M95-07 - CONWAY SHAKESPEARE CLUB COLLECTION

This collection contains the records of the Conway Shakespeare Club, which is one of the older organizations in the city of Conway, Arkansas.  The club was organized in 1894, when Professor F.S. Key of Hendrix College brought together eight women for the purpose of studying Shakespeare’s Plays.

The club affiliated with the Arkansas Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1898.  In 1928, the club helped established the Conway Junior Shakespeare Club, and the two organizations worked together closely (Note: The Junior Shakespeare Club disbanded in April 1989, and their records are held by the UCA Archives).  As the years passed, the club expanded its programs beyond the strictly literary, though that continued as a central program theme.

Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of the club was its persevering work toward creating a public library.  Even during the depression, the club continued to purchase books for their library.  The club continues to function with thirty members today.

Arrangement:  The collection is arranged in four series.

Series I - Organizational materials

Series II - Minutes

Series III- Yearbooks - Conway Shakespeare Club

Series IV- Yearbooks - Conway Junior Shakespeare Club

There is an additional box after Series IV, Box 1 that contains duplicates of the yearbooks in the previous series.  Note: When requesting materials, please specify collection number [M95-7], series number, box number, and the file number.

   

Series I

Box 1

File 1 - Club History materials

File 2 - Constitutions and By-Laws

File 3 - Financial records, 1958-1975, 1994

File 4 - Correspondences, 1934-1995

File 5 - State and National Federation materials

File 6 - Memorabilia, 1911-1997

File 7 - Correspondence: Memorial made by Marvin and Connie DeBore, in memory of their daughter, Sandy, 1998-1999

File 8 - The Shakespeare Globe Trust, March 1999

File 9 - Photographs

File 10 – Shakespeare Club’s 120th Anniversary of its founding and Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Tea – April 19, 2014

End of Box 1

End of Series I

 

 

Series II

Box 1

File 1 - Minute Books, 1921-1932

File 2 - Minute Books, 1932-1936

File 3 - Minute Books, 1936-1940

File 4 - Minute Books, 1940-1946

File 5 - Minute Books, 1946-1950

End of Box 1

 

 

Series II

Box 2

File 1 - Minute Book, 1950-1956

File 2 - Minute Books, 1956-1959

File 3 - Minute Books, 1960-1966

File 4 - Minute Books, 1966-1973

File 5 - Minute Books, 1973-1988

End of Box 2

 

Series II

Box 3

File 1 – Minute Book, 1988-1998

File 2 – Shakespeare Club Minutes, 1999-2003

File 3 – Shakespeare Club Minutes – Oct. 21, 2010 – May 15, 2014

End of Box 3

End of Series II

 

 

Series III

Box 1

File 1 - Yearbooks, 1908- '09 thru 1930-'31

File 2 - Yearbooks, 1931-'32 thru 1940-'41

File 3 - Yearbooks, 1941-'42 thru 1950-'51

File 4 - Yearbooks, 1951-'52 thru 1960-'61

End of Box 1

 

Series III

Box 2

File 1 - Yearbooks, 1961-62 thru 1970-‘71

File 2 - Yearbooks, 1971-’72 thru 1980-‘81

File 3 - Yearbooks, 1981-’82 thru 1990-91

File 4 - Yearbooks, 1991-’92 thru 2000-‘01

File 5 – Yearbooks, 2001-’02 thru 2010-‘11

File 6 – Yearbooks, 2011-’12 thru 2020-‘21

End of Box 2

End of Series III

 

 

Series IV

Box 1

File 1 - Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Constitution, organized c. 1928

File 2 - The Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Yearbooks, 1926-1940

File 3 - The Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Yearbooks, 1940-1950

File 4 - The Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Yearbooks, 1950-1960

File 5 - The Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Yearbooks, 1960-1970

File 6 - The Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Yearbooks, 1970-1980

File 7 - The Conway Junior Shakespeare Club Yearbooks, 1980-1989

End of Box 1

End of Series IV

 

NOTE:  There is an additional box of duplicate yearbooks/material at the end of this collection

End of Collection