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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative Records

Annual Membership Directories

Media

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

The Dance Club Collection RG.1233



Descriptive Summary

Creator Dance Club
Title: Dance Club Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1950-1970
Dates: 1939-1993, 1950-1970
Identification: RG.1233
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet, 2 document boxes, 2 flat boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Dance Club was first organized by two women; Doris Childress and Eleanor McDaniel in 1939. They promoted a first gathering in the only available dance hall in Houston at the time which was on Bissonnet St. Much to their surprise and delight, 100 people turned out for the dance. According to Ms. Childress’s recollections, the Dance Club gained such popularity in Houston for a time, that they had an entire page devoted to it in the newspaper. The Dance Club's activities were, in fact, reported in the River Oaks Times, Houston Press, the Houston Post and the Houston Chronicle; however, membership in the Club was quite exclusive. Prospective members were required to have recommendation proposals sent to the Executive Committee by sponsors who evidently could attest to their dancing acumen and standing in the community. According to the Dance Club Constitution, membership was limited to 200 members.

The Dance Club held three or four dances annually and one annual meeting in which committee members were voted into office. Once the Club was established, the dances were held at venues such as the Houston Country Club, Lakeside Country Club, and Sagewood Country Club. Later, the River Oaks Country Club became the venue for all dances. The Dance Club continued for many decades, due to the dedication and enthusiasm of its members and committees.

In 1995, it was announced that due to low membership (44 couples and 12 singles), the Club members would decide to discontinue or merge with the River Oaks Dance Club.

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Scope and Contents

The Dance Club Collection is comprised of the records retained by the Club’s historian. Included are the correspondence related to membership, budget and planning, the Dance Club constitution, photographs and other media related to events and a scrapbook dedicated to reunions.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative Records, Membership Directories and Media. The Administrative Records and Annual Membership Directories series both contain similar items from year-to-year and are arranged chronologically. The remaining series, Media, is primarily comprised of scrapbooks. The materials in the scrapbooks are described at the item level.
Series 1: Administrative Records
Series 2: Annual Membership Directories
Series 3: Media

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

As noted in the Houston Metropolitan Research Center’s Donor Agreement and Application for Permission to Publish and/or Reproduce.

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Index Terms

Childress, Doris
Dance Club—(Houston, Tex.)
Houston Country Club—(Houston, Tex.)
Jack Tar Hotel—(Galveston, Tex.)
Lakeside Country Club—(Houston, Tex.)
McDaniel, Eleanor
River Oaks Country Club—(Houston, Tex.)
River Oaks Dance Club—(Houston, Tex.)
Sagewood Country Club—(Houston, Tex.)
Clubs, Dancing
Dancers—Texas—Houston

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Dance Club Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Phyllis A. Owens, August 29, 1996

Processing Information

Processed by: Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan. Completed August 2006.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records

Box Folder
1 1 Conception and Development
2 1964-65: Executive reports; Correspondence
3 1965-66: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
4 1966-67: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
5 1967-68: Executive reports; Financial reports
6 1968-69: Financial reports; Correspondence
7 1969-70: Executive reports; Correspondence
8 1970-71: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
9 1971-72: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
10 1972-73: Executive reports; Financial reports Correspondence; Constitution
11 1973-74: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
12 1974-75: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
13 1975-76: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
14 1977-78: Executive reports; Financial reports
15 1978-79: Executive reports; Financial reports
16 1981-82: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
17 1982-83: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Contracts
18 1983-84: Executive reports; Correspondence; Contracts; Membership list
19 1984-85: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Contracts
20 1985-86: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Contracts
21 1986-87: Executive reports; Financial reports Correspondence; Contracts; Membership roster
22 1987-88: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Membership roster; Constitution; Contracts
23 1988-89: Dance Club History; Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Contracts; Membership roster
Box Folder
2 1 1989-90: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence Contracts
2 1990-91: The Supper Club: Social Schedule; Officers; Membership Roster; Past Presidents; Constitution. Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Contracts; Obituaries
3 1991-92: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence
4 1992-93: Financial reports; Correspondence; Contracts; Membership roster
5 1993-94: Executive reports; Financial reports; Correspondence; Season program: Officers; Dance Schedules and Committees; Past Presidents; Members and Associate Members
6 1994-95: Executive reports; Correspondence; Membership rosters

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Annual Membership Directories

Box Folder
2 7 Annual Programs: 1967-68 to 1975-76; 1977-78 to 1982-83; 1984-85 to 1989-90; 1992-93 and 1994-95
Scope and Contents note
Note : Each membership directory includes the following: Title Cover; Club Officers; Past Presidents; Member roster; Club constitution; Charter Members

