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Series VI. Fundraising, 1927-1979

Scope and Content Notes:

Series VI contains materials for the Pittsburgh Sections fundraising activities. One of the Section's first projects was fundraising. Most early fundraising was ad hoc, to cover the expenses of renting a hall for a lecture, for example. An early campaign raised a little over $1,630 to give to the Pittsburgh and Allegheny Free Kindergarten Association for the establishment of a new kindergarten. The school was named "Columbian Kindergarten" in honor of the Columbian Council. In 1897 the increasing expenditure of funds for philanthropy led the Section to inaugurate other fundraising techniques, including special memberships, personal solicitations, and memorials. In 1909 the Section introduced a Ways and Means Committee whose purpose was fundraising. The committee introduced sponsorship of theatrical events, guest lectures, and souvenir programs, which were very successful. The first supper dance and automobile raffles were introduced in 1917 and balls, fashion shows, dinner dances, and carnivals were popular through the 1930s and 1940s. In the late 1950s extravagant musicals were produced featuring members of the Section. During the 1970s the low key Stay-At-Home Balls replaced the Angel Balls of the 1960s.

However, the Section's most successful, ongoing fundraising has been through their thrift shops. Thrift shops were inaugurated by Mrs. Minnie Kaufmann in 1927. She stated their purpose to be, "to utilize the waste of the Jewish community, to collect, and dispose of rummage." The Service Shop, and later the Council Shop, have been located at various addresses throughout Pittsburgh.

Subseries 1. Ways and Means

Box 15
Folder 1-2 Historic letters about Columbian Kindergarten
Folder 3 Committee reports and correspondence, 1950-1973
Folder 4-5 Remembrance, anniversary, and memorial fund, 1938-1960
Folder 6 Report, Benefit Ball, 1934-1935
Folder 7-8 Carnivals, 1946-1948
Folder 9 Benefit performance "Fun and Funds," 1949
Folder 10 "The Magic of Fall Fashion," 1950
Folder 11 Dinner dance and fashion revue, 1951
Folder 12-14 "Evening in Paris," 1952
Folder 15-17 "Americana Dinner Dance," 1953
Folder 18 Sixtieth birthday dinner dance, 1954
Folder 19 Dessert luncheon fashion show, 1955
Folder 20-24 "My Fair Lady," 1956

Box 16
Folder 1-4 "The Bells Are Ringing," 1957
Folder 5-8 "Three to Make Ready," 1958
Folder 9-11 Talent, Inc. (Sections's "little theatre group")
Folder 12-15 "Angel Balls," reports, invitations, and newspaper clippings, 1961-1970
Folder 16 "Stay-at-Home Balls," 1968-1979
Folder 17 Tour programs, 1966-1968
Folder 18 Lists of fundraising aides and contributors
Folder 19-25 Service/Council Shops, 1927-1973
Folder 26-26a Council Boutique (Anathan House) and "Designer Dress Day," 1970-1973