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Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (Raleigh, N.C.)


The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (TABC) was organized in 1903 by Mrs. J. S. Wynne and Mrs. Franklin NcNeill, largely as a neighborhood group. With a limited membership of 18, the club met first in the home of Mrs. T. N. Ivey on Halifax Street. For most of its history, the TABC has been informal with few rules, officers serving in rotation, hostesses presenting programs and serving refreshments, occasional guest speakers, and dues not exceeding $1.00 a year.This group of general records includes yearbooks (small pamphlets tied with ribbon, 1904-2000); minutes from 1918 through 1995; clippings, including obituaries, concerning club members; historical sketches; and a smaller quanity of material ... (more below)

Title

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (Raleigh, N.C.)

Collection Number

Org.177

Date(s)

1904 - 2002

Language

English

Physical Description
Boxes
4
Abstract

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (TABC) was organized in 1903 by Mrs. J. S. Wynne and Mrs. Franklin NcNeill, largely as a neighborhood group. With a limited membership of 18, the club met first in the home of Mrs. T. N. Ivey on Halifax Street. For most of its history, the TABC has been informal with few rules, officers serving in rotation, hostesses presenting programs and serving refreshments, occasional guest speakers, and dues not exceeding $1.00 a year.

This group of general records includes yearbooks (small pamphlets tied with ribbon, 1904-2000); minutes from 1918 through 1995; clippings, including obituaries, concerning club members; historical sketches; and a smaller quanity of material including bylaws, a report, letters and notes, and snapshots.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (Raleigh, N.C.)

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


This collection is organized into 3 series: TABC Materials Organized in 1957, TABC Materials Organized in 1979, and TABC Materials Organized in 2003. Arrangement is chronological within Yearbooks, Minutes, History files and other records.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Maurice S. Toler, 1963; addition by Ellen Z. McGrew, 1979; additions in 1986 and 2003 by Fran Tracy-Walls.

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, July, 2003


The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (TABC) was organized in 1903 by Mrs. J. S. Wynne and Mrs. Franklin NcNeill, largely as a neighborhood group. Residing in Raleigh, N.C., around Blount Street and Peace College, the women had in common a  "yen to study Shakespeare." With a limited membership of 18, the club met first in the home of Mrs. T. N. Ivey on Halifax Street.

The TABC is thought to be Raleigh's fourth oldest club. (The Johnsonian founded in 1895 was followed by the Olla Podrida and Fortnightly clubs, both organized in 1899.) For most of its history, the TABC has been informal with few rules, officers serving in rotation, hostesses presenting programs and serving refreshments, occasional guest speakers, and dues not exceeding $1.00 a year.


The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (TABC) was organized in 1903 by Mrs. J. S. Wynne and Mrs. Franklin NcNeill, largely as a neighborhood group. Residing in Raleigh, N.C., around Blount Street and Peace College, the women had in common a  "yen to study Shakespeare." With a limited membership of 18, the club met first in the home of Mrs. T. N. Ivey on Halifax Street.

The TABC is thought to be Raleigh's fourth oldest club. (The Johnsonian founded in 1895 was followed by the Olla Podrida and Fortnightly clubs, both organized in 1899.) For most of its history, the TABC has been informal with few rules, officers serving in rotation, hostesses presenting programs and serving refreshments, occasional guest speakers, and dues not exceeding $1.00 a year.


[Identification of item], Org.177, Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (Raleigh, N.C.), State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Loan by Mrs. A. J. Fletcher on September 9, 1957 for Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (TABC), Minutes, 1918-1953 and yearbooks, 1904-1957; gift by Ellen Winston (Mrs. Sanford R.) on August 26, 1979 for TABC, Minutes, 1953-1959, yearbooks, 1957-1978 [broken]; miscellaneous, and Historical Sketches; Miscellaneous; gift by Annie S. Ramsey, June 23, 1971, yearbooks, 1919-1967; loan by Mary Jenks for TABC on July 31, 1986 for minutes, correspondence, and history, 1978-1985; and gift by Rosa D. Kirkman for TABC, July 3, 2003, minutes, 1985-1995, yearbooks, 1986-2000, clippings, bylaws, and miscellaneous.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


This group of general records of the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club includes yearbooks (small pamphlets tied with ribbon, 1904-2000); minutes from 1918 through 1995; clippings, including obituaries, concerning club members; historical sketches; and a smaller quanity of material including bylaws, a report, letters and notes, and snapshots. The earliest material is a yearbook, dating from 1904. The historical sketches cover the period from 1903 to 1957; a part II, from 1958-1978, in honor of the club's 75th anniversary; and an addendum, covering 1979-1985, in memory of Dr. Ellen Black Winston, 1904-1985, a member and former president.

This collection is organized into 3 series: TABC Materials Organized in 1957, TABC Materials Organized in 1979, and TABC Materials Organized in 2003. Arrangement is chronological within Yearbooks, Minutes, History files and other records.


