Ladies' Literary Club notebooks and programs

Ladies' Literary Club notebooks and programs

Dates: 1924-2005

Contains handwritten and printed record books and programs of the meetings of the Ladies' Literary Club of Provo between the years 1924 and 1971. Also contains several scrapbooks on the history of the Ladies' Literary Club, including newspaper clippings about them, programs from their events, and obituaries of prominent members. Finally, also includes notebooks with meeting minutes contained within them. Dated 1924-2005.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ladies' Literary Club (Provo, Utah)
  • Call Number: MSS 1601
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Collection materials are arranged in their original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ladies' Literary Club notebooks and programs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
This item was formerly accessioned under the number A77-44.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1601; Ladies' Literary Club notebooks and programs; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1601, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Martha Proctor Flanders in 2010.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Martha Proctor Flanders; 2010.
Subject Terms
Ladies' Literary Club (Provo, Utah); Clubs and Societies; Clubs--Utah--Provo--History; Social Life and Customs; Societies--History; Women--Utah--Provo--Societies and clubs--Finance
Genre / Form
Notebooks; Programs
Processing Information
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007). Pertains to a literary club organized by some women in Utah.
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Finding Aid Title
Ladies' Literary Club notebooks and programs
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-18T04:15-0600
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Administrative History

The Ladies’ Literary Club (est. 1877) was a club dedicated to the education of women and children. The Ladies’ Literary Club was organized in February 1877 in the home of Mrs. Tina R. Jones. The original club was one of twelve chapters founded in America and was the first west of the Mississippi River. The club was open to all women. Its purpose was to provide an environment where ladies could educate themselves and each other in many different aspects of culture and knowledge. Thus, the club was divided into sections including art, drama, music, literature, history, and others. The club as a whole met monthly, but the sections met separately on a regular basis. In December 1882, the club was officially incorporated under the laws of the Territory of Utah, and on January 7, 1898, the formal opening of their first clubhouse took place. The club brought about the first free public library in the area, in support of the Masonic Library. They also established the first free kindergartens, placement of art in local schools, traveling libraries, and a scholarship fund at the University of Utah. In 1977, the Club building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2013, the Club gifted the building to the Utah Heritage Foundation. The club is still in operation.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts