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Quivira Club (Lawrence, Kan.) records

Call Number: RH MS 253


Sarah Richardson founded the Quivira Club in 1895 in Lawrence, Kansas with an aim for mutual improvement and study. This collection consists of meeting minutes, reports and records, photographs, copies of written presentations given at the club, and newspaper clippings relating to the women's club.


  • 1910 - 2003 (bulk 1940-1990s)


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 Quivira Club

The Quivira Club was a Lawrence, Kansas based women's literary organization. It was founded by Miss Sara Ann Richardson (1849-1921), a former local school teacher who had a passion for learning. Its first meeting was held on December 15, 1895 at Richardson's home on West Park Street.

The organization's objective, as stated in its constitution, was mutual improvement through study and fellowship. Membership was limited to 25 local ladies who shared the same values as its founder. Club members took turns as meeting hostess and organized refreshments and a program of readings to recite and discuss.

In the early days Shakespeare and the Bible were the major texts discussed, though no records exist from the early years of the Quivira Club. From the 1920s programs were filled with members' reports on various topics from political figures to the culture and landscapes of foreign countries, which were read at the meetings. The Quivira Club remained active in Lawrence into the 21st century.


1.75 Linear Feet ( 3 boxes + 2 oversize folders)

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RH MS 253

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RH MS 1347

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RH MS R371

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RH MS 1382

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposits, Margurite Schwarz, 1978; Edith Rice, 1978; Edith Rice, 1984; Alice Amyx, 1994; Alice Amyx and Clara Jones, 2003; Mary DeWatteville, 2014.

Guide to the Quivira Club Collection
Quivira Club (Lawrence, Kan.) records
Finding aid prepared and encoded by sh, 2006; revised by msb, 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Quivira Club (Lawrence, Kan.) records, RH MS 253, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States