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Mary Arden Club Collection, 1902-1969 | University Archives

Collection Overview

Title: Mary Arden Club Collection, 1902-1969Add to your cart.
ID: 02/UE9b
Extent: 9.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Collection is arranged by document type.  Document types are arranged chronologically.  Collection is described at folder level.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2007
Languages: English

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Abstract

The Mary Arden Club Collection includes materials from the club from its founding in 1902  through to the 1960s. Materials detail the happenings of the club during a specific time period and consists of membership rosters, yearbooks, event programs, and a record book.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mary Arden Club was founded in the fall of 1902 on the campus of North Texas State (now the University of North Texas)  by a professor of English, Miss Edith Lanier Clark. Miss Clark decided, along with Miss Annie Webb Blanton, her colleague in the English department, that the girls enrolled at the Teacher's college needed a literary club to enrich their time at school.

Originally founded as a literary club for girls and devoted to the works of Shakespeare, the club also provided training to its members in club work and social activities.  The name of the club was chosen in 1902 by members to honor Mary Arden, the mother of Shakespeare.  The club flower, a white rose, and the club colors, orange and white, were also chosen at this time.  In 1922, a lot on Avenue A was bought, primarily from funds collected from five dollar pledges made by members, and the Mary Arden Lodge was built to provide a space for club meetings and activities. The club was an outlet for social activities and camaraderie, but it also taught its members the benefits of club work - serving on committees, creating event programs, planning teas and other formal events, and holding officer elections.

Membership soon swelled so that Junior and Senior Mary Arden Clubs were established in 1935. Both sections of the Mary Arden membership totaled to thirty, with the seniors comprised of twenty members. The remaining ten membership spots were open for juniors who would make up the backbone of the Senior Marys’ the following year.

The first meeting held in October 11, 1902 of this club was productive as officers were elected and a membership roster was recorded. Subsequent meetings determined the name of the club - Mary Arden - which was named in honor of Shakespeare's mother. The club's flower, the white rose and the club's colors, orange and white were also decided upon during this meeting.

The club met with success as it members were enthusiastic to participate in social activities and meetings held every other week during the semester. Before the onset of WWI, the Mary Arden Club set forth to solidify their presence on campus by purchasing and planning for their own lodge located on Avenue B close to the library building. The Mary Arden Lodge was built with the funds of its members and it was architecturally designed with grace and elegance in mind. With their new lodge becoming the social spot on campus, the Mary Arden’s' influence on campus began to take shape as their formation prompted the organization of two all-male clubs, the Lee's and the Reagans.

The history of the club spans the history of the early and mid-twentieth century, providing a perspective into the women of those time periods. During the two World Wars, the Mary Arden Club mirrored the sentiments of the country. Their events were often aimed at promoting all campus war activities which proudly showed support for better times beyond the gray skies of conflict. The creation of the Mary Arden Club, both senior and junior clubs, was intended to open up social opportunities for women and to serve campus and community.

The Mary Arden Club Collection is comprised of materials related to all club and member activities from 1902 to 1935. The documents in this collection display the events, meeting details, club history, meeting minutes of the Junior Mary Arden Club. Each item is a unique glimpse into the history of this club, of women during these time periods, and of the North Texas campus. After 1935, with a few exceptions, documents concern the Senior Mary Arden Club branch.  Materials include club books, correspondence, financial documents, invitations, programs, clippings, pamphlets and booklets concerning the history of the Club, roll lists, memorabilia, and guest books.

Reference:

Clark, Edith Lanier. (1944). Vignettes of Junior and Senior Mary Arden Clubs. North Texas State Teachers College.

