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Fortnightly Club of Eugene records

Identifier: Coll 329

Scope and Contents

Series I is comprised of scrapbooks organized by date. The scrapbooks are primarily composed of photographs of members and events, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets on the Fortnightly Club.

Series II, Meeting Records, is primarily composed of general and board meeting minutes, and also contains budget and attendance records, record books, and materials relating to special events organized by the Club.

Series III is composed primarily of yearbooks and pamphlets on The Fortnightly Club, including their by-laws and constitution, customs and traditions, and history. This series is arranged by date.

Series IV, Financial Records, has a wide variety of material including ledgers, budgets, bank statements, and Treasurer and Budget Committee reports. This series is organized by subject file.

Series V, Membership, is composed of three subseries: Member records, Member papers, and Memorial tribute texts. Member papers are organized intellectually by year. Memorial tribute texts are written by members, and are organized intellectually by date. This series also contains card files on memberships and a history of member activities.

Series VI, Board and Committee Records, is comprised of four subseries: Officers’ annual reports; Committee reports (includes a subsubseries on Memorial books purchased for the Eugene Public Library); Sub-Committee and Task Force records (includes a subsubseries on Oral Histories conducted by the Club, and one for Task Force/Special Projects reports); and Correspondence. Files mostly pertain to library information including papers, memorial books, and information on donation of window to library.


  • 1893-2014


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. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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 Fortnightly Club of Eugene was organized in December, 1893 by Dr. Alice Hall Chapman, wife of the second president of the University of Oregon. She was the first president of the original group of twenty two members, generally conceded to be the first women’s study club west of the Rockies. In 1895, although always a study club, The Fortnightly Club began its first move toward what became a continued dedication: providing and supporting desirable library facilities for Eugene. Members work on a volunteer basis.

(Source: Constitution and By-Laws- The Fortnightly Club of Eugene- 1968).


16 linear feet (32 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Fortnightly Club of Eugene was organized in December 1893 by Dr. Alice Hall Chapman as a study club dedicated to continuing education, and later evolved into advocating for library facilities and services in Eugene. The collection contains meeting minutes, scrapbooks and photographs, program books, financial records, and documents relating to club events, projects, and members' work.


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I Scrapbooks and Photographs Subseries A Scrapbooks (chronological) Subseries B Photographs and Negatives (alphabetical) Subseries C News Clippings (chronological)

Series II Meeting Records Subseries A Board and general minutes (chronological) Subseries B Attendance lists or record books (chronological) Subseries C Special events (chronological)

Series III Publications Subseries A Yearbooks (chronological) Subseries B Constitution & By-laws / Customs & Traditions (chronological) Subseries C Histories of Fortnightly Club of Eugene (alphabetical) Subseries D Non-Fortnightly Club publications (alphabetical) Subseries E Wood and metal printing block (1907–1908)

Series IV Financial Records Subseries A Budgets and budget ledgers (chronological) Subseries B Treasurer’s & Budget Committee reports and audits (chronological) Series V Membership Subseries A Member records (card files, ledgers, lists; except attendance lists) Subseries B Member papers (not included in program binders; by year, alphabetical) Subseries C Memorial tribute texts

Series VI Board and Committee Records Subseries A Officers’ annual reports (except Treasurer; chronological) Subseries B Committee reports (chronological, alphabetical by committee name) Sub-subseries 1 Memorial books purchased for EPL (chronological) Subseries C Sub-Committee and Task Force records Sub-subseries 1Oral histories (alphabetical) Sub-subseries 2Task Force/Special Projects reports (chronological) Subseries D Correspondence (chronological)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Fortnightly Club of Eugene.


Donations of additional materials to Special Collections & University Archives are expected in the future. This finding aid may be updated in the future to reflect additions.

Physical Description

31 containers

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sam Bouchat, Diedre McLeode, Amanda Steele, and Tom Beech.

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 Fortnightly Club of Eugene Records
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Finding aid prepared by Amanda Steele.
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Finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA