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Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Card

Identifier: RH-A-4313

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of one program card from the Cooper, Michigan chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union dating from 1914-1915.

The front of the program bears the title “Woman’s Christian Temperance Union” in a gothic font, which “Cooper, Michigan” below it in a smaller typeface. Additionally, the program year (1914-1915) is stated. The statement “Friends and neighbors, you are welcome to our meetings one and all; We need you in our struggle Against King Alcohol.” The interior of the card lists a series of WCTU meeting dates and where they will be hosted, as well as the topics they will be discussing at each meeting. The cardstock insert consists of an invitation to the Cooper, MI “Home-Coming” festivities on August 20th, 1914. The WCTU pledge can be found printed on the back of the folded card, along with a list of chapter officers and superintendents.


  • Creation: 1914-1915


Biographical / Historical

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was founded in Cleveland, OH in 1874 in an effort to halt the traffic of alcohol sales in the United States as well as the rest of the world. This religiously affiliated non-profit organization was founded upon Baptist ideals and “believed that women, as the moral guardians of the home, should be involved in public and political activity.” The singular spelling of “woman” should be noted, as the organization name implies that each individual woman makes the commitment of abstinence from alcohol. Perhaps one of the organization’s biggest accomplishments is the signing of the Polyglot Petition. This petition was created in the 1880’s to convince legislators to prohibit alcohol/opium sales and amassed over 7,500,000 signatures from temperance advocates around the world and has been presented to world leaders at multiple major conferences since its conception.

This particular program is from the Cooper, MI chapter of the WCTU and contains meeting dates and locations for the WCTU 1914-1915 program. Additionally, an insert is provided with the schedule of events for the Cooper Home Coming events.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one program from the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Cooper, MI. The program itself is printed on a folding piece of cardstock paper. There is print on all four sides in black ink. Folded, this item is 3.5” x 5.5.” Unfolded, this item is 7” x 11.” Additionally, there is a single 3.5” x 5.5” piece of cardstock inserted between the fold of the program. The card shows some signs of ageing along its edges. The inserted card also has some brown spots along the top edge, possibly water damage. Overall the card is in good condition.

Genre / Form

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Card finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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