Guide to the Mobilized Women of Berkeley Records, 1917-1969

Guide written by Janice Otani
Funding for processing this collection was provided by National Historical Records and Publications Commission
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Guide to the Mobilized Women of Berkeley Records, 1917-1969

Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/10 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California Funding for processing this collection was provided by National Historical Records and Publications Commission
Guide Written By:
Janice Otani
Date Completed:
March 2006
© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Mobilized Women of Berkeley records
Date (inclusive): 1917-1969
Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/10 c
Creators : Mobilized Women of Berkeley
Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton, 1 box, 1 oversize box, 4 volumes Linear feet: 2.25
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: The Mobilized Women of Berkeley records, 1917-1969, includes meeting minutes that serve as a record for the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, general monthly meetings, bi-monthly luncheons, and annual meetings. They consist of attendance logs, address lists for members and officers, as well as attachments relating to agenda items such as bylaws, correspondence, reports, and income and disbursement records. There is also a cash journal with entries dating from 1918 to 1921. The collection includes publicity scrapbooks, spanning the years from 1917 to 1969. They document the organization's war work, community service activities, and social functions. They consist of newspaper releases, correspondence, photographs, event programs, articles, announcements, and miscellany.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mobilized Women of Berkeley Records, BANC MSS 70/10 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Collections

Certificate of Recognition of the Mobilized Women of Berkeley Articles of Incorporation, dated April 29, 1924; BANC MSS 92/900 c.
Photos from the Mobilized Women of Berkeley records, BANC PIC 1984.083-PIC.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1984.083-PIC).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Charities--California--History-Sources.
Women--California--Societies and clubs.
Minutes.
Account books.
Scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Mobilized Women of Berkeley Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Joseph A. Pask on March 18, 1992.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Janice Otani in 2005.

Organizational Information

During World War I, hundreds of Berkeley women met in May 1917 to "mobilize" for the war effort. They named their group the Mobilized Women's Organizations of Berkeley. The women formed their own army by inaugurating the block system where they divided neighborhoods into sections, each containing several blocks that were assigned to members for donation solicitations. They conducted many successful drives for food conservation, liberty bonds, and the Red Cross. Most significantly, they developed a program to reclaim waste. They gathered newspapers, magazines, clothing, furniture, and other salvaged materials that could be cleaned and repaired to be made useful again. The organization was able to remain self-sustaining through the sales of these items in their thrift stores and other fund raising activities.
After the war, the organization renamed themselves the Mobilized Women of Berkeley (Moby). Their peace time program included the continuing reclamation of waste with proceeds used to promote citizenship and meeting the social and financial needs of the underpriviledged residents of Berkeley. The purpose of their "Americanization" work was to make better American citizens of the native born and to bring American ideals and citizenship to the foreign born. They served as a welfare organization cooperating with all agencies, primarily families needing assistance in West Berkeley. Some of the activities consisted of classes in English, sewing and millinery, as well as interpreting services.
During World War II, the Mobilized Women of Berkeley coordinated with government agencies to conduct Red Cross shelter availability surveys, identification tag registration and distribution, food rationing program, and the sale of war bonds and stamps.
In 1949, Moby established a community center at their headquarters on University Avenue that provided both adult and youth activities, including recreation and camping programs, literacy school, and family rehabilitation and relief work. Through the 1950s and 1960s, they continued with their welfare and community service work in West Berkeley. The women also hosted numerous fund raising activities such as luncheons, teas, and fashion shows to support their wide range of projects.
In 1969, to commemorate their 50th anniversary, the Mobilized Women of Berkeley announced their retirement as an organization. They concluded that their type of service to the community was no longer needed because more government agencies were available to residents. At the same time, the Mobilzed Women of Berkeley decided to hand over the deed for their building to the East Bay Association for Retarded Children (EBARC) because they wanted to give their facilities to another welfare organization to carry on the old traditions in a new way. The disbanded organization formed an auxiliary to assist EBARC in the future. This action disolved the oldest women's service organization in the East Bay.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Mobilized Women of Berkeley records, 1917-1969, includes meeting minutes that serve as a record for the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, general monthly meetings, bi-monthly luncheons, and annual meetings. They consist of attendance logs, address lists for members and officers, as well as attachments relating to agenda items such as bylaws, correspondence, reports, and income and disbursement records. There is also a cash journal with entries dating from 1918 to 1921. The collection includes publicity scrapbooks, spanning the years from 1917 to 1969. They document the organization's war work, community service activities, and social functions. They consist of newspaper releases, correspondence, photographs, event programs, articles, announcements, and miscellany.
Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1984.083--PIC). A related document, the certificate of recognition of the Mobilized Women of Berkeley Articles of Incorporation, dated April 29, 1924, is located at The Bancroft Library (BANC MSS 92/900 c).

