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Lawrence Minervian Club collection

Call Number: RH MS 1408


This collection includes meeting records, treasurer's reports, roll calls, constitutions, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Lawrence Minervian Club. It also includes death notices, song books, photo albums, negatives, and individual photos. The literature appreciation club was founded in 1900 by a group of Lawrence, Kansas women.


  • Creation: 1900-2012


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Administrative History of the Minervian Club

The Minervian Club of Lawrence, Kansas was founded in 1900 by Mrs. N. Gentry, Mrs. Rw. Gorrill, and Mrs. Justus Howell during a social event at Barker Schoolhouse. It was designed for rural women with an emphasis on appreciation of the arts, specifically literature and music. The club was named after Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom and the Arts. The club motto was "Have courage and remember that to attempt much is to learn much."


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1408

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1408

Physical Location

RH MS-P1408 (f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Fran Rieck, 1982; Diane Throop, 2016.

Processing Information

Collection formerly located at RH MS P457.


Guide to the Lawrence Minervian Club Collection
Lawrence Minervian Club Collection
Finding aid prepared by lt, 1982. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by lc, 2017.
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Preferred citation
Lawrence Minervian Club Collection, RH MS 1408, 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