Guide to the Sorosis Club [Of Dothan, AL] Records, 1951-1976
Record Group 181

Extent: 1 file folder

Organizational History: The Sorosis Club was the first professional women's club in the United States. It was organized in New York City, NY, in March 1868, by Jane Cunningham Croly.  Among its founding members were Fanny Fern Parton, a popular columnist who had been angered at newspaper women being excluded from the all-male New York Press Club when it had an honorary dinner for the author Charles Dickens the month before.  The clubs object was to further the educational and social activities of women, and to bring together for mutual helpfulness, representative women in art, literature, science, and kindred pursuits.  Sorosis was incorporated in January 1869.  [Information from Wikipedia, with references*].

The Dothan [AL] chapter was founded by Mrs. Scottie McKenzie Frasier (wife of Dr. Alfred S. Frasier of Frasier-Ellis Hospital) in September 1928.  [Information from annual program]

*Sources:

  • Sorosis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorosis
  • Information from front of club yearbook/program
  • Editor & Publisher for September 4, 1920, p 30
  • Obituary – Death Claims Dr. Frasier…, Dothan Eagle, 15 June 1934, p1
  • Obituary – Mrs. Frasier…dies at home.  Dothan Eagle, 24 November 1964, p1-2

Scope / Content Note: Contains seven annual programs that include membership rosters, officers, and dates for monthly meetings.

Preferred Citation: The Sorosis Club, RG 181, The Wiregrass Archives, Troy University-Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Calendar of Annual Programs available:

1951-52

1954-55

1957-58

1959-60

1961-62

1965-66

1967-76.

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