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Menands Book Club Records

1881-2009

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Abstract

The majority of the Menands Book Club Records consists of meeting and treasurer notes and program schedules. There also is correspondence, club histories and an information packet of the village of Menands, NY Anniversary.

Summary

Creator:
Menands Book Club
Date Coverage:
1881-2009
Quantity:
0.67 cubic ft.

The Menands Book Club was formed by Mrs. Edward A. Kelly, Mrs. Frank Dunn, and Mrs. Claude C. Nuckols about 1908. It was originally known as The Literary Club of Menands, NY. Members held informal meetings at a different member home each week.

As the literary club grew, members decided to create a more formal structure in 1910, including having club officers. The first president was Miss Alice M. Darbe. Along with assigning officers, members wrote a constitution and by-laws. The purpose of the Club as stated was to enlighten and fulfill intellectual needs. Meetings were now held every two weeks and the Club charged membership dues of 5 cents per member per meeting for attendees and 10 cents for those absent. Programs were printed for members with the meeting dates and topics. Members were required to share a reading on their assigned topic. The Club also selected books to reflect an overall theme in some years, including current events, women, New York State history, islands, far away places and American people and life.

The organization continued to evolve over time. The name changed to the Menands Book Club for the 1923-1924 program year. In 1954 and 2007 members revised the constitution and by-laws. The Club currently has about a dozen members and meets from September through June. Its meetings still cover a variety of topics.

The collection predominantly consists of paper-handouts and mini-booklets. In addition, there are some newspaper clippings and both ledger and composition notebooks to record meetings. There are guidebooks to the village of Menands anniversary celebrations in the collection as well. Please note there are gaps in the collection record in the 1940s and then again in the 1960s and 1970s, with the meeting program guides.

Series one contains administrative records. In the records there are meeting minutes and treasury information. Correspondence pertaining to administration of the Club and membership directories are also in this section. Series two contains materials related to programs and events. Within this series is correspondence regarding the history of the Club, program guides and newsclippings. There also are items retained by Club members that relate to the history of Menands, but pre-date the The Literary Club.

These records were located in the homes of members and members' families and collected by the Menands Book Club several years prior to the donation of materials to the University at Albany.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Both series are arranged alphabetically.

The Menands Book Club donated the records to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2011.

Processed by: Ashley Purvis

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2017-04-14 13:24:27 -0400

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2012

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Access to this record group is unrestricted with the exception of one folder noted below.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Menands Book Club Records, 1881-2009. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Menands Book Club Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.43 cubic ft.

Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains correspondence pertaining to book club business, organizational history, laws, and membership information.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Account Statements-[RESTRICTED] 1985-1989

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1 2Club Laws1921, 2007

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1 3Correspondence1963-1965, 1968-1969

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1 4Correspondence1970-1977

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1 5Correspondence1980, 1982-1984, 1986, 1988-1989

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1 6Correspondence1991, 1994-1996, 1999

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1 7Correspondence2001-2003, 2008

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1 8CorrespondenceUndated

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1 9Dues1981-1985

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1 10History1974, 2007-2008, Undated

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1 11Meeting Minutes1996-1999

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1 12Meeting Minutes2000-2003

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1 13Meeting Minutes2004-2007

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1 14Meeting Minutes1998-2007

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1 15Membership Cards for Red Cross1949-1951, 1955

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1 16Membership ListsUndated

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1 17Receipts1964-1965, 1975, 1980, 1989, 1991

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1 18Secretary and Treasurer Notes1908-1914

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1 19Secretary and Treasurer Notes1948-1950

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1 20Secretary and Treasurer Notes1948-1955

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1 21Secretary and Treasurer Notes1955-1965

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2 1Secretary and Treasurer Notes1965-1972

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2 2Secretary and Treasurer Notes1972-1982

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2 3Secretary and Treasurer Notes1982-1993

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2 4Secretary and Treasurer Notes1993-1996
Quantity:  .24 cu. ft.

Arranged alphabetically.

This series consists of calendars of events, newspaper clippings, histories of the village of Menands, meeting schedules and annual programs. Initially these programs were bound volumes listing such information as the meeting dates, book to be discussed, hostess for each meeting and presenters and topics. Eventually they became less elaborate and frequently were one sheet of paper featuring a typed meeting schedule.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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2 5Calendar of Events2007-2009

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2 6Early Menands Historic Documents Retained by Club Members1881, 1898

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2 7Menands Anniversary1974, 1979

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2 8Menands HistoryUndated

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3 1News Clippings1984-2007

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3 2News Clippings on Menands Book Club1931-1932

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3 3Programs1910-1914

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3 4Programs1914-1919

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3 5Programs1919-1925

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3 6Programs1926-1932

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3 7Programs1932-1939

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3 8Programs1944-1950

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3 9Programs1950-1959

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3 10Schedules1962-1963

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3 11Schedules1969-1971

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3 12Schedules1986-1990

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3 13Schedules1992-2000

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3 14Schedules2001-2007