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Parlor Club collection

 Collection — Folder: S2816
Identifier: S2816

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed copy from R. Norris Shreve in Lafayette, Indiana on 1967/11/10 regarding the history of the club and descriptions of some members.


  • 1967

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Parlor Club of Lafayette, Indiana was founded in 1877 with Mrs. Helen M. Gougar being one of the founders. According to its bylaws, "The usual literary exercises of each evening shall be an essay and a discussion." The constitution allowed for no more than 30 active members, and there was a desire the membership be balanced between the University and town members. After one discussion of an essay which led to the throwing of furniture, it was decided that there would no longer be discussions of essays. A separate group, led by someone in the Parlor Club, instituted the discussion of essays, with the essay to be written and read.

Harvey W. Wiley, a member, became famous as Chief Chemist of the Bureau of Chemistry in Washington, D.C. He is know as the father of the Pure Foods and Drug Act.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Ownership and Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Irene M. Shreve in 1981.

General Note

Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2013/10/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2013/10/16 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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