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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives



Series Descriptions

Annual Presentation and Award Programs,
(1 carton, 2 boxes)

{series #524m.1} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Files for each year usually contain a list of new inductees, a program for the Annual Presentation Luncheon, newspaper articles, and photographs. More recent years include letters to members from the president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.

Citation Books,
(3 boxes)

{series #524m.2} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year in three volumes.

Three hand-bound, hand-lettered volumes, listing the names and brief descriptions of the women being cited as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The second volume was bound by Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt, experts in fine binding and manuscript lettering. It was hand-lettered on a special paper, bound in Nigerian goat skin, with gold tooling on the binding.

(1 box)

{series #524m.3} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Directory books and Supplement to the Directory books, each containing lists of presidents, officers, governors, rosters, and brief descriptions of each member.

General Administrative Files,
(1 carton)

{series #524m.4} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

Files consist of Executive Committee minutes, guidelines and procedures for the president, correspondence between the governor and the president of the Distinguished Daughters, Treasurer's report, and meetings and minutes. Member information includes accomplishments, obituaries, lists of current members, and photos. Obituaries are also found in Members' Files.

Member Files,
(5 cartons)

{series #524m.5} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by last name.

Individual files for members of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, usually consisting of biographies, contact information, photographs, and newspaper articles. The files consist of 493 member files. Well-known members include Pearl Buck, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Violet Oakley, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Edna Andrade, Lee Ducat, and Marian Anderson.

Nomination Forms,
2003-2013, 2015
(1 box)

{series #524m.8} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Files consist of nomination forms of successful nominees. Information includes Summary of Qualifications Form, Official Nomination Forms, and nomination letters from sponsors.

Photographs and Scrapbooks,
(2 boxes)

{series #524m.6} [Holdings]


Scrapbooks consist of newspaper articles about individual members from 1970-1972, 1973-1974, and the Third Annual Presentation Luncheon on October 11, 1951. Most of the photographs consist of new members with Governor Casey at the Annual Presentation Luncheon.

President Files,
(2 boxes)

{series #524m.7} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

Presidents include Madge K. Benovitz, Dr. JoAnne W. Boyle, Alma Rau Jacobs, Nancy M. Neuman, Sondra Olser, and Margot Bell Woodwell. Information consists of expenses, finances, minutes, correspondence, and the Fiftieth Annual Awards Dinner at the Governor's Residence.

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