End of the Century Book Club Papers

1899-1968, 1990-2005, 2012-2016
Manuscript Collection #150
Creator(s)
End of the Century Book Club (Greenville, N.C.)
Physical description
1.295 Cubic Feet, 96 items, 1folder, consisting of programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes, club histories, invitations, eulogies, a scrapbook, and miscellaneous items.
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.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1899-2016) consisting of programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes, club histories, invitation, eulogies, a scrapbook and miscellaneous items concerning the End of the Century Book Club in Greenville, North Carolina.


Biographical/historical information

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.


Scope and arrangement

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).


Administrative information
Custodial History

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 2), 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.

January 18, 2019, (unprocessed addition 3), 0.01 cubic feet; This addition includes the minutes of the End of the Century Book Club in Greenville, North Carolina, for April 3, 2012, through May 3, 2016. Donor: Cecilia Moore-Cobb.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Clifton W. Everett, Jr.

Gift of Cecilia Moore-Cobb

Processing information

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

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.


Container list
Box 1 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, club histories, club constitution, and miscellaneous items
Box 2 Programs
Box 3 Club Minutes, 1899-1933
Box 4 Club Minutes, 1937-1957
Box 5 Club Minutes, 1958-1977; Treasurers Reports, 1911-1923
Box 6 Scrapbook