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DeKalb Drama Club Records


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Box 1

Box 2

Scrapbook (1 volume)

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Addendum 3

Addendum 4

Addendum 5

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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb Drama Club Records, 1914-2014

ID: RHC/RC/214

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/17/1993. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: DeKalb Drama Club, Societies-- DeKalb, Theater, Women--Societies and clubs.

Forms of Material: Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The DeKalb Drama Club records date from 1914 to 2014 with the majority of the records consisting of minutes and yearbooks.  Within the minutes are constitutions and by-laws, treasurer reports, membership lists, newspaper clippings, and theater programs.

Included in the addenda are folders labeled club activities containing meeting minutes, programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings. The two folders entitled “Red Book” include historical information pertaining to the Drama Club.  Also added to the records are lists of program participants and their record of service, list of programs and plays, play transcripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

For further information concerning organizations in DeKalb such as the Stage Coach Players (RC 184) and the DeKalb Women's Club (RC 211), the researcher should consult the Regional Collections Guide.

Scrapbooks in boxes 7 and 8 have been removed from their bindings due the nature and condition of the covers. The original order of the contents were preserved.

Collection Historical Note

The DeKalb Drama Club was organized in September 1914 to study modern drama and for that reason was called the "Reading Circle.”  The name was soon changed to the Drama Club.  There were twelve charter members with Mrs. J. Ellwood Lewis as the first president.  The club met once a week on Wednesdays later changing to once a month.  Under the leadership of Mrs. Lewis, charity work was performed under the supervision of the philanthropic department of the Women's Club.  In 1915, the club performed their own charity work.  The club was responsible for such acts as hiring two teachers from Chicago for DeKalb's first public kindergarten, making layettes, buying milk for needy school children and children's books for the library, giving parties for patients in the tuberculosis sanitarium, aiding needy families and contributing to community organizations.

Subject/Index Terms

DeKalb Drama Club
Societies-- DeKalb
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Jessie Glidden donated an addition to the records on May 5, 1999.  Urla Golden donated an addition to the records on March 13, 2001. Additional records were added at later dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Marilyn James

Acquisition Method: Marilyn James donated the DeKalb Drama Club records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 17, 1993.

Related Materials: For further information concerning organizations in DeKalb such as the Stage Coach Players (RC 184) and the DeKalb Women's Club (RC 211), the researcher should consult the Regional Collections Guide.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Volume 1: Scrapbook (1 volume), 1914-1981],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[Addendum 5],

Addendum 1
Box 3
Folder 1-9: Activities, 1989-1998
Folder 10-11: Redbook, 1937-1990
Folder 12: Record of Service, 1969-1994
Folder 13: List of Program Participants, 1969-1983
Folder 14: Correspondence, March 1970-March 1998
Folder 15: Newspaper Clippings, 1970-January 14, 1990
Folder 16: 50th Anniversary Program, October 14, 1964
Folder 17: Programs, Club Activities, 1982-1988
Folder 18: Senior Honors Night Awards, May 21, 1991, May 25, 1993
Folder 19: Jane Bradt Eulogy, E. Nelson James, March 19, 1997
Folder 20: Ideas for Minstrel Show, no date
Box 4
Folder 1: Programs, November 10, 1982-November 14, 1990
Folder 2: List of Programs and Plays, 1916-1997
Folder 3: Poem, Drama Club Presidents, no date
Folder 4: Play Transcripts: "If Men Played Cards as Women Do", circa 1948
Folder 5: Play Transcripts: "Hats Off to Drama Club", December 13, 1978
Folder 6: Play Transcripts: "1956", no date
Folder 7: Play Transcripts: "Aeschylus", no date
Folder 8: Play Transcripts: "A Good Woman", no date
Folder 9: Play Transcripts: "Once Upon a Time", no date
Folder 10: Play Transcripts: "Overtones", no date
Folder 11: Play Transcripts: "Rehearsal", no date
Folder 12: Play Transcripts: "The Valentines Nobody Wanted", no date
Folder 13: Picture Book: Philanthropic Work of DeKalb Drama Club, A Summary of Seventy Years, March 13, 1985
Folder 14: Photographs: 50th Birthday Celebration (1), April 1965
Folder 15-16: Photographs: Guest Outing (14), May 9, 1990; November 14, 1990
Folder 17: Photographs: Meeting (10), October 1990
Folder 18: Photographs: Meeting (2), January 1991
Folder 19: Photographs: Meeting (7), February 1991
Folder 20: Photographs: Meeting (5), December 11, 1991
Folder 21-22: Photographs: Unidentified Photos  (11), November 1989; June 1990, no date
Folder 23: Audio Cassette: Play, February 1979

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Volume 1: Scrapbook (1 volume), 1914-1981],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[Addendum 3],
[Addendum 4],
[Addendum 5],

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