The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

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Alliance Franšaise of Toledo Records, 1962-1999

MSS-143

Size:  4.5 linear feet (plus oversize).

Provenance: Gift of Christopher Malhoit, president of the Toledo Chapter of Alliance Française, on behalf of Alliance Française.

 

Access:  Open

Collection Summary: Collection contains the organization's constitution and by-laws as well as administrative files, correspondence, printed materials and ephemera documenting the Alliance Française’s dedication to promoting French culture and language in the Toledo area.

 

Subjects: Civic Interests, Education and Schools, Ethnic Culture, and Social Life and Customs

 

Related Collections:  Betty Mauk Papers, MSS-135

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by:  Magdalena Delicka and Benjamin Grillot, Spring 2000; last updated: July 2014

 

 

 

Historical Sketch

 

The origins of The Alliance Française in the United States are rooted in Alliance de Paris, an organization dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture, founded in Paris in 1883.  The first chapter of the Alliance de Paris in the United States emerged in 1888 and by 1902 there were 33 chapters across the country.  These 33 chapters, deciding they were large enough to form their own organization, united in 1902 to form the Federation of Alliance Française aux États-Unis.  The organization grew quickly and by the mid 1960s had reached over 200 chapters.

           

Nationwide, the organization's official mission was "to increase understanding of the French language, literature, history and culture among people in the United States and to encourage cultural exchange, mutual understanding and friendship."  This goal was achieved in a variety of ways including cultural events, language instruction, and foreign exchange programs.  Alliance Française has branched out into cyberspace and their website can be found at http://www.afusa.org/.

 

The roots of Alliance Française in Toledo can be traced to a singular, dynamic individual -Mrs. Betty Mauk.  In the late 1950s, Mrs. Mauk and several other French-speaking Toledoans began to meet regularly to converse in French and promote French culture.  As this group became larger and increasingly formal, they decided in 1967 to be officially incorporated into the national Alliance Francaise.  Membership continued to grow quickly reaching 200 individuals by 1967 and 250 by 1969. 

 

Under the leadership of Mrs. Mauk, Alliance Francaise of Toledo offered the community lectures, films, a French library, trips to France, and programs devoted to French culture.  In 1967, setting a precedent of cultural activity that they would continue for years to come, the group sponsored a troupe of French actors to perform Turcaret, an 18th century French play.

 

Throughout the late sixties, Alliance Française offered private language instruction at all levels:  beginner, intermediate and advanced.  As the organization expanded, so did the demand for their services.  In the late 1960s, Alliance Française organized a school where French language courses could be taught to the general public.

 

Mrs. Mauk was also known for her ardent support of the revitalization of Toledo's downtown riverfront.  During the 1970s when the aging Habor and Bridges Building was demolished, she approached the director of Toledo's Urban Renewal program with a plan for a riverfront park.  After much lobbying, hard work and persuasion, her dream became a reality and Promenade Park was born. To the delight of many native Toledoans, she sold homemade French crepes at the riverfront concession stand.  Betty also converted a downtown tailor shop near the park into Alliance office space.

 

The vision and ideals upon which Alliance Française was founded continue to guide the organization today.  Alliance Française donates scholarship money to outstanding French language students for travel to France, organizes lectures with internationally known speakers, and plans cultural events to be enjoyed by its members and the city at large.  The club's membership has remained steady and they plan to continue their efforts to educate Toledoans about French culture and language well into the next century.  

 

Scope and Content Note

 

The Alliance Française of Toledo Records has been separated into eight series:  Administrative Materials, Correspondence, Cultural Events, Financial Materials, Legal Materials, Photographs, Printed Materials and School Materials.  The fourth box contains oversized items from each of these series.

 

The first series, Administrative Materials, documents the operational proceedings of the organization and is subdivided into seven sub-series:  1) Affiliate Organizations 2) Annual Meetings 3)Board Meeting Minutes 4)Contacts 5)Membership Materials 6)Message Books and  7)Volunteers.

 

The Affiliate Organizations sub-series contains office files with interaction between the Alliance Française of Toledo and the National Federation of Alliance Française, the International Institute of Greater Toledo, and the Toledo Area International Trade Organization.

 

The second sub-series, Annual Meetings, is comprised of materials from the annual meetings of Alliance Française aux États-Unis (the national organization).  Board Meeting Minutes contain the minutes of board meetings held by the Alliance Française Board of Trustees and Contacts includes lists of individuals with whom there was an important affiliation. 

 

The fifth sub-series, Membership Materials, is composed of rosters, account books, lists and summary reports.  These items authenticate membership in Alliance Française in different ways.  Message Books, the next sub-series, consists of telephone and interoffice messages recorded in these volumes.  The last or seventh sub-series, Volunteers, has chronicled the activities of the organization's volunteers.

 

The second series of the Alliance Francaise of Toledo Records is Correspondence.  It, too, has been separated into six additional categories by the type of correspondence and the organization where it was sent.  Where appropriate, the letters have been separated into French and English to facilitate research.  The sub-series are:  Administrative, Alliance Francaise of the United States, Board of Trustees, General Correspondence, Legal, and Personal.

