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Round Table Club records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-173

Scope and Contents

This collection includes constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes, programs, reports, and scrapbooks from the Roundtable Club in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1900 to 1997 regarding the club and its activities.

Dates

  • 1900-1997

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

On February 22, 1894, seven friends were the dinner guests of Mrs. C.L. Medsker at her home. The group discussed forming a club to “better themselves” through study and fellowship. While they were deciding what to call the newly formed club, Mrs. Medsker’s father, Dr. T.J. Bowles, well known Muncie physician and freethinker, entered the room. Hearing the women’s discussion, he suggested that since the group was seated around a large round table, they might call their organization The Round Table Club. The women officially adopted the name. Mrs. Ed Taylor was elected the Club’s first president and the group planned to meet bi-monthly from October to May, with a membership limited to 20 women. Each year had a theme with programs presented by members. The club also supported several local charities with financial donations. A favorite yearly tradition was Tasting Day, when members brought their own treats and husbands were entertained once a year. The group joined the Delaware County Federation of Clubs, December 4, 1896 and continued as an organization until May 1997, when the five active members gathered to officially disband the club and disperse the remaining funds to selected charities.

Extent

1.2 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Round Table Club records, 1939-1982

Series 2: Round Table Club minutes, 1957-1997

Series 3: Round Table Club programs, 1900-1960

Series 4: Round Table Club scrapbooks, 1935-1994

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Catherine Rothhaar on 1997/08/26.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised 2009/10/27 by Maren Read. EAD finding aid created 2011/05/11 by Helen Boyer. EAD finding aid revised 2011/05/11 by Bethany Fiechter.

Title
Round Table Club records
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Contact:
Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA