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Junior League of Lancaster County Records

Identifier: MS 075


The Junior League of Lancaster's Records from 1923-2001, documents the group's organization, activities, and volunteer work. This collection includes board minutes, ledgers, membership manuals, membership minutes, annual reports, newssheets, magazines, scripts, programs, scrapbooks, photo albums, and audio recordings. The collection contains both records of the local Lancaster chapter with some mention of national workings. Both the administrative records and collection of scrapbooks are particularly strong in documenting all League events from 1927 to 2004 with photographs and newspaper clippings. Records on recent membership and community involvement is sparse and financial records are not included. Gaps appear in membership/assembly minutes and annual reports. Areas of particular interest include early 1900s puppet show scripts, scrapbooks, and a large collection of photographs.


  • 1923-2004,
  • Majority of material found within 1923-1980


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

The Association of Junior Leagues International is an organization of women committed to improving communities and empowering their members through volunteerism and leadership. Established in 1901 by Mary Harriman, the League has established chapters in over 290 communities. The Lancaster chapter was founded in 1923 with 55 original members in attendance. Their earlier projects included a free kindergarten and the restoration of Wheatland, the home of James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. Today, they work to further the mission of the National Junior League and strengthen women through philanthropic events such as Kids in the Kitchen, Women Build Houses with Habitat for Humanity and Reach out and Read.


11.83 Linear feet (32 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: organized into five series: Collection organized into six series: I. Administrative Materials; II. Publications and Publicity; III. Event Scripts and Programs; IV. Scrapbooks; V. Photographs; VI. Audio/Visual. primarily arranged in date or topical order thereafter.

Ownership and Custodial History

The Junior League of Lancaster Records were donated in 2013 by the 2012-2013 administrative officers of the Junior League of Lancaster for preservation and digitization by the Franklin and Marshall College Archives and Special Collections in anticipation of the League's 90th anniversary. Processing and digitization was completed by student scholars working under the direction of History Professor Louise Stevenson and Archives staff as part of the summer Hackman Scholar Program.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Junior League of Lancaster. Address--Lancaster, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2013..

Processing Information

Processing completed May 2013.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States