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Old and New Club records

Call Number: RH MS 90


These records of the Old and New Club of Lawrence, Kansas document the activities of this men's club from the time of its establishment in 1874. Included are its meeting programs from 1874, minutes from 1898 to 1903, correspondence, clippings, papers, and photographs of members.


  • Creation: 1874 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Old and New Club (Lawrence, Kan.)

The Old and New Club of Lawrence, Kansas was founded in 1874 as a men's literary club. Its formation was prompted by University of Kansas Professor Byron C. Smith and Lawrence newspaperman T. Dwight Thacher. The club's first members agreed to meet weekly at homes of the members for the purpose of hearing speakers and holding discussions. The members elected no officers, instead enlisting the host of each meeting to serve as chair.


1.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 1 volume)

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Scope and Contents

These records of the Old and New Club of Lawrence, Kansas contain a brief history of the Club, its meeting programs from 1874 to 2022, club correspondence and photographs, and clippings. Most of RH MS 1246 contains notes and papers of Arly Allen as well as other members of the Club which they would share at their meetings. Arly Allen was formerly the president of Allen Press in Lawrence, Kansas which is currently run by his son Rand Allen. At RH MS D130 is a journal of minutes of club meetings held 1898 to 1903.

Physical Location

RH MS 90

Physical Location

RH MS 1246

Physical Location

RH MS D130

Physical Location

RH MS Q347

Physical Location

RH MS R314

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts: 1970, 1997, 2012; Stephen Hill, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021; Steve Warren, 2019.

Related Materials

Oscar Eugene Learnard family papers, RH MS 36, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

University of Kansas student organizations records, RG 67, Spencer Research Library (University Archives), University of Kansas.

Processing Information

Several photographs formerly located at RH MS-P 90 have been moved to RH MS 90 Box 2.

Guide to the Old and New Club Collection
Old and New Club records
Finding aid prepared by pg, April 1970. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mh, 2007; cl, 2010; caf, 2012; mes, 2014; mwh, 2020; cmp, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Old and New Club Records, RH MS 90, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States