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Guide to the Writers' Club of San Diego Records MS 85
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Processing Information
  • Separated Materials

  • Title: Writers' Club of San Diego Records
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 85
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1965
    Abstract: This collection on the Writers' Club of San Diego, established in 1915 to encourage and promote the work of local writers, includes a variety of official and business documents, club and member correspondence, and works composed by club members.
    creator: Writers' Club of San Diego.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 641112.

    Preferred Citation

    Writers' Club of San Diego Records, MS 85, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The Writers’ Club of San Diego was inspired in the summer of 1915 by the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, and was incorporated in December of that year. The group’s objectives were “to endeavor by mutual help and encouragement to maintain high ideals of work,” “to strive to secure suitable marketing for such [manuscripts] as have passed the censorship of the Club,” and “to offer the hospitality of the club to visitors of San Diego who have attained eminence in the intellectual world.” The Club was originally comprised of women although men were allowed to become members in the 1930s. To qualify for active membership, one had to have received remuneration for an original manuscript. Club officers were elected on an annual basis. The Club held regular meetings semi-monthly; meetings involved administrative matters, readings and criticisms of members’ works, and sometimes an invited speaker. Club members published a variety of writings, including fiction, poetry, book reviews, travel writing, educational articles, and children’s works.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of a variety of documents detailing the establishment of the club, its members, and its business practices and regular activities. Highlights include the Club’s Articles of Incorporation, Club constitution, a membership pledge signed by charter members, meeting minutes, Board of Directors meeting minutes, yearbooks, scrapbooks, members’ writings of poetry and non-fiction, and extensive newspaper clippings about the club’s meetings, activities, and events.


    The items in this collection are arranged by subject.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Some meeting minutes are faded. (June 2, 2011)

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jennifer Ho on June 2, 2011.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Separated Materials

    Scrapbooks were previously separated from the collection and are located in SB 63. The scrapbooks include:
    Five scrapbooks with dates ranging from 1939-1969 - four created by Mrs. May Chapman Starkey and one by Helen W. Dinsmore, the Club's historian. Newspaper clippings concerning the Club and its members; poetic works by Club members; "year books" created and distributed by the organization; documents from the Club such as the typed "Constitution and By-laws"; letters to members; and some black and white photographs depicting members and Club activites.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arsenault, Florence Crosby
    Atwood, Lovina
    Bothell, Elysabeth A. M.
    Davidson, Winifred
    Frazee, Mary
    Gatrell, Fannie
    Gray, Kate Joy
    Gue, Belle Wiley
    Jordan, Mabel Woolever
    Lester, Hannah
    Lorraine, Lilith, 1894-1967
    Loucks, Effie Wells
    McDowell, Belle Lane
    McNeil, Elizabeth S.
    Nida, Stella Humphrey
    Penman, Satella Jacques
    Stanford, Ida Ghent
    Starkey, May Chapman
    Strutton Elliot, Rebecca
    Thorpe, Leona Edginton
    Thorpe, Rose Hartwick
    Trelease, Olive W.
    Writers' Club of San Diego.
    Yates, Maribel
    Fiction -- Authorship -- Poetry
    Fiction authorship
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Women -- Societies and clubs
    Women writers