This group of general records of the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club includes yearbooks (small pamphlets tied with ribbon, 1904-2000); minutes from 1918 through 1995; clippings, including obituaries, concerning club members; historical sketches; and a smaller quanity of material including bylaws, a report, letters and notes, and snapshots. The earliest material is a yearbook, dating from 1904. The historical sketches cover the period from 1903 to 1957; a part II, from 1958-1978, in honor of the club's 75th anniversary; and an addendum, covering 1979-1985, in memory of Dr. Ellen Black Winston, 1904-1985, a member and former president.


  • Tuesday Afternoon Book Club (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Book clubs (Discussion groups)
  • Women--Books and reading
  • Women--Social life and customs--20th century.
  • Women--Societies and clubs--North Carolina--Raleigh.
  • Raleigh (N.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century.

Box: 1  
Yearbooks
1904-1957

Box: 2  
Minutes
1918-1953

Box: 3  
Minute Books

September, 1953-June, 1959
September, 1953-June, 1959
October, 1959-November, 1965
October, 1959-November, 1965
May, 1974-May, 1978
May, 1974-May, 1978

1865
Yearbooks

through1977-1978
1957-1958 1977-1978
[Missing: Volume, 1965-1966.]
Scope and Content

However, there is a copy of this yearbook in the minute book of that date.

1866
History

Scope and Content

On the seventy-fifth anniversary in 1978, it was noted that the TABC was now limited to 14 members, hostesses were still seeking to entertain and to inform through their programs, and over the years the club had supported in tangible ways the Olivia Raney Library and the D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. An updating of the club history by Dr. Ellen Winston included the bylaws and the names of the sixty Raleigh women who had been members during approximately three-quarters of a century.

Part I, Historical Sketch
1903-1957
Part II, Historical Sketch, (75th Anniversary)
1958-1978
Sketch of events of , the year the club was founded.
1903
Miscellaneous. Issue ofFocus (D. H. Hill, Friends of Library, North Carolina State University, 1978).

Box: 4  
Minutes with Clippings

September, 1978-May, 1981
September, 1978-May, 1981
September, 1981-September, 1985
September, 1981-September, 1985
September, 1985-March, 1995
September, 1985-March, 1995

1868
Yearbooks

through1989-1990
1980-1981 1989-1990
through1999-2000
1990-1991 1999-2000

1869
History: Sketch with an Addendum
1979-1985

Scope and Content

In 1985 the TABC compiled its historical sketches, parts 1 and 2 into pamphlet form and included as an addendum a tribute to Dr. Winston, who had died that year at the age of 80. Dr. Winston was remembered not only for her dedicated membership, but also for the unique ways she had helped the TABC celebrate its important milestones. For example, during the 75th anniversary year, Dr. Winston held a special celebration in her home. Earlier, during the club's fiftieth anniversary in 1954, Dr. Winston made memorable reference to the TABC in her speech to the graduating class of UNC-G (at that time known as Woman's College). Speaking on the topic,  "Women in Today's World," Dr. Winston described the women in her book club as having  "unlimited horizons."

The Addendum was written by Mary S. Jenks in memory of Dr. Ellen Black Winston, 1904-1984. Building on Dr. Winston's past references to the evolving nature of this women's group Mrs. Jenks praised the TABC's strong legacy of female friendship, observing that the  "ambience may have changed over the years but the love and support we receive from each other as we break bread together has been sustained."

1870
General Records

Report, Recommendation to Membership
1988
Scope and Content

During the summer of 1988 an Ad Hoc Committee of the TABC submitted a report with several recommendations and/or guidelines intended to simplify the conduct of meetings. Proposals included eliminating a strict rotation system of recommended books and encouraging members to present their own programs, at the same time simplifying and shortening all presentations. These and other changes were based on a  "reflection of the changing patterns in our daily lives that has once again brought this Club to the realization that if the TABC is to survive, we must address the needs of the present members and/or future members of the Club as well."

Bylaws
Scope and Content

During the summer of 1989 the TABC voted on a new set of bylaws. Revisions included the following: dues of $1.00 a year were eliminated, while expenses for memorials or gifts were to be shared as occasions arose; also, new members were to be proposed under the sponsorship of a current member, with election affirmed by the vote of two-thirds of the membership. Thus was eliminated a requirement in force apparently through much of the club's history, that the vote for each new member must be unanimous.

Receipts and Notices, Miscellaneous

1871
Correspondence, Miscellaneous

Letters, Notes and Cards, , and n.d.
1977-1982
Letters and Notes, , and n.d.
1982-1996
Letters, Reminders to Membership, ,1988,2002, and n.d.
1985 1988 2002

1872
Snapshots, and n.d.
1997

1873
Obituaries

Scope and Content

Obituary dates range from 1979 to 2002 for the following members of the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club listed below. Obituaries forDr. Ellen Black Winston andIrene Andes Kelly (d. 1985) were attached to the minutes for the year in which they both died, 1985.

Obituaries also include:Annie Sabra Ramsey (d. 1979);Annie Dunaway Isley (1905-1994);Elizabeth Pullen Belvin Jones (1908-1999);Barbara Rehak Watts (1921-2001);Eugenia Riddick Steck (1909-2002).