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Sesame Book Club Records, 1956-1973

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2020-020

Content Description

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.


Sesame Book Club Collection, 1956-1973. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Condition Description

Materials are in excellent condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, March 2020.

Sesame Book Club Collection, 1956-1973
Sydney Carroll
Language of description
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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