Hall in the Grove (Lincoln, Nebraska) [RG3409.AM]


RG3409.AM:  “Hall in the Grove” Society (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Records:  1888-1983

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Chautauqua Association

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.; 3 boxes & oversize


The “Hall in the Grove” Society was founded in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1888 at the T. H. Leavitt home at 1216 H. Street.  Its purpose was to continue the Chautauqua plan of study.

Note:  For more background information see:  James P Eckman, “Promoting an Ideology of Culture: The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circles in Nebraska, 1878-1900,” Nebraska History 73 (1992): 18-24.


This collection is related to the Hall in the Grove Society, its activities and administration.  The purpose of the group was the “extension of the original Chautauqua principles of study, association, entertainment and improvement.”  The records are arranged in four series: 1) Record books and reports, 1888-1966; 2) Historical records and papers; 3) Chautauquan programs and 4) Miscellaneous.


Series 1- Record books and reports, 1888-1966

Box 1


    1. 1888-1889 – includes original record book containing the constitution, meetings, newspaper clippings, programs. etc. minutes of (2) meetings with exact dates unknown

    1. 1893-1900 – Reports and minutes

    1. 1900-1907 – Reports and minutes

    1. 1907-1922 – Reports and minutes

Box 2


    1. 1922-1932 – Secretary reports

    1. 1932-1943 – Secretary reports

    1. 1944-1955 – Secretary reports

    1. 1955-1962 – Secretary reports

    1. 1962-1967 – Reports and minutes

    1. 1967-1970 – Reports

    1. 1970-1975 – Reports

    1. 1913-1943 – Treasurer’s reports

    1. 1943-1959 – Treasurer’s reports

    1. 1948-1966 – University Place Graduate Circle roll book and meeting reports

Series 2 – Historical records and papers

Box 3


    1. 1935-1944, including revised Constitution and By-laws

    1. 50th Anniversary – Address paper by Mrs. Emma Greenhalgh for 50th Anniversary, Program notes for celebration, newspaper article

    1. Historical records – Papers by Nellie Magee, A. Bucklin, Bess Shires, Ethel Anderson, Newspaper clippings, supplements, map of N.Y. Institute

Series 3 – Chautauquan programs

    1. The Chautauquan Paper, daily reading courses, pamphlets, 1925

    1. Programs, 1927-1955

    1. Programs, 1956-1983

Series 4 – Miscellaneous

    1. Memberships 1882-1968, includes membership book 1890-1891 of Mrs. Belle Carns, membership listings 1882-1968, program 1935-1936 with listing of members

    1. Letters

    1. Textbooks [owned by Mrs. R. H. Rosborough], including:

      American History

      Man’s Antiquity and Language

      Studies of the Stars

      A Pilgrimage to Palestine (see oversize)

      Chautauquan Library of English History and Literature (see oversize)

      Cyrus and Alexander (see oversize)

    1. Mrs. Rosborough’s membership certificate diploma 1887 (see oversize)

    1. Scrapbook [see oversize]


Subject headings:


Hall in the Grove Society (Lincoln, Nebraska)


JEB/AIP/jeb         12-01-1987

Rev.   kfk               02-12-2001

Rev.  AW/kfk         08-05-2003

Rev. TMM            05-15-2018

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