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Guide to the Stanford Eating Clubs Records
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1054
    Creator: Stanford Eating Clubs.
    Title: Stanford Eating Clubs records
    Dates: 1922-2000
    Physical Description: 6 Linear feet (7 boxes)
    Summary: The materials consist of meeting minutes, reports, financial ledgers, photographs, ephemera, and newsletters documenting the activities of the Stanford Eating Clubs.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    The materials were a gift of Nick Peters, 2011.

    Information about Access

    Open for research use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Stanford Eating Clubs Records (SC1054). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The Stanford Eating Clubs, also known as the Toyon Eating Clubs, were founded in 1892, making them the oldest student managed group on the Stanford University campus. They were originally formed by congenial bands of like-minded men who were unhappy with the food and service offered by the University-sponsored Stanford Inn. Even before the first Club was formed, some students were eating at the mess hall of "The Camp," a crude barrack community built on the site of the student union. It was here, in 1894, that the first Club — Brookfarm Eating Club — was founded. Brookfarm lasted only one year, but it was a beginning, and the "eating club" concept continued to grow. Other co-operative eating groups were formed at "The Camp" and in nearby Palo Alto and Mayfield (now the California Avenue area of Palo Alto). "The Camp" was closed in 1902, but it didn't dampen the Club spirit, and the leading students of those days continued to trek off campus three times a day for their meals. In 1907 several of the Clubs with houses in College Terrace — Snell, Welakahao, Marchmount, and Entre Nous — banded together to form the Terrace Club. With one exception, these Clubs all subsequently disbanded. Entre Nous, however, founded in 1901, became the first of the seven present Clubs. The name was changed to Los Arcos in 1922. In 1909, Breakers Club was organized in a small cottage on Stanford Avenue near its intersection with Escondido Road. Breakers remained there for one year before moving to the Frenchman's House, located on Escondido Road. El Campo and El Toro were also founded in these early years of the century. In the fall of 1912, the "Little Quad" was completed and Breakers, El Campo, and El Toro moved into this small U-shaped building next to Encina Hall near the present Club building.
    By the 1950s, the all-male Eating Clubs had become an alternative to the fraternity system. The eating clubs were abolished in 2009-2010. A new dining hall, "Linx," was established in favor of the eating clubs, and Toyon students are part of the campus meal plan system.

    Scope and Contents

    The materials consist of meeting minutes, reports, financial ledgers, photographs, ephemera, and newsletters documenting the activities of the Stanford Eating Clubs.

    Access Terms

    Stanford University--Student life..
    Stanford University--Students.
    College students.
    Education--Societies, etc.
    Stanford University--Eating clubs.
    Student activities.
    Students--Societies, etc.