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Lindsay Keefer
Acquisition Method: Gift
Processing Information: Topic- level description available for collection in the UNT Archives. Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 2: Junior Mary Arden ClubAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1: Publications and Membership BooksAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 706091
Folder 1: Junior Mary Arden Club Annual Formal Seated Tea, 1940Add to your cart.
This folder houses two invitations for the Junior Mary Arden Club Annual Formal Seated Tea which was held on May 16, 1940 at 6:30 p.m. in Marquis Hall's Crystal Room. The invitation includes a menu for the occasion, officers for 1939-1940 and for 1940-1941, and the event's program. The club song is printed on the last page of the document.
Item: 2
Folder 2: Junior Mary Arden Club Annual Formal Seated Tea, 1941Add to your cart.
This folder houses an invitation for the Junior Mary Arden Club Annual Formal Seated Tea which was held on May 15, 1941 at 6:30 p.m. in Marquis Hall's Crystal Room. The invitation incudes a menu for the occasion, officers for 1940-1941 and for 1941-1942, and the event's progam. The club song is printed on the last page of the document.
Item: 1
Folder 3: Junior Mary Arden Club Annual Formal Seated Tea, 1943Add to your cart.
This folder houses an invitation for the Junior Mary Arden Club Annual Formal Seated Tea which was held on May 10, 1943 at 7:00 p.m. in Marquis Hall's Crystal Room. The invitation incudes a menu for the occasion, officers for 1942-1943 and for 1943-1944, and the event's progam.
Item: 1
Folder 4: Junior Mary Arden Club, Club Book, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Folder contains two 1954-1955 Junior Mary Arden Club Books. The book details the club's agenda for the 1954-1955 year.
Item: 2
Folder 5: Junior Mary Arden Club, Club Book, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Folder contains one 1955-1956 Junior Mary Arden Club Books. The book details the club's agenda for the 1955-1956 year.
Item: 1
Folder 6: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1935-1936. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members. Included in the book is an invitation for the Junior Mary Arden Club guest musicale which took place on April 21, 1936. Handwritten notes on the book include: Mary Barrett Wesson on the front cover and a list of 14 additonal members in the back of the book.
Item: 2
Folder 7: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1936-1937. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 8: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1937-1938Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1937-1938. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 9: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1938-1939. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 10: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1939-1940. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 11: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1940-1941. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members. Handwritten note includes Miss Clark written on the front of the book.
Item: 1
Folder 12: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1941-1942. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members. Handwritten note includes the name of the club's faculty sponsor, Miss Clark, written on the front of the book.
Item: 1
Folder 13: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1942-1943. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 14: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1943-1944Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1943-1944. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 15: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1945-1946Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1945-1946. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 16: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1947-1948. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Folder 17: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1948-1949. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 18: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1949-1950. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 19: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1950-1951. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 20: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1951-1952. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members.
Item: 1
Folder 21: Junior Mary Arden Club, Course of Study, 1953-1954Add to your cart.
Folder contains one Junior Mary Arden Club Course of Study book for 1953-1954. The course of study details the officers and committees for the year, the club's agenda, the year's events, and a list of members. The name Sandra Rogers is written on the front page of the book. The following names are written on the back page of the book: Frances Kirby, Michelette Keller, Linda Crowe, Mary Bowers,  Ruth Ann Averitt.
Item: 1
Folder 22: Junior Mary Arden Club, Invitation and Thank You Card, 10-1954Add to your cart.
Folder contains an invitation to a Junior mary Arden club acquaintance tea held on October 11, 1954 at the Mary Arden lodge. It is addressed to Dr. Virginia Haile. Also in this folder is a thank your card to Virginia Haile from the Senior Marys. The card reads: "In appreciation for your giving unselfishly of your time and efforts - the Senior Marys."
Item: 2
Folder 23: Junior and Senior Mary Arden Clubs, Vignettes of Junior and Senior Mary Arden Clubs, 1902-1944Add to your cart.
A vignette of the Junior and Senior Mary Arden Clubs which focus on the beginning of the clubs in 1902 and spans the history of the clubs through 1944. Includes a roster of charter members and details the influence that the clubs had on social activities held on campus as well as the creation of new social clubs.
Item: 1
Folder 24: Junior Mary Arden Club, Yearbook, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder contains a yearbook for the Junior Mary Arden Club from the 1956-1957 academic year. Item includes the club song, the date and time meetings were held, events, the club's officers, and a roster of members.
Item: 1
Folder 25: Junior Mary Arden Club, Yearbook, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder contains a yearbook for the Junior Mary Arden Club from the 1957-1958 academic year. Item includes the club song, the date and time meetings were held, events, the club's officers, and a roster of members.
Item: 1
Folder 26: Junior Mary Arden Club, Yearbook, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder contains a yearbook for the Junior Mary Arden Club from the 1964-1965 academic year. Item includes the club song, the date and time meetings were held, events, the club's officers, and a directory of members.
Item: 1
Folder 27: Junior Mary Arden Club, Record Book, 1941-1951Add to your cart.
Folder contains the Junior Mary Arden Club record book for the 1941-1951 academic years. The book includes expense account records, membership and attendance records, and meeting minutes. The record of the club's meeting were recorded by the appointed secretary for the semester.
Item: 1
Box 2: Membership BooksAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641361
Item 1: Junior Mary Arden Club, Club Book, 1935-1941Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Junior Mary Arden Club, Club Book, 1953 (?)Add to your cart.
 

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