Photograph of a page from the book titled, "The History of The Needlework Guild of America", Southern California, 1933. “The History of The Needle Work Guild of America; In 1883, at Iwerne, Dorsetshire, England, the foundation was laid for a structure that should bridge the chasm between Waste and Want. The Founder, Lady Wolverton, was deeply interested in an Orphan Asylum, and conceived the idea of having the wardrobe of the institution abundantly cared for by asking friends each to contribute two new articles a year of wearing apparel or household linen, laying stress on the fact that they must be new. Very soon a group of women began this labor of love and the growth was rapid. Later a paragraph in the local paper was copied in London, and Princess Mary of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck, the mother of the present Queen, launched the London Needlework Guild. In 1885, an America, Mrs. Alanson Hartpence, learned of this charity, and brought the idea home to Philadelphia. Her niece, Laura Safford, later Mrs. John Wood Stewart, the Founder of the American Organization, interested a few young women of her acquaintance, and from that little band the work has grown until now it has come to be a mighty National Organization, counting in 1931 approximately 1,000,000 members in the United States. It has offshoots in Canada, Scotland, Paris and Lyons, with a strong Branch in Honolulu and one in Panama. The Needlework Guild is constantly working to extend its usefulness by the organization of new Branches. The Title, ‘Needlework Guild,’ was given the organization by Lady Wolverton, the initial idea being to have the members themselves make the garments. Though the word ‘Needlework’ carried a different significance in America, the Founder thought, in loyalty to Lady Wolverton, if we benefited by the inspiration, we should adopt the name. In 1907 the organization became affiliated with the American Red Cross, for co-operation in times of international, national and local disaster. In 1908, the work which had been undertaken by the Boston Branch to aid the Labrador deep-sea fishers and their families through the Grenfell Mission became the American Labrador Branch of” -- on page.