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Sorosis Book Club Records, 1906-1936

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2020-018

Content Description

This collection includes annually distributed pamphlets that reference the club meetings, books lists, theme, and hostess of each monthly Sorosis Book Club gathering. Materials are dated 1906-1936 and are in good condition with no immediate preservation concerns. Materials are arranged chronologically.


  • 1906 - 1936

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Biographical / Historical

The first Sorosis Club was founded in New York City in 1868. After the founding of the first Sorosis Club, many cities across the United States followed suit, including Charlotte, North Carolina. The Sorosis Book Club in Charlotte was comprised of many influential and professional women in the community. They would get together twice a month and would discuss two books per meeting. Each year the book club would pick a different theme for their books, for example, one year was “South America” and another was “Adventures in Reading.”

Some well-known women who were part of Sorosis Book Club were Mrs. W. S. Liddell, Mrs. H. A. Murrill, and Mrs. J. E. Reilley.


0.25 Linear Feet

0.18 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The Sorosis Book Club was a professional women's book club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each program contains discussion topics, officers, committee members, addresses, telephone numbers, meeting dates, hostess, and presenter. Materials are dated 1906-1936.


Materials are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown presenter, unknown date.

Related Materials

Koch, Frederick Henry, and North Carolina Sorosis Club-Wilmington. “A Pageant of the Lower Cape Fear.” Wilmington, NC: Wilmington Printing Company, 1921. (NCR 812


Gertrude Jenkins Howell, A History of the North Carolina Sorosis, 1895-1957 (1957).

North Carolina Sorosis official website:

“#9611 Sorosis Book Club Collection.” Edith Clark History Room. Accessed November 2019.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, March 2019.

Sydney Carroll
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA