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Woman's Reading Club Records, 1905-1972 | Sargeant Memorial Collection

By Ella Frances Swain

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Title: Woman's Reading Club Records, 1905-1972Add to your cart.

ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-166

Primary Creator: Woman's Reading Club (Norfolk, Va.) (1905-1971)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 07/20/1972

Subjects: Clubs, Norfolk (Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--History, Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--20th century, Organizations, Women--History--United States, Women--Socialization, Women--Societies and clubs

Forms of Material: Bylaws (administrative records), Certificates, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Gavels (ceremonial mallets), Histories (literature genre), Ledgers (account books), Maps (documents), Memorandums, Minute books, Minutes (administrative records), Newsletters, Place cards, Playbills, Poems, Resolutions (administrative records), Speeches (documents), Yearbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Minute books, bylaws, administrative records, yearbooks, correspondence, histories, speeches, poems, clippings, and memorabilia from the Woman's Reading Club in Norfolk, Virginia. The records date from 1905-1972, with gaps in the meeting minutes from 1916-1923 and 1928-1944.

Biographical Note

The Woman's Reading Club was first brought to fruition on January 28, 1905 at the home of Mrs. B. F. Reynolds, at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Park Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia. Its purpose was to bring women together to discuss literature, world affairs, and culture. The Woman's Reading Club motto was, "We live to learn." The Club studied a variety of subjects including art, music, drama, poetry, history, and biography from all over the world. Due to low membership numbers, the Club dissolved in Fall 1971.

Subject/Index Terms

Norfolk (Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--History
Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Women--History--United States
Women--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Source: Woman's Reading Club by donation

Preferred Citation: Woman's Reading Club Records, MSS 0000-166, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: Processed May-July 2018.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Records, Club Constitution, By-laws and Amendments, 1905-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bylaws, 1959, 1969, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Resolutions, circa 1937-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meeting Minutes, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meeting Minutes, 1905-1908Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Loose Materials from Minute book, 1905-1908Add to your cart.
Includes a card featuring a “Game of Authors” dated 1905-1906, a program for March 1907, and 13 clippings covering a variety of topics including Czar Ivan’s temple, changing practices in public education polices in the United States, and the military career of Lieutenant General Helmuth von Moltke the Younger. Additionally, there is a political cartoon by artist Dowers dated November 19, 1914 regarding the USS Tennessee.
Folder 7: Meeting Minutes, 1908-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meeting Minutes, 1910-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Meeting Minutes, 1913-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Loose Materials from Minute book, 1913-1915Add to your cart.
Clippings featuring Earl Curzon’s “New Year’s Prayer” to the German army in 1915, the use of “Fabian tactics” on the battlefields of northern France and on the country of Turkey, and the “sick man of Europe.”
Folder 11: Meeting Minutes, 1924-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Meeting Minutes, 1925-1927Add to your cart.

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Norfolk Public Library
Slover Library
235 Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
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