the records are from these chapters and consist of minutes, attendance sheets, correspondence, by-laws, and monthly reports. Chandler was involved with the other chapters as well, serving as an Advisor, Director, and friendly council. The remaining material relates to the other Delaware Chapters and is similar in type to the documents of Chandler’s own Chapters.
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8 Delta Chapter Scrapbook, 1934-1936
8 Member Rosters, 1949-1965
8 Chapter Rosters, 1950s, undated
8 Beta Preceptor Notebook, 1965-1972
E. Personal Correspondence Related to Beta Sigma Phi, 1936-1940
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8 Personal Correspondence, 1936-1940
F. Nu Phi Mu (NPM), 1945-1953
Scope and Content
Nu Phi Mu was a sorority for younger women (16-22) who were interested in Beta Sigma Phi. Their equivalent to the Ritual of Jewels was the Ritual of the Badge. After reaching the appropriate age and experience, a girl was recommended to move up to the local Beta Sigma Phi Chapter. Chandler was the advisor for the Delaware chapters of Nu Phi Mu. Most of the records relate to administration, and includes minutes, member handbooks, rosters, dues notices, monthly reports and program books.
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9 Chronological Files, 1945-1953
9 Dues Reports, 1945-1950
9 Nu Phi Mu Handbooks, 1946-1953
IV. Pilot Club International, 1941-1983
Historical Note
The Pilot Club is an international service organization for women with an international office, an area district club and a local city club. However, Pilot was somewhat more selective in its membership than other service organizations, only allowing a certain percentage of its members to be in the same professional sector. Interested high school girls could participate in an Anchor Club.
A. Pilot Club International, 1951-1983
Scope and Content
This subseries contains material related to the International Conventions, announcements, Pilot merchandise information, by-laws, and handbooks that were distributed to all Pilot Clubs. Programs often related to topics such as safety and support of the United Nations.
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9 Chronological Files, 1951-1983
9 Annual Convention, 1951-1955
B. District 11 of Pilot International, 1941-1947
Scope and Content
When the Pilot Club of Wilmington was originally formed, it was a part of District 11. Most of the material in this subseries consists of governor’s bulletins and other reports.
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9 Chronological Files, 1941-1947
C. District 16 of Pilot International, 1941-1983
Scope and Content
After originally being a part of District 11, the Pilot Club of Wilmington was transferred to District 16 in 1947. This level of the organization included clubs in Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Chandler attended many of the annual conventions. There are programs and reservation material from several of these conventions. Since Chandler was District Secretary in 1951, there is a lot of correspondence from that year. Other material includes the Governor’s Bulletin newsletter and reports from District officers. The ‘Other States’ folder contains rosters and newsletters from Pilot Clubs in other District 16 states.
In 1957, Wilmington was the host for the District Convention, and Elva Chandler was the Convention Chairman. This material covers all aspects of organizing a large area convention and includes correspondence, notes, bills, announcements, programs, nametags, and post-convention thank you notes.
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9 Chronological Files, 1947-1960
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10 Chronological Files, 1960-1983
10 Other States, 1941-1961
10 1957 District Convention: Correspondence, 1957
10 1957 District Convention: Bills and Reports, 1957
10 1957 District Convention: Announcements and Programs, 1957
10 1957 District Convention: Handwritten Notes, 1957
10 1957 District Convention: Guest Material, 1957
D. Pilot Club of Wilmington, 1943-1982
Scope and Content
Chandler was the first president of the Pilot Club of Wilmington and served again in 1955-1956. In 1967, she resigned from the Club but rejoined in 1969. After again resigning in 1972, she rejoined a final time in 1981. Material includes monthly reports, meeting minutes, speeches, correspondence, histories of the club and member directories. There are also many issues of the Club newsletter, originally named the ‘Brandywine Flagship’ and later changed to ‘The Radar Screen.’ Projects of the club included buying equipment for local facilities, Meals for Millions, sending literature to foreign countries, and providing scholarships.
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10 Chronological Files, 1943-1982
V. Other Organizations, 1928-1983
A. Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), 1928-1942, undated
Scope and Content
The Young Women’s Christian Association was originally an organization with an aim of bringing together Christian women for the strengthening of their faith. It later developed a stronger focus on eliminating racism. Material in this subseries consists of meeting minutes, treasurer’s reports, songbooks, programs for several events (including three programs for various Mother’s Day dinners), and newsletters.
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11 Programs, 1928-1938
11 Miscellaneous, 1934-1941, undated
11 Songbooks, 1938, undated
11 Officer's Notebook, 1938-1942
11 Program Notebook, 1939-1940
B. National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), 1955-1982
Scope and Content
This organization was formed to support the Republican Party. Records include convention folders, mailings, member rosters, newsletters and newspaper clippings. Of particular note is the folder President’s Work which contains records relating to the activities of the club when Chandler was president in 1976-1977.
