William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Youths Literary Society Minutes, 1867-1889
Meg Hixon, November 2011
Youths Literary Society minutes
Youths Literary Society
This volume holds 15 sets of minutes taken at meetings of the Youths Literary Society, along with manuscript and newspaper copies of recipes and household cleaning tips.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
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Youths Literary Society Minutes, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The Youths Literary Society was founded in February 1867 and modeled itself after similar societies; the group met in a town called Norwalk, throughout the early months of the year.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This volume holds 15 sets of minutes taken at meetings of the Youths Literary Society, along with manuscript and newspaper copies of recipes and household cleaning tips. The first 4 pages contain a copy of the organization's constitution, which states its intention "to cultivate and improve the literary talent of, and encourage all good and noble sentiments in its members," and lays out several basic rules for its general membership and officers. Three pages of bylaws follow, concerned primarily with the structure of individual meetings and drawing heavily on rules previously established by similar groups. Meeting minutes, usually one or two pages long, follow a gender-divided list of the society's members, and chronicle the group's activities over the course of 15 meetings, with the final entry dated May 25, 1867. The remainder of the volume contains manuscript recipes and newspaper clippings; most of the recipes are for cakes and other desserts, though four refer to medical complaints. In addition to the manuscript recipes, a number of newspaper clippings from the 1880s provide recipes and housekeeping information. Of note is a clipping containing George Wilson's cure for cancer, which uses sorrel. The final pages of the book contain knitting instructions, as well as a recipe for duck feed.
- Baked products.
- Formulas, recipes, etc.
- Literature--Societies, etc.
- Clippings (information artifacts)