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Call Number:
(C:2/9/2)

Box 1-043162
Box 2-043163

Record Group: 2 C
Record Sub-Group: 7
Records Title: UMC; University Faculty; University Clubs; Fortnightly Club Records
Dates: 1948-1994
Volume: 2 cubic feet, 2.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

(A97-36; A97-37)
This Record Sub-Group contains files of the University of Missouri-Columbia Fortnightly Club, a social organization originally open to the wives of UMC faculty, and later to women faculty and staff as well. Included in this Sub-Group is a history of the club; its constitution and by-laws; copies of the newsletter, Fortnightly Bulletin; program booklets; lists of members; club presidents' files; correspondence, including invitations; short history of the club's brass items which were donated to, and later returned by, the Museum of Art and Archaeology; information detailing the 1991 gala held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Fortnightly Club; the club's budgets and annual reports, records relating to miscellaneous club programs; and the ledgers and notebooks kept by the club secretaries and treasurers.
Note to Researcher: Formerly held in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, the State Historical Society of Missouri has 14 folders and 3 volumes of materials pertaining to the Fortnightly Club, 1894-1979.

Historical Note:

In October 1892, Mrs. Frederick C. Hicks established the Fortnightly Club to organize faculty wives and to "build community resources and good will at the University." The first meeting was held on October 2, 1892 and Mrs. R.H. Jesse was named the honorary president of the club. The group met fortnightly, or every two weeks. There were twenty members the first year, and today, there are nearly four hundred. Initially, the organization studied Shakespeare and literature, but throughout the years, the focus has changed to include suffrage, social and educational legislation, and community improvement.

Series Descriptions:

This Sub-group is divided into thirteen separate records series. Arrangement within each series is primarily chronological.

Series One contains two booklets published in 1967 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fortnightly Club. Included are a history of the club, description of activities, and a listing of officers.

Series Two consists of the Fortnightly Constitution and By-Laws (1949, 1959, and 1959 marked with changes from 1964 and 1965) in booklet form, the Constitution and By-Laws from 1967-1991 in copy form, and the 1970 Committee Assignments booklet.

Series Three contains an incomplete run of the Fortnightly Bulletin (1948-1994), as well as an incomplete series of the the annual reports from the Fortnightly Bulletin Committee (1948-1991).

Series Four includes an incomplete series of the program booklets (or yearly calendar of events) for the Fortnightly Club, 1949-1969. The programs also include listings of the year's officers, committee members, and memorials.

Series Five consists of incomplete lists of members (1962-1980), honorary members (1976-1987), and deceased members (1975-1987).

Series Six contains lists of Fortnightly Club presidents as well as limited listings of other officers (1893-1992). Also included are the papers of Fortnightly Club presidents Bonnie Stewart (1983-1984), Joyce Pickett (1984-1985), Lynda Morton (1985-1986), Betty Eyestone (1986-1987), and Jane West (1987-1988).

Series Seven contains samples of invitations to attend the fall function and to join the Fortnightly Club sent to the wives of members of the Board of Curators (1959-1968) and to the Curators (1983); as well as the letters sent at the beginning of the academic year.

Series Eight includes the correspondence, accession forms, and other paperwork concerning the 1980 donation of the Fortnightly Club brass collection to the Museum of Art and Archaeology; as well as their subsequent return to the Club in 1986. Records indicate that some of the more historic items were then donated to the Boone Regional Museum in honor of early members and the other items were auctioned off to Fortnightly Club members.

Series Nine consists of records relating to the planning and results of the Fortnightly Club 100th Anniversary Gala (1992).

Series Ten contains an incomplete set of budget reports from 1960-1988.

Series Eleven includes records concerning Fortnightly Club receptions and outings, 1971-1987.

Series Twelve includes programs, constitutions, by-laws, etc, from organizations similar to the Fortnightly Club, including the University Club of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the UMKC Women's Club, and the Coterie of the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Series Thirteen contains ledgers and notebooks kept by the officers of the Fortnighly Club. Includes listing of dues paid, as well as scrapbooks of all the club's activities, 1971-1988.

Series Outline:

  1. Series One - History

  2. Series Two - Constitution and By-Laws, Instructions

  3. Series Three - Fortnightly Bulletin

  4. Series Four - Programs

  5. Series Five - Members

  6. Series Six - Presidents' Papers

  7. Series Seven - Correspondence

  8. Series Eight - Brass Collection

  9. Series Nine - 100th Anniversary, 1991-1992 Gala

  10. Series Ten - Budgets

  11. Series Eleven - Miscellaneous Events

  12. Series Twelve - Similar Organizations

  13. Series Thirteen - Ledgers and Notebooks

Inventory

Series One - History

Box 1

FF 1 - Two copies of 75th Anniversary commemorative booklet of Fortnightly History, 1892-1967

Series Two - Constitution and By-Laws, Instructions

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 2 - Constitution and By-Laws booklets 1949, 1959, 1959 with 1964 and 1965 changes

FF 3 - Constitution and By-Laws copies of updates (incomplete), 1967-1991

FF 4 - Committee Assignments booklets, 05/1970

Series Three - Fortnightly Bulletin

Box 1 (cont'd)

Note: Missing vols. 8-13, Fall 1954 to Fall 1960

FF 5 - Fortnightly Bulletin, first issue 1948 (vol. 1) to 05/1954 (vol.7):

