Pickwick Book Club Records

Manuscript Collection #567
Pickwick Book Club
Physical description
0.375 Cubic Feet, 58 items
Preferred Citation
Pickwick Book Club Records (#567), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Records (1954-1980), including minutes and booklets of the Pickwick Book Club of Greenville, North Carolina.

Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Richard Capwell

Processing information

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

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 Folder b Printed Materials, 1954-1968

Contains the Pickwick Book Club attendence roll (1959-1960), Correspondence from Ruth K. Watson, Pickwick Book Club secretary (1960), records of Pickwick Book Club luncheon and other events (1954-1968)

Box 1 Folder c Printed Materials, 1959-1969

Contains book purchase order form (1969), The Pitt County United Fund, Inc budget (1959-1960) and correspondence.

Box 1 Folder d Printed Materials, 1955-1981

Club booklets containing membership rosters and minutes. (1955-1981)