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Bentley Historical Library records: 1919 - 2014 (Majority of material found within 1970 - 2002)
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Container / Location Title
 
Historical/Foundational documents [series]

The historical/foundation file includes three booklets which contain the constitutions and bylaws of the LLC. These booklets are dated 1935,1966 and 1980. Earlier constitutions can be found in the Regular Meeting Minute Books for these dates: Sept. 1894, Sept. 1900, June, 1901 and Sept. 1903. Also found in this series are several articles and various speeches from 1896 to 1953 which present an overview of the development of the LLC.

 
Constitutions and bylaws Booklets
Box   1  
1935, 1966, 1980
Box   1  
Histories 1896-1953

(consists of articles and speeches, 1896-1953, on the history of the LLC)

 
Regular Meeting Minute Books [series]

The Regular Meeting Minute Books series makes up the bulk of this record group. These handwritten record books document the meetings of the members from 1882 until 2005. Various speeches in the collection allude to the existence of record books from the first meetings which took place in 1878. Unfortunately, the collection as it stands today only encompasses minutes from the meetings of Sept. 1894 and forward to January 1989. Earlier small notebooks from 1882-1890 contain notes about some of the topics discussed at these meetings. They are not however meeting minutes. As the focus of the organization changed so did the format and records of its meetings. In April of 1943, some minutes of the executive board meetings, some treasury reports and some miscellaneous business meetings, began to appear in the same notebooks as the regular meeting minutes.

Box   1  
1882-1885

(includes questions to be asked at meetings only)

Box   1  
1886-1890

(separate notebooks include topics for discussion only)

Box   1  
September 26, 1894-June 10,1896

(includes constitution)

Box   1  
September 23, 1896-May 26, 1897

(also includes constitution, membership roll)

Box   1  
September 22, 1897-June 8, 1898

(also includes membership roll)

Box   1  
September 28, 1898-May 31, 1899

(also includes membership roll)

Box   1  
June 1899-June 1900

(also includes membership roll)

Box   1  
September 26, 1900-May 29, 1901

(also includes membership roll, printed constitution)

Box   1  
June 12, 1901-June 10, 1903

(also includes membership roll, printed constitution)

Box   1  
September 30, 1903-October 24, 1906

(also includes membership roll, printed constitution)

Box   1  
October 31, 1906-April 28, 1909

(also includes membership roll)

Box   1  
October 1909-February 1912

(also includes membership roll)

Box   1  
February 14, 1912-April 30, 1914
Box   1  
October 14, 1914-May 11, 1920

(also includes membership roll and clippings)

Box   1  
October 13, 1920-March 15, 1930

(also includes regulations governing the Student Loan fund, constitution of the Ypsilanti Federation of Women's Clubs, score sheet for cities)

Box   1  
March 27, 1930-May 12, 1937
Box   1  
May 12, 1937-April 14, 1943
Box   1  
April 28, 1943-May 18, 1949

(also includes executive board meetings (September 1945-May 1949)

Box   1  
August 1949-May 1956

(also included executive board meetings, programs, reports and several tributes to departed members)

Box   2  
October 2, 1956-January 11, 1961

(also includes executive board meetings, and miscellaneous treasury reports)

Box   2  
January 25, 1961-November 13, 1968

(also includes business meetings, executive board meetings, various financial reports)

Box   2  
July 2, 1964-September 25, 1985

(includes only advisory board, executive board, and various treasury reports)

Box   2  
January 1969-May 1978
Box   2  
May 10, 1978-January 11, 1989
Box   2  
1989-1999
Box   2  
1985-2000
Box   2  
1996-2001
Box   2  
1989-2005
 
Board of Trustees [series]

The Board of Trustees file contains materials relating to the Board of Trustees from 1937 to 1973. The Board of Trustees was formed in 1914 in order to purchase club house property. This series includes a file from the papers of Mrs. P. E. (Lulu Carpenter.) Skinner who served on this board from 1953 to 1954.

Box   2  
1937-1954

(miscellaneous reports received)

Box   2  
1953-1954

(compiled from records of Mrs. P. E. Skinner)

Box   2  
1950-1962

(notebook)

Box   2  
1967-1973

(miscellaneous financial reports and papers)

 
Annual Membership and Program Books [series]

Although an incomplete series, the membership and program books for the LLC run from 1910 to 1980. Each year lists officers, committees, the members and their addresses. Later books included the telephone numbers of the members and still later books added the year each member joined the organization. Printed also in this annual booklet is the monthly program schedule. In the early years, these books contained the constitution but in later years (1935, 1966, 1980) constitution booklets were published separately. Earlier constitutions can be found in the Regular Meeting Minute Books for Sept. 1894, Sept. 1900, June, 1901 and Sept. 1903.

