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Records of the Pierian Club

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 562

Overview

The Pierian Club was organized in 1894 by Mrs. D.F. Rivers of Kansas City, Kansas and was one of the first African American literary clubs in the area. This collection of Pierian Club records contains club histories, financial and miscellaneous records, meeting minutes, yearbooks, photographs, a 50th anniversary scrapbook from 1944, and a videotape of the club's centennial celebration in 1994.

Dates

  • 1894 - 2015

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 Pierian Club

The Pierian Club was organized in 1894 by Mrs. D.F. Rivers of Kansas City, Kansas. Named for the “Pierian spring” of Thomas Pope’s Essay on Criticism, the organization was one of the first African American literary clubs in the area. A club for women only, bimonthly meetings featured lectures, discussions of current events, and correspondence coursework. Members also engaged in community service and participated in social events. The club remains active into the 21st century.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize folder, 1 video cassette)

Scope and Contents

This collection of Pierian Club records contains club histories, financial and miscellaneous records, meeting minutes, yearbooks, photographs, a 50th anniversary scrapbook from 1944, and a videotape of the club's centennial celebration in 1994.

Oversize materials, the video cassette, and photographs have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are described at the end of this finding aid, organized by call number. All photographs in the Pierian Club collection have corresponding copy negatives.

Physical Location

RH MS 562

Physical Location

RH Video 8

Physical Location

RH MS R75

Physical Location

RH MS-P P562

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Mrs. Solomon Thompson; Gift, Eldora Gray and Geraldine Strader.
Title
Guide to the Pierian Club Collection
Subtitle
Records of the Pierian Club
Author
Finding aid prepared by adm and sc, 2004; revised by, cl 2010; revised by, eh 2017.
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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/10407/9556314047
Preferred citation
Records of the Pierian Club, Kansas Collection, RH MS 562, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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