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Guide to the Halcyon Literary Club Records, 1910-2011

Abstract

Durham, N.C., club organized "to promote interest in literary study and to further social enjoyment." Limited to thirty female members.

Collection includes club history research, program booklets for the length of the club's operation, various correspondence from club members, meeting minutes, and historical versions of the constitution and other administrative materials.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Halcyon Literary Club.
Title
Halcyon Literary Club records, 1910-2011
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, 2625 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection has been arranged into four series: Club History, Halcyon Members, Programs, and Club Administration. The Club History Series contains research and recollections by Halcyon members about the group's founding and early members. A large portion of this series is the Centennial Memory Notebook, created in 2011 in honor of the Halcyon Club's 100th anniversary. The series also includes handwritten and typed histories by club members from the 1930s through the 1990s. The Halcyon Members Series includes membership and officer lists, news coverage, membership nomination letters, resignation letters, and other correspondence between members relating to Halcyon member business. The majority of the Programs Series consists of the Halcyon Literary Club program booklets, created each year with the annual theme, schedule, and lists of participating and hosting members. Some years include multiple copies of the program booklets, sometimes including members' personalized notes. Other materials in the series include written book reviews, essays, and poems from different prgrams throughout the Club's history. Finally, the Club Administration Series includes meeting minutes, copies of the constitution, financial records, and receipts from various charitable donations made by Halcyon. This series also includes notes from families across the world thanking the Halcyon Club for contributing Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (C.A.R.E.) packages during the post-World War II period. Thematic summaries of the meeting minutes have been collected by Halcyon members and are included in the Club History Series.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

The collection has been arranged into four series: Club History, Halcyon Members, Programs, and Club Administration. The Club History Series contains research and recollections by Halcyon members about the group's founding and early members. A large portion of this series is the Centennial Memory Notebook, created in 2011 in honor of the Halcyon Club's 100th anniversary. The series also includes handwritten and typed histories by club members from the 1930s through the 1990s.

Cover and Introduction
Box 1
Programs
Box 1
List of Program Topics
Box 1
Histories
Box 1
Membership List, 1910-2011
Box 1
Halcyons in the News
Box 1
Halcyon Profiles, 2010-2011
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1
Club History, by Mrs. C.C. Thomas, 1931-1932
Box 1
"Lest We Forget," Club History, by Mrs. Helen Davis, 1931-1952
Box 1
History of Halcyon, by Hatsy Moorhead, 1994
Box 1
Meeting locations outside homes, by Lucy Grant
Box 1
Halcyon program notes, by Lucy Grant
Box 1
Halcyon people and houses, by Lucy Grant
Box 1
Research on early members
Box 1
Asides, by Lucy Grant
Box 1
Halcyon food, by Lucy Grant
Box 1
Outside speakers, by Lucy Grant
Box 1
Research on founding members
Box 1
Member biographies, by Lola Williams
Box 1

This series includes membership and officer lists, news coverage, nomination letters, resignation letters, and other correspondence between members relating to Halcyon member business.

Membership lists, officers, and duties
Box 2
Halcyons in the news, 1910-2011
Box 2
Newspaper clippings, obituaries, sympathy notes, 1923-2011
Box 2
Nomination letters, 1972-2000 and undated
Box 2
Acceptance letters, 1919 and 1979-1981
Box 2
Thank you notes and acknowledgements, 1923-1972
Box 2
Resignation letters, 1969-1996 and undated
Box 2
Other member letters, 1979-1996
Box 2

The majority of this series consists of the Halcyon Literary Club program booklets, created each year with the annual theme, schedule, and lists of participating and hosting members. Other materials include written book reviews, essays, and poems from different events.

