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Finding Aid for the Severance Club Records, 1909-1982 (Collection number 1394)
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Scope and Content
  • Biography/History
  • Preferred Citation
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Title: Severance Club records
    Collection number: 1394
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
    Date: 1909-1992
    Abstract: The Severance Club of Los Angeles was a cultural conversation group founded in 1906. The club met regularly on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. The meetings generally began with a presentation from a speaker followed by discussion. The collection contains correspondence, meeting notices, membership lists, and other printed materials related to the activities of the Severance Club.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Severance Club

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Boxes 1-7 of the Severance Club records were donated in 2004 by Esther Schou, who was second Vice-President of the club (1974-78) and also its archivist (1984-1993).
    • Box 8 was donated in 2011 by Nancy Coleman, the daughter of Severance Club members.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence, meeting notices, membership lists, and other printed materials related to the activities of the Severance Club. Includes a reel-to-reel recording of a memorial for Harold Hadley Story, 1963.

    Biography/History

    The Severance Club of Los Angeles was a cultural conversation group founded in 1906; it was named in honor of Caroline M. Severance (1820-1914), a reformer and women's club pioneer; the club's first president was John Randolph Haynes, Los Angeles physician, civic leader, and benefactor of the Haynes Foundation; the club met regularly on the second and fourth Fridays of each month; the club's meetings generally began with a presentation from a speaker followed by discussion.

    Biographical Narrative

    The Severance Club of Los Angeles was founded on June 22, 1906, and has met on the second and fourth Friday of each month ever since. The Club was named in honor of Caroline M. Severance, 1820-1914. In Boston, Mrs. Severance founded the first women's club in the United States (1868), and in Los Angeles, the Friday Morning Club (1891), the first Unitarian Church, and the first kindergarten.
    Membership of the Club is by invitation. The meetings open generally with a talk by a qualified speaker, and the speech is followed by discussion among the members.
    These records of the Club were donated by Mrs. Esther Schou, Second Vice-President of the Club from 1974 to 1978, and at present its archivist. For more information on the early years of the Club, consult additional related materials in Collection 995, box 5, folder 1 (Harold Hadley Story papers).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Severance Club Records (Collection 1394). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Severance Club--Archives.
    Clubs--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Harold Hadley Story Papers (Collection 995). Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.