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New Ventures, Inc. records

 Collection 0356-MDHC
New Ventures, Inc. was a non-profit organization founded in 1977 for the purpose of providing counseling and training to women experiencing changes in family, career and lifestyle. The organization specialized in providing support to former homemakers entering or re-entering the work force. The Records of New Ventures, Inc. date from 1978-1992. The collection consists of newsletters, programs, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other documents generated by the organization. These items cover subjects such as leadership of the organization, funding (including grants), meeting minutes and agendas, publicity for the organization, and programs that New Ventures offered.

Dates

  • 1978-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1978-1992

Use and Access to Collection

This collection contains restricted material; please check the series and folder listings for additional information.

Extent

1.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The New Ventures, Inc. records date from 1978-1992. The collection consists of newsletters, programs, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other documents generated by the organization. These items cover subjects such as leadership of the organization, funding (including grants), meeting minutes and agendas, publicity for the organization, and programs that New Ventures offered.

Administrative History

New Ventures, Inc. was a non-profit organization founded by Bowie, Maryland women in 1977 for the purpose of providing counseling and training to women experiencing changes in family, career and lifestyle. The organization specialized in providing support to former homemakers entering or re-entering the work force. The organization served the Bowie, Hyattsville, Fort Washington and Riverdale, Maryland (Prince George's County) areas from the time of its founding through the 1980s and early 1990s out of its main office in Bowie. The organization was run by a volunteer Board of Directors and included a small paid staff and many volunteers. The original Board of Directors were: Pat Pease, Penny Scott, and Angela Miotto, three professional counselors; Joan Schmidt, an administrator; Kathy Montgomery, an attorney; and Idaclare Kerwin, a financial officer. In 1986 the organization created a fund in honor of Nancy Melago, a volunteer who passed away from a chronic illness. The fund paid counseling fees for those unable to afford the organization's counseling services.

New Ventures, Inc. was advertised in the Washington Post in 1981 and 1991 as a place to go if re-entering the workforce after being a homemaker. According to the advertisements, New Ventures, Inc. "…teaches women who have lost their major source of income through separation, divorce, death or disability of their spouse…(offers) career/job search workshops, stress management, assertiveness training, discussion groups and individual/group counseling." (Washington Post, August 6, 1991) To support its work, the group held fundraisers in addition to applying for grants from the Prince George's County budget. New Ventures, Inc. ceased to be a nonprofit organization and became a private enterprise circa 1992.

Arrangement

The New Ventures, Inc. records are arranged in a single series.
  1. Series 1: Organization Records

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Angela B. Miotto donated the New Ventures, Inc. records to the University of Maryland Historical Manuscripts Collection in October 2010. An addition to the collection was donated by Miotto in August 2013 and in 2014.

Related Material

Helen L. Koss Papers

Processing Information

An initial inventory was created for the collection at the time of accession. Unlabeled folders were given titles at this time. During processing in March 2011, each folder was replaced with an acid-free folder. Some folder titles were expanded to include more descriptive information. Newsprint was photocopied for preservation purposes. Folders were arranged in a single series, and restricted material was screened and placed in separate folders. A finding aid was then written for the collection.
Title
Guide to the New Ventures, Inc. records
Status
Completed
Author
This collection was processed by Allison C. Heinbaugh in March 2011. Materials in Box 2 were added by Amanda K. Hawk in August 2013. Additional materials added in June 2015.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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