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End of the Century Book Club Papers, 1899-1968, 1990-2005

(Manuscript Collection #150)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: End of the Century Book Club Papers
Creator: End of the Century Book Club
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1899-1968) consisting of programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes, club histories, invitation, eulogies, a scrapbook and miscellaneous items.
Extent: 1.285 Cubic feet, 96 items , consisting of programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes, club histories, invitations, eulogies, a scrapbook, and miscellaneous items.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

December 3, 1970, 95 items; Papers (1899-1968), including minutes (1899-1967), club histories, programs, tributes, clippings, reports, and a scrapbook. Gift of the End of the Century Book Club, Greenville, N.C.

June 26, 1987, 1 volume; Minutes (1967-1977). Gift of Mrs. Cliff Everett, Greenville, N.C.

August 21, 2007, (unprocessed addition 1), 1 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Minutes (November 1990-March 2005) including clippings, notes & correspondence of the End of the Century Book Club, Greenville, North Carolina. Unbound. Donor: Mrs. Clifton W. Everett, Jr.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

End of the Century Book Club Papers (#150), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Clifton W. Everett, Jr.

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon; M. Elmore, March 2002

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The End of the Century Book Club was organized in 1899. Among its charter members were Mrs. Thomas J. Jarvis, Mrs. Harry Skinner, Mrs. R. R. Cotten, Mrs. E. B. Ficklen, and Mrs. J. L. Little. This women's organization is more than a book club; it has served as a civic club as well and was the first of its kind in the Greenville area. It led the fight for many civic improvements and was instrumental in the founding of the Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville, N.C.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection contains copies of yearly club programs (1902-1968) and a copy of the club's constitution (undated). There are also notes, invitations, telegrams and correspondence of routine club matters, eulogies for deceased club members, short histories of the club (1940, 1949, 1986, undated) and many newspaper clippings from The (Greenville) Daily Reflector describing club meetings.

The collection also contains treasurers reports (1911-1923) and the minutes of the club meetings (1899-1907, 1912-1977). Of special interest is their work toward the founding of a public library (Sheppard Memorial Library) in Greenville (1902-1928). There is also a history of "The Ladies of the Round Table" Greenville book club and a scrapbook of the End of the Century Book Club's activities and those of other book clubs in the Greenville area. Included in the scrapbook is a letter from Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower (1954).

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina, Pitt County

Autograph Entry :

  • Eisenhower, Mamie Dowd 1954

Subject Entries :

  • BOOKS AND AUTHORS--Organizations--End of the Century Book Club
  • BOOKS AND AUTHORS--Organizations--The Ladies of the Round Table
  • LIBRARIES--Greenville, N.C.
  • WOMEN--Organizations
  • WOMEN--Organizations--Greenville, N.C.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0150.1
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, club histories, club constitution, and miscellaneous items
Box 2#0150.2
Programs
Box 3#0150.3
Club Minutes, 1899-1933
Box 4#0150.4
Club Minutes, 1937-1957
Box 5#0150.5
Club Minutes, 1958-1977; Treasurers Reports, 1911-1923
Box 6#0150.6
Scrapbook

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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