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Guide to the Eunomic Club Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eunomic Club collection
    Dates: 1933-1994
    Collection number: MS182
    Creator: Eunomic Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Collection Size: 1.5 linear ft. (1 box)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Eunomic 13 Club, an African American men’s social organization, was created on September 15, 1933. The Eunomic Club Collection include photographs, administrative documents, ephemera, newspaper and magazine clippings, and letters from between 1933-1994.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Eunomic Club Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Eunomic Club records, MS 182, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Collection was donated by Harry F. Miller to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland at Oakland on October 23, 2014.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Gabriella Taylor, August 5, 2015.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Eunomic 13 Club, an African American men’s social organization, was created on September 15, 1933. Its original 13 members were Earl Adams, Edward Alley, Jr., Harold Braan, Albert Browning, William Carpenter, Cornelius Chandler, David Derrick, Richard Ellis, Paul Green, Jr., Theodore Miller, Carlos McLean, Henry Steward and Eleyette Worth. Because most of the charter members resided in San Francisco, it was decided that the club would be based there. The club’s mission, as stated in its original constitution, was “to promote friendliness among our members, improve our social condition and above all to provide clean and wholesome recreation.” The name “Eunomic,” stemmed from the Greek word “Eunomy,” meaning “well organized and togetherness.” Membership was open to any male over the age of 21. In 1940, the club expanded to include two new members, and was renamed “The Eunomic Club.” Along with the original 13 members, the club would go on to include Walter Thomas, Bernard Baquie, Robert Flippin, Herman Pope, Shirley Lewis, Theodore Bomar, Raymond Herring, Percy Menzies, Wesley “Duke” Ellington, Kline Wilson, Cleat Oliver, Emmit Abels, John “Billy” Sunday, Murville Abels, Thad Johnson, Joseph Godfrey, Wayne Gaskins and James Franklin. Over the course of its 61 years the Eunomic Club hosted a variety of outings, including picnics, barbecues, trips to national parks, and many different parties and galas. Most of these outings were in the Bay Area. The club would continue to host these events up until 1994, when the organization was dissolved.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Eunomic Club Collection include photographs, administrative documents, ephemera, newspaper and magazine clippings, and letters from between 1933-1994. The records are organized into four series: administrative records, club ephemera, photographs, and correspondence. The administrative records series includes a summary of the club’s history with a timeline taken from meeting minutes, the club’s constitution and by-laws, and a resolution. The Eunomic Club ephemera series includes the club’s membership cards, event invitations, programs, raffle tickets and newspaper and magazine clippings from those events. The photographs series includes three subseries: outings, official events, and assorted. The correspondence series includes various letters thanking the Eunomic Club and its individual members for their social events and civic activities, as well as letters recognizing individual members. It also includes a correspondence from Ronald C. Fields. The Eunomic Club spanned through much of the 20th Century and was men’s club dedicated to the social enrichment and celebration of a select group of African American men and, to a lesser extent, the African American community in the Bay Area.

    Arrangement

    Series 1: Administrative records Series 2: Club ephemera Series 3: Photographs Series 4: Correspondence

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Eunomic Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
    African American men--California.
    African American men--California--Social conditions.
    African American men--Intellectual life--20th century.
    African American men--Societies, etc.
    Middle class African Americans--California--Oakland--Social conditions.