Saturday Night Literary Club Records

Creator: Saturday Night Literary Club, Topeka, Kansas

Date: circa 1883 – 2015

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 819

Unit ID: 45688

Abstract: The collection includes copies of essays and addresses presented at the club’s meetings, programs, meeting minutes, correspondence, publications, financial records, and other records of the Saturday Night Literary Club. The essays include virtually all topics. The Saturday Night Literary Club was founded in Topeka, Kansas in 1883, in the post-Civil War era of articulate literacy and enthusiasm about the democratic process. Some of its customs reflect that era: Each member is identified with a State and addresses the Chair as in a legislative assembly. Another tradition, often honored by its omission, is that each essay must contain reference to the Civil War, Indians, and Sex. Also included are documents pertaining to the opening up of membership to women in 2011, the end of the year Ladies’ Night now Gentlepersons’ Night Program Announcements and a 2010 new member handout entitled “The Saturday Night Literary Club–A History, 1883-2010.”
[Saturday Night Literary Club, “Don’t Take Yourself So Damn Seriously,” (accessed 16 December 2010).]

Space Required/Quantity: 20.50 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Saturday Night Literary Club Records

Scope and Content

Specific Contents Identified:

Headings or descriptors assigned to subsections of the material, for example labels on a particular box or group of boxes.

  • 1996 donation, circa 1883 – 2006; variety of records from minutes to programs
  • 1999 – 2004
  • 2016 addition .5 cubic foot
  • volumes, circa 1896 – 1973

Related Records or Collections

Finding Aids: Box List

Box 1
File 1: Membership rolls and attendance, 1921/22-1946/47
File 2: Minutes, 1883-1926/27

Box 2
File 1: Minutes, 1927/27-1949
File 2: Rules ; reports, 1931
File 3: Programs, 1884-1921/22
File 4: Addresses, 1898-1943

Box 3
File 1: Addresses, 1943/44-1984/85
File 2: Correspondence, 1886-1966
File 3: Receipts, 1943-1944

Box 4
File 1: Accounts, 1928-1943
File 2: Bank statements ; cancelled checks, 1942-1944
File 3: Publications, 1886-1962
File part 1: Annals, July 11, 1908
File part 2: Programs, 1886/87-[ongoing]
File part 3: Invitations, 1909-1918
File part 4: Banquet programs, 1908-1956
File part 5: Addresses, 1941
File part 6: Clippings, 1916-1962

Box 5
Essays, 1973/74-1977/78

Box 6
Essays, 1978/79-1985/86

Box 7
Essays and programs, 1986/87-1993/94 (missing 1991/92)

Box 8
Essays, 1992/93

Box 9
Proceedings, 1995/96

Box 10
Essays and programs, 1996/97-1997/98

Box 11
Duplicates ; non-record items

Box 12
Duplicates ; non-record items

Box 13
Duplicates ; non-record items

Box 14
Notebooks : programs, minutes, essays, 1999/2000-2003/4

Index Terms


    • Saturday Night Literary Club, Topeka, Kansas — Records and correspondence


    • Topeka (Kan.) — Social life and customs


    • American essays — Kansas


    • Clubs — Kansas — Topeka


    • Men — Kansas — Topeka — Societies and clubs



Creators and Contributors

Saturday Night Literary Club, Topeka, Kansas


Additional Information for Researchers

Ownership/Custodial Hist.: Deposited at the Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka) prior to 1995; converted to a donation, 1995; other materials donated since.


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