Pickwick Book Club Records, 1954-1980

Manuscript Collection #567

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Pickwick Book Club Records
    Creator: Pickwick Book Club
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Records (1954-1980), including minutes and booklets of the Pickwick Book Club of Greenville, North Carolina.
    Extent: 0.375 Cubic feet, 58 items ,
  • Description

    The Pickwick Book Club Records, 1954-1980, consist of correspondence between club members. The materials also feature meeting minutes that document business covered in each meeting. Also included are membership lists, event records, book purchase forms, data on Gilbert G. Ragland, a faculty member in Education at East Carolina College and hand-crafted booklets featuring officer lists, committees and brief descriptions of meetings held.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    The name “Pickwick” came from the “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club” (1837), which was Charles Dickens’ first novel. The story published under the pseudonym “Boz” was originally designed to be a series of sporting misadventures, to serve as letterpress for the drawings of popular illustrator, Robert Seymour.

    The Pickwick Book Club of Greenville, North Carolina, often held meetings at members home, country clubs or libraries. The book club would typically enjoy lunch and a featured guest speaker before the meeting took place. Following lunch, the members would tend to any business necessary. After tending to club business, they would then exchange books and end the meeting. Literature was not the only topic of discussion during the meetings, as they also discussed hobbies, primary education, American folk songs, elections and politics, art.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    December 12, 1988, 58 items; Records (1954-1980), including minutes and booklets. Donor: Mrs. Richard Capwell, President.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Richard Capwell

    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

    Pickwick Book Club Records (#567), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services. Processed 2019 by Faith Harris.

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