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19th Century Club records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3311

Scope and Contents

Collection includes club records, including membership records, information regarding each meeting, scrapbooks of club events and members, correspondence between club members and other organizations, and ephemera and artifacts relating to the club's history. Dated 1891 to 2010.


  • 1891-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Administrative History

The 19th Century Club (est. 1891) is a women’s club dedicated to individual learning and community enrichment.

The 19th Century Club held its first meeting in Provo, Utah, in 1891, and continues to meet on a regular basis. The club began with the goal of bringing women together to learn as well as to enrich their community. In 1892, the 19th Century Club became one of the first two clubs west of the Mississippi to become a member of the General Federation for Women's Clubs. The 19th Century Club's greatest achievement has been their work fundraising for the first and subsequent Provo City Public Libraries. The Club played an essential role in securing funding from Andrew Carnegie for the Provo Public Library, asking the town to donate a plot of land for the library building, as well as securing books and magazines for the use of the library.


15 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated by Betty Tarran, a member of the club since 1969, and president in 1976-78, in 2006. Additional materials were donated by Helen Wilkins, a member of the club since at least 1987, in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Betty Tarran; 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Helen Wilkins; 2014.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Andrea Wyss, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Processing Information

Processed; Tayla Boyer; November 2021.

Register of 19th Century Club records
Andrea Wyss
2011 April 6
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States