The Quill (Lincoln, Neb.) [RG3737.AM]


RG3737.AM:  The Quill (Lincoln, Neb.)

Records:  1921-1963
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:   Society of women writers
Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


In 1921 a group of women writers began meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. They formally organized as the "Happy Venture Club" on January 25, 1922. At the monthly meetings members read short stories, poems or chapters of their longer works; participated in dramatic sketches; and reported on their work in progress, publications, and honors. Applications for membership were required to submit samples of their work to be evaluated by a committee. The group changed its name to "The Quill" on September 12, 1923. The organization included such members as Bess Streeter Aldrich, Mari Sandoz, Eleanor Hinman, and Mignon Eberhart.


This collection consists of minutes of meetings and a scrapbook documenting the activities of "The Quill" and its members. The materials date from 1921-1963. The minute books in the collection date from 1921-1963 with gaps between 1930-1932 and 1947-1953. The minute books include the club's constitution, minutes of meetings, and membership lists. Frequently the minutes also contain reports on recent activities of the members. The scrapbook (loose pages) dates from 1922-1959 and contains newspaper clippings about the organization as well as stories regarding the personal and professional lives of the members. It also includes several pieces of correspondence including letters from Bess Streeter Aldrich and Mignon G. Eberhart.


Box 1

  1. Minutes of meetings, 1921-1930; 1932-1942
  2. Minutes of meetings, 1942-1947; 1953-1957
  3. Minutes of meetings, 1957-1963
  4. Scrapbook, 1922-1959



Aldrich, Bess Streeter, 1881-1954
Almy, Amy Bruner, -1955
Authors -- Nebraska
Broady, Lois Pedersen
Bullock, Flora
Burton, Sunbeam
Cook, Helen Richards
Cosner, Marie Kirby
Dugan, Marie, -1957
Easterday, Grace
Eberhart, Mignon Good, 1899-1996
Ewing, Fay
Gaiser, Lucreta
Gee, Marian
Greer, Lynnelle
Grubb, Amy
Happy Venture Club (Lincoln, Neb.)
Hartman, Lois Margaret
Hartman, Peggy
Hayes, Helen Mary
Hinman, Eleanor H., 1899-
Hult, Effie
Jeffery, Mary Louise
Jenkins, Lucile
Literary societies -- Nebraska
Longman, Anne
Merrill, E. Reye, -1956
Phillips, Laurie Kent
Radke, Magdalene Craft
Sandoz, Mari, 1896-1966
Sealock, Nancy
Sealock, Thelma Whitney
Smith, Clarissa Bucklin
Sorensen, Annis Chaikin
Sterling, Pansy, ca. 1895-
Swift, Grace Harrison
Terp, Eveline Sandall
Thomas, Dorothy
Thomas, Kennetha
Wentz, Anna B.
Wittmann, Elisabeth
Women's clubs -- Nebraska
Yale, Jane


Revised 07-10-2008   TMM

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