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11 Chronological Files, 1955-1982
11 Regional Conference, 1965 June
11 National Conference, 1966 May
C. Women for Better Government (WBG), 1952-1958
Scope and Content
This local group was not a branch of a larger national organization. Instead, it was founded in Delaware by a group of women who wanted to assure that women would be educated and active in the government. One of its other major goals was to help increase the number of women candidates and office holders. Members were representatives of local clubs or individual members without other affiliation. Chandler served as vice-president and treasurer. Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, treasurer’s reports and rosters.
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11 Chronological Files, 1952-1958
11 Meeting Summaries and Clippings, 1952-1954
11 Treasurer's Files, 1952-1955
11 Questionnaires, 1954
D. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1931-1983
Scope and Content
Elva Chandler joined this church in 1924 and regularly attended services. This material consists of reports, newsletters, directories, and bulletins.
The Philathea Circle was a women’s group at the church composed mostly of businesswomen. Philathea is Greek for ‘Love of Truth.’ Along with other Circles, it was a part of the Westminster Women’s Association. Its aims were Bible study, encouragement in the Christian faith, socializing, and service projects. One of its service projects was to send a monthly check to an elderly woman, Mabel Jones, and she wrote them many letters of thanks, which are in the ‘Correspondence with Mabel Jones’ folder.
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12 Chronological Files, 1954-1983
12 Philathea Circle of Westminster Church: Chronological Files, 1951-1982
12 Philathea Circle of Westminster Church: Mother-Daughter Banquet Programs, 1931-1933
12 Philathea Circle of Westminster Church: Correspondence with Mabel Jones, 1958-1964
E. Zonta Club, 1974-1981
Scope and Content
Zonta is an international women’s service organization with national, regional and local branches, and it also classifies members according to occupation. Records include minutes, treasurer’s reports, newsletters and convention (district and national) material.
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12 Chronological Files, 1974-1981
12 1980 National Convention
F. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), 1967, 1976-1983
Scope and Content
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is an organization of women who are descendants of participants in the Revolutionary War. Since Chandler was the registrar for the Cooch’s Bridge Chapter, most of the records consist of forms, reports, and correspondence relating to membership. Other material includes the society magazine, programs from sponsored events, and various mailings.
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13 Chronological Files, 1967, 1976-1983
G. Pi Omicron/Delaware Literary Guild, 1932-1941
Scope and Content
This organization began as the Alpha Chapter of Pi Omicron sorority, but it later became the Delaware Literary Guild in 1937. Chandler was president for several terms (1933-1937, 1939-1941). Records consists of minutes, correspondence, and treasurer’s reports.
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13 Initiation Material, 1932
13 Chronological Files, 1932-1941
H. Various Organizations, 1934-1982, undated
Scope and Content
This subseries contains materials from several other organizations of which Chandler was a member.
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13 Membership Cards, 1934, 1965
13 Women's Club Service Bureau, 1939, 1959-1960
13 American Association for the UN, 1947-1953, undated
13 Assorted Newsletters, 1948-1979, undated
13 Assorted Causes, 1951-1980, undated
13 Chamber of Commerce, 1961-1972, undated
13 Council of Women Citizens, 1961, undated
13 Christiana Hundred Republican Committee, 1962, undated
13 Wilmington Senior Center, 1963-1970, undated
13 Club Programs, 1964-1981
13 Commission on the Status of Women, 1964-1982
13 Delaware Fund, 1966
13 Association of Parliamentarians, 1968
13 Christian Business and Professional Women, 1970-1982, undated
13 New Century Club, 1970-1982
13 General Club Information, 1970, 1982, undated
13 Delaware Council for International Visitors, 1974-1981
13 Town Meeting 76, 1975-1976
13 Delaware Genealogical Society, 1978-1979
13 Organization Unknown, circa 1949-1979, undated
13 Tri-State Mobility Team, undated
13 Association of American Railroads, undated
VI. Career Related Papers, 1903-1981
A. American Institute of Banking (AIB), 1933-1978
Scope and Content
The American Institute of Banking (AIB) is an organization for bank employees. Chandler was involved in it through her employment at Industrial Trust and later Delaware Trust. The organization had meetings, banquets, and held classes pertaining to the banking industry. In the mid-1930s, Chandler was head of the Women’s Committee. Material includes bulletins, correspondence, and the AIB magazine.
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13 Chronological Files, 1933-1978
B. DuPont, 1942-1954, undated
Scope and Content
Chandler worked in the Pigments Department of the DuPont office located in Wilmington. Material consists mostly of invoices and shipping notices, and her paystubs. The Planner Notebook folder has the contents of a small notebook Chandler used for both business and personal events.
