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Hillside Club records, circa 1900-2002.
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Hillside Club records, circa 1900-2002


Hillside Club (Berkeley, Calif.), creator


Includes articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, early papers relating to the building of the club house and to its reconstruction after the Berkeley fire of 1923; records of the club's activities and dramatic productions; history of the club; scrapbooks, financial reports, and announcements.


1900 (issued)


Amateur theater -- California -- Berkeley
Amateur plays
Theater programs -- California -- Berkeley
Amateur theater
Théâtre d'amateurs
Théâtre -- Programmes -- Californie -- Berkeley
Théâtre d'amateurs -- Californie -- Berkeley
Amateur plays
Amateur theater
Manners and customs
Theater programs
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Societies and clubs
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Fire, 1923
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Berkeley (Calif.) -- History
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
California -- Berkeley
Hillside Club (Berkeley, Calif.) -- Archives
National Association of State Educational Agencies for Surplus Property.
Creator -- Archives


COLLECTION STORED IN PART OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.
Preliminary list available in the library.
Gifts; Received: various dates starting in 1968.
Video tape of "Hillside Foolery" (March 17, 1985) transferred to the Microforms Division (Classified as Motion Picture 477 D.).
Formed by a group of Berkeley women in the late 19th century, the Hillside Club sought to protect the hills of the town from "unsightly grading and the building of unsuitable and disfiguring houses." The original club house, a Dutch-style building surrounded by oak trees, was designed by architect Bernard Maybeck. It burned down in the Berkeley Hills Fire of 1923. With the rebuilding of the club house came the restructuring of the organization and its objectives. The club's focus shifted, and it began to emphasize the social and cultural life of its members, producing a wide range of festive dinners, musical and theater performances. The membership participated in monthly Board of Directors and Fireside Meetings. The club flourished despite the Depression-Era stringencies and rationing during World War II. In the 1950's the club relaxed its residency requirements and recruited members from the wider San Francisco Bay Area. After a period of sharply declining membership, today the hillside Club continues to rebuild itself as an active, community-based organization.
Preferred citation: Hillside Club records, BANC MSS 68/93 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
In English.


articles of incorporation.
certificates of incorporation.
Charters and articles of incorporation
Charters and articles of incorporation.
Chartes et statuts constitutifs.

Physical Description:

6 cartons, 1 box, 3 volumes (7.2 linear feet)





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COLLECTION STORED IN PART OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.