A Guide to the Virginia Writer's Club Archives, 1951- Virginia Writer's Club, Archives M 160

A Guide to the Virginia Writer's Club Archives, 1951-

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library
Collection Number M 160


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Repository
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Collection number
M 160
Title
Virginia Writer's Club, 1951-
Physical Characteristics
2.5 linear feet
Provenance
Virginia Writer's Club
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for use without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

None.

Preferred Citation

Box-folder, Virginia Writer's Club Archives, M 160, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University

Acquisition Information

Received from Secretary Edgar MacDonald, and separate donations from members.

Processing Information

Collection processed in February 1990 and updated in 1994.


Historical Information

The Virginia Writer's Club was organized on 20 November 1918 at the instigation of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Travers Clover and under the sponsorship of Dr. Orie Latham Hatcher, who invited James Branch Cabell and a few other Richmond writers to afternoon tea and proposed the formation of a club "to make Richmond an influence in the world of letters and to line it up with other literary centers of the country".

During its early years the club attracted many who would go on to represent the city and the state in the literary world. Many of its members endorsed the short-lived Reviewer and numerous contributed articles over its four year run. After four years the Club had 45 members, 26 of whom had published books. Other had contributed to magazines, newspapers or other literary-related endeavors Meetings were held monthly and included readings of member's work and an occasional speaker. For much of the period between 1923 and 1961 the Club was led by Hattie Belle Gresham, more of an organizer and promoter of literature than a writer.

In October 1961 the Club was reorganized with new officers and by-laws. The somewhat modified character the Club assumed in 1961 has been maintained ever since. It is an interesting association of published writers in various fields for the promotion of good writing, or, in the words of the by-laws, "to provide a means of exchanging ideas and stimulating the art and craft of professional writing." A history of the Club is included in the collection.

Scope and Content Information

The Club does not possess minutes for the years 1923-1961 and the current collection contains materials from 1951 to 1994. The archives includes correspondence, minutes, manuscripts, achievement notices, news clippings, by-laws, photographs and membership lists. The bulk of the material dates from the 1980s and 1990s and has been submitted to the archives by various members of the club.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Collection is arrange alphabetically by topic and chronologically therein.

Organization

Series I in the collection is arranged alphabetically by topic. Series II is composed of material submitted by Gordon and Lois Bennett who served as editors of the club's newsletter.

Contents List

Series I
  • Box 1
    Achievements of Club Members, n.d. 1978-1987

    (See also Newspaper Clippings)

  • Box 1
    By-laws, Articles of Incorporation, n.d. 1974-1992
  • Box 1
    Chapter Areas in Virginia
  • Box 1
    Charlottesville Chapter of the Virginia Writer's Club
  • Box 1
    Correspondence, n.d. 1974-1992
  • Box 1
    Correspondence 1994-1995
  • Box 1
    Correspondence-Ashe, Arthur, n.d.
  • Box 1
    Correspondence-Baker, Russell 1991
  • Box 1
    Correspondence-Bryan III., Joseph, n.d. 1989-1991
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-Clifford, Clark 1991
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-Haley, Alex 1991
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-MacDonald, Edgar, n.d. 1978-1982
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-Styron, William 1989
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-Whitney, Phyllis A. 1989
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-Wolfe, Tom 1972-1990
  • Box 2
    Correspondence-President 1994-1995
  • Box 2
    Ellen Glasgow Festival-Promotional materials, Misc.
  • Box 2
    History, n.d.
  • Box 2
    Infonet
  • Box 2
    Manuscript- "Mind Full of Place"by Anne Hobson Freeman, lecture at VWC meeting 2/1/86
  • Box 2
    Manuscript- "Hunter Stagg: Over There in Paris with Gertrude Stein"by Edgar MacDonald
  • Box 2
    Manuscript-J "ames Branc Cabell"Edgar MacDonald, lecture at The Women's Club 1/25/67
  • Box 2
    Manuscript- "Speaking of the Brontes"by Melvin M. Scott, lecture given a VWC meeting 5/1/69
  • Box 2
    Meeting Announcements, n.d. 1971-1992
  • Box 2
    Membership Committee, n.d. 1973-1992
  • Box 3
    Member Qualifications and Structure Committee 1994-1995
  • Box 3
    Membership Roster, n.d. 1977-1985
  • Box 3
    Minutes, Reports, n.d. 1973-1994
  • Box 3
    Miscellaneous
  • Box 3
    Newsletter 1978
  • Box 3
    Newsletter announcements
  • Box 3
    Newspaper clippings (Virginia Writer's Club, members, speakers), n.d. 1951-1991
  • Box 3
    News Releases
  • Box 3
    Officers, Committee Member Lists
  • Box 3
    Photograph-Astley, Thea and VWC Reception 1990
  • Box 4
    Program Support Committee
  • Box 4
    Speaker's Committee
  • Box 4
    Statewide Activities 1994-1995
  • Box 4
    Traveler Chapter
  • Box 4
    Treasurer 1995-1996
  • Box 4
    Virginia Writers Club Yearbook 1988-1994, 1996
  • Box 4
    Whaley, John-Miscellaneous Correspondence, Notes, Committee Material 1994-1996
  • Box 4
    Workshop 1995
  • Box 4
    Workshop-Correspondence 1995
  • Box 4
    Young Writers Club
Series II
  • Box 5
    Achievement Notices
  • Box 5
    Correspondence, n.d. 1990-1993
  • Box 5
    Correspondence 1990
  • Box 5
    Correspondence 1991
  • Box 5
    Correspondence (1 of 3) 1992
  • Box 5
    Correspondence (2 of 3) 1992
  • Box 5
    Correspondence (3 of 3) 1992
  • Box 5
    Correspondence 1993
  • Box 5
    Fee Dues-Correspondence 1992
  • Box 6
    Miscellaneous Correspondence, Publications
  • Box 6
    Miscellaneous Correspondence, James Doherty Collected Materials 1983-1989
  • Box 6
    Miscellaneous Minutes, Reports, n.d. 1991-1992
  • Box 6
    Newspaper/Journal Clippings, n.d. (1 of 3) 1990-1993
  • Box 6
    Newspaper/Journal Clippings, n.d. (2 of 3) 1990-1993
  • Box 6
    Newspaper/Journal Clippings, n.d. (3 of 3) 1990-1993
  • Box 7
    Newsletter, n.d. 1991
  • Box 7
    Newsletter 1992-1993
  • Box 7
    Notes, n.d.
  • Box 7
    Virginia Writers' Club-Application for Membership; Benefit of Affiliation statement, n.d.
  • Map-case Drawer #25
    Ellen Glasgow Festival Poster
    oversized
  • Map-case Drawer # 25
    Certificate of Recognition from Gov. Wilder/Photo
    oversized