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Current Literature Club

Identifier: RG E 0027

Content Description

This collection consists of the records of the Current Literature Club (1900-1989), the Junior Current Literature Club (1964-1991), and the merged Junior Current Literature Club (1993-2007). These records were created by club members as they planned and recorded every aspect of the club's programming. The collection includes the minutes from general membership meetings and officers' meetings, yearbooks, financial records, project reports, publicity, correspondence, research papers, and scrapbooks.


  • Other: 1900-2007

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Current Literature Club Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Current Literature Club was organized in 1899 to provide intellectual and cultural development for women residing in Houston, Texas. Although these women focused on literary studies in the beginning years of the club, they soon added civic and philanthropic endeavors. In 1900 the Current Literature Club was among five women's clubs in Houston to come together and form the City Federation of Women's Clubs for the purpose of founding a public library in the city. Their efforts met with success when the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library opened in 1904. The Current Literature Club remained a strong supporter of the Houston Public Library, as it was re-named in 1921. In 1929 the Junior Current Literature Club was organized for younger women. Although the two clubs operated with separate officers and meetings, they maintained a strong connection and merged in 1993 under the name, Junior Current Literature Club.


8.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



Series 1 Minutes Series 2 Yearbooks Series 3 Financial Records Series 4 History Series 5 Research papers Series 6 Literary Arts Awards Series 7 Scrapbooks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Wanda Brown on April 7, 1993 with many additions by Betty Chapman.

Related Materials

RG E 26 The Ladies' Reading Club RG E 18 The Woman's Club of Houston RG E 20 The City Federation of Women's Clubs RG E 39 Chautauqua Study Club

Processing Information

Betty T. Chapman, February 2016
Betty Chapman
February 2016
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Edition statement
Finding Aid created in 2016. ArchivesSpace Resource created in 2019.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


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