  • Vol. 1, complete, 1948
  • Vol. 2, complete, (issue 5 has incorrect volume number listed), 1949
  • Vol. 3, incomplete, 1950
  • Vol. 4, incomplete, 1951
  • Vol. 5, incomplete, 1952
  • Vol. 6, complete, 1953
  • Vol. 7, complete, 1954

FF 6 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 03/1961 (14:6) to 04-05/1966 (19:7):
  • Vol. 14, incomplete
  • Vol. 15, incomplete
  • Vol. 16, incomplete
  • Vol. 17, complete
  • Vol. 18, complete
  • Vol. 19, incomplete

FF 7 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 12/1966 (20:4) to 04-06/1971 (24:7):
  • Vol. 20, incomplete
  • Vol. 21, incomplete
  • Vol. 22, incomplete
  • Vol. 23, incomplete
  • Vol. 24, complete

FF 8 - Fortnightly Bulletin,, 10/1971 (25:2) to 04-05/1974 (27:6):
  • Vol. 25, incomplete
  • Vol. 26, complete
  • Vol. 27, complete

FF 9 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 09-10/1974 (28:1) to 04-05/1978 (31:4):
  • Vol. 28, complete
  • Vol. 29, complete
  • Vol. 30, complete
  • Vol. 31, complete

FF 10 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 09-10/1978 (32:1) to 11-12/1981 to 01/1982 (35:2):
  • Vol. 32, complete
  • Vol. 33, complete
  • Vol. 34, complete
  • Vol. 35, completed by FF 11

FF 11 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 02-03/1982 (35:3) to 11-12/1986 to 01/1987 (40:2):
  • Vol. 35, completed by FF 10
  • Vol. 36, complete
  • Vol. 37, complete
  • Vol. 38, complete
  • Vol. 39, complete
  • Vol. 40, completed by FF 12

FF 12 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 02-03/1987 (40:3) to 11-12/1989 to 01/1990 (43:2):
  • Vol. 40, completed by FF 11
  • Vol. 41, complete
  • Vol. 42, complete
  • Vol. 43, completed by FF 13

FF 13 - Fortnightly Bulletin, 02-03/1990 (43:3) to 11-12/1993 to 01-02/1994 (47:2):
  • Vol. 43, completed by FF 12
  • Vol. 44, complete
  • Vol. 45, complete
  • Vol. 46, complete
  • Vol. 47, incomplete, ends with 47;2

Series Four - Programs

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 14 - Fortnightly Programs, 1949-1969 (missing 1955-1956, 1967-1968)

Series Five - Members

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 15 - Membership Lists, (incomplete), academic years 1962-1980

FF 16 - Membership Lists, (incomplete), academic years 1980-1988

FF 17 - Honorary Life Members Lists, (incomplete), academic years 1974-1980

FF 18 - Deaths of Members, (includes copies of obituaries and lists), 1975-1978

FF - 19 Deaths of Members, (includes copies of obituaries and lists), 1979-1987

Series Six - Presidents' Papers

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 20 - Papers of President Bonnie Stewart, 1983-1984

FF 21 - Papers of President Joyce Pickett, 1984-1985

FF 22 - Papers of President Lynda Morton, 1985-1986

FF 23 - Papers of President Betty Eyestone, 1986-1987

FF 24 - Papers of President Jane West, 1987-1988

Series Seven - Correspondence

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 25 - Samples of invitations sent to the wives of members of the Board of Curators, 1959-1968

FF 26 - Letters sent and received during the opening of the academic year, including invitational letters and parking permission

Series Eight - Brass Collection

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 27 - Records of the donation of the Fortnightly Club's brass collection to the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and their subsequent deaccessioning and returning to the Fortnightly Club, and their disposal
Note To Archivist: For further information, see Box 2, Series Thirteen.

Series Nine - 100th Anniversary, 1991-1992 Gala

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 28 - Records relating to the Gala held in honor of the Fortnightly Club's 100th anniversary, 1991-1992

Series Ten - Budgets

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 29 - Records regarding the Fortnightly Club budgets and finances, 1960-1988.
Note To Archivist: For more complete budgetary and fiscal records of the Fortnightly Club, see Box 2, Series Thirteen.

Series Eleven - Miscellaneous Events

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 30 - Miscellaneous Fortnightly Club events:

  • Fall Reception, 1971
  • Spring Reception, 1986
  • Spring Reception, 1987
  • Visit to Missouri Senator Roger Wilson ("thank you" letter from Wilson), 1987
  • Program: "Ol' Mizzou: The University of Missouri--Where We Stand, Our Problems, Our Successes" by Dr. Shalia R. Aery, Committee of Higher Education, State of Missouri, 1987
  • Program: "Spoonful of Color," n.d.
Series Twelve - Similar Organizations

Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 31 - Programs, constitutions, by-laws, etc, from organizations similar to the Fortnightly Club, including the University Club of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the UMKC Women's Club, and the Coterie of the University of Missouri-Rolla

Series Thirteen - Ledgers and Notebooks

Box 2

  • Secretary's Ledger, including Board Minutes, academic years 1971-1972 to 1975-1976
  • Secretary's Ledger, including Board Minutes, includes photographs of the brass items, academic years 1976-1977 to 1981-1982
  • Treasurer's Ledger, 1974-1975 to 1991-1992
  • Treasurer's Notebook, 1985/1986-1987/1988
  • Treasurer's Notebook, 1988/1989-1991/1992
  • Treasurer's Ledger, 05/1982-04/1988
  • Scrapbook/folder, includes 75th anniversary history booklet, ca. 1984-1988

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