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Guide to the Cary Club of Marion, Iowa records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1883-1980
Creator: Cary Club of Marion, Iowa
Extent: 1.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: IWA0258
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Women's study club founded in 1878 in Marion, Iowa.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs 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. 360) were donated by the Marion Public Library in 1996.

Preferred Citation: Cary Club of Marion 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

The Cary Club of Marion, Iowa was founded in 1878 with six charter members. The club was named in honor of two sisters, Alice and Phoebe Cary; nineteenth century poets. The sister's motto, "Thank God for the work he lets me do. I'm glad to live in the world with you," the club adopted as their own. For a short time after its founding the club was disbanded but reorganized in 1889. The objective of the club was the intellectual improvement of its members. Discussions and programs were given at the twice monthly meetings on varied topics including book reviews, historical subjects, and current events. During 1898 and 1899 as part of its program the group wrote a story titled "Wrecked Where We Least Expect." Several of the members contributed on or more chapters to the final manuscript. The entire work was recopied in longhand by one of the members and it took up nine volumes.

The Cary Club of Marion, Iowa records date from 1883 to 1980 and measure 1.5 linear feet. The records are arranged alphabetically. The bulk of the collection consists of the record books of minutes that span form 1883 to 1980 and the nine volumes of "Wrecked Where We Least Expect--A Story by the Cary Club." The rest of the collection includes a written history of the club from 1878 to 1969, yearly program booklets from 1889 to 1976, a few newspaper clippings, one group photograph from 1959, and a bronze marker originally placed on a World War I memorial tree that later died.
Federated Women's Clubs of Marion, Iowa records

Browse by Series:

  • Series 1: CLUB RECORDS
  • Box 1:
  • Constitution and by-laws - 1952
  • Correspondence - 1961-1964
  • History of Cary Club from 1878-1969 - 1939, 1969
  • Minutes - 1883-1886
  • Minutes - 1899-1918
  • Minutes - 1918-1923
  • Minutes - 1924-1934
  • Box 2:
  • Minutes - 1934-1939
  • Minutes - 1942-1949
  • Minutes - 1949-1953
    Removed from three-ring binder.
  • Minutes - 1953-1957
    Removed from three-ring binder.
  • Minutes - 1957-1962
    Removed from three-ring binder.
  • Minutes - 1962-1968
  • Minutes - 1971-1980
  • Newspaper clippings - 1948-1953
  • Box 3:
  • Programs - 1889-1914
  • Programs - 1915-1949
  • Programs - 1950-1976
    Lacking 1963/64 and 1969/70.
  • Roster of members and treasurer's reports - 1890-1921
  • Verse - 1901
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. I - 1898-1899
    A Story by the Cary Club
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. II - 1898-1899
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. III - 1898-1899
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. IV - 1898-1899
  • Box 4:
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. V
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. VI
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. VII
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. VIII
  • "Wrecked Where We Least Expect"--Vol. IX
  • Photograph - 1959
  • Bronze marker from World War I memorial tree - 1920