Collection Scope and Content Note
The documents in this subgroup were created by the River Oaks Garden Club Board of Directors in the course of regular business, and as a result, include: minutes, officer and committee reports (and supporting documents), presidential papers (including correspondence and reports), and publications of the ROGC. The records range in date from the founding of the Club in 1927 to the present. The bulk of the materials originate from Houston, Texas, where the River Oaks community is located.
The ROGC convenes September through May.
This record group includes the ROGC Constitution, By-Laws, and Articles of Incorporation. By-laws range from 1942-1998. The date range for Articles of Incorporation are 1959-1993.
Not included in this record group are documents regarding the Azalea Trail, Pink Elephant sale, DePelchin´s Children Center, or Bayou Bend Gardens.
Photographs and other non-textual materials have been removed and filed in the corresponding series with separation sheets indicating their original locations.
For publications of the ROGC, please see the Ephemera series.
No President reports or correspondence exist for the following years: 1927-1938, 1939-1945, 1947-52, 1953-1958, 1989-1992, 1996-1997, and all post-2000.
No President reports exist for the following years: 1945-1947, 1952-1953, 1967-1968, 1992-1993, 1994-1996, 1997-2000.
No President correspondence exists for the following years: 1938-1939, 1964-1965, 1970-1972, 1974-1980.
Some of the early Board minutes are bound together with membership rosters and general meeting minutes.
No Board Minutes exist for the following years: 1935-1936, 1937-1938, 1940-1942, 1949-1952, 1993-1994, and all post-1998.
Included in the Board reports are the following: the rededication of Forum of Civics Building 1942, the Bicentennial Topiary Garden Committee records 1974-1976, the application for the Forum of Civics Building as an historic site 1986, interviews with early ROGC members 1994-1995, and Homeowners´ Party invitation 1969-1996. All documents for the ROGC´s various civic contributions (except for continuous contributions such as to DePelchin Children´s Center and Bayou Bend Gardens) are contained in the Civic Committee files. All documents for the ROGC´s various programs (except annual programs such as the Azalea Trail, Pink Elephant sale and "Florescence") are contained in the Program Committee files. Not all officer and committee reports are provided for each year, some are missing.
No Board reports exist for the following years: 1927-1932, 1935-1936, 1943-1944, 2001-2002, 2003-2005, and all post-2006.
Officers, Committees and Membership are better documented in the Year Books, but there are some gaps in those holdings as well. Not all Officer, Committee and Membership Lists are included for each year.
No Officer, Committee, and Membership Lists exist for the following years: 1927-1931, 1932-1937, 1940-1944, 1945-1952, and all post-1999.