Chatham Book Club Records, 1937-1985

Manuscript Collection #409

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Chatham Book Club Records
    Creator: Chatham Book Club
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Records of Greenville, NC book club (1937-1977), including minutes, correspondence, newsletter clippings, construction and by-laws, and two scrapbooks.
    Extent: 0.6 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The Chatham Book Club Records, 1937-1985, undated, comprise the records of a Greenville, North Carolina women's club. The collections consists of 6 manuscript boxes amounting to 135 items and 3 scrapbooks, containing 1,706 pages and including approximately 2.20 cubic feet of manuscript materials. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, constitutions and by-laws, financial records, club histories, biographical sketches of members, photographic prints, printed materials, & scrapbooks relating to the members, activities, and organization of the Chatham Book Club. The club officers donated the collection to the repository in three separate loans between 29 April 1980 and 26 June 1987. The repository has maintained the collection in its original order, arranged in series by date of the loan.

    Series I includes the minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, constitution and by-laws, and two scrapbooks & other records 1937-1977 (Gift of 28 April 1980)

    Series II includes the minutes 1977-1983 (Gift of 12 March 1987)

    Series III includes three scrapbooks, 1969-1985 (Gift of 26 June 1987)

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    The Chatham Book Club was born on 16 April 1937 in Greenville, North Carolina. The founders - 13 young Greenville matrons -- met in the home of their sponsor, Mrs. J. B. Kittrell. Their stated aim was to promote the "Civil, social and intellectual improvement" of the members. The Chatham Book Club joined a number of already existing books clubs including the End of the Century Book Club and the Sans Souci Book Club.

    The founders then elected Mrs. N. S. Beard as their first president. In addition, they elected a vice president, treasurer, secretary and librarian. In later years, the same person usually served as secretary and librarian. They also selected a Program Committee, Book Committee, and Emergency Committees. They also arranged a list of hostesses -- members who volunteered to have meetings in their homes and to provide refreshments. The Club met between once and three times per month usually from early October to late May.

    They selected the Chatham Book Club name to honor William Pitt the elder, the first Earl of Chatham (15 November 1708 - 11 May 1778), the British Whig statesman who achieved his greatest fame leading Britain during the French and Indian War, 1755-1766. He later served as prime minister of from 30 July 1766 to 14 October 1768. Pitt County, North Carolina, like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is named for him. Chatham's second son, William Pitt the younger (28 May 1759 - 23 January 1806) also became a political leader of note becoming the youngest prime minister in British history and leading the nation during the Napoleonic Wars, 19 December 1783 - 14 March 1801and 10 May 1804 - 23 January 1806.

    The members also selected a club motto: "While We Live Let Us Live to Some Purpose."

    The 13 original members were Mrs. C. L. Adams, Mrs. N. S. Beard, Mrs. F. A. Bendall, Mrs. H. G. Clayton, Mrs. J. C. Lanier, Mrs. E. Lee Moore, Mrs. R. S. Neal, Mrs. E. D. Robinson, Mrs. A. C. Ruffin, Mrs. R. W. Stark, Mrs. W. S. Tyson, and Mrs. W. D. Tucker. Source: #409.3.a.

    The collection consists of minutes of club meetings, including lists of members, officers, committee members & hostesses, books read, officers reports, elections & accounts of discussions.

    In addition, the collection contains three scrapbooks, 1937-1985, containing club correspondence, constitutions & by-laws, photographic prints, yearbooks, clippings, information about the Greenville Arts Festivals, the End of the Century Book Club, the Woman's Club of Greenville, Sheppard Memorial Library, and other Greenville literary, arts, & social organizations. The compiler glued or stapled these items into the scrapbooks. The repository has filed additional loose correspondence and other documents separately.

