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TitleCulture Club
DescriptionPages of notes from an interview of Mrs. Booker taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood. These notes are about the Culture Club, a literary club for young African American women in Galesburg, Illinois. The notes describe the historyand activities of the club. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)African American women -- Societies and clubs
Named PersonGarnett, Mrs.; Harris, Ada; Booker, Frances;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptCulture Club (Mrs. Booker)

Mrs. Garnett & Mrs.
Ada Davis are charter mem-
bers of the Culture Club.
"Service to others thru
self improvement." Oct 9, 1909
I was in the zenith of
my ambition just on a visit here for a short time -- yet there was
no literary club in town. I
wanted to see a club with
several objectives. Boys &
girls after leaving school
here ceased to have any literary
interests. They had to [characters "lea" crossed out] earn
a living. Got into the rut.
"You don't have to study to
learn to sling pots." I
quoted to them the thought
Lincoln advanced. "I'll
be ready when opportunity
comes. If it doesn't

come, I'll be ready anyway."
Why not help crystalize
opportunity along with
having a good time club.
The Club was org. in the
Garrett home - and Mrs.
Garrett was the 1st president.
Most of the members were
young married women; one
or two were unmarried.
They would present a formal
program on Palm Sunday
night - alternating in [illegible characters crossed out]
the two churches. Adm.
provided a fund for each
church. Contribute to
Empty Stocking Club. Fruit
for each hospital. Furn.

(Mrs. Booker)

the Culture Club room
at St. Mary's Hospital;
send fruit & cards, flowers
to shut-in persons. After
20 yrs. I visited & found they
were making small con-
tributions - narrowed vision.
They thought they were too
small to do greater things.
They put the emphasis on
good programs in their
meetings rather than public
service. They had a good
time - sent boxes of cloth-
ing to southern schools --
[characters "had" crossed out] carried on study. This
club joined a federation
thus merging its energy with
the state program. These

women weren't so orthadox
& devoted to religion's form
& regulations. They danced
& played cards without
any sense of tension.
The C.C. gives a pres-
ent to each colored
boy or girl graduating
from the local high
school. This has been
done for -- years.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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