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Records of the Round Table Club

Call Number: RH MS 1322


The Round Table Club of Lawrence is a ladies' literary club that was organized in 1880. This collection includes minutes, yearbooks, photographs, book review records, book plates, correspondence, and other records and objects related to the history of the club.


  • Creation: 1884 - 2017


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 Round Table Club

The Round Table Club of Lawrence, Kansas (also called the Round Table Literary Club) was founded by a group of women in 1880 with a purpose to study literature and other subjects of general interest to its membership.


3 Linear Feet (6 boxes + 1 volume)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of program books and secretaries' books, dating from the mid-1890s and mid-1880s respectively through all or most of the 20th century. These items provide a comprehensive review of what the club did and who its members were. One volume of meeting minutes is available at RH MS C38, but the bulk of these items are located at RH MS 1322.

The collection also includes photographs; articles by and about club members, including obituaries; and miscellaneous other programs, membership lists, notes, club histories, bookplate designs for "In memory of" book plates for books donated by the club, and related materials. In some instances multiple copies of annual program books may have been kept by Spencer due to handwritten annotations in the programs. The bulk of these materials are also located at RH MS 1322, but the photographs have been physically separated and are at RH MS-P 392.

Physical Location

RH MS 1322

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS-P 392

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts: Mrs. C. C. Williams 1984; Betty Jennings, 1996, 2004; Clenece Hills, 2002, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019.

Processing Information

Papers previously housed at RH MS 392 and RH MS 1219 were combined and given a new call number, RH MS 1322. The photos were left at RH MS-P 392.

Guide to the Round Table Club Collection
Records of the Round Table Club
Finding aid prepared by ha/mab, 2005; updated eml, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015; revised by mes, 2016.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Records of the Round Table Club, RH MS 1322, 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