Summary Information
Title: Women's International Club Records
Collection Number: UA.40.01.01
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Women's International Club.

Collection Dates: Bulk, 1963-2011
Collection Dates: 1944-2011
Extent: 4.3 linear feet (11 mss boxes)

Language: English

The Women’s International Club was founded on August 4, 1939 at the University of Pittsburgh within the Nationality Rooms Program. The purpose of the club was to establish communication between the various Nationality Rooms committees and to promote intercultural understanding and exchange within the university and city community.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

April 2013

Finding aid prepared by Carly Lough and Marianne Kasica.

Nationality Rooms Program Director Ruth Crawford Mitchell founded the Women’s International Luncheon Club on August 4, 1939, just one year after the completion of the first Nationality Classroom in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The Nationality Rooms Program itself originated from a wish to celebrate and explore Pittsburgh’s multinational and multicultural background as well as garner support from the Pittsburgh community for the construction of the Cathedral of Learning. The club’s foundation was an extension of this intercultural mission.

The original members were female representatives of the Nationality Room Committees who met to exchange progress reports on the developing rooms. The club accordingly became a communication hub for the classroom committees. Almost immediately after its founding, the club faced the disunity that came with the emerging conflict in Europe. Because of its purposeful exclusion of political affiliation or motive, the club met with enthusiastic interest from Pittsburgh women eager to forestall wartime disunion. Members assembled regularly at luncheons to discuss current events and view lectures by faculty speakers in Political Science, History and Languages. The organization assumed its current name, the Women’s International Club, on October 23, 1947 to better reflect its goals of global consciousness, outreach and learning.

In 1961 the club began awarding scholarships to University students interested in pursuing studies abroad. Permanent funding was secured by the 1975 publication of The Nationality Rooms Recipe Book, the proceeds of which subsidized the endowment that funds the Women's International Club (WIC) summer abroad scholarship. Although the book was essentially a WIC project, it benefited from contributions by the Nationality Rooms committee members and the Nationality Rooms Office administrative staff. The Women’s International Club meets quarterly and remains a co-sponsor in the Summer Study Abroad scholarship program.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The collections consists of the administrative files and records of the activities of the club. Included are corresponcence files, treasurer's reports, minutes (incomplete) and events. A prominent section of records is that of the development and sales of the Nationality Rooms Recipe Book.

Subject Terms

  • Women -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs

Corporate Names
  • Cathedral of Learning (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Women's International Club. -- Records and correspondence

Personal Names
  • Mitchell, Ruth Crawford, 1890-

  • Cookbooks -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Women

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited by Christina Lagnese in March 2013.

Preferred Citation:

Women's International Club Records, UA.40.01.01, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Carly Lough and Marianne Kasica in March 2013.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Separated Material:
The floppy disks that contain the electronic version of the Recipe Book are in Box 11. The file has been transferred to the Archives server.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Policy and Bylaws

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains a somewhat incomplete set of policies and by-laws that were filed in the Nationality Rooms office at the time of processing.

Box 1
Folder 1 Policies, Rules of Procedure, draft Bylaws, 1975-2001
Folder 2 Bylaws, 1966-1984

Series II. Membership

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains some membership lists as well as the applications and nominations for membership in the Club.

Folder 3 Members, 1941-1956
Folder 4 Members, 1963-1966
Folder 5 Members, 1967-1975
Folder 6 Members, 1980-1985
Folder 7 Members, 1987-1990
Folder 8-9 Member Nominations, 1965, 1984

Series III. Treasurers Accounts and Reports, 1961-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the records of the treasurer as well as supporting documentaion. Since dues were often collected at the time of the annual luncheon, the luncheon sheets document dues payment as well as luncheon attendance. There is also the finances for the production and sale of the Recipe Book. Other activities around the book are in Series VII.

Box 2
Folder 1 Ledger Cards, 1961-1973
Folder 2-4 Dues and Reports Ledgers, 1967-1988
Folder 5-6 Luncheon Sheets and Dues, 1984-1985
Folder 7 Hoechstetter Printing Co. Invoices and Correspondence, 1973-1978
Folder 8-11 Nationality Rooms Recipe Book Sales and Invoices, 1974-1985

Box 3
Folder 1-9 Nationality Rooms Books Sales and Invoices, 1976-1998

Series IV. Minutes

Scope and Content Notes:

This series comprises the minutes of the meetings as well as any business transacted at other gatherings. There are some missing.

Box 3
Folder 10 1972-1973
Folder 11 1973-1975
Folder 12 1977-1983

Box 4
Folder 1 1985-1990
Folder 2 2003-2005
Folder 3 Executive Committee, 1963-1965

Series V. Correspondence Files

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains correspondence as well as many other day-to-day transactions of the club. The postcards and letters pertain mainly to scholarship recipients but occasionally other greetings.

Box 4
Folder 4-12 1950-1963

Box 5
Folder 1-7 1965-1973

Box 6
Folder 1-12 1973-1985

Box 7
Folder 1-10 1986-1996

Box 8
Folder 1-14 1997-2012
Folder 15 Postcards and Letters, 1984-1985

Series VI. Events and Publicity

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains all of the preparations and details of the various functions listed below. There are minutes mixed in with some of these files as they pertain to the event.

Box 9
Folder 1 Nationality Rooms Council Dinner for Ruth C. Mitchell, 1956
Folder 2 Events, 1959
Folder 3 Ruth C. Mitchell Lecture, 1962
Folder 4 Folk Dance Workshop, 1963
Folder 5-6 Publicity, 1963, 1965
Folder 7-10 Ruth Crawford Mitchell 90th Birthday Celebration, 1975-1980
Folder 11-12 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1989
Folder 13 Buffet Meetings, 1976-1993
Folder 14 Luncheon Invitations, 1981-1993
Folder 15 Publicity, 1982
Folder 16 Costume Show, 1990
Folder 17 President's Luncheon, 1980-1999
Folder 18 Luncheons, 2004
Folder 19 International Buffets, 1989-2002
Folder 20 25th Anniversary, 1964

Box 10
Folder 1 Photographs, 1952-1999

Series VII. Nationality Rooms Recipe Book

Scope and Content Notes:

The Nationality Rooms Recipe Book is a compilation of recipes used in Women's International Club (WIC) events as well as some donated by various members of the Nationality Room Committees. The proceeds of the sales of this book established the endowment for the WIC Study Abroad Scholarship Program.

Folder 2-4 Manuscript, 1953
Folder 5 Planning, 1953-1956
Folder 6 Publicity, 1975-1988
Folder 7 Promotion Events, 1975-1979
Folder 8 Gimbels Promotion, 1976
Folder 9 Book Events, 1976-1978
Folder 10 TNN Broadcast, 1991
Folder 11 Electronic Format Agreement, 1991

Box 11
Folder 1 Quail Ridge Press, 1993
Folder 2 WQED Nutrition Council
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1991
Folder 4-5 Recipe Books