Box   2  
1910-1936

(incomplete)

Box   2  
1936-1982

(incomplete)

 
Financial Records [series]

The financial records series is made up of two subseries. Record books list members, dues and expenses from 1909 until 1941. Also included here is a much smaller book and miscellaneous papers outlining the meeting of the first financial committee in December of 1913 and notes on the purchase of the clubhouse in 1914. Miscellaneous treasurer's reports from 1900 until 1928 and treasury reports from 1937 to 1963 complete this series.

 
Record books [subseries]
Box   3  
1909-1929

(members, dues, expenses)

Box   3  
1913-1914

(first financial committee meeting, notes on home purchase)

Box   3  
1930-1941

(expenses and dues)

 
Treasurer's Reports [subseries]
Box   3  
1900-1928

(incomplete)

Box   3  
1937-1949

(incomplete)

Box   3  
1949-1959
Box   3  
1959-1963
 
Presidents Files [series]

The Presidents Files series includes several notebooks of the past Presidents containing preparations and notes for presiding over regular membership meetings. The papers of Mrs. P. E. (Lulu Carpenter) Skinner which relate to her activities with the LLC are also included. In addition to being President of LLC from 1945 to 1947, Mrs. Skinner wrote historical sketches, and plays and poems which centered on the LLC. Mrs. Skinner also served on the Board of Trustees.

 
Mrs. P. E. (Lulu Carpenter) Skinner
Box   3  
Notebook 1946
Box   3  
Meeting Notes 1944-1947
Box   3  
Programs, letters, miscellaneous 1941-1954
Box   3  
Plays and poems
Box   3  
Mrs. Mildred Harris 1966-1968 (2 volumes)
Box   3  
Mary Ellen Wiedman 1968-1970 (2 volumes)
Box   3  
President's Notebook 1972-1976

(Josephine Calkins, Phyllis Clark, Joan Willoughby)

 
History of Building Addition [series]

The History of Building Addition series relates to the work done in 1971 and 1972 to renovate and enlarge the clubhouse of this organization.

Box   3  
Minutes of building committee 1970-1974
Box   3  
General 1971-1972 (2 folders)
Box   3  
General 1972-1974 (3 folders)
 
Ladies Literary Club Magazine [series]

The Ladies Literary Club Magazine series contains three issues dated 1903, 1904, 1912. These periodicals contain not only handwritten or typed essays, poems and travel stories but also photographs, postcards and clippings.

Box   3  
1903-1904
Box   3  
1904
Box   3  
1912
 
Scrapbooks [series]

Twelve scrapbooks dated from 1912 to 1990 detail the interests of the organization and changes made in its activities throughout its history. The earlier scrapbooks contain mostly clippings. However over the years the content of the scrapbooks expanded to include photos, program books and other mementos relating to the activities of the organization.

Box   4  
1912

(program books, miscellaneous)

Box   4  
1927-1938

(miscellaneous photographs, 1929, handwritten Report of the Year, many typed meeting reviews)

Box   4  
1933-1934
Box   4  
1943-1951

(also various programs)

Box   4  
1945-1947

(also one photograph of Eunice Smith)

Box   4  
1947-1951

(also includes some programs)

Box   4  
1951-1953

(handwritten summary of club activities, annual program books, individual programs)

Box   4  
1956-1961

(also annual program books)

Oversize Box   7  
1961-1966

(programs)

Box   5  
1966-1973

(program books, programs, momentos)

Oversize Box   6  
1973-1978

(photographs, programs, miscellaneous)

Box   5  
(photographs, miscellaneous.) 1978-1990
Oversize Box   7  
(photographs, miscellaneous.) 1990-1995
Oversize Box   6  
(photographs, miscellaneous.) 1995-2004
Box   5  
(photographs, miscellaneous.) 2004-2008
 
Miscellaneous [series]

The final miscellaneous series includes clippings, insurance papers, miscellaneous papers, various programs, and poetry and plays written by members.

Box   5  
Clippings
Box   5  
Miscellaneous papers, letters, speeches photographs
Box   5  
Insurance papers 1955-1959
Box   5  
Various event programs
Box   5  
Plays and Poems written by members