Women's Christian Temperance Union, Moorhead, Minnesota (S861)


Historical Sketch

The Moorhead Women’s Christian Temperance Union was organized in 1948. The WCTU grew from five women in 1948 to a membership of thirty-seven in 1960. The Moorhead WCTU is affiliated with the National WCTU and the National organization is part of the World Union which has a membership of seventy-seven countries. Each Union includes the departments of Christian Outreach, Citizenship, Education, Home Protection, Legislative, Public Relations, and Social Service. The objective of the WCTU is “for the education of public sentiment towards total abstinence from the use of all alcoholic beverages and the abolition of the traffic in such liquors.” 

Collection Description

The records of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union include such items as the constitution and by-laws, correspondence, meetings minutes, membership lists, programs and newspaper clippings, and the organization history. All records are in good condition. Additional material is located at the Minnesota Historical Society located in St. Paul, Minnesota. 


Box 1

  • Constitution and By-Laws. 1965
  • Correspondence
    • Miscellaneous. 1966-81
    • Otterson. 1978-81
  • History of Moorhead WCTU/Work and Objectives. 1948, undated
  • Life Time Award, Esther Tideman, Awards of Merit. 1978-79
  • Meeting Minutes. 1963-64
  • Membership List. 1966
  • Minnesota White Ribbon (selected issues). 1975-79
  • Miscellaneous/Newspaper Clippings. 1979
  • National Handbooks.
  • Program Guides. 1962-81
  • Resolutions, Reports and Program of District Conventions. 1971-80
  • Volume 1 - Secretary's Book/Role of Active Members. 1948-60
  • Volumes 2-3 - Treasurer's Book/Role of Active Members. 1948-65, 1977-86
  • Volumes 4-6 - Secretary's Book. 1968-83