    Among the notable items in the scrapbooks are:

    List of Officers:

    YEARPRESIDENTVICE-PRESSECRETARYTREASURER / LIBRARIAN1937-38Mrs. N. S. BeardMrs. H. G. ClaytonMrs. W. D. TuckerMrs. F. A. Bendall / Mrs. J. C. Lanier1938-39Mrs. R. I. NealMrs. L. H. BowlingMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. Carl Adams1939-40Mrs. J. C. LanierMrs. W. S. TysonMrs. Lee HannahMrs. R. W. Stark1940-41Mrs. Rufus StarkMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. L. E. BabcockMrs. E. D. Robertson1941-42Mrs. L. H. BowlingMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. R. S. BealMrs. J. C. Lanier1942-43Mrs. F. A. BendallMrs. L. T. ShotwellMrs. E.R. ConwayMrs. W. P. Moore1943-44Mrs. E. E. ForbesMrs. W. P. MooreMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. H. G. Clayton1944-45Mrs. W. P. MooreMrs. C. L. AdamsMrs. C. E. BlairMrs. W. D. Tucker1945-46Mrs. C. L. AdamsMrs. C. A. BowenMrs. R. W. StarkMrs. L. T. Shotwell1946-47Mrs. S. H. WilliamsMrs. W. D. TuckerMrs. E. R. ConwayMrs. Bryant Brown1947-48Mrs. E. C. BlairMrs. L. T. ShotwellMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. L. H. Bowling1948-49Mrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. J. Bryan BrownMrs. C. L. AdamsMrs. R. W. Stark1949-50Mrs. Bryan BrownMrs. W. P. MooreMrs. N. S. BeardMrs. J. C. Lanier1950-51Mrs. Carl AdamsMrs. J. C. LanierMrs. C. A. BowenMrs. L. T. Shotwell1951-52Mrs. L. W. ToppingMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. J. Bryan BrownMrs. W. D. Tucker1952-53Mrs. L. H. BowlingMrs. N. S. BeardMrs. C. E. BlairMrs. E. R. Conway1953-54Mrs. W. P. MooreMrs. T. M. WatsonMrs. L. W. ToppingMrs. J. K. Long1954-55Mrs. C. A. BowenMrs. C. E. BlairMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. L. T. Shotwell1955-56Mrs. Carl AdamsMrs. N. S. BeardMrs. J. Bryan BrownMrs. T. M. Watson1956-57Mrs. F. A. BendallMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. N. S. BeardMrs. J. C. Lanier1957-58Mrs. E. C. BlairMrs. L. W. ToppingMrs. W. P. MooreMrs. C. a. Bowen1958-59Mrs. L. H. BowlingMrs. W. D. TuckerMrs. C. A. BowenMrs. E. R. Conway1959-60Mrs. W. P. MooreMrs. P. B. UpchurchMrs. J. Bryan BrownMrs. T. M. Watson1960-61Mrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. W. D. TuckerMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. L. H. Bowling1961-62Mrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. P. K. AndresenMrs. P. B. UpchurchMrs. C. E. Blair1962-63Mrs. P. B. UpchurchMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. R. H. EvansMrs. E. Lee Moore1963-64Dr. Elizabeth UtterbackMrs. C. A. BowenMrs. P. K. AndresenMrs. L. T. Shotwell1964-65Mrs. R. H. EvansMrs. W. P. MooreMrs. E. B. FisherMrs. C. C. Studdert1965-66Mrs. P. K. AndresenMrs. P. B. UpchurchMrs. A. M. MumfordMrs. E. R. Conway1966-67Mrs. A. M. MumfordMrs. E. B. FisherMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. R. H. Evans1967-68Mrs. R. W. StarkMrs. C. C. StuddertMrs. R. L. PowellMrs. J. A. Taylor1969-70Mrs. Robert L. PowellMrs. Arthur S. AlfordMrs. W. P. MooreMrs. P. K. Andresen1970-71Mrs. A. S. AlfordMrs. P. K. AndresenMrs. Joe PaulkMrs. E. Lee Moore'1971-72Mrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. R. H. EvansMrs. R. W. StarkMrs. C.W. Snell1972-73Mrs. P. B. UpchurchMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. A. M. MumfordMrs. C. C. Studdert1973-74Mrs. A. H. WhiteMrs. A. M. MumfordMrs. F. A. BendallMrs. W. P. Moore1974-75Mrs. C. W. SnellMrs. P. K. AndresenMrs. R. W. StarkMrs. James Graham1975-76Mrs. R. L. PowellMrs. P. B. UpchurchMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. E. Lee Moore1976-77Mrs. R. H. EvansMrs. Carl AdamsMrs. A. S. JohnsonMrs. W. P. Moore1977-78Mrs. W. P. MooreMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. A. S. JohnsonMrs. C. A. Bowen1978-79Mrs. James GrahamMrs. Carl AdamsMrs. H. A. WhiteMrs. Carter Studdert1979-80Mrs. A. S. JohnsonMrs. R. L. PowellMrs. H. G. DawkinsMrs. R. W. Stark1980-81Mrs. A. M. MumfordMrs. C. W. SnellMrs. R. H. EvansMrs. R. L. Powell1981-82Mrs. E. T. VinsonMrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. H. A. WhiteMrs. C. W. Snell1982-83Mrs. H. g. DawkinsMrs. H. A. WhiteMrs. C. W. SnellMrs. A. M. Mumford1983-84Mrs. A. C. RuffinMrs. R. L. PowellMrs. A. S. JohnsonMrs. Carter Studdert1984-85Mrs. R. L. PowellMrs. C. W. SnellMrs. E. T. VinsonMrs. James Graham