Container List

 

SERIES 1 MEETING MINUTES AND RELATED MATERIALS 1917-1965

Physical Description: Carton 1, Folders 1-25

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. Further divided into three subseries: General, Executive Board, and Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Contains meeting minutes for general monthly meetings, annual meetings, the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and bi-monthly luncheons. Consists of attendance logs, address lists for members and officers, bylaws, correspondence, reports, income and disbursement records, and a cash journal.
 

1.1 GENERAL 1917-1965

Carton 1, Folder 1

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1917 May 9- 1919 Jan 9

Carton 1, Folder 2

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1919 Oct 13- 1921 Apr 20

Carton 1, Folder 3

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1921 May 18- 1924 Apr 16

Carton 1, Folder 4

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1924 May 7- 1928 Jan 18

Carton 1, Folder 5

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1928 Feb 18- 1932 Jan 20

Carton 1, Folder 6

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1932 Feb 17- 1937 Dec 14

Carton 1, Folder 7

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1938 Jan 19- 1942 Jan 21

Carton 1, Folder 8

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1942 Feb 18- 1943 Jan 20

Carton 1, Folder 9

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1943 Feb 17- 1944 Jan 19

Carton 1, Folder 10

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1944 Feb 16-Dec 20

Carton 1, Folder 11

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1945 Jan 17- 1947 Jan 21

Carton 1, Folder 12

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1950 Feb 15- 1951 Dec 19

Carton 1, Folder 13

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1952 Jan 16-Dec 3

Carton 1, Folder 14

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1953 Jan 21-Dec 2

Carton 1, Folder 15

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1954 Jan 6- Dec 1

Carton 1, Folder 16

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1955 Jan 19- 1957 Dec 15

Carton 1, Folder 17

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1958 Jan 15-1959 Apr

Carton 1, Folder 18

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1960 Jan 20- 1962 Dec 19

Carton 1, Folder 19

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1960 Jan 20-1965 Dec 16

Carton 1, Folder 20

Meeting minutes and organization materials 1963 Feb 20-1964 Dec 16

 

1.2 EXECUTIVE BOARD 1924-1959

Carton 1, Folder 21

Meeting minutes 1924 Sep 3-1932 Jan 6

Carton 1, Folder 22

Meeting minutes 1932 Jan 22-1940 Apr 3

Carton 1, Folder 23

Meeting minutes 1956 Jan 4-1959 Dec 16

 

1.3 MISCELLANEOUS 1918-1921, 1930, 1945

Carton 1, Folder 24

Correspondence and organization materials 1918, 1930, 1945

Carton 1, Folder 25

Cash journal 1918 Aug 1-1921 Jul 1

 

SERIES 2 PUBLICITY SCRAPBOOKS 1917-1969

Physical Description: Box 1, Folders 1-11; Volumes 1-4

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains newspaper releases, correspondence, photographs, programs, articles, announcements, cloth collection bag, and miscellany.
Volume 1

Scrapbook 1917-1944

Box 1, Folder 1

Scrapbook 1919-1921

Box 1, Folder 2

Scrapbook 1922-1928

Volume 2

Scrapbook 1924-1935

Box 1, Folder 3

Scrapbook 1937-1938

Volume 3

Scrapbook 1944-1947

Volume 4

Scrapbook 1948-1949

Box 1, Folder 4

Scrapbook 1950-1965

Box 1, Folder 5

Scrapbook 1954-1961

Box 1, Folder 6

Scrapbook 1962

Box 1, Folder 7

Scrapbook 1963

Box 1, Folder 8

Scrapbook 1964

Box 1, Folder 9

Scrapbook 1965-1968

Box 1, Folder 10

Scrapbook 1965-1969

Box 1, Folder 11

Miscellaneous newsclippings 1921, 1967, undated

Oversize Box 1

Cloth collection bag undated