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Faculty Club records, 1905-1975

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0272
Bib ID 6953674 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Faculty Club
Title Faculty Club records, 1905-1975
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (2 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Description

Summary

This collection consists of the records of both the Men's and the Women's Faculty Clubs at Columbia University. The records include minutes, correspondence and other administrative files kept by former Club officers.

  • Series I: Men's Faculty Club

    This series contain the records of the Men's Faculty Club, from the earliest proposal, and then the removal from the Club's original location in South Hall, to the purpose-built Faculty House. The records include correspondence, administrative records and board meeting minutes mostly from the 1940s to the 1960s.

  • Series II: Women's Faculty Club

    This series contains the records of the Women's Faculty Club. It includes minutes from the board, committee and general membership meetings, from the early days of the club to its dissolution in 1972. There are administrative records with the constitution, by-laws, amendments, and other documents recording the various officers' roles and responsibilties.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Faculty Club records; box and folder number; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

Additional materials can be found in the Historical Subject Files (UA#0002).

Accruals

No additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative. Collection was processed by Joanna Rios, August 2021.

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

In 1905, an old building from the Bloomingdale Asylum, South Hall, was refitted to serve as a faculty clubhouse or the first Men's Faculty Club. The Club was open to all officers of administration and instruction in the University and held its first meeting in January 1906. The Club had dining rooms, a reading room, a smoking room and, upstairs, bedrooms which were occupied on occasion by members or guests of the University. The original Faculty Club stood at the northeast corner of Broadway and 116th Street until it was razed in 1922 to make room for the original home of the School of Business, Dodge Hall. A new clubhouse was erected in 1923 known as Faculty House, situated at Morningside Drive and 117th Street. Faculty House had private offices, billiards rooms, dining rooms, a cocktail lounge, and a separate reception room for women guests. There was a library on the second floor with chess and card tables and a collection of books and magazines for the leisure hours of its members. Members could also use the club to host events such as weddings, dances, and parties.

The Women's Faculty Club first met in 1913. All women on the teaching staffs of Barnard College, Teachers College, Horace Mann and Speyer Schools, and those holding certain administrative positions were eligible for membership. The object of the club was "to promote good fellowship, a community of interests, and a closer co-operation among the women of the University and its allied institutions." The new Club originally met in an apartment on Morningside Drive, generously placed at its disposal by Mrs. Helen Hartley Jenkins, of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College. Its first elected President was Professor Adelaide Nutting of Teachers College and its First Vice-President was Dean Virginia Gildersleeve of Barnard College. In 1925, the Women's Faculty Club was given a permanent home on campus in rooms on the first and second floors of the new Johnson Hall, the women's residence hall now known as Wien Hall. An enclosed passage connected it with the Men's Faculty House.

Due to economic difficulties, the two previously independent and member-funded clubs, the Men's and Women's Faculty Clubs, merged in 1972. The joint club was renamed the Faculty House Association. By 1973, the University assumed complete responsibility for the operation of Faculty House.

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Series I: Men's Faculty Club

This series contain the records of the Men's Faculty Club, from the earliest proposal, and then the removal from the Club's original location in South Hall, to the purpose-built Faculty House. The records include correspondence, administrative records and board meeting minutes mostly from the 1940s to the 1960s.


Correspondence



Box 1 Folder 1-2 Faculty Club, 1905-1917, 2 folders

(From the proposal to establish an "officers club" in South Hall, to early days of the Club.)


Box 1 Folder 3 Faculty House, 1919-1924

(The removal of the Club from South Hall to make room for the construction of the School of Business, the construction of Faculty House, and the construction of the Women's Faculty Club space in Johnson Hall, the women's residence hall. Includes correspondence from University President Nicholas Murray Butler, Clerk of the Trustees John B. Pine, and the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White.)


Box 1 Folder 4 Club Presidents, 1943-1950

(Russel Potter and Frederick C. Mills)


Box 1 Folder 5 Vice President for Business / Business Manager, 1963-1972

(Correspondence with Low Library administrators re: the Club's finances. Includes board minutes and financial statements.)


Dawson, Charles R. files

(Prof. Dawson was a member of the Chemistry Department. He held various roles in the Faculty Club from Chair of the Programming Committee to President and member of the Board of Directors.)


Correspondence

(These records include Club correpondence but also annual reports, event announcements, board materials, etc.)


