Author: Caroline D. Pratt


“Community Clubs for Women and Girls” (1912)

This leaflet, published in 1912, outlines a method for assembling women and girls into clubs that help them improve their domestic skills as well as organize for the social good. The annual convention of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs was held in Hampton the same year this leaflet was published. Two of the authors of this leaflet were on the faculty of Hampton Institute: Caroline D. Pratt was in charge of the Domestic Arts Department and Ida A. Tourtellot was a teacher of history.

The other author, Janie Aurora Porter Barrett, helped found the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs in 1908, and she served as its president until 1932. The clubs described in this leaflet, with support from the Federation, go on to offer social services and pressed for social justice and women’s suffrage.