Collection ID: MS 53

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Hudson, Henry Norman, Stubbs, Robert Newton, Shakespeare Club (Silver Creek, N.Y.), and University Archives
Abstract:
Record books, 1890-1902, 1912-1913, containing lists of members and officers, and minutes of meetings; annual programs, 1891-1987, containing the year's events, plays read and the constitution of the club; photographs, circa 1904-1987; scrapbooks commemorating the 75th and 100th anniversaries of the club; papers, circa 1903-1970, written by members on plays and other literary topics, read at the annual Shakespeare nights; clippings and correspondence concerning the club, and a history of the club compiled at the time of its 75th anniversary. Also included are memorabilia and clippings about Shakespeare collected by the club and a set of critical editions of Shakespeare's plays by Henry N. Hudson, purchased by the club in 1890.
Extent:
3.09 Linear Feet and 3 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes
Language:
Collection material in English.
Preferred citation:

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 53, Silver Creek Shakespeare Club records, 1889-1990, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Background

Scope and Content:

Record books (1890-1902, 1912-1913) containing the roll, lists of

members and officers, and minutes of meetings; annual programs (1891-1987)

containing the year's events, plays read and the constitution of the club;

photographs (ca. 1904-1987); scrapbooks commemorating the 75th (1964) and 100th

(1989) anniversaries of the Club; papers (ca. 1903-1970) written by members on

plays and other literary topics, read on the Annual Shakespeare Nights; some

clippings and correspondence concerning the club, and a history of the club

compiled at the time of its 75th anniversary. Also included are memorabilia and

clippings about Shakespeare collected by the Club and a set of critical

editions of Shakespeare's plays by Henry N. Hudson, purchased by the Club in

1890.

Biographical / Historical:

The Silver Creek Shakespeare Club of Silver Creek, New York, was

founded by Rev. Robert Newton Stubbs in 1889. Its goal was to broaden the

culture of Silver Creek, and "to give what pleasure we can get what benefit we

may." After 1895, the club was made up entirely of women, many college

educated, with membership limited to twenty five. They focused on

interpretative readings of Shakespeare and other subjects of general

literature, studying three or four plays a year. In order to join, applications

had to be presented to the current President of the Club, and then submitted to

an anonymous committee of three. If approved, the application was then voted on

by members' written ballots; three "no's" excluding it for that year. The club

met about twenty times a year, with an annual Shakespeare Night in March that

included food, entertainment and papers read on historical background and

characters of plays. Other holidays observed were Twelfth Night (first meeting

in January), Shakespeare's Birthday, and the annual picnic on the Tuesday after

July 4th. The club also aided the Red Cross, Crippled Children's Protestant

Home and the Lee Library in Silver Creek. The Shakespeare club was also a

social club, surviving through the stock market crash, the Depression and two

World Wars. The Club is still active in Silver Creek.

Acquisition information:

The records of the Silver Creek Shakespeare Club were donated to the

University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo, by the

Shakespeare Club in 1991.

Processing information:

Collection processed by Archives staff in the early 1990s.

Arrangement:

This collection is divided by genre.

Accruals:

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

Silver Creek Shakespeare Club records, 1889-1990, are open for

research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors,

or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written

permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before

publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be

copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise

specified.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 53, Silver Creek Shakespeare Club records, 1889-1990, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
420 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260, United States
CONTACT:
716-645-2916
lib-archives@buffalo.edu