Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

History Club Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: History Club
Title: History Club Collection
Dates: 1904-1956
Accession No.: MA 09.8
Quantity: 0.97 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

The History Club was organized in 1904 and began with eighteen members. In the beginning, the club met weekly in the mornings at ten o'clock. The course of study included current topics of interest in the field of Art, Music, Science, and Literature. The subjects of study changed from year to year. The purpose of the club was to be the intellectual development of its members. The club started to meet each Thursday afternoon at 2:30 beginning the first week in October and ending the last week in May at the home of the members. The yearly dues from each member were $1.00. In 1908-09, the membership of the club was limited to 25 members and 5 associate members. One of the activities of the club included assigning a book for each member to read, then giving a report on it. The club also carried out Community Service work. The club was active with art museums and purchased artwork by accredited Texas artists and presented it to art museums. The club made pilgrimages to a number of Art Galleries. Also, the club had tea parties and Christmas parties. During World War II, the club bought war bonds and donated blood plasma.

Scope and Contents

The History Club Collection consists of three series - Correspondence, Club Files, and Journals. The Correspondence Series is organized into undated correspondence, miscellaneous dated correspondence, and correspondence addressed to particular people. The Club Files Series is arranged alphabetically: Certificates, History Club Officers, Newspaper Clippings, Pictures, Poetry, Memos, and Programs. The Journals Series consist of twelve journals, dating from 1904-1956.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
History Club
History, Art

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA0908, History Club Collection Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

processed by Rehan Walgama

Detailed Description of the Collection


Correspondence 1912-1961, Undated

Box Folder
1 1 Undated Correspondence
2 Undated Correspondence
3 Correspondence 1912-1932
4 Correspondence 1933-1961
5 Correspondence to L.E. Brannin 1930-1935
6 Correspondence to J.H. Cristler 1921-1922
7 Correspondence to C.A. Dunn 1917-1938
8 Correspondence to R.C. Reagan 1937-1939
9 Correspondence to Thos V. Rhodes 1923-1951


Club Files 1904-1968

Box Folder
2 1 Certificates 1954-1955
2 History Club Officers 1904-1968
3 Newspaper Clippings
4 Pictures
5 Poetry, Memos
6 Programs 1912-1954, undated


Journals 1904-1956

Box Folder
3 1 History Club Journal 1912
2 Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Narses 1904-1910
3 Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Parker 1907-'08
4 Secretary's Report 1908-1912
5 Mrs. Cristler, Mrs. Reagan, Mrs. Rhodes, and Mrs. Golson 1923-'25
6 Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Sefton 1924-'25
7 Journal 1933-1934
8 Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. Stephenson, Mrs. Brannin, Mrs. Richardson 1928-'29
9 Mrs. Schenkenberg, Mrs. Thornton 1932-1933
10 Mrs. Schenkenberg, Mrs. Thornton 1933-1934
11 Mrs. Regan, Mrs. Faulkner, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Stephenson, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Brady 1935-1944
12 Journal 1944-1956