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Frances J. Strouse papers concerning the Zonta Club of Charlotte

Identifier: MS0520

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials from the Zonta Club of Charlotte that were generated by Frances Stroud during her time with the organization. The largest item is a scrapbook/photo album from 1980-1981 that documents a study trip to a series of places throughout Asia, including the Phillipines, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong, taken by Zonta Club members. There is also a March 1976 issue of Zontian, the official magazine of Zonta Club International and a member directory for the Zonta Club of Charlotte.


  • Creation: 1976, 1980-1981


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Frances J. Strouse Papers Concerning the Zonta Club of Charlotte are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Zonta Club was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919 as an organization for business women and the club chartered a chapter in Charlotte, NC in 1958. The goal of the club was to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The vision of the Zonta Club is a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. The Zonta Club offers scholarships to women pursuing degrees in several different fields, including aerospace, business, public policy and government. The recipients of the scholarships are also encouraged to participate in community, school and international service projects.

Frances Strouse, the creator of this collection, grew up in Atlanta and received her Master's Degree from Emory University, where she was part of the first heart catheterization team in the United States. She then went on to direct the Cardio-Pulmonary Laboratory at Greenville General Hospital in Greenville, SC. Strouse was also the director of Marketing Research and Product Development for the Kendall Corporation. Finally, she was a very successful real estate agent in the Charlotte area for many years. She served in several organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the Charlotte Board of Realtors and Zonta International. In 1988, Strouse received the Charlotte Woman of the Year Award from WBT. She held several leadership positions in the Zonta Club of Charlotte and was chairperson of the club's International Relations Department.


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The collection contains items related to Frances Strouse's tenure at the Zonta Club, primarily from 1980-1981. It contains a photo album, member directory and a 1976 issue of Zontian, the official magazine of Zonta International.


The collection is arranged into a single, alphabetical title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired from Doug Collins, executor of the Frances Strouse estate, in 2015.

Related Materials

Charlotte Chapter-National Organization for Women (NOW) (MS 436). Charlotte Civitan Club (MS 213). Charlotte Woman's Club Records (MS 56). Women Executives (MS 396).

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2016 by Andrew Pack.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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