Preliminary Guide to the New Century Club [of Dothan, AL] Records, 1908-198
Record Group 168

Preliminarily processed: 08/13/2015

Extent:  27 file folders plus 3 oversized items

Organizational History:  Many communities formed "New Century Clubs" after 1900.  Dothan's New Century Club began as the informal Embroidery Club.  When card-playing and other entertainments were added to the sewing and conversation, the women began calling the group the "As You Like It Club."  Mrs. Ellison had been a part of the "Nineteenth Century Club" in Troy, Alabama, and upon moving to Dothan proposed to form a similar group.  In 1907, the women adopted their "New Century Club" constitution and by-laws.

Twelve women of the "As You Like It Club" formed a small library that later became George Houston Memorial Library.  Several of these women later joined the New Century Club. The New Century Club made the library a project.

Scope/Content Note:  Collection documents club activities, projects, and history.  Contains operating and governing documents such as annual programs (with member rosters and constitutions) financial records, correspondence, and meeting minutes; and curated historical assemblies such as scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and an anonymous poem about club members (no date).

Preliminary Organization:  Three Series

Operating Documents, 1913-1980, 25 files plus 2 bound minute books

Includes annual programs; constitutions and by-laws; meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence.

Historical Memorabilia, 1957-1965, 2 files plus one scrapbook

Newspaper clippings, a poem about members, and a scrapbook.

Miscellaneous, 1 file, n.d.

Provenance:  Housed at Dothan's Houston-Love Memorial Library until that facility moved into a new building.  Houston-Love Library discarded all local club collections, sending those left unclaimed to the Wiregrass Archives.  This is one of the unclaimed collections.

Processing Note:  Wiregrass Archives staff imposed order.

Preliminary Inventory

Operating Documents, 1913-1980, 25 files plus 2 bound minute books

File I.D.

File Label

168

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001

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1908-1910

168

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002

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1908-1920  [1 of 2]

168

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003

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1908-1920  [2 of 2]

168

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004

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1920-1930

168

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001

005

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1930-1940

168

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001

006

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1940-1950

168

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001

007

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1950-1960

168

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008

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1960-1970

168

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009

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1970-1980

168

14-0729

001

010

Annual  Program / Directory / Constitution, 1980-82

168

14-0729

001

011

Constitution & By-laws

168

14-0729

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013

Financial Records

168

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001

014

Correspondence, 1945-1953, 1980

168

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001

016

Handwritten notes for Meeting Minutes, 1913-1955

168

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018

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1913-1915

168

14-0729

001

019

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1915-1917

168

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020

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1918-1921

168

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021

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1921-1923

168

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022

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1923-1926

168

14-0729

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023

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1931-1935

168

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024

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1935-1938

168

14-0729

001

025

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1938-1942

168

14-0729

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026

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1942-1948

168

14-0729

001

027

Attendance Records & Meeting Minutes, 1948-1953

168

14-0729

O/S

002

Meeting Minutes, 1955-1970 wooden cover bound w/ leather cord

168

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O/S

003

Meeting Minutes 1913-1955 red leather volume, gold embossing

Historical Memorabilia, 1957-1965, 2 files plus one scrapbook

File I.D.

File Label

168

14-0729

001

012

Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1957-1965

168

14-0729

001

015

Poem about club members, author unknown

168

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O/S

001

Scrapbook, 1964-1965  [2 pgs of newspaper clippings] red cover bound w/ red cord, mostly blank pages

Miscellaneous, 1 file, n.d.

File I.D.

File Label

168

14-0729

001

017

Miscellaneous

 

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