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    April 29, 1980, (unprocessed), 118 items; Records of Greenville, N. C. book club (1937-1977), including minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, constitution and by-laws, and two scrapbooks. Donor: Officers, Chatham Book Club.

    March 12, 1987, (unprocessed addition 1), 1 box, 25 items, 196 pages, 0.25 cubic feet; Minutes (1977-1983) of Greenville, North Carolina women's book club. See preliminary inventory. Loaned. Donor: Officers, Chatham Book Club.

    June 26, 1987, (unprocessed addition 2), 1 box, 1 vol., 33 pages, ca. 0.35 cubic feet; Scrapbook (1969-1985) of Greenville, North Carolina women's book club, including clippings, correspondence, Easter Seals bonds, ephemera, pamphlets, photographic prints, yearbooks, etc. See preliminary inventory. Donor: Officers, Chatham Book Club.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Officers, Chatham Book Club
    Loaned by Officers, Chatham Book Club

    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

    Chatham Book Club Records (#409), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

    Preliminary inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 5/18/2010

Container List

  • This box contains the minutes from the Chatham Book Club (1937-1965)
     
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Elise L. Moore, Clarice Tucker and A.C. Ruffin (1937-1940)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Lyda May Adams, Elise L. Moore and Mrs. N.S. Beard (1940-1943)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Mrs. C.E. Blair and Mrs. Ruffin (1943-1947)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by A.C. Ruffin (1947-1948)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes from the Chatham Book Club (1948-1949)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Mrs. C.A. Bower, A. Beard (1949-1950)
    Contains clippings and loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Maude B. Bowen (1950-1951)
    Contains `loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Jean Brown and Elise Beard (1951-1952)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Jean Brown and Lucy Blair (1952-1953)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Ruth W. Topping (1953-1954)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Eleanor Ruffin (1954-1955)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Mrs. J. Bryan Brown and Mrs. F.A. Bendall (1955-1956)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Mrs. N.S. Beard (1953-1954)
    Contains clippings and loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Elise L. Moore (1957-1958)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Maude Bowers, Jean Brown (1958-1960)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Maude Bower, Sarah Stark and Lila Bendall (1960-1962)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Mrs. J. Bryan, Mildred Evans and Christine Anderson (1962-1964)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Ruth Fisher and Christine Anderson
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Bedie Mumford
  • This box contains the the Chatham Book Club minutes, consitution, Christmas Seal, clippings, by-laws, letters, programs and notes (1966-1977)
     
    Contain loose-leaf minutes recorded by Eleanor Ruffin and Mary Meade Powell (1966-1967)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Mary Meade Powell (1967-1968)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Ruby Studdert (1968-1969)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Elana Moore and Bedie Mumford (1969-1970)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Ruth Paulk, Sarah Stark and Lila Bendall (1970-1971)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Sarah Stark, Lila Bendall and Bet Alford (1971-1972)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Sarah Stark and Bedie Mumford (1972-1973)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Lila Bendall Bedie Mumford and Sarah Stark (1973-1974)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Ruby Studdert, Lila Bendall, A.C. Ruffin (1974-1975)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Eleanor Ruffin, Sarah Stark, Bedie Mumford and June Johnson (1975-1976)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson (1976-1977)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club constitution as amended (1960)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club by-laws as amended (1969)
    Contains Newspaper Clippings (1940-1953)
    Contains Christmas Seal Bond (1942-1945)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club notes (undated)
    Correspondence (1938-1951) contains letter from the Greenville Public Schools supporting a vote for the school tax' 27 May 1947.
    Contains the Twenty-Fifth Anniversity Program: History of the Chatham Book Club (1937-1962)
Contains the Chatham Book Club scrapbook (1940)
Contains the Chatham Book Club scrapbook (1955)
  • This box contains the Chatham Book Club constitution, by-laws, letters, and minutes (1977-1986)
     
