Scope and Contents
This collection includes the secretary's record book for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Indiana. Ranging from 1874 to 1888, the book includes the Union's constitution, executive committee and annual convention minutes, and newspaper clippings regarding the organization. The collection also includes a 1940 pamphlet printed by the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union Department of Literature with instructions regarding the duties of the Directors of Literature in local, district and state Unions.
Conditions Governing Use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical / Historical
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana was organized September 3, 1874 at a convention held in Indianapolis two months before the founding of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The first president of the state organization was Zerelda Gray Sanders Wallace, wife of David Wallace, a former governor of Indiana and father of Civil War general and author, Lew Wallace. Mrs. Wallace wrote Indiana’s motto, “The Women of the Nation versus the Liquor Traffic” and members sign the following pledge of the WCTU: “I hereby solemnly promise, God helping me, to abstain from all distilled, fermented, and malt liquors, including wine, beer and cider, and to employ all proper means to discourage the use of and traffic in the same.” Over the years, the organization has championed other causes, including suffrage, kindergartens, child labor, anti-prostitution, and other public health issues. Today, the WCTU and its affiliates continue to train women to “think on their feet, speak in public, and run an organization.”
115th Annual Yearbook of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana. [Ind]: Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana, 1989.
Virginia Commonwealth University. “Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.” Social Welfare History Project. Accessed October 24, 2018. https://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/religious/women%E2%80%99s-christian-temperance-union/.
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. “Early History.” Accessed October 24, 2018. https://www.wctu.org/history.html.