Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Montgomery (N.Y.) Qui Vive Society Record Book, 1881-1885

Finding aid created by
Cassie Schmitt, January 2007, and Meg Hixon, February 2013

Summary Information
Title: Montgomery (N.Y.) Qui Vive Society record book
Creator: Qui Vive Society (Montgomery, N.Y.)
Inclusive dates: 1881-1885
Extent: 1 volume
The Qui Vive Society of Montgomery, New York, recorded meeting minutes in this volume between June 1881 and October 1885. The young persons' social club met monthly at members' homes and organized dramatic performances, musical performances, readings, and other entertainment.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1989. M-2488.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Montgomery (N.Y.) Qui Vive Society record book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The Qui Vive Society formed in Montgomery, New York, in June 1881, to promote social interactions between the town's young residents. The group originally intended to meet once a month and held meetings (sometimes irregularly) until at least October 1885.

Collection Scope and Content Note

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 One constitutional amendment, later rescinded, limited membership to residents of the township of Montgomery.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.

Subject Terms

    • Montgomery (N.Y.)
    • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
    • Young adults--Societies and clubs.
    Genre Terms:
    • Constitutions.
    • Membership lists.
    • Minutes.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Montgomery (N.Y.) Qui Vive Society record book,  June 15, 1881-October 28, 1885 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
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