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Guide to the The Clionian Club (Davenport, Iowa) records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1874-1996
Creator: Clionian Club (Davenport, Iowa)
Extent: 1.00 linear foot.
Collection Number: IWA0357
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Women's study group which originated in 1874.

Alternate Extent Statement: Artifacts in Box 4

Access: The records are open for research.

Use: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The records (donor no. 363) were donated by Edna Gord in 1996.

Preferred Citation: The Clionian Club (Davenport, Iowa) records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

The Clionian Club originated in 1874 as a women's study group in Davenport, Iowa. The club, originally called the Clionian Society, took its name from the Greek muse of literature, Clio. The club initially met twice a month, to discuss literature and hear programs on various topics that the members had researched. The club was also involved in charitable works in the community. As more women entered the work force in the 1940s and 1950s the membership began to decline. The club remained active until 1990.

The Clionian Club of Davenport, Iowa, records date from 1874 to 1996 and measure 1 linear foot. The records are arranged alphabetically ending with one photograph and one artifact out of alphabetical order.

The documents span the entire history of the club. The record books contain minutes dating from the first meeting in 1874 through 1990. The year books list the scheduled meetings throughout the years from the 1920s to the 1990s. Also contained are the by-laws of the club, a partial list of the membership and their elected roles, scrapbooks, the treasurers records and a few pieces of correspondence.

The Programs and events (1941-1954) contains a series of programs given during the club's fiftieth anniversary, five presentations by Laura Larenzen and a radio address about the club's history given by Edna Geisler.

The photograph was taken at the diamond jubilee in 1949 and depicts five members in costume. The artifact is a brass hammer presented to the club in 1929 by Mrs. Murdoch to be used as a gavel.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: CLUB RECORDS

  • Series 1: CLUB RECORDS
  • Box 1:
  • Constitution and by-laws - 1933-1979
  • Correspondence - 1948-1987
  • Membership list - 1947-1979
  • Programs: Diamond jubilee - 1949
  • Programs:  Ballet - 1954
    [Presented by Laura Larenzen]
  • Programs: Color in ceramics and glass - 1948
    Presented by Laura Larenzen
  • Programs: Gandhi and Nehru - 1943
    Presented by Laura Larenzen
  • Programs: National parks and conservation - 1950
    Presented by Laura Larenzen
  • Programs: Old Cape Cod customs - 1952
    Presented by Laura Larenzen
  • Programs: Presented by Elizabeth Martin - 1950-1970
  • Programs: Radio address on WHBF - 1941
    Presented by Edna Geisler
  • Minute books - 1874-1880
  • Minute books - 1900-1905
  • Minute books - 1906-1917
  • Minute books - 1918-1928
  • Box 2:
  • Minute books - 1928-1936
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1937-1941
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1942-1946
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1947-1952
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1953-1959
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1960-1963
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1964-1968
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1969-1973
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1974-1979
    Disbound
  • Minute books - 1980-1990
    Disbound
  • Scrapbooks (disbound) - 1934-1944
  • Scrapbooks (disbound) - 1947-1973
  • Scrapbooks (disbound) - 1973-1990
  • Treasurer's records - 1900-1935
  • Box 3:
  • Treasurer's records - 1936-1953
  • Treasurer's records - 1954-1996
  • Yearbooks - 1916-1939
  • Yearbooks - 1940-1959
  • Yearbooks - 1960-1980
  • Yearbooks: Cover art work - 1953
  • Photograph: Diamond jubilee - 1949
  • Box 4:
  • Artifact: Brass hammer [gavel] - 1929