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Media

Box Folder
3 1 Color photographs and negatives
2 Video Cassette: Television broadcast: “Dance Club Last Part” Channel 13 News, A. Van Black; May 1, 1992
3 Scrapbook: The Dance Club, 1950-1995:
Page 1: The Dance Club, 1950-51;
Pages 2& 3: Letters;
Page 4: Newspaper article, “River Oaks Times”;
Page 5: Newspaper photo: Mrs. S. D. McAlmont; Mrs. Aubrey Calvin and Mrs. Fred Knapp
Page 6: Dorothy Parsons and Alice Wheless;
Page 7: Lola Seale and Willis Davis; Charles and Yvonne Cockrell;
Page 8: Elizabeth Goleman and Harold Thurlow;
Page 9: Thelma McKelvey; Bert Day, Feleska Werlin and Eloise Reagsdale;
Page 10:Vivian Jones; Virginia McSpadden; Thelma McKelvey and Dr. Stough;
Page 11. Letter: The Dance Club, June 11, 1985;
Page 12: Announcements: Formal Breakfast Dances, April 24th and October 30, 1987
Page 13: Annual program: The Dance Club, 1988-89;
Page 14: “The Dance Club, 50 years: 1939-1989;
Page 15: Molly and Harry Day and Dr. Robert Blair; Neola Proudfit;
Page 16: Neola and Bill Proudfit with Waller Straley; Peggy and Lamar Davis, Yvonne Cockrell and Genvieve & Royu Demme; Agnes Maulw (in blue) Modelre and Bob Blair;
Page 17: Obituary: Carlos Robert Hamilton, Sr.;
Page 18: President Marciel and Waller Straley; Molly and Harry Gray; Inka and Ned Straud.
Page 19-24: 17 color photographs, no identification.
Box
4 Scrapbook: The Dance Club:
Page 1: Letter;
Page 2: Newspaper clippings and group photograph; photograph;
Page 3: Dance Club Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1: Membership list;
Page 5: Dance Club Journal, Vo; 1, No. 3: Final Dance, Spring, 1940;
Page 6: Group photograph, No identification.
Page 7: Group photograph, No identification.
Page 8: Membership cards;
Page 9: Dance Club Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3: Fall, 1940;
Page 10: Correspondence;
Page 11: Letter and Membership Roster; 1940;
Page 12: Dance Club Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1; Fall Season; Membership list;
Page 13: Newspaper clippings;
Page 14: Newspaper photographs: Mrs. Virgil Childress; Mrs. Evans Graham; Mrs. A. E. Hochmuth; Mrs. W. F. Hamblen, Jr.; Mrs. Ewell Mills and Mrs. Irwin Collins.
Page 15: Dance Club Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2; Fall Season;
Page 17: Costume Ball: H. G. Fonville; Mrs Harvin Moore; Mrs David Gordon; Mrs C. W. Sanders; John Monroe;Dr. Robert C. Botts; Mrs. Horace R. Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clark;
Page 18: Costume Ball: C. W. Sanders; Harvin Moore; Mrs. Lawrence Cook; Norman Vanderwoude; Mrs J. D. Vanderwoude; Art Smith; Mrs. A. E. Hochmuth.
Page 19: Mrs. Hermon Lloyd; Mrs. Andrew White; Mrs. Rubylien Bennett; Dr. C. K. Bruhl; Mrs. Herbert harris; Mrs. Robert Botts; Mrs. Alvin Moody, Jr; David Gordon; Horace R. Smith; Dr. Seward Wills and Dr. J. F. Dailey.
Page 20; Dance Club Journal, Vol. 2 No. 4; Spring, 1941;
Page 21: Dance Club Journal, Vol. 2 No. 5: Spring, 1941;
Page 22: Dance Club Journal, Vol. 2 No. 6: Spring, 1941
Page 23: Invitation;
Page 24: Executive Committee Announcement: new members;
Page 25: Newspaper Clippings;
Page 26: Correspondence;
Page 28: Membership Invitation;
Page 29: Newspaper Clippings;
Page 31: Correspondence;
Page 32: Newspaper Clippings;
Page 33: Signatures;
Page 34: Correspondence;
Page 35: Correspondence;
Page 36: (blank page)
Page 37: Correspondence;
Page 38. Newspaper clippings;
Page 39: Newspaper clippings;
Page 40: Newspaper clippings;
Page 41: Newspaper photographs:
Page 42: Newspaper clippings;
Page 43: Correspondence;
Page 44: Financial report;
Page 45: Correspondence;
Page 47: Correspondence;
Page 48: Newspaper clippings;
Page 49: Newspaper clippings and photographs;
Page 51: Correspondence;
Page 52: Newspaper clippings;
Page 53: Invitation;
Page 54: Correspondence;
Page 56: Executive report, 1949-50;

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