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Cardiff and District Soroptimist International records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 D220

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cardiff and District Soroptimist International records

Short Title: Cardiff and District Soroptimist International records

Creation date(s): 1951-2001

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.096 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cardiff and District Soroptimist International

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Soroptimist International is the largest worldwide service organisation for women in management and the professions, with more than 3000 clubs in over 120 countries. Soroptimists work through their service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. The organisations main ideals are: �,� the advancement of the status of women �,� high ethical standards �,� human rights for all �,� equality, development and peace through international goodwill, understanding and friendship. The Cardiff branch of the Soroptimists was established in 1950, as the Soroptimist Club of Cardiff and District. The founder President, Miss B. G. Sneyd, was presented with the group��TMs charter at a dinner at the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, in the December of that year. The group��TMs insignia of a chain and badge were presented by a member of the mother club at Swansea. Initially, the group comprised 29 members drawn mainly from the world of education. By 1982, this had increased to 48. Several daughter clubs grew from the Cardiff group, including Merthyr Tydfil (est. 1957), Rhondda (est. 1958), Barry (est. 1968) and Newport (est. 1963). Friendship links have been established with soroptimist groups across the world, including Las Vegas and Meriden in the United States of America, Copenhagen in Denmark, Dublin in Ireland, and Melbourne in Australia. The Cardiff club has been represented at almost every International Convention since 1950, and delegates have also attended Conferences of the Soroptimists Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. 4 members have held office on the Federation, and 5 have held regional office in South Wales. Soroptimists International Cardiff and District contribute a great deal to fund raising and community service within Cardiff. A notable example is the Cardiff Soroptimists Housing Association. Established in 1954, the Association��TMs aim was to provide flats and apartments to retired women of limited means. Three houses were procured for the purpose: Oakland (1959), Stowe (1962) and Meriden (1968). The group continued to work through the Association until 1996, when it was merged with the Cadwyn Housing Association.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Cardiff and District Soroptimist International records comprising minutes; accounts; papers

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Cardiff and District Soroptimist International records arranged chronologically by record series

Conditions governing access: No Restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: A detailed catalogue is not currently available

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records offered have been accepted and listed

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual, 2002

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2006


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