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Clubs and

Social, civic, and service organizations--for men, women, and children--have contributed greatly to the quality of life in Newark since the nineteenth century. Several of these organizations have preserved their archives in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library, and club ephemera is found in numerous collections of personal and family papers. Details from these sources illustrate many of the little known histories of Newark.

(Community Day, 1974)
Comunity Day publicity, 1974.
Archives of the American Association
of University Women, Newark Branch.

Newsletter with program agenda, October 1969 (left) and Community Day publicity noting contributions from AAUW Newark Branch, 1974.
Archives of the American Association of University Women, Newark Branch.
Gift of AAUW Newark Branch

Improved Order of Red Men ephemera.
Powell familiy papers.
Gift of Walter R. Powell

Postcard of Deer Park Farm / Red Men's Fraternal Lodge, located on West Park Place, now demolished.
Delaware Postcard collection.

Newark Lions Club telephone directory. Newark, Del. : Lions International, 1970.

(Red Men's Fraternal Home)
Postcard of Red Men's Fraternal Home.
Delaware Postcard collection.

History of Hiram Lodge, no. 25, A.F. & A.M. of Newark, Delaware : including history of its predecessors, the Delaware Hiram Lodge, no. 96, of Pennsylvania and of Hiram Lodge, no. 3, of Delaware / by Edward W. Cooch. Newark, Del. : The Lodge, 1950. "Subscribers . residing at and near the Village of Newark . petitioned the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to open a lodge at said village, December 1802." Hiram Lodge No.25 rented quarters from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows on Main Street, 1870-1890, shown in this image, 1950.

Directory of organizations in Newark, Delaware, the educational capital of the First State, welcomes you to the city. Newark, Del. : Newark Chamber of Commerce, 1959.

New Century Club of Newark, organized as a reading group by eight local women in 1893, had begun to take on matters of civic responsibility as early as 1897. Throughout its history the New Century Club has addressed a variety of civic issues, including education, medical and dental care, sanitation, environmental conservation and beautification, and improvement in prison conditions. Their motto is Non Nobis Solum (Not for Ourselves Alone). The home of the New Century Club, built in 1916, is located at the corner of Haines and Delaware Avenue.

Report from the Art Committee, 1932-1933, regarding the Club's advocacy for the importance of art, music, and athletic programs in the public schools. Publicity Committee Scrapbook, 1924-1934.
New Century Club of Newark archives.
Gift of the New Century Club of Newark

(Know your Newark, Delaware)
Know your Newark.
Newark, Del.: The League of Women
Voters of Newark, 1954.

League of Women Voters of Newark (1952-1994) made significant civic contributions to Newark through its mission to educate voters and encourage participation in government. The Newark League published several editions of Know Your Newark and This is Greater Newark, which remain informative sources for the history of local government and demographics of the city. The group studied important issues such as Newark's charter, Delaware's constitution, selected legislation on zoning, transportation, election districts, and other topics. Norma Handloff, one of the Newark League's founding members, successfully ran and served two terms as mayor of Newark. The Newark and Wilmington leagues merged in 1994 to form the League of Women Voters of New Castle County.

Know your Newark. Newark, Del. : The League of Women Voters of Newark, 1954

Letter to Mayor Durnall and Members of Council, October 28, 1958, from Mrs. John A. Munroe and Mrs. John H. McClendon, Reapportionment Committee, regarding equitable division of the election districts of Newark.

City of Newark / voting districts effective April 19, 1962.
Archives of the League of Women Voters of Newark.
Gift of the League of Women Voters of Newark

Norma Handloff for Congress [campaign button], 1972. Norma B. Handloff served as Newark's first woman mayor, 1966-1973.
Delaware Political Ephemera collection.

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