    Contains the Chatham Book Club constitution as amended (1983)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club by-laws as amended (1978)
    Contains letters received by the Chatham Book Club (1982-1986)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson (1977-1978)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson, Helen White, and Mildred Evans (1978-1979)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Carmen Dawkins and Rose Graham (1979-1980)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Mrs. A.S. Johnson and Meldred Evans (1980-1981)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson and Helen White (1981-1982)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Roberta Snell and Mrs. Albert Johnson (1982-1983)
Contains the Chatham Book Club scrapbook (1969-1985)

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Container List

  • This box contains the minutes from the Chatham Book Club (1937-1965)
     
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Elise L. Moore, Clarice Tucker and A.C. Ruffin (1937-1940)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Lyda May Adams, Elise L. Moore and Mrs. N.S. Beard (1940-1943)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Mrs. C.E. Blair and Mrs. Ruffin (1943-1947)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by A.C. Ruffin (1947-1948)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes from the Chatham Book Club (1948-1949)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Mrs. C.A. Bower, A. Beard (1949-1950)
    Contains clippings and loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Maude B. Bowen (1950-1951)
    Contains `loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Jean Brown and Elise Beard (1951-1952)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Jean Brown and Lucy Blair (1952-1953)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Ruth W. Topping (1953-1954)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Eleanor Ruffin (1954-1955)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Mrs. J. Bryan Brown and Mrs. F.A. Bendall (1955-1956)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Mrs. N.S. Beard (1953-1954)
    Contains clippings and loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Elise L. Moore (1957-1958)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Maude Bowers, Jean Brown (1958-1960)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Maude Bower, Sarah Stark and Lila Bendall (1960-1962)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretaries Mrs. J. Bryan, Mildred Evans and Christine Anderson (1962-1964)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Ruth Fisher and Christine Anderson
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by secretary Bedie Mumford
  • This box contains the the Chatham Book Club minutes, consitution, Christmas Seal, clippings, by-laws, letters, programs and notes (1966-1977)
     
    Contain loose-leaf minutes recorded by Eleanor Ruffin and Mary Meade Powell (1966-1967)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Mary Meade Powell (1967-1968)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Ruby Studdert (1968-1969)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Elana Moore and Bedie Mumford (1969-1970)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Ruth Paulk, Sarah Stark and Lila Bendall (1970-1971)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Sarah Stark, Lila Bendall and Bet Alford (1971-1972)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Sarah Stark and Bedie Mumford (1972-1973)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Lila Bendall Bedie Mumford and Sarah Stark (1973-1974)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Ruby Studdert, Lila Bendall, A.C. Ruffin (1974-1975)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Eleanor Ruffin, Sarah Stark, Bedie Mumford and June Johnson (1975-1976)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson (1976-1977)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club constitution as amended (1960)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club by-laws as amended (1969)
    Contains Newspaper Clippings (1940-1953)
    Contains Christmas Seal Bond (1942-1945)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club notes (undated)
    Correspondence (1938-1951) contains letter from the Greenville Public Schools supporting a vote for the school tax' 27 May 1947.
    Contains the Twenty-Fifth Anniversity Program: History of the Chatham Book Club (1937-1962)
Contains the Chatham Book Club scrapbook (1940)
Contains the Chatham Book Club scrapbook (1955)
  • This box contains the Chatham Book Club constitution, by-laws, letters, and minutes (1977-1986)
     
    Contains the Chatham Book Club constitution as amended (1983)
    Contains the Chatham Book Club by-laws as amended (1978)
    Contains letters received by the Chatham Book Club (1982-1986)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson (1977-1978)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson, Helen White, and Mildred Evans (1978-1979)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Carmen Dawkins and Rose Graham (1979-1980)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Mrs. A.S. Johnson and Meldred Evans (1980-1981)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by June Johnson and Helen White (1981-1982)
    Contains loose-leaf minutes recorded by Roberta Snell and Mrs. Albert Johnson (1982-1983)
Contains the Chatham Book Club scrapbook (1969-1985)


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