Guide to the Stanford Eating Clubs Records SC1054

Daniel Hartwig & Jenny Johnson
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
September 2012
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Stanford Eating Clubs records
creator: Stanford Eating Clubs
Identifier/Call Number: SC1054
Physical Description: 1.99 megabyte(s)
Physical Description: 8.25 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1920-2000
Abstract: The materials consist of meeting minutes, reports, financial ledgers, photographs, ephemera, and newsletters documenting the activities of the Stanford Eating Clubs.

Access to Collection

Open for research use.

Publication Rights

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:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Acquisition Information

The materials were a gift of Nick Peters, 2011 and 2012 & Helen Holmes Peak, 2016.

Preferred Citation

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

Scope and Contents

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

Biographical / Historical

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

box 1

Minutes 1939-1952

box 1

Report of the Interclub Manager 1953-1954

box 1

El Cuadro, Annaul Report of the Business Manager 1954-1955

box 1

El Tigre Club ledger 1952-1957

box 1

Minutes 1957-1960

box 1

Report of the Interclub Manger 1961-1962

box 1

President's Report 1972-1973

box 1

General Manger's log book 1983

box 2, folder 1


box 2, folder 2

101st Anniversary 1995 Aug

box 2, folder 3

El Toro newsletter 1956-1976

box 2, folder 4

Articles of Incorporation Undated

box 2, folder 5

Articles 1976

box 2, folder 6


box 2, folder 7


box 2, folder 8

Current status of Eating Clubs 2000 Oct 21

box 2, folder 9

Eating Clubs 1969

box 2, folder 10

El Toro constitution

box 2, folder 11

El Campo

box 2, folder 12

El Capitan

box 2, folder 13

El Cuadro

box 2, folder 14

El Tigre

box 2, folder 15

Eating Clubs History

box 2, folder 16

Los Arcos

box 2, folder 17


box 2, folder 18-19


box 2, folder 20


box 2, folder 21

The Stanford Clubs 1961

box 2, folder 22-23

"The Stanford Eating Clubs: The First 100 Years"

box 3

El Toro member journal, check register, receipts

box 3

El Toro Club ledger circa 1922-1943

Scope and Contents

Includes minutes, member ship lists, expenses, etc.
box 3

Stanford Eating Clubs general ledger 1981-1982

Scope and Contents

Includes assets, liabilities, funds, income, expenses, etc.
box 4

El Cuadro photograph album circa 1920s-1961

box 5

Loose scrapbook and photograph album pages


Additional Material Accession ARCH.2013-003

box 1

Two exhibit posters with text and photographs about history of Stanford Eating Clubs, co-authored by Matt Pozos and Nick Peters 1995


Additional Material Accession ARCH.2013-015

Scope and Contents

This accession contains the Stanford Eating Clubs Alumni roster as well as recipes and stories contributed by alumni.
box 1, folder 1

SEC Alum Master List

SEC Alum Master List

Physical Description: 2 computer media
box 1, folder 2

Stanford Eating Clubs Alumni Contacts (1 of 2)

box 1, folder 3

Stanford Eating Clubs Alumni Contacts (2 of 2)


Additional Material Accession ARCH.2015-085

box 1

El Capitan Sponge List 1961


Additional Material Accession ARCH-2017-063

Box 1, Folder 1

Administrative records 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 2

El Cuadro photographs 1977-1978

Box 2

Eating club plates (2 El Campo, 1 El Cuadro)


Additional Material Accession ARCH-2018-103

Box 1

Stanford '63 Eating Clubs 1963