Box 1 Folder 6 1947-1956


Box 1 Folder 7 1959-1963


Box 1 Folder 8 1966


Box 1 Folder 9 1967-1968


Box 1 Folder 10 1968-1969


Box 1 Folder 11 Dance Committee, 1956-1975


Box 1 Folder 12 Financial statements, 1958-1960


Box 1 Folder 13 Legal and labor, 1958-1959


Box 1 Folder 14 Meeting notes, 1959-1964


Minutes - Board of Directors Meetings


Box 1 Folder 15 1940-1941

(Russel Potter's records, includes event announcements and issues of the Faculty Club Gazette.)


Box 1 Folder 16 1958-1960


Box 1 Folder 17 1963-1964


Box 1 Folder 18 1964-1965


Box 1 Folder 19 1965-1966


Box 1 Folder 20 1966-1967

Series II: Women's Faculty Club

This series contains the records of the Women's Faculty Club. It includes minutes from the board, committee and general membership meetings, from the early days of the club to its dissolution in 1972. There are administrative records with the constitution, by-laws, amendments, and other documents recording the various officers' roles and responsibilties.


Box 1 Folder 21 By-laws amendment, 1966-1967


Box 1 Folder 22 Certificate of incorporation and amendment, 1952-1968

(Report of incorporation committee recommending incorporation, January 22, 1952. Resolution for incorporation adopted at meeting April 29, 1952. Amended March 1967. Correct amendments inserted in old certificate.)


Box 1 Folder 23 Constitution and by-laws, 1912-1958


Box 1 Folder 24 Dissolution, 1971-1972


Box 1 Folder 25 Finance Committee, 1970-1971


Harrington, Virginia files

(Former Club Secretary)


Box 1 Folder 26 Annual reports, 1944-1945

(Includes Treasurer's report and the annual reports of the nine committees)


Box 1 Folder 27 Annual reports, 1945-1946


Box 1 Folder 28 Correspondence, 1944-1945


Box 1 Folder 29 Correspondence, 1945-1946


Box 1 Folder 30 Information for Club Secretary, 1945-1946


Box 1 Folder 31 Minutes, reports and correspondence, 1946-1948


Box 1 Folder 32 Jewett, Ida - Women's Faculty Club of Columbia University 1913-1963: An Informal History, 1964


Box 1 Folder 33 Manhattanville Community Centers, Inc., 1970-1972


Minutes


Box 1 Folder 34 1913-1920

(Handwritten volume 1: Minutes of the Executive Committee, pp. 1-150; minutes of the General Meetings, pp. 150-300.)


Box 1 Folder 35 1920-1923

(Handwritten volume 2: Minutes of the Executive Committee, pp. 1-75; minutes of the General Meetings, pp. 75-150.)


Box 1 Folder 36 1913-1923



Box 2 Folder 1 1923-1925


Box 2 Folder 2 1925-1928


Box 2 Folder 3 1928-1931


Box 2 Folder 4 1931-1933


Box 2 Folder 5 1933-1935


Box 2 Folder 6 1935-1938


Box 2 Folder 7 1938-1940


Box 2 Folder 8 1940-1942


Box 2 Folder 9 1942-1944


Box 2 Folder 10 1944-1947


Box 2 Folder 11 1947-1949


Box 2 Folder 12 1949-1951


Box 2 Folder 13 1951-1953


Box 2 Folder 14 1953-1955


Box 2 Folder 15 1955-1957


Box 2 Folder 16 1957-1959


Box 2 Folder 17 1959-1961


Box 2 Folder 18 1961-1962


Box 2 Folder 19 1960-1966


Box 2 Folder 20 1966-1968


Box 2 Folder 21 1968-1972


Box 2 Folder 22 Annual Meeting mintues, 1967-1969

(Includes constitution, by-laws and amendments)


Box 2 Folder 23 Annual Meeting mintues, 1967-1972

(Includes annual reports)


Box 2 Folder 24 Minutes and correspondence, 1964-1965


Box 2 Folder 25 Minutes and correspondence, 1965-1967


Box 2 Folder 26 Minutes and correspondence, 1969-1970


Box 2 Folder 27 Morningside Bridge Club, 1965-1971


Space issues


Box 2 Folder 28 "WFC stuggle for space in Men's clubhouse", 1921-1929


Box 2 Folder 29 "Pleas for space", 1939-1949

(Includes drawings of the dining room (1939) and correspondence with administration re: the space allocated to the Women's Club. From Margaret E. Conrad, Club President.)


Box 2 Folder 30 Tax exemption, 1970-1971