Searchlight Club Records 1896-1994

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US US-store MS/MS 01.52

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Searchlight Club Records 1896-1994




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The Searchlight Club was organized as a reading circle in the summer of 1892 by six Grinnell women. Originally called the "Reading Club", its name was changed at the suggestion of Rev. George White to "Searchlight Club", since its members were "searching for the light" through study of history, current events, and fine arts. Their first constitution was drafted in 1896.

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Consists of meeting minutes, treasurer's records, programs, photographs, one issue of the Searchlight Magazine, and a book manuscript.

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Open for research.

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Copyright was tranferred to Grinnell College.

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Duplicates, one gavel, one bank bag removed.

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