Overview

Title: Monday Club Records
Creator(s): Monday Club (Reno, Nev.)
Collection Number: 2014-04
Dates (inclusive): 1911-2016
Physical Extent: 1.75 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Monday Club Records, 2014-04. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/2014-04-ead.xml

Administrative History

The Monday Club is a women’s social club which has always been limited to just twenty-four members. It was first organized in Reno, Nevada, in 1911 and continues to this day. The initial purpose of the club was to study topics of the day or of member interest for the betterment of its members and to encourage knowledge and social interaction. At roll call each woman was to answer with a current event. For their programs, serious topics were assigned for discussion to one member who could decide to handle it anyway they wished. For example, outside speakers could be brought in to share their knowledge or expertise about a subject, such as crime prevention and the treatment of criminals, the emigration of the Japanese, modern drama, educational methods, or the history of Nevada mining. Books and plays were reviewed and often critiqued. Sometimes topics might be less formal when members or outside speakers talked about their vacation trips and would also share photographs. Many of the people asked to speak were instructors at the University of Nevada, Reno, or sometimes their spouses who were also knowledgeable in some area.

At first, the members met every other Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at home of one of the member in alphabetical order by their names. Usually the member hosting the meeting might serve some refreshment. In later years they met more at midday for a luncheon that often was held at a restaurant. Club years changed to run from October to May in 1917, skipping the typical vacation months when many may not have been in town. In later years summer meetings were held.

When a member or former member died, their passing was often noted in the minutes, sometimes accompanied with a clipping from the newspaper. In 2014, information about many of the founding members was gathered and placed into a scrapbook which included photographs of the members and their homes. The listing shows the prominence of each member in society either through their lineage within the state or due to their husband’s position. Some of the early women members were: Emma Humphrey, wife of banker Frank Humphrey; Euphemia Clark, wife of Walter Clark, President of the University of Nevada, Reno; Edna Adams, wife of Reverend Brewster Adams of Reno’s First Baptist Church; Julia Scrugham, wife of James Scrupham, former Nevada Governor, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator; Elizabeth Evans Robinson, wife of J. La Rue Robinson and whose father, John Newton Evans, was an early resident with extensive Reno land holdings; and Myrtle Hawkins and her sister-in-law Kay Hawkins, members of the John Mackay family of Comstock Lode fame. Many members were a driving force in their own right such as Ludovica Graham, who built a 30-room mansion on Ralston Street now occupied by the Sigma Nu fraternity.

The records of the Monday Club not only shows the history of this club but may also reflect the historical development of women’s clubs in Nevada and elsewhere. These clubs fulfilled women’s needs to gain information in a world where furthering their own formal education was not always an option due to societal norms, family or other commitments. Yet the hunger of women to learn and be engaged in issues and discussions about their town, their state and the world was acceptable through a social network where building long-term friendships were just as important as the knowledge imparted.

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Scope and Content

The Monday Club records were first donated in 1997 as manuscript collection 97-23 and covered the years 1911-1920. Additional materials were donated in 2014 and 2016, bringing the coverage up to 2016, now contained in 2.75 cubic feet. In order to join the historical information in a coherent manner, the items in collection 97-23 were transferred into this new collection 2014-04.

The records are arranged into two series. Series 1: Minutes and Bylaws, contains the bylaws and the minutes of each of the meetings. Financial information was usually presented at each meeting so is included there, however, there is a separate ledger which covers the years 1932-1969. Membership information is also contained within the minutes with one membership dues ledger which covers the years 1911-1932. Names of members and officers can be found on the programs in Series 2.

Series 2: Programs and Scrapbook, contains the program information listing for which person was in charge of the program, however, not what the program was about; that information can be found within the minutes. Names of members are printed on the programs with later years listing the club’s officers. Also included is a scrapbook with short information about some of the early club members with photos of some of the member’s homes.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquision

Donated by the Monday Club in 2014.

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Arrangement

  • The Monday Club Records are arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Minutes and Bylaws
  • Series 2: Programs and Scrapbook

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Susan Searcy, 1997. Finding aid prepared by Susan Searcy, 1997. Updated by Jacquelyn Sundstrand, October 2016. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 5, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Minutes and Bylaws, 1911-2015 1.5 cubic feet (20 folders)

Series 1 contains the minutes for the Monday Club from its beginnings in 1911 through 2015. Most of the minutes are handwritten and in ledgers or binders through May 1960. Later minutes are a mix of handwritten and typed. The entries are of various lengths but usually fairly short, giving the number of attendees, a treasurer’s report, election of officers, and highlights of the program. Some of the original minutes were loaned out to a writer to assist in preparation for an article about the 100th anniversary of the club but returned with several of the monthly minutes missing for some of the years.

Bylaws can be found within the first minute book with revised copies at the end of the series in Folder 20. While some financial information is included within the minutes, there is a separate treasurer’s ledger covering the years 1932/1933-1969.

Some additional notes, letters and clippings from newspapers are found within this series. Included within the ledger for the minutes of 1935-1943 in Folder 7 is some correspondence from members, an interesting reminiscence about mustard plasters by Elizabeth Adams, and a few mainly undated newspaper clippings about club meetings which have been copied for preservation purposes. Later years contain correspondence with the meeting minutes. Other newspaper clippings were often taped or pasted onto the page with or following the minutes. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Box
Folder
Contents
1
1
Minutes (includes bylaws on page 289-291), January 19, 1911-December 13, 1920
1
2
Membership dues ledger, 1911-1932
1
3
Minutes, January 1921-December 1924
1
4
Minutes, October 1924-May 1930
1
5
Minutes (includes bylaws revisions of 1920, pages 166-167; and an undated revision, 3 pages), September 1930-May 1935
1
6
Treasurer's reports ledger, 1932/1933-1969
1
7
Minutes (includes loose correspondence and clippings), October 1935-May 1943
Box
Folder
Contents
2
1
Minutes, October 1943-May 1950
2
2
Minutes, October 1950-May 1960
2
3
Minutes, October 1960-December 1966
2
4
Minutes, January 1967-December 1970
2
5
Minutes, January 1971-December 1975
2
6
Minutes, January 1976-December 1981
Box
Folder
Contents
3
1
Minutes, January 1982-November 1988
3
2
Minutes, January 1989-December 1994
3
3
Minutes, January 1995-December 2002
3
4
Minutes, January 2003-November 2009
3
5
Minutes, January 2010-December 2012
3
6
Minutes, January 2013-December 2015
3
7
Bylaws revisions (6 revisions), 1987-2012; undated

Programs and Scrapbook, 1925/26-2016 0.25 cubic feet (3 folders)

Series 2 contains the yearly program information, with many years missing. The programs only contain the date for each meeting’s program with the names of the hostess whose house it would be held at and the program person. Since the programs were put together a year in advance, there were changes so information about the individual programs held are found within the minutes in Series 1. Names of the members are included on the programs beginning in 1952/1953, with officers added in 1960/1961. Contact information for the members on leave can be found at the bottom of the program with a death date noted. Formats for the programs also changed through the course of the decades, adding in addresses and phone numbers, with email addresses beginning in 2011. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

The scrapbook was put together in 2014 in order to capture biographical information for seven of its earliest members. Ten photos of homes are included for members with the addresses. A 1925 delegate ribbon for Mrs. Weaser from the Bi-County Convention of the W.C.T.U. (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) is also included.

Box
Folder
Contents
3
8
Programs, 1925/1926-1966/1967
3
9
Programs, 1970/1971-2016
3
10
Scrapbook with biographies and photos of homes for early members, 2014