List of topics
Box 2
Papers and articles
Box 2
Poems
Box 2
Miscellaneous program materials
Box 2
Studies in Southern Literature, 1910-1911
Box 2
North Carolina: A Study in Social History and Resources, 1911-1912
Box 2
Mexico, 1912-1913
Box 2
Norway and Sweden, 1913-1914
Box 2
Famous Women, 1914-1915
Box 2
Italian Art, 1915-1916
Box 2
Seventeenth Century Art, 1916-1917
Box 2
Contemporary Literature, 1919-1920
Box 2
Contemporary Drama, 1920-1921
Box 2
American Life as Portrayed in American Fiction, 1921-1922
Box 2
South America, 1922-1923
Box 2
Music, 1923-1924
Box 2
Literature of Today, 1924-1925
Box 2
The Old North State: Past and Present, 1925-1926
Box 2
British Isles, 1926-1927
Box 2
Memoirs and Biography, 1927-1928, 1928-1929
Box 2
Our Own United States, 1929-1930
Box 2
Anniversary: Selected Topics, 1930-1931
Box 2
Short Stories and Short Story Writers, 1931-1932
Box 2
A Journey in Spain, 1932-1933
Box 2
Selected Topics, 1933-1934
Box 2
North America (United States, the Mixing Bowl), 1933-1934, 1934-1935
Box 2
Selected Topics, 1936-1937
Box 2
North Carolina, 1937-1938
Box 2
Modern Drama, 1938-1939
Box 2
Loafing through the Pacific: World Cruise, 1939-1940
Box 2
The Arts in Georgian England, 1940-1941
Box 2
Selected Topics, 1941-1942
Box 3
Book Reviews, 1942-1943
Box 3
Book Reviews, 1943-1944
Box 3
Selected Topics, 1944-1945
Box 3
Places and People of the Mediterranean, 1945-1946
Box 3
Rivers of America, 1946-1947
Box 3
Famous Families, 1947-1948
Box 3
Famous Cities, 1948-1949
Box 3
Career Women at Mid-Century, 1949-1950
Box 3
Americans from Abroad, 1950-1951
Box 3
Humor and Humorists, 1951-1952
Box 3
Other Peoples' Lives, 1952-1953
Box 3
Books of Travel, 1953-1954
Box 3
Book Reviews, 1954-1955
Box 3
Travel, 1955-1956
Box 3
The Great West; in Fact and Fiction, 1956-1957
Box 3
The Art Collection of the North Carolina Museum, 1957-1958
Box 3
Music, 1958-1959
Box 3
Study of Theater (Various Countries), 1959-1960
Box 3
Around the World, 1960-1961
Box 3
Cultural and Political Personalities of the Last Decade - 1950-1960, 1961-1962
Box 3
Book Reviews: Collector's Items, 1962-1963
Box 3
The Cabinet of the United States, 1963-1964
Box 3
From the Mountains to the Sea, 1964-1965
Box 3
Biographies and Autobiographies of Women, 1965-1966
Box 3
The Modern Arts, 1966-1967
Box 3
Great Castles and Palaces of the World, 1967-1968
Box 3
Man and Religion, 1968-1969
Box 4
Kaleidoscope, 1969-1970
Box 4
Book Reviews, 1970-1971
Box 4
"Civilisation," by Kenneth Clark, 1971-1972
Box 4
NOW, 1972-1973
Box 4
A Year of Books, 1973-1974
Box 4
Women, 1974-1975
Box 4
Interesting Americans, 1975-1976
Box 4
Any Subject, Book, or Person of Current Interest, 1976-1977
Box 4
Different Cultures of the World, 1977-1978
Box 4
Twentieth Century Fiction-Non Fiction, 1978-1979
Box 4
Looking Back on the 70s: A Review of the Past Decade, 1979-1980
Box 4
Famous Families, 1980-1981
Box 4
North Carolina Personalities, 1981-1982
Box 4
The Life and Work of a Colorful Literary Personality, 1982-1983
Box 4
Famous Artists, 1983-1984
Box 4
Museums of Interest, 1984-1985
Box 4
Kings, Queens, and Jacks, 1985-1986
Box 4
Famous Churches of the World, 1986-1987
Box 4
Mysteries, 1987-1988
Box 4
Mistresses, 1988-1989
Box 4
American Dynasties, 1989-1990
Box 4
The Irish, 1990-1991
Box 4
Focus on Your Favorite Author, 1991-1992
Box 4
Book Review of 90s Best Seller, 1992-1993
Box 4
Portraits of Ladies, 1993-1994
Box 4
The Joy of Music/A Variety of Religious Experiences, 1994-1995
Box 4
Saints and Sinners, 1995-1996
Box 4
Art and Design, 1996-1997
Box 4
Great Love Affairs, 1997-1998
Box 4
A New Generation of Southern Literatures; Our Contemporary NC Writers, 1998-1999
Box 4
The Greatest Generation: Milestones of the 20th Century, 1999-2000
Box 4
Heroes, 2000-2001
Box 4
Women who Made a Difference, 2001-2002
Box 4
Potpourri, 2002-2003
Box 4
Sacred Sites, 2003-2004
Box 4
Southern Comfort, 2004-2005
Box 4
"Books that Made a Difference" and Revised Edition, 2005-2006
Box 4
Journeys of Life, 2006-2007
Box 4

This series includes meeting minutes, copies of the constitution, financial records, and receipts from various charitable donations made by Halcyon. This series also includes notes from families across the world thanking the Halcyon Club for contributing Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (C.A.R.E.) packages during the post-war period. Thematic summaries of the meeting minutes have been collected by Halcyon members and are included in the Club History Series.

1923-1926
Box 5
1926-1932 and undated, by Susie Shipp
Box 5
October 1931-November 1940
(2 folders)
Box 5
1941-1952
(2 folders)
Box 5
1952
Box 5
November 1952-May 1954
Box 5
1954-1964
Box 5
1964-November 1970
Box 5
December 1970-May 1972
Box 5
October 1972-December 1974
(2 folders)
Box 6
January 1975-May 1975
Box 6
October 1975-May 1976
Box 6
October 1976-January 1978
Box 6
February 1978-March 1979
Box 6
April 1979-December 1980
Box 6
January 1981-May 1982
Box 6
October 1982-May 1983
Box 6
October 1983-May 1985
Box 6
October 1985-May 1987
Box 6
1987-1990
Box 6
October 1990-May 1991
Box 6
October 1991-May 1992
Box 6
October 1992-May 1993
Box 6
October 1993-May 1994
Box 6
October 1994-May 1995
Box 6
October 1995-May 1996
Box 6
October 1996-May 1997
Box 6
October 1999-May 2002
Box 6
2002-2005
(3 folders)
Box 7
2005-2007
Box 7
Treasurer's Records, 1934-2006
(2 folders)
Box 7
Constitutions and Bylaws, 1931-2008
Box 7
1947 Day Planner with notes about members
Box 7
Receipts and thank you notes for charitable donations
Box 7
Receipts and information about C.A.R.E. packages, 1950s-1961
Box 7
Thank you letters re: C.A.R.E. packages, 1948-1959
Box 7

Historical Note

The Halcyon Literary Club was formed among 12 women in Durham in 1910 "to promote interest in literary study and to further social enjoyment." Club histories reveal that early meetings were held once a month, with a luncheon followed by a book club. An annual theme was selected by the Club's program committee. Topics ranged, based on the interests of the Club's members, and included several countries or regions, art, music, as well as different genres of literature, including North Carolina authors, humorists, drama, and novels. Several mid-century programs discussed the changing roles of women in society. Membership grew but was capped at 30 members, excluding daughters or daughters-in-law.

Along with monthly meetings, the Club has maintained an active outreach program, beginning by contributing generously to charities in Europe following World War II. Recent efforts have focused locally on the Durham County Public Library, various symphonies, and local arts councils.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Halcyon Literary Club Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Halcyon Literary Club Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1975 and 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Chloe Rockow, Meghan Lyon, April 2012

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2012-0050

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.