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Finding Aid to the Sequoia Club Records
SFH 58  
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  • Conservation Note
  • Historical note
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  • Arrangement

  • Title: Sequoia Club Records
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1983
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1924-1969)
    Collection Identifier: SFH 58
    Creator: Sequoia Club
    Physical Description: 1 carton, 2 flat boxes (3.0 cubic ft.)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Chiefly minutes, membership and financial records, and a scrapbook; together with a small amount of ephemera, bulletins, and clippings documenting the Sequoia Club's activities from its founding in 1892.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Please call the San Francisco History Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sequoia Club Records (SFH 58), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Gift of Clara Nelson, April 1996.

    Conservation Note

    During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some metal staples remain.

    Historical note

    The Sequoia Club was one of the oldest social clubs in San Francisco, founded in 1892 by seven or eight wives of Bohemian Club members who wanted to meet together with their husbands to appreciate the arts. At that time, only artists and writers were allowed; later, a wider range of associates were permitted to join, opening the Club to men and women with interests and achievements in the creative arts, music, drama, and science. The Sequoia Club was governed by four officers and five directors. Notable officers and members of the Club included: Senator James D. Phelan, Gertrude Atherton, Mrs. Fremont Older, Evelyn Wells, Tommy Noonan, Ethel Cotton, Mrs. F. H. Colburn, and Arthur Chamberlin. Other prominent artists were A. C. Best, Ethel Wickes, Charles Henry Grant, Maynard Dixon, James Holden, Emerson Lewis, Percy Grey, and Lee Bates. The purpose of the Club was to promote cultural advancement, social activities, and friendship. Meetings were held each Thursday evening at the California Club Rooms, 1750 Clay Street. Activities included formal dances, lectures, motion pictures, drama and short plays, art and floral exhibits, annual picnics, golf tournaments, card parties, costume balls, and special dinners and dances.

    Scope and Contents

    Chiefly minutes, membership and financial records, and a scrapbook; together with a small amount of ephemera, bulletins, and clippings documenting the Sequoia Club's activities from its founding in 1892. The scrapbook (1906-1962) contains mostly bulletins and clippings, with a few photographs, ephemera, and some minutes.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by type of record, then chronologically within each type.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Clubs--California--San Francisco.
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs