Scope and Contents
The Round Table Club of Eugene has donated all of their available materials to the Special Collections & University Archives department of the University of Oregon Knight Library. It includes the club's letters, original papers, programs, minutes, and other documents. This collection will continue to grow as long as the club remains active. It includes 16 boxes of 6 different series.
The first series consists of The Round Table's programs. The annual programs list the names of every member and who served in office for the year. The programs also list the title of each meeting's paper and the author.
The second series is a collection of the club's minutes. The minutes include the events of each meeting, as recorded by the secretary. They are housed in one box of folders as well as four different volumes.
The largest series is the third: The Round Table's monthly papers. These are the research papers presented at every meeting. They are separated into folders by club year, from October through May.
The club and member information is kept in the fourth series. It includes different drafts of the club's constitutions, attendance records, mailing lists, and original nomination forms. It also includes a folder of miscellaneous documents, those which were difficult to single out under a specific title.
The fifth series includes general correspondence. Separated by year, this series includes letters written by Round Table members regarding the club.
The sixth and final series consists of financial documents. This includes receipts for items purchased, as well as bank statements and financial reports by the treasurer.
- Creation: 1912-2002
- Round Table Club (Eugene, Or.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
The Round Table Club of Eugene began in a preliminary meeting on the evening of November 20, 1912. A group of ten men met in Villard Hall at the University of Oregon to discuss "the advisability of organizing a college alumni association." Their interest was a gentlemen's club of college degree-holders living in Eugene. At the second meeting on December 9, the association's name, The Round Table Club of Eugene, was chosen and a constitution was drafted.
Article II of The Round Table's constitution states the club's primary objective: "The social and intellectual enjoyment of its members." The group accomplishes this with eight regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, between October and May. Each meeting consists of a dinner, followed by the reading of a research paper by a member, written for the occasion.
The club started with only thirty members; half of them were University of Oregon professors and half were Eugene citizens of various professions. The Round Table has since grown to 70 active members, maintaining the rule of split membership between university professors and Eugene citizens. There are also honorary members. These members have all the rights of regular, active members, but cannot hold office. They are chosen based on an election among existing members. In addition to this, there are also life members: those over 65 years of age. They have all regular rights, but are not required to pay club dues.
The Round Table officers consist of a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Officers are chosen by election among all club members and no officer may hold a single office for more than one year. It is the president's duty to appoint members of the club's two committees. The Executive Committee oversees due collection, speaker selection, and meeting place reservation for the club. The Membership Committee chooses new members from nomination forms submitted by existing members.
Although The Round Table began as club for men only, the final meeting in May of every year was observed as "Ladies' Night." Wives of the members were invited to take part in the meeting. Members are also invited to bring male guests to any meeting. However, in 1996, due to Declining numbers in membership, the club officially recognized females as members, but still enforced all other membership requirements. Although some members resigned because of the change, The Round Table prospered, both in membership numbers and in the newly recognized female perspective.
Many of the University of Oregon's and of Eugene's most noteworthy citizens have served as Knights of the Round Table. This includes University of Oregon presidents Donald Milton Erb, Orlando Hollis, Robert Clark, and David Frohnmayer.
8.25 linear feet (17 containers)
Language of Materials
The Round Table Club of Eugene is a social and intellectual club, which began in 1912. Originally it was only open to men in the Eugene area with a college degree. It opened its membership to women in 1996. The collection includes programs, minutes, papers, club and member information, correspondence, and financial documents.
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series I: Programs
Series II: Minutes
Series III: Papers
Series IV: Club and Member Information
Series V: Correspondence
Series VI: Financial Documents
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Round Table Club of Eugene in 2000 and 2002.
Collection processed by Blake Marancik, Manuscripts Processor, 2002.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Round Table Club of Eugene Records
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- Finding aid prepared by Blake Marancik
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- Finding aid is in English
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.