 

The next series, Cultural Events, documents the many varied activities sponsored, organized and attended by Alliance Française members.  Included here are pamphlets, playbills, advertisements, budget materials, correspondence and reports.   They are arranged into three sub-series, Cultural Events - General, Cultural Events - Project/Trip Sponsoring, and Cultural Events - SpecificCultural Events - General is arranged chronologically and contains general subject files kept by the organization.  The second sub-series, Cultural Events - Project/Trip Sponsoring, consists of trips and projects sponsored by the Alliance Française.  The third sub-series has information on specific cultural events relative to the organization.

 

Financial Materials details the financial status of the organization.  Treasurer’s reports, financial statements and budget information constitute the fourth series and are arranged alphabetically then chronologically.  Additional financial materials can be found in the Oversize materials box.

 

Legal Materials is a small series with just three folders.  The formal Code of Regulations and the legal paperwork surrounding the organization's official incorporation can be found here.

 

Photographs, series six, are arranged chronologically by the event named in the folder title.  Additional large-scale photos are in the Oversize materials box.

 

The seventh series consists of Printed Materials.  Included in this series are three sub-series: Pamphlets, Newspaper Clippings, and NewslettersPamphlets are informational brochures or fliers created by the organization for purposes of self-promotion.  Newspaper Clippings are cuttings from various local newspapers relating to the activities of Alliance-Française. These materials date to the earliest days of the organization.  The Newsletter sub-series contains copies of the Newsletter published by Alliance Française.  Arrangement is alphabetical by folder title and chronological inside each folder.

 

The final series is comprised of School Materials and denotes activities of the school whose purpose was to provide French language instruction and promote French culture in Northwest Ohio.  It contains correspondence, financial materials, administrative materials, essays, resumes and student lists. 

 

A fourth box with oversize materials has many items from the original eight series, including oversize scrapbooks with news clippings, photographs, financial documents and ephemera.


Folder List

 

Box

Folder

S1. Administrative Materials

 

 

 

 

 

A. Affiliate Organizations

 

 

 

1

1

Chapters in the United States, 1985-1989

 

2

Federation of Alliance Française, United States, 1982-1996

 

3

International Institute of Greater Toledo, 1988-1990

 

4

Toledo Area International Trade Organization (TAITA), 1988-1991

 

 

 

 

 

B. Annual Meetings

 

 

 

 

5

Annual Meetings, Alliance-Française, Toledo, 1982-1999

 

6

Annual Meetings, Alliance-Française, United States, 1983-1997

 

 

 

 

 

C. Board Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

 

7

Board Meeting Minutes, 1969-1978

 

8

Board Meeting Minutes, 1978-1981

 

9

Board Meeting Minutes, 1982-1987

 

10

Board Meeting Minutes, 1988

 

11

Board Meeting Minutes, 1989

 

12

Board Meeting Minutes, 1990

 

 

 

 

 

D. Contacts

 

 

 

 

13

Contacts

 

 

 

 

 

E. Membership Materials

 

 

 

 

14

Membership Account Book, 1975-1985

 

15

Membership List, Alliance Française - United States, 1983-1988

 

16

Membership Materials - Misc., 1980-1992

 

17

Membership Payments and Donations, 1982-1992

 

18

Membership Rosters, 1968-1969

 

19

Membership Rosters, 1984-1993

 

20

Membership Summary Reports, 1988-1993

 

 

 

 

 

F. Message Books

 

 

 

 

21

Message Books, 1986-1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Message Books, 1988-1990

 

 

 

 

 

G. Volunteers

 

 

 

 

23

Alliance-Française Toledo Volunteers, 1989-1991

 

 

 

 

 

II.  Correspondence

 

 

 

 

 

A. Administrative

 

 

 

2

1

Alliance Française Toledo Correspondence, Administrative, 1984-1988

 

2

Alliance Française Toledo Correspondence, Administrative, 1989

 

3

Alliance Française Toledo Correspondence, Administrative, 1990-1996

 

4

AFT Correspondence (French), Administrative, 1985-1990

 

 

 

 

 

B. Alliance Française - United States

 

 

 

 

5

Alliance Française USA Correspondence (English), 1982-1995

 

6

Alliance Française USA Correspondence (French), 1989-1997

 

 

 

 

 

C. Board of Trustees

 

 

 

 

7

Board of Trustees Correspondence, 1984-1992

 

 

 

 

 

D. General Correspondence

 

 

 

 

8

General Correspondence, 1965-1977

 

 

 

 

 

E. Legal

 

 

 

 

9

Legal Correspondence, 1984-1990

 

 

 

 

 

F. Personal

 

 

 

 

10

Personal Correspondence (English), 1988-1993

 

11

Personal Correspondence (French), 1987-1993

 

 

 

 

 

III. Cultural Events

 

 

 

