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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M89- 7
Creator: Woman's Christian Temperance Union (Tampa, Fla.)
Title, Dates: Records, 1905-1922.
Amount: 0.50 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was a prohibitionist and philanthropic organization active during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Founded in 1894, its members lobbied for the adoption of a Constitutional amendment outlawing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Their efforts culminated in 1919 with the adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment.
    A number of WCTU chapters were active in Florida.  A chapter known as the Magdalene Union was organized in Tampa in 1905 with Etta Mendenhall serving as president.  The chapter later became known as the Mendenhall Union in honor of their first president. In 1922, the chapter sponsored the opening of one of the earliest day care centers in Tampa.
Summary:     This collection contains records of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union chapter in Tampa, Florida.  The records include an account book, dated 1905-1922, and a minute book, dated 1905-1909, that details the various actions of the chapter.  A few miscellaneous receipts and letters are also included.
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Associated Materials: Collection M97-12 contains related W.C.T.U. records from the W.C.T.U. of Florida and the W.C.T.U. of Jacksonville, Florida.
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Subject Access Fields: Women Societies and clubs Florida
Temperance Societies, etc
Prohibition Florida
Women History 20th century Florida
Tampa (Fla.)
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