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Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literary Club records

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 679

Overview

The Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literary Club records are those of a local collective effort among Topeka, Kansas, women to promote unity and goodwill through domestic artwork, literature and community service.

Dates

  • 1913 - 1969

Creator

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 Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literature Club

On February 17, 1899, a group of women met at the home of Mrs. Ossie Fox; that group soon became known as the Ne Plus Ultra Art Club. The club was a local collective effort among African American women in Topeka, Kansas to promote unity and goodwill through domestic artwork and community service. After several years the name of the Club changed to Ne Plus Art and Literature Club, reflecting the women's desire to continually broaden their knowledge. Ne Plus was among the first African American women's clubs in Topeka, Kansas, to join the Kansas Federation of Colored Women's Clubs in 1900. Ne Plus also organized a Junior Ne Plus Ultra club for children, most of whose mothers were members of the adult Club. Artwork created by club members has earned praise over the years on both the local and state level.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 3 folders)

Scope and Contents

The Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literature Club records date from 1913-1969 and are arranged in one series: Club Papers. The papers consist mainly of the Club's yearbooks, but also include Club calendars and Club reports. Within the series, folder arrangement is alphabetical.

Photographs from the Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literature Club are located at RH MS-P 679.

Physical Location

RH MS 679

Physical Location

RH MS-P 679

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ardenia Brown, 1993

Related Materials

Afro-American Clubwomen's Project, Collected records. Topeka, Kan.: Kansas State Historical Society, 1985, At RH MF 118, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Title
Guide to the Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literary Club Collection
Subtitle
Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literary Club records
Author
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2010
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Sponsor
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/6279863519
Preferred citation
Ne Plus Ultra Art and Literary Club Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 679, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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