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Collection Overview +/-

Title: The Acacia Club Papers
Dates: 1911-1988 (inclusive)
Collection Number: MS 049
Summary: This collection was donated to the Stewart Library Special Collections Department, Weber State College by the Acacia Club through the efforts and funding of Dorothy D. H. Stevenson. The papers have been arranged chronologically by category. The minute books, membership rosters, financial records and personal correspondence covering the years 1911 to 1974 are found in two document cases. The current-event topics and discussions of service and charitable works provide valuable insight into the concerns of the day, and also into perception of world affairs. Of particular interest are the letters, thank you cards and notes written by the individual members to the group. Within this correspondence the spirit of lasting friendship is expressed poignantly after decades of association. The collection includes newspaper clippings and obituary notices, which highlight the rich diversity of backgrounds and accomplishments of the Acacia Club members.
Repository: Stewart Library Special Collections
Address:
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden UT 84408

Collection Inventory +/-

Box 1: (1927-1988)

FD1 Acacia Club Attendance Roll book- 1941-1960

CORRESPONDENCE

FD 2 December 2, 1927 Card of Appreciation – Frank J. Stevens and Family.

FD 3 April 9, 1944 – Golden Wedding Anniversary Announcement of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Israel Rich, Ogden Utah.

FD 4 October 26, 1962 – Membership notification for Dorothy D. H. Stevenson from Edna R. Wallace, Salt Lake City, Utah.

FD 5 December 11, 1964 – David J. and Mary Wilson to The Acacia Club.

FD 6 October 29, 1966 – Myrene Brewer to Dorothy D. H. Stevenson.

FD 7 July 28, 1967 – Edna R. Wallace to Dorothy D. H. Stevenson - contains useful summary of the history of the Acacia Club.

FD 8 November 2, 1967 – Thank you card to the Acacia Club members from Lucile Dixon.

FD 9 November 28, 1967 – Thank you card to Lucile Dixon from Bertha Reader. FD 10 December 27, 1967 – Correspondence to the Acacia Club from Margaret McFarlane.

FD 11 January 27, 1968 – Correspondence to Lucile Dixon from Cleone R. Eccles, Ogden, Utah.

FD 12 April 26, 1969 – Correspondence to Dorothy D. H. Stevenson from Norma S. Evans.

FD 13 September 6, 1969 – Invitation for the Acacia Club members to attend reception honoring Dr. Joseph R. and Jeanette McKay Morrell.

FD 14 October 25, 1969 – Correspondence to Dorothy D. H. Stevenson from Beatrice B. Corn. BOX 1

FD 15 February 12, 1970 – Note to the Acacia Club from Jeanette McKay Morrell.

FD 16 December 1971 – Christmas card and correspondence to members of the Acacia Club from Norma S. E. Patterson, Sedona, AZ.

FD 17 January 22, 1979 - Correspondence from Lucile Dixon to Dorothy D.H. Stevenson, Salt Lake City, Utah.

FD 18 January 22, 1982 – Correspondence from Lucile Dixon to Dorothy D.H. Stevenson, Salt Lake City, Utah.

FD 19 [n. d.] – Correspondence to the Acacia Club members from Mildred Meikle.

FD 20 [n. d.] – Correspondence to Lucile Dixon from Jeannette McKay Morrell.

CURRICULUM GUIDES

FD 21 Curriculum Guides and Annual Programs – 1927- 1972.

DAY BOOK

FD 22 The Acacia Club Receipts and disbursements October 24, 1924 – May 24, 1960.

MEMBERSHIP RECORDS

FD 23 Membership Records- 1962-1975- Red binder Presidents of Acacia Club:

Cleone Eccles-1962-1963

Bertha Reeder-1964-1965

Lucile Dixon-1966-1968

Dorothy D. H. Stevenson-1968-1970

Kathleen Klomp-1970-1972

Lucile Webb-1973-1974

Myrene Brewer-1974-1975

FD 24 Membership Records - 1964-1975

FD 25 Membership Records- List of Presidents of the Acacia Club (1916-1967) and members. Calligraphy by Ralph Stevenson

MINUTE BOOK

FD 26 Acacia Club Minute Book Volume One – October 25, 1911 – November 27, 1925. Contains the following:

Bee Hive Chautauqua Circle, October, 1911 to August, 1914

Bee Hive Sewing Circle, September to November, 1915

Bee Hive Literary & Sewing Circle, December, 1915 to September, 1916

The Acacia Club, September 15, 1916 to November 27, 1925

FD 27 Acacia Club Minute Book Volume Two – October 30, 1925 – January 6, 1933. Contains the recorded meetings of The Acacia Club.

Box 2: ORGANIZATION RECORDS (1911-1966)

FD 1 Acacia Club Minute Book Volume Three – March 10, 1933 – June 27, 1952. Contains the recorded meetings of The Acacia Club.

FD 2 Acacia Club Minute Book Volume Four – September 26, 1952 – May 26, 1966. Contains the recorded meetings of The Acacia Club.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

FD 3 1930 – “Acacia Club Celebrates its Anniversary.” Ogden Standard Examiner.

FD 4 May 27, 1932 – Acacia Club Activities Announced - Local Newspapers – (2 items).

FD 5 1966 – “Golden Wedding – Judge and Mrs. David J. Wilson (Mary J).” – Local Newspaper.

FD 6 February 26, 1984 – “Utah’s Mother of the Year for 1984.” Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah – Honoring Phyllis Dixon Shaw.

