Utopian Literary Club records
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Utopian Literary Club records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Utopian Literary Club (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Utopian Literary Club records
Dates: 1919-1986
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft.
Abstract:The collection contains a scrapbook covering the period of 1919 to 1996 that includes documents club activities, minutes from 1985 to 1996, program announcements, biographical sketches of performers, and a proclamation from former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell declaring Utopian Literary Club day.
Identification: aarl96-010

Biographical/Historical Note

The Utopian Literary Club was founded in Atlanta, GA in 1916 by a group of friends having similar interests in literature and art, sculpture and painting, and current developments who wanted to keep alive these interests and keep abreast of changing times. The object of the club is "to encourage and promote congenial fellowship among members by providing facilities and occasions conducive to the stimulation of mental growth." The club holds meetings the third Thursday of each month for the months of September through May.

The Constitution of the Utopian Literary Club states that the membership shall be limited to twenty-five active members. Since its founding, the Club has hosted musical programs, literary programs, invited speakers to address the group on various topics of current interest, and hosted plays. In some years, themes were selected by the Club's Program Committee to which the entire year's activities were devoted. Members presented original papers on specific topics. The Club also donates money to charitable organizations and publishes a year book each year listing the current and former members.

In March, 1996 the organization celebrated its 80th anniversary with a party and decided to donate its records to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History. In May, 1996, the records were officially donated to the library as a part of the Library's Inaugural Annie L. McPheeters Lecture Series. Mrs. McPheeters, the first African-American professional librarian in the Atlanta Public Library system, was a lifelong member of the Utopian Literary Club.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is approximately 1/2 cubic foot. It contains a scrapbook which contains programs, invitations, photographs, news clippings, speeches, and memorabilia; minutes of meetings from 1985 through 1996; program announcements; biographical sketches of performers at Club meetings and functions; and a proclamation from Atlanta, GA Mayor Bill Campbell naming March 30, 1996 as Utopian Literary Club Day.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American women--Georgia--Fulton County--Social life and customs.
African American women--Societies and clubs.
Literature--Societies, etc.
Utopian Literary Club (Atlanta, Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Utopian Literary Club records. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information

Processed by MCB. Completed on August 1996


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Container List




11Minutes of Meetings of the Utopian Literary Club, 1985-1996
2Scrapbook, 1919-1996
3Proclamation - Utopian Literary Club Days, March 30, 1996
4Program Announcements and Biographical Sketches of Performers