 

 

A. Cultural Events Files - General

 

 

 

 

12

Cultural Events, 1962-1977

 

13

Cultural Events, 1979-1983

 

14

Cultural Events, 1984-1987

 

15

Cultural Events, 1988

 

16

Cultural Events, 1989

 

17

Cultural Events, 1990

 

18

Cultural Events, 1991-1994

 

19

Cultural Events, 1995

 

20

Cultural Events, 1996

 

21

Cultural Events, 1997-1999

 

 

 

 

 

B. Cultural Events - Project/Trip Sponsoring

 

 

 

 

22

Concourse Nationale de France, 1986-1997

 

23

Local Project Sponsoring, 1986-1996

 

 

 

 

 

C. Cultural Events - Specific

 

 

 

 

24

30th Anniversary Celebration, 1997

 

25

Bastille Day Celebration, 1989

 

26

Bicentennial of the French Revolution - School Registrations, 1989

 

27

Christmas Party, 1997

 

28

International Heritage Festival, 1997

 

29

"Jacques Brel" play at the Rep, 1997

 

30

Nouveau Beaujolais Celebration, 1997

 

31

Renoir Exhibit Trip, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

IV. Financial Materials

 

 

 

3

1

Billings for Translations, 1990-1991

 

2

Budget Information, AF - Toledo, 1987-1991

 

3

Financial Materials, 1967-1982 (1 of 2)

 

4

Financial Materials, 1967-1982 (2 of 2)

 

5

Financial Statements, AF - USA, 1988-1995

 

6

Invoices, 1989-1990

 

7

Travel, 1989-1996

 

8

Treasurer's File, 1973-1975

 

9

Treasurer's Reports, 1983-1989 (1 of 2)

 

10

Treasurer's Reports, 1983-1989 (2 of 2)

 

11

Treasurer's Reports, 1990-1994

 

 

 

 

 

V. Legal Materials

 

12

 

 

13

Building and Grounds, 1984-1990

 

14

Code of Regulations, 1982-1988

 

 

Incorporation Materials, 1966-1988

 

 

 

 

 

VI. Photographs (See Also: VIII. Oversize)

 

 

 

 

15

French Photographs, 1981 & n.d.

 

16

Photographs, 1986

 

17

Photographs, 1989

 

18

Photographs, Christmas, 1990

 

19

Photographs, Christmas, 1991

 

20

Photographs, Friends' Meeting, 1991

 

21

Photographs, 1991

 

22

Photographs, Mardi Gras, 1993

 

23

Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1993

 

24

Photographs, Christmas, 1994

 

25

Photographs, French Students Visiting, 1994

 

26

Photographs, Le Piaf Fete, 1994

 

27

Photographs, 1994

 

28

Photographs, Soiree au Restaurant, 1994

 

29

Photographs, Entre Amis, 1995

 

30

Photographs, 1995

 

31

Photographs, Beaujolais Party, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

VII. Printed Materials

 

 

 

 

 

A. News clippings

 

 

 

 

32

News clippings, 1967-1980

 

33

News clippings, 1984-1997

 

 

 

 

 

B. Newsletter

 

 

 

 

34

Newsletter, 1974-1997

 

 

 

 

 

C. Pamphlets

 

 

 

 

35

Bicentennial of the French Revolution - Pamphlets, 1989

 

 

 

 

 

VIII. School Materials

 

 

 

 

36

Experiment in International Living, 1971-1972

 

37

French Courses, 1969-1998

 

38

Payments to Teachers, 1988-1990

 

39

Private Lesson Payments, 1989-1990

 

40

Resumes in English, 1984-1988

 

41

Resumes in French, 1982-1987

 

42

Scholarship Materials, 1988-1995 (RESTRICTED)

 

43

School Correspondence, 1985-1995

 

44

School Income Reports, 1988-1990

 

45

School Related Materials, 1988-1990

 

46

Student Essays, 1992

 

47

Student Lists, 1984-1990

 

48

Teacher Information, 1986-1989

 

49

Teacher - M. Jacques Navarro, 1971

 

50

Teacher - Mlle. L. Annichini, 1969

 

51

Teacher's Time Sheets, 1987-1988

 

 

 

 

 

IX. Oversize

 

 

 

 

 

Items distributed among 3 oversize boxes: 4, 5, and 6.

 

 

 

4,5,6

 

III. Cultural Events: Ephemera - Mardi Gras, 1993;  Scrapbook, Cultural Events, 1985-1987; Scrapbook, Cultural Events, 1987-1988; Scrapbook, Cultural Events, 1989-1990

 

 

 

 

 

IV. Financial Materials:  Cash Receipts and Disbursements Journal, 1975-1981; Financial Information, 1980-1982; Financial Information, 1982-1983

 

 

 

 

 

VI. Photographs: Photographs, Assorted, n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

VII. Printed Materials: Scrapbook, News clippings, 1959-1977

 

 

 

 

 

VII. Ephemera: Medallions, Commemorative Coins