Sesame Book Club Records, 1956-1973
This collection contains annually distributed programs with information on monthly gatherings. Each program contains discussion topics, officers, and committee members with their addresses, telephone numbers, meeting date, hostess, and presenter. Materials dated 1956-1973 and arranged in chronological order.
- 1956 - 1973
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 [Enter collection title] must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
Biographical / Historical
The Sesame Book Club was organized on February 27, 1951 in Charlotte, NC. Its name came from the idea of the general use of the word "sesame" to mean the opening to opportunities of accomplishment and treasure. The two excerpts are on the first page of each Sesame Book Club program:
“In Arabian Tales given as the Talismanic word which would open or shut the door leading into the cave of forty thieves, Sesame has come into use generally in connection with any word or action which will open the way for accomplishment of thigs desired” -Lincoln’s Library”
“I am not talking about Kings known as regnant nor of Treasuries understood to contain wealth... I want to speak to you about the Treasuries hidden I books... Sesame which opens doors, doors not of robbers, but of King’s Treasuries.” -'Sesame and Lillies’ by John Ruskin
0.25 Linear Feet
0.18 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
The Sesame Book Club was organized on February 27, 1951 in Charlotte, NC to discuss general culture and current event topics. Membership was set at 16 and new members were only accepted by unanimous ballot. Meetings were held on the last Friday of each month at a member’s home. Mrs. L.L. Autry was the club’s first president.
This collection contains annual programs dated 1956-1973, with information on book selections, members, officers, and By-Laws.
Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.
Materials are in excellent condition.
The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, March 2020.
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- Women--Societies and clubs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sesame Book Club Collection, 1956-1973
- Sydney Carroll
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