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Collection TitleCL 111 The Sorosis Club of Elmira RecordsCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/25/2008

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Margaret Hilbert in 2003. 

Terms:Book clubs; Elmira (N.Y.); Women-Societies and clubs

The Sorosis Club of Elmira-The Walnut Street Literary Club was founded on January 4, 1898 with the stated object of social, ethical and intellectual culture, gained through organized effort, mutual sympathy and counsel.  The club was originally composed of the women of Walnut Street, and met on Wednesday afternoons at the homes of the members for lectures and book discussions.  In 1912, the Club joined the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, and in 1916, it joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  In May of 1926, the Walnut Street Literary Club voted to change the name to the Sorosis Club.  In 1953, following some protest from the original Sorosis Club in Floral Park, NY, they changed the name again, this time to the Sorosis Club of Elmira.  The organization disbanded in 2001.

Scope:The Sorosis Club of Elmira Records contains administrative papers and correspondence, programs of Club events, programs and documents relating to the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs, scrapbooks and photographs of events.  The bulk of the collection consists of a complete run of the Club's yearly programs from 1902-2001.  The administrative documents include the Club's constitution and by-laws, guidelines for parliamentary procedure, roll books, minutes and budgets and date from 1910 to 1992.  The documents pertaining to the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs include programs, correspondence and awards and dates from 1912 to 1999.  The correspondence dates from 1906 to 1998.  The scrapbooks and photographs of events date from 1898 to 1998, with the majority of the photographs dating from the 1930's and 1940's. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1898-2001
AbstractThe items in this collection all pertain to the Sorosis Club of Elmira and include administrative papers, correspondence, annual programs and scrapbooks. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Certificate of Award from the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs presented to Mrs. Alfred Hilbert, May 4, 1978. Document10813
Place setting for Mrs. Fudge with a drawing of a girl, no date. Document10901
Number 50 cut out of metalic gold paper, no date. Document10902
Photograph of a horse-drawn wagon. Photograph10903
Notes for a speech given at the Sorosis Club's 50th anniversary, 1948. Document10904
Scrap paper with calculations, no date. Document10905
Pocket calendar from F.M. Howell & Co., 1943. Calendar10906
Place setting for Mrs. Fudge with a picture of a flower, no date. Document10907
Lists of Sorosis Club members, no date. Document10908
A Litany for Club Women by Roselle Mercier Montgomery. Document10909
Social Notes from April 7, 1921 about the meeting of the Walnut Street Literary Club. Newspaper clipping10910
Clipping of an article about David Hardman's lecture on the traditions of British Parliament, no date. Newspaper clipping10911
Folder with Sorosis Club programs, 1902-2001. Booklet110
The Walnut Street Literary Club's tribute to the memory of Mrs. Fatima Howell, no date. Letter20101
Letter to the Members of the Walnut Street Literary Club from Mrs. Vincent explaining her absents, no date. Letter20102
Letter to Mrs. Lazenby from Elizabeth White explaining her withdrawl from the Walnut Street Literary Society, November 12, 1906. Letter20103
Letter to Mrs. Lazenby from Helen McCann, April 23, 1909. Letter20104
Letter to Helen Titus, Secretary of the Walnut Street Literary Society, from Lillian Chaponau, April 18, 1911. Letter20105
Letter to the ladies of the Walnut Street Literary Club from Fatima Howell, October 19, 1910. Letter20106
Letter to the members of the Walnut Street Literary Society from Jennie Bosard, March 17, 1914. Letter20107
Letter to the President of the Walnut Street Literary Club from Jeannette Benton Sherwood, March 2, 1916. Letter20108
Thank you card addressed to the Walnut Street Literary Club from the McCann family, May 3, 1917. Letter20109
Letter to Mrs. Feeck, Walnut Street Literary Club secretary, from Sarah Compton, October 2, 1918. Letter20110
Letter to Carrie Calkins of the Walnut Street Literary Society from Representative Alanson Houghton, November 22, 1921. Letter20111
Thank you card to Anna Smith from the Houston family, December 26, 1924. Letter20112
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