Guide to the Folio Club Records, 1927-2013


Durham's Folio Club was founded by Duke University faculty wives and other Duke-affiliated women in 1927. This collection includes the records of the Folio Club, including meeting minutes, programs, correspondence, and clippings related to the activities of the club and its members.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Folio Club records
Folio Club
3 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Folio Club Records include meeting minutes and notes from the foundation of the club through recent years, reflecting the evolution and development of the club from a small group of Duke faculty wives to a large club of women with affiliations throughout the Durham area. Also included are correspondence files, which consist largely of postcard invitations to club programs and letters from members nominating new women to join the group. Also included are several versions of the club's constitution; photographs, some with labels, of the club's members; a handwritten history of the club's first 50 years; and programs collected by the club historian dating from 1937 through 2012 (an incomplete run). The annual programs include membership directories and a schedule of club events, usually centered around a theme. Some are annotated by their former owners.

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

Contents of the Collection

History of the Folio Club, 1977
Box 1
Constitutions, 1960s-2006 and undated
Box 1
Finances, 1960s-2010s
(2 folders)
Box 1
Photographs, 1970s-1990s and undated
Box 1
Photograph (oversize panorama), 2011
Oversize-folder 1
News clippings about Folio members, 1980s-2000s
Box 1
Member deaths and obituaries
Box 1
Correspondence, 1950s-2010s
(7 folders)
Box 1
Meeting minutes books and binders, 1928-2012
(8 folders)
Box 2
Meeting minutes binder pages, 2011-2013
Box 3
Annual program booklets, 1937-2012
(4 folders)
Box 3
Reports and visual aids from various programs and meetings, 1980s-2000s
Box 3
A. Kathie Bryson on Anne Morrow Lindbergh; B. Phyllis Parker on Ruth Montgomery, 1987 October 1, 1987 November 5
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0001
Virginia Johnston and Mary Jane Rivers on Robert Frost, 1987 December 3
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0002
Snow Roberts on Edith Hamilton, 1988 January 8
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0003
Audiocassette copy
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0004
Sue Beischer on Emily Dickinson, 1988 March 3
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0005
A. Mary and Watts Hill, "Galapagos Islands"; B. Barbara Yowell on Pat Conroy, 1988 October 6, 1988 December 1
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0006
Janet Stead on Margaret Wise Brown, 1989 January 5
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0007
A. Karen Hauighurst on Robertson Davies; B. Mary Jane Rivers on Langston Hughes, 1989 February 2, 1989 March 2
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0008
Margaret Haywood on Beryl Markham, 1989 April 7
Original audiocassette
Box 4
Audio-cassette RL10195-CS-0009

Historical Note

The Folio Club was established by faculty wives at Duke University in the fall of 1927. Originally, the club consisted of 14 women who paid dues of 75 cents. Early meetings consisted of knitting, conversation, a book review, and tea. They evolved over time to adopt formal study of topics, ranging from art and history to music and political movements. Each member was responsible for either hosting or leading a program at least once per year. The club also raised money in support of local civic groups and organizations, including the Durham County Library, The Red Cross, hospitals and arts programs, and children's groups.

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The Folio Club Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1983, with additions in 2003 and 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by: Meghan Lyon, Feb. 2015

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2003-0063, 2015-0016