There are five series in this collection: Scrapbooks, Committees, Financial, General, and Members. Within the Committees series there are two subseries: Contracts, and Events under Committees, and Minutes and Membership Directories under Members.
There are three scrapbooks. Each one displays a mix of photographs, letters, ticket stubs, and pamphlets. Many are incomplete due to deterioration and other preservation issues. One scrapbook, chiefly arranged chronologically, with some topical pages, appears to have been created for the 25th anniversary of the Ravinia Women's Club, also known as the Ravinia Civics Club and the Ravinia Women's Club The scrapbook includes bylaws, yearbooks, clippings and programs and inter-organizational correspondence.
There are three committees that took part in the Ravinia Woman’s Club; they are Philanthropy, Social, and Village House. These committees held luncheons, dinner theater, and fashion shows and musical performances. These events can be found under the two subseries titles of Contracts and Events. These dates range from 1934-1969.
The financial section of the collection holds various member dues, expenses for events, and the costs involved with running the Club. It also contains some audits and tax-exempt forms applying for 501c3 not for profit status. The series ranges from 1916-1969.
General information ranges from 1911-1964. This topical file holds a mixture of histories, correspondence, outreach, and newspaper clippings.
The Members series of the collection forms the bulk of the Ravinia Woman’s Club records. It has two subseries the first being the Minutes of the meetings, with dates ranging from 1913-1957. Within the minutes are also newspaper clippings and letters. The second subseries are the extensive collection of Membership Directories. They almost hold a complete history of the Club ranging from 1919-1969. They help place the Ravinia Woman’s Club into its context by also being associated with the Lyons Township Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Federation of Clubs of the 10th Congressional District of Illinois.
Ravinia Civic Association.