MS 478 - Ladies' Literary Club (Sylvania, Ohio)
|MS 478 - Ladies' Literary Club (Sylvania, Ohio)
The records of Ladies' Literary Club, Sylvania, Ohio, consist of approximately 3 linear ft. of minutes, programs, financial records, clippings, and photographs from 1898 through 2005.
The collection was transferred to the Center for Archival Collections February 5, 1987 through the cooperation of Lillian M. Carroll, with additional material donated in 2014. This register was
prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, Center for Archival Collections, March, 1991 and revised in 2014. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection.
The Ladies' Literary Club was organized in October 1898 in Sylvania, Ohio "to promote the ethical, social, and intellectual interests of its members and community". The group conducted serious literary study, focusing at first on a single work, chapter by chapter. Original programs also included music and discussions of current events. In later years the programs covered a variety of literary, cultural, or social themes. According to the Club's constitution, "neither theological questions nor partisan politics shall be discussed".
The Club conducted no fund-raising, relying on dues to cover the costs of the annual printed program. Membership was steady through the years, with 29 active members listed in the 1985/86 program booklet.
|Scope and Content
The records of the Ladies' Literary Club of Sylvania, Ohio document the history of this women's group from its establishment in 1898 to 2007. The Collection consists of minutes, programs, financial records, clippings, and photographs. The series of minutes of the Club are almost complete, with one gap between 1903 and 1906. These records document the activities of the group, including topic of study with some details of the proceedings, members present, and other meeting business. The financial record book is primarily a record of membership dues, with expenses limited to printing and postage costs associated with distribution of the annual programs, gift books, and speaker's fees. The programs of the Ladies' Literary Club present a complete record of the group's activities from its beginning through to the 2006/07 program year, providing details on officers and members, the various programs held, and topics studied.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
FINANCIAL RECORD BOOK
Scrapbook compiled for the 100th anniversary of the Ladies Literary Club, includes clippings from past programs and photos of club observance of the anniversary.