GROLIER CLUB RG1 Series IB: Founding Documents
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Guide to the Grolier Club Council Founding Documents, 1884-1894

Title: Institutional Records of the Grolier Club, Record Group 1, Administrative and Executive Files, Series I, Council, Subseries B, Founding Documents, 1884-1894.

 

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): OCLC 985000576

 

Dates: 1884-1894

 

Bulk Dates: 1884-1894

 

Extent: .25 Linear Feet (1 box)

 

Abstract: This collections contains documents created within the first 10 years of the Grolier Club’s founding relating to its organization, Constitution, and Bylaws.

 

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation: [Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Grolier Club Council Founding Documents, 1884-1894, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This finding aid was prepared by Sophia Dahab in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, November 2014.

 

Provenance: Materials found in this collection were generated internally by the founding members of the Grolier Club.

                                            

Access Points:

Subjects:

The Grolier Club

Correspondence

Amendments (administrative records)

Certificates of Incorporation

Names:

Hoe, Robert, 1839-1909

Turnure, Arthur B.

De Vinne, Theodore Low, 1828-1914

Andrews, William Loring, 1837-1920

Drake, A.W.

Gallup, Albert

Marvin, Samuel W., 1844 or 1845-1923

Mead, Edward S.

Ives, Brayton, 1840-1914

Historical Note: Founded by nine men in January of 1884, the mission of The Grolier Club of New York City is to foster and promote interest in and the study of the book and the art of its production.  Though the specific interests and occupations of the founding members varied, they nevertheless immediately set forth to form a club which would combine these interests under one roof, to serve both resident and non-resident members.  Within weeks a name had been chosen, after noted French bibliophile Jean Grolier de Servières, vicomte d'Aguisy, Treasure-General of France and Ambassador to the Court of Rome.  The Club’s original clubhouse was located within a few rented rooms at 64 Madison Avenue, though within 6 years the club moved into a larger clubhouse at 29 East 32nd Street.

 

The founding members of the Grolier Club were: William Loring Andrews, Theodore Low DeVinne, Alexander W. Drake, Albert Gallup, Robert Hoe III, Brayton Ives, Samuel W. Martin, E. S. Mead, and Arthur B. Turnure.

Scope and Content Note: This collection comprised of correspondence and other documents relating to the founding and subsequent organization of the Grolier Club. Included are proposed amendments to its early constitution, documents of incorporation, and other correspondence both to and from the founding members of the Club.

 

Arrangement Note: This collection is arranged chronologically.

 

Container List:

Box

Folder

Contents

Dates

1

1

Founders Meeting RSVPs

January 1884

1

2

Printed Drafts of Constitution and Bylaws

February 1884

1

3

Constitution and Bylaws Correspondence

Feb-May 1884

1

4

Constitution and Bylaws Correspondence

Oct-Nov 1884

1

5

Constitution and Bylaws Correspondence

1886-1889

1

6

Proposed Amendments to Constitution

1887

1

7

Proposed Amendments to Constitution

1888

1

8

Proposed Amendments to Constitution

1889

1

9

Proposed Amendments to Constitution

1891

1

10

Requests for Copies of Constitution and Bylaws

1890-1891

1

11

Requests for Copies of Constitution and Bylaws

1892-1894

1

12

Commissions and Competitions

1884-1894

1

13

Other Club Matters

1884-1894

1

14

Incorporation of Library

1887-1888

1

15

Incorporation

1888-1891

1

16

Certificate of Incorporation

1888

1

17

Washington Memorial Arch

1889

1

18

Miscellaneous Club Correspondence

1890-1894

Folder Inventory:

Folder 1:

Founders Meeting RSVPs, sent to Arthur Turnure

            Accepted from Sam Marvin

            Regrets from George Mifflin

            Regrets from F. A. Marquand

            Accepted from Edward Mead

            Accepted from A. W. Drake

            Regrets from M. Taylor Pyne

           

Folder 2:

ALS from Albert Gallup to Arthur B. Turnure (6 February 1884)

            ALS from Albert Weil to Arthur B. Turnure (22 April 1884)

            ALS from L.M. Yale to Arthur B. Turnure (29 April 1884)

            ALS from Constantin Schubert to Arthur B. Turnure (11 May 1884)

            Form letter from Oneida Historical Society (April 1884?)

Folder 3:

ALS from Samuel B. Huey (Union League House) to Turnure (31 Oct 1884)

            ALS from Robert Lenox Banks (Fort Orange Club) to Turnure (31 Oct 1884)

            ALS from unidentified man at St. James’ Club of Montreal to Turnure (31 Oct 1884)

ALS from Arthur Hollick (Torrey Botanical Club) (1 Nov 1884)

            ALS from P.N. Strong (Pickwick Club) (3 Nov 1884)

            ALS from Manassas Club (4 Nov 1884)

Folder 4:

            ALS from F.S. King (Society of American Wood Engravers) (March 1886)

TLS Letter from Walter Dunk (Art Club of Philadelphia) (1889)

Folder 5:

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (1887)

Folder 6:

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (1888)

Folder 7:

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (1889)

Folder 8:

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (1891)

Folder 9:

ALS from Paul Lemperly

ALS from E.B. Gould

TLS from A.T. Clearwater

TL from Thomas B. Mosher

Folder 10:

Acknowledgement of receipt of Constitution and Bylaws from American Numismatic and Archaeological Society (13 October 1892)

ALS from M.R. Beaudoin-Bennett (Alpha Omega Fraternity) (22 August 1894)

ALS from John Page Woodbury (April 1894)

Folder 11:

Commissions and Competitions (1884-1894)

9 ALS

Folder 12:

Other Club Matters (1884-1894)

16 Letters (5 typed, 11 ALS)

Folder 13:

Report of Special Committee regarding Incorporation of GC Library (1887-1888)

Folder 14:

Incorporation (1888-1891)

Folder 15:

Certificate of Incorporation

Folder 16:

Washington Memorial Arch Documents and Correspondence (1889)

Folder 17:

Miscellaneous Club Correspondence (1890-1894)

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