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Les Jeune Amies, or “The Young Friends,” was a women’s social and charitable organization formed in April 1958. The group officially introduced themselves to the public with a “Beauty Soiree” on October 5th at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse on Highland Avenue in San Bernardino, California. Nearly half of the members were Air Force wives stationed at Norton Air Force Base (San Bernardino, Calif.). Les Jeunes Amies founding members were: Sandra A. Whitefield, Wilma J. Taylor, Barbara J. Shields, Verda M. Edinburgh, Lois J. Carson, Ruth L. Williams. Mattie B. McDowell, Erma J. Tucker and Theresa Manley.

 

Les Jeunes Amies formally disbanded circa 1967, re-forming in 1968 as a local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. The NCNW Inland Empire Section (Rialto, Calif.) continues to empower women and youths through advocacy and charitable programs, as well as through the NCNW Bethune Center which provides youth career training.

 

The original scrapbook is part of the Lois Carson Collection, donated 2014.

Selections from The Lois Carson Collection: Les Jeunes Amies Scrapbook, 1958-1966

  • Les Jeune Amies Scrapbook Title Page
  • Les Jeune Amies Scrapbook Page
  • Les Jeune Amies Motto
  • Les Jeune Amies History
  • Les Jeune Amies Members, Officers and Calendar of Events, 1963
  • Les Jeune Amies Officer Installation, 1963
  • Les Jeune Amies Founding Members, 1958
  • Les Jeune Amies “Beauty Soiree” 1958
  • Les Jeune Amies 1960
  • Les Jeune Amies “Beauty Soiree” 1960
  • Les Jeune Amies “Cotton Ball” 1964
  • Les Jeune Amies “Cotton Ball” Queen and Court 1964
  • Les Jeune Amies Installation 1961
  • Les Jeune Amies Members of 1961
  • Les Jeune Amies Calendar of Events for 1961
  • Les Jeune Amies Calendar of Events for 1961
  • Les Jeune Amies Calendar for 1962
  • Les Jeune Amies clipping, “Set Fashion Show Sunday,” 1962
  • Les Jeune Amies “April in Paris” Ball, 1963
  • Les Jeune Amies Cotton Ball Queen clippings, 1963
  • Les Jeune Amies Installation, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Officers, Members and Calendar of Events, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Invitation, Ninth Anniversary Ball, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Invitation, Ninth Anniversary Ball, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Activities, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Top Hatters’ Ball, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Cotton Ball, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Ninth Anniversary Ball, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies Installation, 1969
  • Les Jeune Amies “Afro-‘69 Ball,” 1969
  • Les Jeune Amies Seventh Annual Cotton Ball clippings, 1968
  • Les Jeune Amies activities, undated
  • Les Jeune Amies, Top Hatter’s Cotton Ball clippings, 1967
  • Les Jeune Amies “Mink for Christmas” clipping, 1966
  • Les Jeune Amies Installation clippings, 1966
  • Les Jeune Amies Cotton Ball Contestants and Queen of Court, 1965 and 1966
  • Les Jeune Amies Installation, 1965
  • Les Jeune Amies Installation, 1965
  • Les Jeune Amies officers and members, 1964
  • Les Jeune Amies Calendar of Events, 1964
  • Les Jeune Amies Balls, 1965
  • Les Jeune Amies Cotton Ball, 1965
  • Les Jeune Amies Cotton Ball clipping, 1965

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