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Contemporary Club of Indianapolis collection

 Collection — Folder: S2773
Identifier: S2773

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items from the Contemporary Club of Indianapolis, including the program from its December 3, 1940 golden anniversary dinner; a copy of The Contemporary Club of Indianapolis, 1890-1940, a 48-page commemorative booklet about the club's first 50 years; a copy of the bookletThe Contemporary Club of Indianapolis: Members, 1954-1955; a letter to members listing the officers and directors elected for the 1954-1955 season; a copy of the booklet The Contemporary Club of Indianapolis: Constitution, Membership, 1957-1958; a copy of "Contemporary Club Program, 1957-1958," a printed list of the programs the club was sponsoring for the season; and a copy of "New Members, 1958-1959 season," a printed list of the names and addresses of the new members that was intended to be pasted to the back cover of another publication, likely the membership roster for 1957-1958.


  • 1940-1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Contemporary Club of Indianapolis was founded in 1890 by May Wright Sewall, a well-known, civic-minded resident of the city who desired an organization that encouraged the intellectual gathering of both men and women on equal terms. The club does not express an opinion on any subject, but all subjects are open for discussion by its members. Membership is not limited to Indianapolis residents and both men and women have held leadership roles since its founding. The club celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2010 and continues to be active club.


Information found within collection.

Contemporary Club of Indianapolis. "About: Club History." Accessed September 7, 2022.

Meeker, Mary Jane. "Contemporary Club of Indianapolis." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Accessed September 7, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Blanche Stillson.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2418: Charlotte Jones Dunn, Contemporary Club of Indianapolis reminiscences

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/08 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.