Austin History Center

Austin Shakespeare Club Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Shakespeare Club
Title: Austin Shakespeare Club Records
Inclusive Dates: 1899-2010
Abstract: The Austin Shakespeare Club was founded in 1898 with the purpose "to read and interpret Shakespeare's works and characters." The meeting minutes, correspondence, programs and yearbooks in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1899 to 2010.
Identification: AR.N.002
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Shakespeare Club was founded in 1898 by thirteen women with the object being "to read and interpret Shakespeare's works and characters." The club was one of the first literary clubs (along with the Patherfinders and Austin History Club) organized in Austin, Texas.

The founding members were:

  • Mrs. T. G. Anderson
  • Mrs. Loulie Miller Crooker
  • Mrs. Ella Peyton Dancy
  • Mrs. Francese A. H. Evans
  • Mrs. Nan McCall Gallagher
  • Mrs. Mable Nevins Mather
  • Mrs. Katherine Pendleton Walker
  • Miss Annie Kalfees Brown
  • Miss Nola Ellen Dilworth
  • Miss Margaret Emily Tobin
  • Mrs. Edna Mac Donald
  • Mrs. Mary Stanley Siddell
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Waggener Fontaine

Originally the club capped its membership to 20 active members until 1941 when the number was increased to 24 where it still stands today (2011). Another change is the object of the club which has been expanded to suit the club members and the changing of the times. After the first ten years the topics of discussion expanded to include Greek dramas, modern dramas and then during World War I war topics became the focus. And, according to Anne Townes Finch, club historian, after the war "interests of the club were never quite the same." As of 2011 the object of the club "shall be to discuss and enjoy books."

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Austin Shakespeare Club collections consists of meeting minutes and club yearbooks. The meeting minutes span the years 1958-1982 and provide insight into the types of discussions conducted by the members. There is a consistent run of yearbooks from 1899-1973 and then scattered years through 2011. Also included in the collection are several versions of the Constitution and Bylaws and club histories.


Arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Austin Shakespeare Club.
Austin (Tex.)
Literary Organizations.
Women -- Societies and Clubs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin Shakespeare Club (AR.N.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1960/038, DO/1987/106

Donation Date: 1976, 1992, 2011

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.


It is written into the Bylaws of the Club that an updated club history will be provided to the Austin History Center along with copies of the club yearbook.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Austin Shakespeare Club Records, 1999-2011

Box Folder
1 1 Constitution and bylaws, 1959, 1974, undated
2 Meeting minutes, 1958-1973
3 Meeting minutes, 1973-1982
4 Club histories, circa 1959, 1974, 1982
5 Programs, 1918-1934
6-9 Yearbooks, 1899-2011