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Whittier Club records

Call Number: RH MS E185


This collection includes meeting minutes, financial information, membership information, photographs, and other documentation regarding the Whittier Club of Leavenworth, Kansas, a women's club dedicated to providing educational opportunities to its membership.


  • Creation: 1888 - 1986


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 Whittier Club

In 1887, 24 Leavenworth women started the Whittier Club, a literary club named for poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Originally founded to provide educational opportunities for unmarried women, the club eventually allowed married members. In keeping with its educational purposes, the club sponsored the organization of the Leavenworth Free Public Library Association in 1895. The Club celebrated its centennial in 1986-1987.


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 22 volumes)

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RH MS E185

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RH MF 148

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RH MS D270

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RH MS D271

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RH MS 1528

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RH PH 555

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Whittier Club, Leavenworth, Kan, 1987.

Processing Information

Photographs formerly located at RH MS-P D270 are now at RH PH 555. Manuscripts material formerly located at RH MS P578 now located at RH MS 1528.

Guide to the Whittier Club Collection
Whittier Club records
Finding aid compiled by kdo, 1988. Finding aid revised and encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by hc, 2012; mwh, 2016; mwh, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Whittier Club records, RH MS E185, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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