OBITUARIES

FD 7 February 21, 1927 – Obituary of Henrietta Woodmansee Watson – Ogden Standard Examiner.

FD 8 November 21, 1927 – Obituary of Agnes (Aggie) Herrick Stevens – Local Newspaper.

FD 9 November 23, 1931 – Obituary of Sara A. Scowcroft McCune – Local Newspaper.

FD 10 1933 – Obituary of Florence Scowcroft Scoville – Local Newspaper.

FD 11 1960 – Obituary of Fawn Brimhall McKay – Local Newspaper.

FD 12 January 26, 1966 – Obituary of Dr. Reed W. Bailey – The Salt Lake Tribune.

FD 13 1967 – Obituary of Rosella Ferrin Larkin – The Salt Lake Tribune.

FD 14 February 20, 1969 – Obituary of Dr. Edward I. Rich – The Salt Lake Tribune.

OBITUARIES

FD 15 April 11, 1971 – Obituary of Jeanette McKay Morrell – The Salt Lake Tribune.

FD 16 April 23, 1976 – Obituary of David J. Wilson – The Deseret News.

FD 17 November 14, 1987 – Obituary of Blanche Budge Johnson – Local Newspaper.

FD 18 March 10, 1988 – Obituary of Myrene Rich Brewer – Local Newspaper.

FD 19 1968 – Obituary of Earline P. Silver – Local Newspaper; September 18, 1973 –

Obituary of Norma S. E. Patterson – The Salt Lake Tribune; April 1976 –

Maude S. M. Silver – Local Newspaper; July 16, 1982 –

Obituary of Adaleine B. Bailey – Local Newspaper. (All glued on one sheet)

PROGRAMS FD 20 Programs - The Acacia Club 1946-1963 (12 items)

TEXTBOOKS FD 21 Textbooks – Ogg Fredric Austin. Social Progress in Contemporary Europe. Chautauqua Home Reading Series, 1912.

FD 22 Textbooks - Sidgwick, Mrs. Alfred- Home Life in Germany. Chautauqua Reading Series, 1912.

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

In the fall of 1907, several women of Ogden led by Agnes Stevens organized themselves to “acquire culture and to polish our priceless companionship”. These charter members included: Lettie Burton, Martha Cooley, Catherine Carnahan, Joan Emmett, Ray McKay, Pearl McFarlane, Jeanette Morrell and Katherine Wright. From 1907 to 1916 the membership adopted a succession of names-- “Bay View Reading Club”, “Bee Hive Chautauqua Circle”, “Bee Hive Sewing Circle”, and “Bee Hive Literary and Sewing Circle”. After much discussion “The Acacia Club” was chosen as the name which reflected the “friendship” on which the group was formed. The women met every week in a different member’s home to discuss current events, literary works and the fine arts, while they sewed or quilted. Their prime motivation was to avoid idle gossip by studying an organized reading course. They had enjoyed periodic lectures series of the New York Chautauqua Society, which would tour Utah and other western states with cultural programs and books. In addition to their cultural pursuits, the members of Acacia performed acts of compassionate and community service. The minutes of their early meetings reveal their efforts for “Bundles for Britain”, Red Cross bandages, Armenian Relief Fund, The Crittenton Home for Children and Utah State School for the Deaf and Blind. One interesting entry, dated October 12, 1917, indicated that club members voted to discontinue serving refreshments as a token of their willingness to conserve foodstuffs and “to comply with Mr. Hoover’s request during wartime.” The group also decided to double their dues and devote their social hour to “Red Cross knitting”. In time the Acacia Club adopted a formal, written constitution and by-laws, but they resisted efforts to combine with larger statewide women’s organizations. The success of the Acacia Club became apparent with the continuous years of uninterrupted, regularly-held meetings from 1907 to 1974. This was the way that the membership demonstrated their dedication to the club’s mission. One devoted member, Mrs. Henry Aldous Dixon (Lucile), wrote in her 90th year about her continuing interest in the Acacia friends. Another letter from Margaret McFarlane indicated the influence of Acacia on the next generation. “Mother taught us about the Acacia Club and the power of loyal friendships right along with the Word of Wisdom, the Ten Commandments and the Articles of Faith!” For more than 60 years, the Acacia Club met the needs of scores of Utah women. The record of how these intellectual, cultural and social requirements were met provides us with a valuable standard for the future.

Content Description +/-

This collection was donated to the Stewart Library Special Collections Department, Weber State College by the Acacia Club through the efforts and funding of Dorothy D. H. Stevenson. The papers have been arranged chronologically by category. The minute books, membership rosters, financial records and personal correspondence covering the years 1911 to 1974 are found in two document cases. The current-event topics and discussions of service and charitable works provide valuable insight into the concerns of the day, and also into perception of world affairs. Of particular interest are the letters, thank you cards and notes written by the individual members to the group. Within this correspondence the spirit of lasting friendship is expressed poignantly after decades of association. The collection includes newspaper clippings and obituary notices, which highlight the rich diversity of backgrounds and accomplishments of the Acacia Club members.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open for public research.

Administrative Information +/-

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Acquisition Information:

Donated

Processing Note:

Process date unknown

Creator:

Acacia Club

Language:

Material in English .

Sponsor:

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Quantity:

2 boxes

Language of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid encoded in English .

Author of the Finding Aid:

Sarah Langsdon

EAD Creation Date:

2011

Standard:

Finding aid based on DACS

Subjects +/-

Corporate Names:

Acacia Club

Subject Terms:

Ogden, Utah
Records

Geographical Names:

Western States

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