Craddock Study Club Papers

Mary Noailles Murfree

Mary Noailles Murfree

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Title: Craddock Study Club Papers

Dates: 1922-2001

Creator: Craddock Study Club

Summary/Abstract: The Craddock Study Club Papers include organizational records, scrapbooks, and yearbooks pertaining to the Murfreesboro literary society formed in honor of Mary Noailles Murfree, pseudonym Charles Egbert Craddock. These papers are a valuable research source for topics such as Murfreesboro clubs, female societies, literary societies, and Middle Tennessee State University history.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 3 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Craddock Study Club Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Marie Miller, April 5, 2001

Processed By: Original processor undetermined.

Arrangement: These papers are arranged by series according to the creator’s original order. These series include Minutes, Miscellaneous, Yearbooks, and Scrapbooks.

Biographical Note: A group of women interested in literary culture started the Craddock Study Club in 1921. The club is named for a renowned Murfreesboro author, Mary Noailles Murfree, who published her Tennessee folk short stories under the pen name of Charles Egbert Craddock. The concept of the literary group is attributed to Mary B. Fox Hughes, author of Hearthstones: the Story of Rutherford County Homes. The idea had been discussed many times at the home of Mrs. J. Baird Jones and the first meeting was held in the home of Mrs. William Tompkins. It was, according to Lillie Mae James, the first such study group in Murfreesboro.

The club limited its membership to twenty, and its stated object was “the mutual improvement and pleasure of its members.” A candidate, presented by a member, may have been elected, provided she was endorsed by two-thirds of the membership.

As far as is known, there was no yearbook the first year, but the 1922-1923 yearbook lists the following members: Mrs. Homer Bean, Mrs. Cliff Bell, Mrs. Roy Byrn, Mrs. Neal Elrod, Mrs. Jack Fox, Mrs. David Goldstein, Mrs. Henry Huddleston, Jr., Mrs. Jesse Huggins, Mrs. J. Baird Jones, Mrs. Harry Kerr, Jr., Mrs. J.G. McCoy, Mrs. John Nelson, Jr., Mrs. Deery Riggs, Mrs. Edwin Rion, Mrs. W.T. Robinson, Mrs. Foster Spain, Jr., Mrs. Richard Stickney, and Mrs. William Tompkins.

Suggested topics for study, planned to satisfy the varied interests of members, were presented by the program committee a year in advance, with the final selection made by a vote of the membership. During the infancy of the club, meetings were held every two weeks with three or four persons presenting the program. Later, two members gave the afternoon’s program and beginning in 1943, only one person presented the program.

Subjects of study, both large and varied, have included the following: Our South, A Critical Study of the Far East, Famous Women of Yesterday and Today, the Impact of Socialism and Communism in the Post-War World, Contemporary Writers, This Believing World, All the World’s A Stage, the Story of China, Wonderful World of Furniture, Great Families of Europe, Historic Restorations and Men of Destiny, Women Chief Executives, the Victorian Era, Russia.

During the early years of Craddock, twenty books were bought each year. These books were awarded as attendance prizes at the end of the year, the person with the best attendance having first choice. Later, books were presented to the Central High School Library, to the Rutherford Hospital nurses’ library and, still later, to Linebaugh Library. A collection of period books was a gift to the library at Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Craddock’s student loan fund was established in 1930 and, in September of 1943, the fund was changed to the Cuma Bell scholarship fund. Mrs. Bessie Lee McCord served as chairperson for the Memorial Scholarship Fund for several years.

The Craddock Study Club lasted into the 21st millennium, when the club’s organizational records were donated to this repository.

Scope and Content: The Craddock Study Club Papers consist largely of organizational minutes, yearbooks, and scrapbooks relating to the activities, history, membership, and objectives of the literary group. The collection’s materials cover a large span of time, dating from 1922 to 2001.

Associated Materials: The William Beasley Collection contains a folder pertaining to the Craddock Study Club. It is located in the Beasley Personal series in Box 14, Folder 6.

Related Collections: There are no related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Murfree, Mary Noailles
Craddock, Charles Egbert
McCord, Bessie Lee
Beasley, William

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Women’s organizations
Literary societies
Colleges and universities
Scholarships
Student loans

Material Types
Minutes
Yearbooks
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Handbooks

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

1

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1934-1938; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

1

2

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1938 – 1945; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

1

3

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1945 – 1951; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

1

4

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1951 – 1956; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

1

5

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1956 – 1961; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

2

1

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1961 – 1966; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

2

2

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1966 – 1970; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

2

3

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1970 – 1975; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

2

4

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1975 – 1979; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

3

1

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1979 – 1983; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

3

2

Minutes, 1934 – 1986

Minutes – 1983 – 1986; covers activities and discussions pertaining to club meetings

3

3

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Craddock Study Club materials; includes a letter to Bessie Lee McCord from MTSU Dean Beasley thanking her for financial assistance from club, other correspondence, club programs; various dates

3

4

Yearbooks – 1922 – 2001

Yearbooks, 1922 – 1951; provide information about the club’s membership and annual events; does not include years 1923-1929, 1934-1935, 1937-1938, 1940-1941, 1942-1943

3

5

Yearbooks – 1922 - 2001

Yearbooks, 1951 – 1965; provide information about the club’s membership and annual events; does not include years 1961-1962

4

1

Yearbooks – 1922 – 2001

Yearbooks, 1965 – 1983; provide information about the club’s membership and annual events

4

2

Yearbooks – 1922 – 2001

Yearbooks, 1983 – 2001; provide information about the club’s membership and annual events; does not include years 1994-1995, 1987-1988

5

0

Scrapbooks

Small club handbook; includes bylaws and officer responsibilities; 1989-1990

5

0

Scrapbooks

Small stapled book; appears to be a yearbook with the name Frances Sanders written in pencil; 1942-1943

5

0

Scrapbooks

Small club handbook; includes bylaws and officer responsibilities; 1995-1996

5

0

Scrapbooks

Oversize; Scrapbook (blue); 65th anniversary, photos, news clippings; 1985-1986

5

0

Scrapbooks

Oversize; Scrapbook (orange); 50th anniversary, photos, news clippings, notes; 1971-1972