The Qui Vive Society of Montgomery, New York, recorded 97 pages of meeting minutes in this volume between June 1881 and October 1885.
The "Book of Records of the Qui Vive Society" has a copy of the group's constitution, with amendments and by-laws (pp. 1-4), and a list of 57 male and female members (pp. 5-6). The remainder (pp. 7-97) contains meeting minutes dated June 15, 1881-October 28, 1885. The group originally intended to meet at different members' homes on the final Wednesday of each month, but later met irregularly. Minutes often pertain to administrative matters, such as officer elections, constitutional amendments, and by-laws. One constitutional amendment, later rescinded, limited membership to residents of the township of Montgomery. At many meetings, the society put on and enjoyed dramatic presentations, readings, recitations, musical performances, and other entertainments. Some minutes record individual events or works and their performers.