A Guide to the Hackberry Literary Club (Collin County, Tex.) Minutes, 1883-1884, 1896
Established in Collin County, Texas, in 1883, the Hackberry Literary Club sought to improve the mental and moral health of its membership. Officers included the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, critic, and two marshals. The constitution and by-laws describe the organization’s activities as singing, reading, writing, spelling, and declamation on topics ranging from cigarette smoking to women’s suffrage.
A manuscript minute book and newspaper clipping compose the Hackberry Literary Club (Collin County, Tex.) Minutes, 1883-1884, 1896, documenting the history of the organization in Collin County, Texas. The ledger comprises the Hackberry Literary Club’s constitution and by-laws, a list of members, a treasurer’s account, and the minutes of meetings from January 1883 through November 1884. A transcription of the Vineland Journal from 1896 in the book discusses the activities of the club. Additionally, an undated newspaper clipping contains an article by club member Elder R. C. Horn about the lawlessness of the beer industry.
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Hackberry Literary Club (Collin County, Tex.) Minutes, 1883-1884, 1896, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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