Sans Souci Book Club Records

1913-2002, undated
Manuscript Collection #436
Sans Souci Book Club
Physical description
0.87 Cubic Feet, 93 items , consisting of minute books, loose minutes, correspondence, a scrapbook, and miscellany.
Preferred Citation
Sans Souci Book Club Records (#436), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Records (1913-2002, undated) including correspondence, minute books, loose minutes, scrapbook, manuscript speech, and miscellany.

Biographical/historical information

The Sans Souci Book Club was organized in 1902 to "advance the literary efforts and promote social activity among its members." Since that time many prominent women in Greenville have joined the organization to learn, travel to historic sites, socialize, and contribute to a variety of charities and other institutions, including Sheppard Memorial Library.

Scope and arrangement

Minutes (1915-1972) comprise the bulk of the collection. Although usually quite brief, the minutes reflect the format of meetings and work of the program, book, and emergency committees. Occasional references to civic work or charitable donations are included. The minutes also contain attendance rolls and newspaper clippings pertaining to club activities.

Correspondence (1930-1971, undated), a small portion of the collection, consists chiefly of requests for donations, invitations, and individuals' and organizations' expressions of gratitude for various gifts or expressions of sympathy.

A scrapbook (1913-1973) contains printed material (chiefly club program booklets) reflecting the organization's meeting topics and special events.

Included in a folder of miscellaneous material are a manuscript speech outlining the history of the club (1952?), memorials to deceased members, and copies of the club's constitution and bylaws.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 2, 1981, 60 items and 18 volumes; Minutes (1915-1930, 1933-1963, 1965-1972); a scrapbook (1913-1972); and miscellaneous correspondence, memorials, and programs. Loaned by Sans Souci Book Club, Greenville, N.C.

October 13, 1986 (unprocessed addition 1), 2 vols.; Minutes (1970-1975) and a scrapbook. Donor: Mrs. Elizabeth K. Proctor.

January 8, 2003 (unprocessed addition 2.0), N/A items; Records (1976-2002) including minutes and programs of the club's activities compiled by the club secretaries. Loan Donor: Suzanne P. Pecheles.

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Sans Souci Book Club

Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth K. Proctor

Loaned by Suzanne P. Pecheles

Processing information

Processed by A. Cavenaugh, May 1983

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Corporate Names
Sans Souci Book Club
Book clubs (Discussion groups)--North Carolina--Greenville
Women--North Carolina--Greenville--Societies and clubs
Greenville (N.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Minutes, 1915-1917
Box 1 Folder b Minutes, 1922-1925
Box 1 Folder c Secretary's Book, 1925-1927
Box 1 Folder d Minutes, 1927-1930
Box 1 Folder e Minutes, 1932-1937
Box 1 Folder f Minutes, 1937-1939
Box 1 Folder g Minutes, 1939-1940
Box 1 Folder h Minutes, 1940-1941
Box 1 Folder i Minutes, 1941-1942
Box 1 Folder j Minutes, 1943-1944
Box 2 Folder a Minutes, 1944-1945
Box 2 Folder b Minutes, 1945-1946
Box 2 Folder c Minutes, 1947-1949
Box 2 Folder d Minutes, 1949-1951
Box 2 Folder e Minutes, 1951-1952
Box 2 Folder f Minutes, 1957-1958
Box 2 Folder g Minutes, 1962-1963
Box 3 Folder a Minutes, 1965-1968
Box 3 Folder b Minutes, 1968-1972
Box 3 Folder c Correspondence, 1930-1967
Box 3 Folder d Correspondence, 1968-1971
Box 3 Folder e Scrapbook, 1913-1973
Box 3 Folder f Miscellany, 1902-1969
Box 4 Folder a Scrapbook
Box 4 Folder b Directories 1910-1940
Box 4 Folder c Directories 1940-1958
Box 4 Folder d Directories 1959-1979
Box 4 Folder e A Reading List of Biographies Vol. 1 No. 2
Box 4 Folder f Miscellany
Box 4 Folder g Minutes, 1972-1973
Box 4 Folder h Minutes, 1970-1972
Box 5 Not Indexed, Misc