The Resource Yuma Mesa Homemakers collection, (manuscript)

Yuma Mesa Homemakers collection, (manuscript)

Label
Yuma Mesa Homemakers collection, 1948-2005
Title
Yuma Mesa Homemakers collection
Inclusive dates
1948-2005
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This collection is consists of various documents and scrapbooks documenting the activities of Yuma Mesa Homemakers Club. In addition to administrative and financial papers; membership and activity information; and copies of the club's monthly newsletter, there are also stories gathered by the club about the early lives of the homesteaders on the Yuma Mesa. Photographs are of several trips organized by the group. The yearbooks present were created by the club. There is also a folder which contains rough drafts, planning notes and other materials used in creating the books.The collection also includes 5 boxes of scrapbooks created by members of the club to record yearly events and activities. Many of the scrapbooks have photographs taken at these events as well as many newspaper articles. The books also contain notices of births, marriages, and deaths of club members and their relatives
Biographical or historical data
During World War II the Bureau of Land Management began preparing land for farming in the Yuma Mesa area as a dust abatement measure and preparation for future settlement. In 1948 the first half of this prepared land was sectioned and raffled to military veterans for homesteading. Soon afterward the wives of the new homesteaders formed a social group called the Yuma Mesa Homesteaders. The group was intended to provide entertainment and a means of communication for the inhabitants of the Yuma Mesa. In 1952 The Bureau of Land Management opened the second half of the prepared land for homesteading and the group expanded with the new influx of people. Due to the expansion of the club it was decided to change the name of the group to the Yuma Mesa Homemaker's Club. Over the years, the club became active in fundraising, raising money for charities and local groups as well as setting up scholarships for local high school students. In 1966 the club became involved in the Yuma County Fair, sponsoring a contestant for the Miss Yuma County Pageant and running a pie booth at the fair. This quickly became a successful annual tradition for the club with the proceeds of the booth supporting the pageant contestant and various charities.
Cataloging source
ZP3
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Yuma Mesa Homemakers (Yuma Mesa, Ariz.)
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  • Yuma Mesa Homemakers (Yuma Mesa, Ariz.)
  • Yuma Mesa Homesteaders (Yuma Mesa, Ariz.)
  • United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Veterans
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Yuma County Fair
  • Miss Yuma County Pageant
Label
Yuma Mesa Homemakers collection, (manuscript)
Instantiates
Note
Processed by Benjamin Findley, April 2014
Control code
2533
Cumulative index finding aids
Inventory
Extent
  • 5.5
  • (9
Organization method
In four series: Series 1 - Club documents; Series 2 - Photographs; Series 3 - Yearbooks; Series 4 - Scrapbooks
Type of unit
  • linear ft.
  • boxes)
Label
Yuma Mesa Homemakers collection, (manuscript)
Note
Processed by Benjamin Findley, April 2014
Control code
2533
Cumulative index finding aids
Inventory
Extent
  • 5.5
  • (9
Organization method
In four series: Series 1 - Club documents; Series 2 - Photographs; Series 3 - Yearbooks; Series 4 - Scrapbooks
Type of unit
  • linear ft.
  • boxes)

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