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13 Planner Notebook, 1942-1951
13 Chronological Files, 1943-1953, undated
13 Paystubs, 1944-1954
C. Hartman’s Store, 1903-1962
Scope and Content
Hartman’s Store was owned and operated by Chandler though it is affiliated with the Hartman family, who were probably the original owners. Since Chandler was also the administor of John Hartman’s will, there are some Hartman family papers, including insurance books and bond warrants. Other papers include bills, receipts, tax forms, and some business correspondence of Eugene Hartman.
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13 Hartman-Klair Family Papers, 1903-1926
13 Eugene Hartman's Papers, 1922-1956
13 Bills and Receipts, 1957-1958
13 Tax Forms, 1956-1962
D. Delaware Trust Bank, 1960-1981
Scope and Content
Chandler worked at the Fairfax location of Delaware Trust. This subseries contains the bank employee newsletter and correspondence. Of particular note is the correspondence relating to Chandler’s retirement from the company in 1965.
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13 Chronological Files, 1960-1981
E. The Charm, 1955-1956
Scope and Content
Chandler purchased this gift store from fellow Pilot Club member Francis Orpen Wright. It was only open for about one year. Material includes announcements of the grand opening under Chandler and a letter regarding shipment of items.
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13 Chronological Files, 1955-1956
F. ICI America, 1972-1973 (Box 13)
Scope and Content
Chandler was employed by ICI for a short period, and the papers consist of paystubs.
VII. Personal Papers, 1907-1982
A. Personal Finances, 1928-1982
Scope and Content
This documents Chandler’s financial transactions. Records include paystubs, dividend checks, bills, receipts, bank books, and tax booklets.
Box
13 Taxes, 1928, 1970-1982
13 Miscellaneous Receipts, 1954-1982
13 Stocks and Dividends, 1954-1982
13 Bank Books, 1955-1964
13 Utilities, 1956-1975
13 Insurance, 1957-1975
13 Banking Statements, 1958-1975
13 Installment Payments, 1964-1971
13 Deltruco Investment Club, 1966-1975
B. Schoolwork, 1907-1930, undated
Scope and Content
This subseries contains report cards, notebooks, and exam. The ‘Notebooks’ folder contains two notebooks that are probably from college-level classes she attended.
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14 Chronological Files, 1907-1917
14 Notebooks, 1930, undated
C. Personal Correspondence, 1937-1982
Scope and Content
Material in this subseries includes letters and cards to Chandler. In a few cases, there are copies of letters written by her. A large portion of the greeting cards is unsorted and dates roughly from the 1950s to the 1970s. There are folders for cards and letters specifically from fellow BPW, Beta Sigma Phi and Pilot Club members. Of particular interest in the Chronological Files, is a letter inviting Chandler to the launch of Apollo 7 in 1968.
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14 Chronological Files, 1937-1978
14 Dated Cards, 1952-1982
14 BPW Cards, 1950s-1970s
14 BSP Cards, 1950s-1970s
14 Pilot Club Cards, 1950s-1970s
14 Christmas Cards, 1950s-1970s
14 Birthday Cards, 1950s-1970s
D. Files, 1946-1971, undated
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of files compiled and labeled by Chandler. The ‘EMC - Personal’ folder has correspondence, handwritten notes, meeting minutes and gift catalogs. ‘Places Visited - Information’ has brochures, catalogs and newsletters.
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14 EMC - Personal, 1946-1971, undated
14 Places Been - Information, 1957-1965, undated
E. Miscellaneous, 1917-1982, undated
Scope and Content
These records include songbooks, clippings, catalogs, local and federal government pamphlets, brochures, and other miscellaneous items.
Box
14 Songbooks and Sheet Music, 1917-1976, undated
14 Invitations and Programs, 1931-1981
14 Recipes, 1932-1958, undated
14 Maps, 1932-1964, undated
14 Notes, 1945, undated
14 Place Brochures, 1947-1969, undated
14 Pennsylvania Railroad Schedules, 1947, 1953, 1963
14 Empty Envelopes, 1951-1975
14 Newspaper Clippings, 1954-1956
14 Information Pamphlets, 1954-1967, undated
14 Federal Government Information, 1954-1979, undated
14 Product Information (2 folders), 1955-1982, undated
14 Souvenirs, 1955, undated
14 Delaware Government Information, 1959-1977, undated
14 Greece Brochures, 1961-1962
14 Institute of Life Insurance, 1970
14 'How To' Pamphlets, undated
14 Banking Information, undated
14 Business Cards and 'Scraps', undated
14 Miscellaneous, 1951-1980, undated