Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Albany County Branch
Records, 1886-1955

SC19153

Quantity: 8 boxes (1.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open for research
Acquisition: Donated to the New York State Library by Ms. Patricia Sheffer, April 1989
Processed By: Fred Bassett, Assistant Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections, May 1989

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Historical Note:

The Albany County Branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) was organized in 1874. It accepted into its membership any woman who pledged to abstain totally from the consumption of intoxicating beverages and work for the passage of legislation to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating beverages. They were also involved in other political and social causes, including the women’s suffrage movement and greatly restricting child labor.

Scope and Content Note:

These records document the activities and functions of the Albany County Branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) from 1886 to 1955. The records include the recording secretary’s books, dated 1896-1955, which contain the minutes of meetings; the treasurer’s books, dated 1909-1954, which contain a record of dues receipts and expenditures for supplies and promotional activities; printed programs; a scrapbook; and assorted notes on the history of the organization. Some of the records relate to branches that met in Watervliet and Cohoes.

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
1 1 Recording Secretary’s Book – Minutes, 1896-1900 (1 v. ca. 120 p. 25 cm.)
1 2 Recording Secretary’s Book – Minutes, 1901-1906 (1 v. 200 p. 25 cm.)
1 3 Recording Secretary’s Book – Minutes, 1907-1908 (1 v. 154 p. 22 cm.)
2 1 Recording Secretary’s Book – Minutes, 1915-1919 (1 v. ca. 150 p. 24 cm.)
2 2 Treasurer’s Book – Journal of debit-credit accounts, 1901-1909 (1 v. 298 p. 25 cm.)
Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1919-1954 (Boxes 3 and 4 contain typewritten sheets that were originally kept in a loose-leaf binder)
3 1 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1919-1923
3 2 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1923-1924
3 3 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1925-1926
3 4 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1926-1929
3 5 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1930-1931
3 6 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1932-1934
4 1 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1934-1937
4 2 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1937-1939
4 3 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1940-1943
4 4 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1943-1947
4 5 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1947-1951
4 6 Minutes of Albany County W.C.T.U., 1951-1954
5 1 Minute book of Cohoes W.C.T.U., 1930-1933 (1 v. 300 p. 25 cm.)
5 2 Roll book of Cohoes W.C.T.U., 1930-1933 (1 v. 55 p. 15 cm.) and envelope containing pledge cards from several members
6 1 Recording Secretary’s Book – Minutes of Victory Branch, 1939-1947 (1 v. ca, 75 p. 28 cm.)
6 2 Recording Secretary’s Book – Minutes of Victory Branch, 1947-1955 (1 v. ca, 75 p. 28 cm.)
6 3 Financial record book – Victory Branch – includes an account of receipts and disbursements and record and roll of active members, noting the receipt of dues payments, 1948-1954 (1 v. 75 p.  20 x 28 cm.)
7 1 First Annual Report of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Albany, N.Y., 1886-1887 (Albany, N.Y.: Reynolds and Boyd, [1886])
7 2 Directory, W.C.T.U. of Albany County, 1903
7 3 Programs: Annual Convention, 1895-1900 and 1903-1906 (14 items)
7 4 Programs: Annual Convention, 1910-1912, 1913-1919 (14 items)
7 5 Programs for other events, 1894-1911 (10 items)
  1. Quarterly Convention, 1894 and 1895
  2. Semi-annual Convention, 1894 and 1898
  3. Institute and semi-annual convention, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1911
7 6 Programs for other events, 1908-1919 (10 items)
  1. 4th Annual District Conference 1908
  2. School of Methods, 1914-1916
  3. Mid-Year Conference, 1917-1919
7 7 Programs: Annual Convention,, 1937, 1949, and 1953 (3 items)
7 8 Programs guides, 1950-51, 1951-1952, and 1953-1954 (3 items)
7 9 Miscellaneous printed materials (2 items)
7 10 Certificates, banners, etc., ca. 1920-1954 (7 items)
7 11 Sixty Years of Action, 1874-1934; A History of Sixty Years Work of the Woman’s Christian Temperance of the State of New York / Frances W. Graham (Lockport, N.Y.: s.n., [1935?])
8 1 Letters and notes relative to the history of the Albany County W.C.T.U., compiled ca. 1949
8 2 Minutes of the 5th Annual Convention, 1892 (14 p.)
8 3 Broadsides: Programs for conventions, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1903, 1905 (5 items)
8 4 Broadsides: Resolutions of the Conventions, 1917-1919 (3 items)
8 5 Miscellaneous notes and papers
8 6 Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and printed moments related to activities and programs sponsored by the Albany W.C.T.U., 1886-1898 (1 v., ca. 150 p. 25 cm.)
8 Loose Photograph: 77th annual convention meeting of the national Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Hotel Statler, August 9, 1951
-- Filmstrips (Missing August 2013)
Last Updated: October 28, 2013