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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Minutes

II. Reports

III. Yearbooks

IV. Ladies' Reading Club Library Materials

V. Texas Federation of Women's Clubs/General Federation of Women's Clubs

VI. Scrapbooks

VII. Oversize Materials

VIII. Scrapbooks

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Ladies' Reading Club RG.E.0026



Descriptive Summary

Creator Ladies' Reading Club
Title: Ladies' Reading Club
Dates: ca. 1888-1992
Identification: RG.E.0026
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet, 13 document boxes, 1 flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Ladies' Reading Club was organized in 1885 as the first women's club in Houston. Its members engaged in intellectual study by preparing and presenting papers at club meetings. They assumed strong leadership in establishing Houston's first public library and have continued their support of the library system through the years. The Club is still in existence after 107 years.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains documentary records of the organization and selected holdings from the club's own library. The materials date from 1888 to the present time.

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Arrangement

This collection is divided into six subgroups with the materials arranged chronologically within each subgroup. The first subgroup consists of club minutes which include attendance records, meeting procedures, and financial reports. In some instances, supplemental papers to the minutes will be found in folders immediately following the indicated minutes. The second subgroup contains Annual Reports in which each year's program of study is outlined and year-end reports of the primary officers are given. They also contain membership listings for the years before yearbooks were compiled. The third subgroup provides a complete set of yearbooks dating from 1901. The yearbooks also contain the club's organizational structure as stated in the Constitution and By-Laws. The fourth subgroup deals with materials, primarily books, which were owned by the Ladies' Reading Club. In some instances, the authors were Ladies' Reading Club members. These provide a good historical overview of the club as well as that of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The fifth subgroup consists of materials related to the club's association with the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The last subgroup is a collection of scrapbooks compiled by club members from 1930 through the 1980's.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None

Use Restrictions

None

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Index Terms

General Federation of Women's Clubs
Ladies' Reading Club (Houston, Tex.)
Texas Federation of Women's Clubs
Libraries--Texas--Houston
Women in community service--Texas--Houston
Women--Societies and clubs--Texas--Houston

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ladies' Reading Club Records. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Minutes

Box Folder
1 1 Jan. 31, 1888 - March 3, 1891
2 April 7, 1891 - November 28, 1893
3 April 4, 1893 - March 27, 1894
4 April 21, 1896 - May 4, 1897
5 May 18, 1897 - Jan. 24, 1899
6 Supplemental papers to Dec. 14, 1897
7 Sept. 16, 1902 - Dec. 15, 1903
8 January 5, 1904 - Oct. 10, 1905
9 Supplemental papers to Oct. 10, 1905 Oct. 10, 1905
Box Folder
2 1 Oct. 1, 1907 - April 20, 1908
2 Supplemental papers to 1907-1908 1907-1908
3 Jan. 23, 1912 - Feb. 9, 1915
4 Feb. 16, 1915 - May 1, 1917
5 Supplemental papers to March 30, 1915 March 30, 1915
6 Oct. 2, 1917 - March 26, 1920
7 Supplemental papers to March 1920 March 1920
8 Oct. 5, 1920 - March 9, 1926
9 Supplemental papers to Oct. 5, 1920 - March 9, 1926 Oct. 5, 1920 - March 9, 1926
Box Folder
3 1 March 16, 1926 - April 29, 1930
2 Supplemental papers to March 16, 1926 - April 29, 1930 March 16, 1926 - April 29, 1930
3 Oct. 7, 1930 - May 1, 1931
4 Oct. 6, 1931 - May 3, 1932
5 Oct. 4, 1932 - April 24, 1934
6 Supplemental papers to Oct. 4, 1932 - April 24, 1934 Oct. 4, 1932 - April 24, 1934
7 Oct. 9, 1934 - April 23, 1935
8 Supplemental papers to Oct. 9, 1934 - April 23, 1935 Oct. 9, 1934 - April 23, 1935
9 Oct. 8, 1935 - May 5, 1936
10 Oct. 13, 1936 - June 10, 1937
Box Folder
4 1 Sept. 17, 1937 - May 3, 1938
2 Oct. 11, 1938 - May 7, 1940
3 Sept. 12, 1940 - May 6, 1941
4 Oct. 7, 1941 - May 11, 1942
5 Oct. 13, 1942 - May 4, 1943
6 Oct. 8, 1946 - May 11, 1948
7 Oct. 12, 1948 - May 9, 1950
8 Sept. 27, 1950 - May 13, 1952
9 May 20, 1952 - May 11, 1954
10 Sept. 23, 1954 - May 8, 1956
Box Folder
5 1 Sept. 28, 1956 - May 10, 1960
2 Sept. 27, 1960 - Jan. 14, 1964
3 Supplemental papers to Sept. 27, 1960 - Jan. 14, 1964 Sept. 27, 1960 - Jan. 14, 1964
4 Sept. 10, 1968 - May 6, 1970
5 Aug. 25, 1970 - May 3, 1972
6 Sept. 8, 1972 - May 1, 1974
7 July 31, 1974 - May 5, 1976
8 Aug. 23, 1976 - May 4, 1978
9 May 16, 1978 - May 3, 1979
10 June 19, 1979 - May 1, 1980

