Inventory of the Book Lovers' Club, 1927 - 1969

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The Book Lover's Club of Charleston was founded in 1927 by African-American Women as a literary club with a purpose of establishing a high literary culture among its members as well as social improvement for Charleston African Americans. It helped battle racism and sexism through community-wide projects as well as neighborhood and youth activities throughout the city of Charleston.
Contains organizational documents, including constitution, correspondence, minutes, and account books. Also includes some program material and newsletter.
Title: Book Lovers' Club, 1927 - 1969
Creator: Book Lovers' Club.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1044
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
(8 folders)

Historical Note

The Book Lover's Club of Charleston was founded in 1927 by African-American Women as a literary club with a purpose of establishing a high literary culture among its members as well as social improvement for Charleston African Americans. It helped battle racism and sexism through community-wide projects as well as neighborhood and youth activities throughout the city of Charleston.


Collection Overview

Legal documents, minutes, financial documents, and correspondence (1927-1969) document the activities of the Book Lovers' Club (Charleston, S.C.). Important members of the club included Susan Dart Butler, Lois Simms and members of the Holloway, Noisette, Bianchi, Poinsette, and Seabrook families. The collection is arranged in three series: Administrative Papers, Correspondence, and General Documents. Documents are arranged chronilogically within indvidual folders.

Collection Arrangement

Series I: Administrative Papers

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: General Documents



Subject Headings

  • Book Lovers' Club
  • Broadnax, Margaret, A.
  • Ellison, Louise B.
  • Graydon, Gertrude L.
  • Simms, Lois Averetta
  • Butler, Susan Dart, 1888-1959
  • South Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs
  • African American women--South Carolina--Societies and clubs--History


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Administrative Papers, 1927-1969.

(5 Folders)
Box 1   Folder 1
Constitution1927
   Folder 2
Minutes1944-1958
   Folder 3
Minutes1962-1965
   Folder 4
Booklets, Programs, etc.1955-1965
   Folder 5
Financial Papers1962-1969, undated

2. Correspondence, 1949-1965.

(2 Folders)
Box 1   Folder 6
Correspondence: Personal1949-1965, undated
   Folder 7
Correspondence: Organizations1958-1964

3. General Documents, 1944-1961, undated.

(1 Folder)
Box 1   Folder 8
General1944-1961, undated


Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Book Lovers' Club, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Kyle J. James, 08 1992

Encoded by Aaron Spelbring, 10 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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