IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
THE CLIONIAN CLUB OF DAVENPORT, IOWA
1 linear foot
ACQUISITION: The records (donor no. 363) were donated by Edna Gord in 1996.
ACCESS: The records are open for research.
ARTIFACTS: In box 4.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
PHOTOGRAPHS: In box 3.
PROCESSED BY: Randel W. Lackore, 1997.
The Clionian Club originated in 1874 as a women's study group in Davenport, Iowa. The club, originally called the Clionian Society, took its name from the Greek muse of literature, Clio. The club initially met twice a month, to discuss literature and hear programs on various topics that the members had researched. The club was also involved in charitable works in the community. As more women entered the work force in the 1940s and 1950s the membership began to decline. The club remained active until 1990.
The Clionian Club of Davenport, Iowa records date from 1874 to 1996 and measure 1 linear foot. The records are arranged alphabetically ending with one photograph and one artifact out of alphabetical order.
The documents span the entire history of the club. The record books contain minutes dating from the first meeting in 1874 through 1990. The year books list the scheduled meetings throughout the years from the 1920s to the 1990s. Also contained are the by-laws of the club, a partial list of the membership and their elected roles, scrapbooks, the treasurers records and a few pieces of correspondence.
The Programs and events (1941-1954) contains a series of programs given during the club's fiftieth anniversary, five presentations by Laura Larenzen and a radio address about the club's history given by Edna Geisler.
The photograph was taken at the diamond jubilee in 1949 and depicts five members in costume. The artifact is a brass hammer presented to the club in 1929 by Mrs. Murdoch to be used as a gavel.
Box no. Description
Constitution and by-laws, 1933-1979
Correspondence, 1948, 1960-1987
List of members and positions held from 1947 to 1979, undated
Programs and events
Diamond jubilee, 1949
Presentations by Laura Larenzen
Color in ceramics and glass, 1948
Gandhi and Nehru, 1943
National parks and conservation, 1950
Old Cape Cod customs, 1952
Radio address by Edna Geisler, WHBF, December 3, 1941
Record books (minutes)
Cover art work, 1953
Diamond jubilee, 1949
Brass hammer [gavel], 1929