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II. Reports

Box Folder
6 1 Annual Reports 1888-1890, 1892-1897, 1899
2 Annual Reports 1888-1890, 1910, 1917, undated
3 Annual Reports 1941-1950
4 Annual Reports 1951-1956
5 Annual Reports 1957-1962
6 Annual Reports 1963-1968
7 Annual Reports 1969-1978
8 Programs of Study 1892-1901
9 Constitution / ByLaws 1948, 1971, 1980

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III. Yearbooks

Box Volume
7 1 1901-1911
2 1911-1929
3 1929-1943
4 1943-1957
5 1957-1971
6 1971-1984
Box Folder
8 1 1901-1902 through 1906-1907
2 1911-1912 through 1914-1915
3 1916-1917 through 1921-1922
4 1922-1923 through 1927-1928
5 1928-1929 through 1933-1934
6 1934-1935 through 1939-1940
7 1940-1941 through 1945-1946
8 1949-1950, 1953-1954, 1970-1971, 1971-1972
9 1975-1976 through 1980-1981, 1982-1983
10 1983-1984 through 1992-1993

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IV. Ladies' Reading Club Library Materials

Box Folder
9 1 Ladies' Reading Club Library Register 1893
2 Supplemental papers to Library Register
3 Two copies of "The Quest" by Mollie Moore Davis
4 Community Awards received by Club
5 History of Ladies' Reading Club 1885-1960
General note
(original copy and 1 reprinted copy)
6 Jr. Ladies' Reading Club Yearbooks 1932-1933, 1936-1937 through 1938-1939
7 A Brief Sketch of the Life and Characteristics of Mrs. Mary Jane Briscoe Showing the Estimation in Which She Was Held by Her Friends and the Public Generally by Adele Briscoe Looscan, 1906; Adele Briscoe Looscan's calling card
8 City Federation of Women's Clubs History 1900-1961
9 Program City Federation of Women's Clubs Golden Jubilee 1949-1950
10 Key to The City of Houston by CFWC 1908
1938
1953
1965
1968
1968

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V. Texas Federation of Women's Clubs/General Federation of Women's Clubs

Box Folder
10 1 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Awards 1947-1968
2 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Awards 1965-1968
3 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs 15th anniversary program 1930
4 Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Federation News May, 1947
5 General Federation of Women's Clubs Award 1954
6 Report of Gladys Ewing Combes on Armstrong - Browning Library, 1963

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VI. Scrapbooks

Box
11 Founding - 1930
1933-1956
1940-1941
Box
12 1946-1953
1956-1960
1958-1969
Box Folder
13 1 Minutes May 8, 1956 - May 24, 1984
2 Minutes Aug. 12, 1986 - May 5, 1988
3 Minutes Sept. 1, 1988 - May 3, 1990
4 Minutes Sept. 6, 1990 - May 7, 1992

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VII. Oversize Materials

Box
14 Folio of Members' Photographs (nd)
May 7, 1975
Feb. 7, 1930
Feb. 26, 1985

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VIII. Scrapbooks

1961 - 1972
1973 - 1978
1980 - 1982
1984 - 1986

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