The records of the Nineteenth Century Club document club activities and history. The materials consist of club minutes, financial records, annual yearbooks, correspondence, memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, videotapes, and objects.
The club’s administrative records include both minutes and financial records but do not include materials prior to 1904. The minutes span from 1904 to 2009 with some gaps, the largest being 1915-1938. Financial records reside both in a dedicated series and in select club minutes spanning from 1904 to 2009. Administrative records also include copies of the constitution noting various changes to the organization.
Club activities and events have been central to the Nineteenth Century Club’s goals and history and are reflected in the materials available in the collection. Club yearbooks and memorabilia from events provide information on club membership as well as annual social events. During club meetings, some members also presented essays and talks to the club. These talks often focused on subjects related to Oberlin College and Oberlin town, as well as members of the community who contributed to the town’s development. Newspaper clippings also document various community service activities that club members participated in. Topics include club anniversary celebrations, the tree planting at the local high school, and contributions made by members to the war relief effort in 1941. Correspondence from Oberlin College, the Oberlin Public Library, and other organizations also illustrates other donations and contributions made by the club towards the Oberlin community.
Non-textual records include photographs of club events, videotapes that include a history of the club from 1900 to 2001, and objects such as a gavel, pin, rubber stamp, and a box of wooden balls used for recreational activities. The collection also included a club scrapbook, but due to its fragile condition, the scrapbook was taken apart. Its contents, which included club yearbooks, invitations, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, were interfiled within the rest of the collection. Copies of the cover and one item from the scrapbook are filed with the memorabilia series.
The records are arranged in the following series:
Series I. Constitutions, 1955-56, n.d.
Series II. Club Minutes and Reports, 1904-ca. 1908, 1910-14, 1939-2009
Series III. Club Yearbooks, 1901-2011, n.d.
Series IV. Correspondence, 1919-88, n.d.
Series V. Events, 1903, 1907, 1913-14, 1925-26
Series VI. Financial Records, 1923-98, 2006-09, n.d.
Series VII. Meeting Presentations, 1982-83, 1995-2005, 2007-09, n.d.
Series VIII. Memorabilia, 1900-03, 1911-14, 1920-41, 1950, 1960, 1983-85, n.d.
Series IX. Printed Materials, 1897-98, 1926, 1932, 1940, 1946, 1948, 1969, n.d.
Series X. Photographs, ca. 1920s, 1983, 1988, 2008, n.d.
Series XI. Videotapes, 1997-98, 2001
Series XII. Objects, 1901, n.d.
Series I. Constitutions, 1955-56, n.d. (0.1 l.f.)
This series contains several undated copies of the organization’s constitution noting various changes made in the organization, and constitutions with amendments dated 1954-56. They outline the objectives and structure of the club.
Series II. Club Minutes and Reports, 1904-ca. 1908, 1910-14, 1939-2009 (0.9 l.f.)
The club minutes discuss all issues regarding organization, membership, community programs, and events as well as finance. It also includes an annual membership list where attendance was taken during club meetings. The minutes are arranged chronologically.
Series III. Club Yearbooks, 1901-2011, n.d. (0.8 l.f.)
Included in this series are annual programs that serve as guides to club activities. It notifies members of club events, as well as provides information on club officers and membership. The programs are arranged chronologically. Also filed here are research notes on a display of program booklets.
Series IV. Correspondence, 1919-88, n.d. (0.04 l.f.)
This series contains various letters and notes from former Nineteenth Century Club members (1920-21, 1926, 1963, n.d.). It also includes correspondence from the League to Enforce Peace – Ohio Branch (1919), Oberlin Public Library (1988), Oberlin College (1932, 1971), and the Montana Woman’s Missionary Union (n.d).
Series V. Events, 1903, 1907, 1913-14, 1925-26 (0.02 l.f.)
Contains material related to club events including programs and menus for annual dinner celebrations, anniversaries, special guest days, and holiday parties.
Series VI. Financial Records, 1923-98, 2006-09, n.d. (0.5 l.f.)
The Treasurer’s Books document various financial activities and responsibilities of the club. It consists of financial records relating to expenditures, profits, monetary donations, as well as club fees and dues.
Series VII. Meeting Presentations, 1982-83, 1995-2005, 2007-09, n.d. (0.04 l.f.)
Meeting presentations contain essays and talks presented to the club by some of its members.
Series VIII. Memorabilia, 1901-25, 1980s, 1998, 2000-01, 2008, n.d. (0.12 l.f.)
This series includes clippings of articles related to club anniversaries, activities, events, and community service work for Oberlin schools and contributions to the war relief effort. Additional materials include a fictional story written by a member in celebration of the club’s 25th anniversary, a short club history, production notes for a play, ephemera, and a copy of an illustration made by Bill Schroeder, son of club member Marion Schroeder, for the club. The original drawing resides at the Oberlin Heritage Center. Remnants of a scrapbook previously disbound and dispersed throughout the collection can also be found in this series.
Series IX. Printed Materials, 1897-98, 1926, 1932, 1940, 1946, 1948, 1969, n.d. (0.04 l.f.)
Comprises are various printed materials including brochures on other clubs, certificates, and a published compendium on parliamentary law
Series X. Photographs, ca. 1920s, 1983, 1988, 2008, n.d. (0.04 l.f.)
This small series holds only one group portrait from the club’s early history, dating from the 1920s. The remainder of the photographs and negatives were taken at club activities in the 1980s and 2008.
Series XI. Videotapes, 1997-98, 2001 (0.2 l.f.)
There are two different VHS tape productions in this collection, one of which celebrates 100 years of the club, done in 2001.
Series XII. Objects, 1901, n.d. (1.25 l.f.)
Found here are several artifacts including a gavel, marble game, pin, and rubber stamp all used by the Nineteenth Century Club.