Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Kekwan Club Minutes, 1899-1917

Finding aid created by
Kate Silbert and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Kekwan minutes
Creator: Kekwan (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Inclusive dates: 1899-1917
Bulk dates: 1899-1907
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This volume contains manuscript and typed minutes from meetings of "Kekwan," a group of friends who met monthly on the northeast side of Philadelphia during the years 1899 to 1917. At their meetings, often held at members' homes, the group ate dinners, smoked cigars, and discussed political matters. Some minutes contain references to Native American culture, African Americans, and women.

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: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1991. M-2623i.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

Kekwan minutes, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The "Kekwan" was comprised of a group of men who lived in Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They held regular monthly meetings from at least December 1899 to May 1917, at which they ate dinners, smoked cigars, and discussed news articles and other topics. They often held meetings at members' homes, and occasionally visited cultural sites.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume contains approximately 350 pages of manuscript and typed minutes from meetings of the "Kekwan," a group of friends who met monthly on the northeast side of Philadelphia during the years 1899 to 1917. At their meetings, often held at members' homes, the group ate dinners, smoked cigars, and discussed political matters. Some minutes contain references to Native American culture, African Americans, and women.

The minutes cover the group's regular meetings between December 1899 and February 1907, with a few gaps, as well as two meetings held in 1911 and 1917. The members most frequently met at private residences in northeastern Philadelphia, though they occasionally traveled to suburban locations or cultural centers. The secretary sometimes utilized dialects or terminology from ethnic minorities, such as referring to women as "squaws." The minutes contain information respecting the foods eaten during the group's dinners and the cigars that followed many meals. The Kekwan members sometimes discussed current events.

Many minutes entered after 1905 were typewritten and pasted or laid into the volume. One member's formal resignation from the club and a manuscript that concerns the Kekwan's early history are also enclosed. The final entry in the volume, dated 1917, refers to the impact of the First World War on the group. Some of the members, too old for military service, had sons in the armed forces and were motivated to collect money for a war relief fund.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Cigars.
    • Dining clubs--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs.
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Societies, etc.
    • Private clubs--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • World War, 1914-1918--United States.
    Genre Terms:
    • Minute books.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Kekwan minutes,  1899-1917 [series]: