Chicago Literary Club records

Inclusive Dates: 
1874–1960
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

36 cubic feet of material consisting primarily of weekly papers read by more than 250 members, but also correspondence, minutes, a visitors' register, cashbook, and scrapbooks.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago Literary Club is a Chicago voluntary association founded in 1874 of men and women interested in writing original essays on topics of their own choosing and in listening to other members present their essays. Prominent members have included Lorado Taft, Edgar Lee Masters, Irving Kane Pond, William Rainey Harper, and Thomas Elliott Donnelly.