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U-Wah-Un Study Club Records (MS-00198)


U-Wah-Un Study Club Records (1919-1987) include a complete set of the organization's yearbooks from 1919 to 1977, a club scrapbook, meeting minutes, and financial records.

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0.69 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)
0.63 Linear Feet

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Scope and Contents Note

U-Wah-Un Study Club Records (1919-1987) contains a complete set of club yearbooks from 1919 to 1977. The books note the topic of each meeting, the name of the person presenting the program, and the hostess of the meeting. The books also list officers and club members. They provide a complete summary of the activities of the club over a fifty-eight year period and are replete with the names of influential women of Las Vegas. In addition, the collection contains the club scrapbook, covering the years 1953-1977, member biographies, newspaper clippings, histories of the club written by members, meeting minutes, and financial records.

Access Note

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.


Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Biographical / Historical Note

The U-Wah-Un Study Club was founded in 1919 in Las Vegas, Nevada as a women's literary club. The initial membership meeting in August 1919 was limited to twelve women, but the limit was raised to eighteen at the next meeting in September 1919. The first officers were Mrs. John S. Park, President; Mrs. Halle Hewetson, Vice-President; and Mrs. Charles L. Connelly, Secretary-Treasurer. The name of the club was suggested by Mrs. Helen J. Stewart and is Paiute for "Circle of Friends."

Meetings were held on the first and third Mondays of each month, and members took turns preparing the programs and hosting the meetings at their homes. Evening social meetings were sometimes held for members and their guests, and later the meetings were held in local hotels or restaurants. The club existed for many years and later took on community projects such as collecting books for the children of the Paiute Tribal Center in Las Vegas. The club is no longer active.

Preferred Citation

U-Wah-Un Study Club Records, 1919-1987. MS-00198. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acquisition Note

Materials were donated in 1978 by Bertha E. Franklin; accession number T- 126.

Processing Note

Carol A. Corbett processed the collection in 1996. In 2018, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Sarah Jones revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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