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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Research organization and notes, 1999-2000

Series II: Book clubs research, 1999-2000

Series III: Correspondence, 1993-2000

Series IV: Writings / Works, 1994-2001

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Houston Book Clubs research materials, 1993-2001 MS 521



creatorLong, Elizabeth
Title: Houston Book Clubs research materials
Dates: 1993-2001
Abstract:The Houston Book Clubs Research Materials consist of material from 1877-2001, including interviews, surveys, emails, reports, essays, lists, and correspondence between Elizabeth Long and members of the literary community. The files were compiled by Elizabeth Long during her study of the role of women's reading groups for her 2003 book "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life" (University of Chicago Press).
Identification: MS 521
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Rice University sociology professor Elizabeth Long’s extensive research into the history and growth of reading clubs and their impact on social change is reflected in these papers. Professor Long majored in history at Stanford University and later earned Master’s and PhD degrees in sociology at Brandeis University. She joined Rice’s Department of Sociology in 1978 after teaching women’s studies at Wellesley College and M.I.T. Long has taught a wide variety of courses including the history of sociology, the sociology of gender, feminist social thought, and contemporary sociological theory. In 2003 she was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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Scope and Contents

The Houston Book Clubs research materials consist of material from 1993-2001, including interviews, surveys, emails, reports, essays, lists, and correspondence between Elizabeth Long and members of the literary community. The files were compiled by Elizabeth Long during her study of the role of women's reading groups for her 2003 book "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life" (University of Chicago Press). The surveys and interviews were conducted with Houston area book clubs from 1999-2001 with research focusing on both online book clubs and traditional ones and pertaining to their origins, members, discussions, and processes of book selection. Additionally, the collection contains information from and relating to the 2001 workshop in Cologne, Germany entitled "How literature enters life", sponsored by the International Association for the Empirical Study of Literature and the Media. Research on reading groups is arranged by individual book clubs.

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Arrangement

Missing Title
Series I: Research organization and notes
Series II: Book clubs
Series III: Correspondence
Series IV: Writings / Works

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Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Book Clubs research materials must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

surveys (documents)
notes
Literature and society -- United States
corrrespondence
Book clubs (Discussion groups)
Books and reading -- United States
Long, Elizabeth

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Book Clubs research materials, 1993-2001, MS 521, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Elizabeth Long, January 2007

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Research organization and notes, 1999-2000

BoxFolder
Organizational Material for Houston Book Club Research
Book Club Master List: Unaffiliated Women, Couples, and unclassified genre
Book Club Master List: Unaffiliated Men; Unaffiliated: Both
Book Club Master Lists
Book Club – Surveys
Reading Group Survey
Reading Groups Survey: Elizabeth McBride’s Group
Networking: Pam Parker
List of Women’s Reading Clubs and Other Clubs in Houston, 1877-1908
Annual Report of the President of the City Federation of Clubs, May 27, 1903
City Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1900 – 1961
Vintage Reading Group Center: Book Lists, February 22, 2000
Houston – Early Efforts to Establish a City Library
Notes
15 Research Notes

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Series II: Book clubs research, 1999-2000

BoxFolder
Houston Book Clubs (alphabetical), A’s
Apostolic Digest
Asian Literature: List Serv
The Axon Club, Houston, Texas. (Organized March 12, 1917)
Baylor Interns’ and Residents’ Wives Group
The Book Nook
Brilliant Books – Surveys, April 2000
Brilliant Books, List Serv
The Cadmean Literary Club (Organized 1932)
Christian Books
Christian Books – Surveys, April 2000
Dark Place Digest
Dark Place Digest, True Crime Group
Horror Book Club
Houston Public Library: “Colored Branch”, 1907 – 1962
Rosalie Jordan’s Book Group
The Ladies Reading Club
The Ladies Reading Club (1901 - 02 Yearbook)
Medical Biographies Digest. Not Oprah’s Book Club
Elizabeth Long – Research: On-Line Bookclubs, April 2000
BoxFolder
Online Book Club Interviews: AFBC and ANFBC, Oct. 1999
Online Book Club Interviews: Apostolic, Oct. 1999; Feb. 2000
Online Book Club Interviews: Asian Literature, Oct. 1999 - April 2000
Online Book Club Interviews: The Book Nook, April 2000
Online Moderator Questions and Follow-up, April 2000
Pagan Literary Guild
Surveys: Medical-Biographies; Privacy Issue; Pagan Literary Guild
Prizewinning Book Club, 1999-2000
Prizewinning Digest #3 - #25 (41)
Readings and book groups, study clubs, library supporters
The Reading Loft
The Reading Loft, April 2000
Marsha Recknagel’s Group
Romance Readers Club, 1999-2000
Romance Readers Club-Digest #28
Salsa Book Group
TALAR-LITFORUM List; True Crime Group
TALAR-LITFORUM #71-85 (90)
Vampire Book Club
Vampire Book Club

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Series III: Correspondence, 1993-2000

BoxFolder
AFBC e-mails
ANFBC e-mails
Correspondence 1993-1999
Correspondence 1994-96
Correspondence 1993-1997
Research Correspondence, April 2000

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Series IV: Writings / Works, 1994-2001

BoxFolder
“History of the Book”
“History of the Book” – Draft of essay: “Middle-Class African-American Women’s Literary Practices at the Turn of the Century”
BoxFolder
Blackwell Contract and Correspondence with Elizabeth Long, 1994-97
“Schools and the Reading Textbook” (Draft)
Draft of Chapter for volume IV (unidentified book) (1998)
Essay regarding goals of Cultural Studies, 1994
“Lyceum to Library: A Chapter in the Cultural History of Houston”
IGEZ Workshop (Cologne, Germany) 2001
Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life” (2001) – Program and Participants
Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life” – Abstracts
Papers submitted for Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life”
Correspondence, Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life”
Handbuch Lesen, 1999
Copies of hand-written extracts (or reviews) of books and literary materials

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