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Delphian Society Collection, 1928-ongoing

KC Manuscript Collection 18

SCOPE AND CONTENT:
The Kingsport Delphian Society collection consists primarily of organizational material from the late 1920s.  The majority of items are publications from the national Delphian Society.  Kingsport’s Delphian Society formed in 1931 and existed at least 50 years and sought to help educate women through small group discussions.  Local items of interest include the club’s yearbooks which contain membership lists, a letter from Mrs. C. H. Rollins and a photograph of Charles Rollins.

ARRANGEMENT/SERIES DESCRIPTION:       

The collection is arranged into two series, as follows: Series I, Publications, 1928-1992 and undated, Boxes 1-3; Series II, Membership and Organizational Records, 1952-2008, Box 4. Scrapbook, Box 5. Both series are arranged alphabetically by title or subject.

RESTRICTIONS:
There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

COLLECTION CITATION:
This collection should be cited as:

Delphian Society Collection, 1928-ongoing.  KC Manuscript Collection 18, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

ACQUISITION:
Katharine Rollins Caruthers donated this collection in July 1995. Additions to the collection were made in September 2010. Other additions have been made on an ongoing basis.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

The Delphian Society promoted the education of women through group work circa 1928. They published several volumes of books containing an outline of human knowledge for the use of conversation.  The Delphian Society of Kingsport formed in 1931 and existed for at least fifty years. The society sought to educate women through small group discussions.

PROCESSED BY:
Jeff A. Jenson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in January 2006. Revisions to the finding aid were made by Brianne Wright in October 2010. In 2013, the Society’s scrapbook (formerly KCMC 372) was combined with the current collection and the finding aid was revised accordingly.

SUBJECT HEADINGS:

Delphian Society (Kingsport, Tenn.)

Tennessee–Kingsport–Societies and Clubs.

Women–Societies and clubs. 

BOX AND FOLDER LIST

 Series I, Publications, 1928-1992 and undated, Boxes 1-3.

 BOX 1

1.Delphian Quarterly, October 1933

2. Delphian Text, part one, 1928

3. Delphian Text, part two, 1928

4. Delphian Text, part three, 1928

5. Delphian Text, part four, 1928

 

BOX 2

1. Delphian Text, part five, 1928

2. Delphian Text, part six, 1928

3. Delphian Text, part seven, 1928

4. Delphian Text, part eight, 1928

5. Delphian Text, part nine, 1928

6. Delphian Text, part ten, 1928

 

BOX 3

1. Planning Books, first and second year, undated

2. Planning Books, third and fifth year, undated

3. Program, fiftieth year, 1980-1981

4. Stories and Romance, President’s Summary for Delphian Chapters, and the Delphian Society Handbook, 1928

5. Topical Outlines, 1928

6. Yearbooks, 1939-40, 1952-53, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1964-65, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1990-91, 1991-92

7. Delphian Funders, 29 women who set the standard, 2011

Series II, Membership and Organizational Records, 1952-2011, Box 4.

BOX 4

1. Membership materials for Mrs. C. H. Rollins, 1931-1981

2. Minutes and Roll, 1952-53

3. Minutes and Roll, 1953-54

4. Minutes and Roll, 1954-55

5. Minutes and Roll, 1955-56

6. Minutes and Roll, 1956-57

7. Minutes and Roll, 1957-58

8. Minutes and Roll, 1958-59

9. Minutes and Roll, 1959-60

10. Minutes and Roll, 1960-61

11. Minutes and Roll, 1961-62

12. Minutes and Roll, 1962-63

13. Minutes and Roll, 1963-64

14. Minutes and Roll, 1964-65

15. Minutes and Roll, 1965-66

16. Minutes and Roll, 1966-67

17. Minutes and Roll, 1967-68

18. Minutes and Roll, 1968-69

19. Minutes and Roll, 1969-70

20. Minutes and Roll, 1970-71

21. Minutes and Roll, 1971-72

22. Minutes and Roll, 1972-73

23. Minutes and Roll, 1973-74

24. Minutes and Roll, 1974-75

25. Minutes and Roll, 1975-76

26. Minutes and Roll, 1976-77

27. Minutes and Roll, 1977-78

28. Minutes and Roll, 1978-79

29. Minutes and Roll, 1979-80

30. Minutes and Roll, 1980-81

31. Minutes and Roll, 1981-82

32. Minutes and Roll, 1982-83

33. Minutes and Roll, 1983-84

34. Minutes and Roll, 1984-85

35. Minutes and Roll, 1985-86

36. Minutes and Roll, 1986-87

37. Minutes and Roll, 1987-88

38. Minutes and Roll, 1988-89

39. Minutes and Roll, 1989-90

40. Minutes and Roll, 1990-91

41. Minutes and Roll, 2006-2008

42. Minutes and Roll, 2008-1012

BOX 5

1. Scrapbook, 1931-1970