Wednesday Club Collection, 1934-1984

KC Manuscript Collection 103

The Wednesday Club collection contains correspondence, histories, financial information, yearbooks, clippings, and photographs.  This Kingsport,Tennessee club formed in 1929 and worked to improve the community through various projects and activities.  To list only a few of the group’s activities, members helped provide Christmas gifts to the area’s needy, provided books to the local African-American school, and assisted in funding the educations of some female nursing students.  In addition to these activities, the club teamed up with the Kingsport Junior Welfare League to present “The Gay Nineties Revue” in 1941.  Photographs of performers and the event’s playbill are included.

Scope and Content:
The Wednesday Club collection has been separated into three series consisting of Administrative Files, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous.

Series I, Administrative Files, 1939-1984, Box 1
This series contains histories of the organization.  These are brief are not rich with detail.  In addition, there are some financial materials and a guest book.  The account book shows where money was spent as well as how much money was raised through dues and fundraisers.  The guest book provides information on who attended club activities.

Series II, Correspondence, 1934-1982, Box 1
Letters and cards in this series are primarily incoming although not exclusively.  These materials were sent by various organizations and citizens concerning Wednesday Club activities. 

Series III, Miscellaneous, 1937-1979, Boxes 1-2
Materials in this series consist of a few photographs of club members, numerous images of performers in “The Gay Nineties” along with materials related to organizing the event including a playbill, newspaper clippings, and yearbooks.  The yearbooks provide information on club members, leaders, and those who hosted various group gatherings.  Photographs of club members and clippings are from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s and provide information about group activities.

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.

This collection should be cited as:

The Wednesday Club Collection, 1934-1984.  KC Manuscript Collection 103, Archives of the City of Kingsport,Tennessee.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Dryden, Jr. donated this collection in 1994.

Jeff A. Jenson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in May 2006.

Wednesday Club (Kingsport, Tenn.)


Tennessee–Kingsport– Societies and clubs.

Women–Tennessee–Kingsport–Societies and clubs.

Women–Societies and clubs.

Junior Welfare League–Tennessee–Kingsport.


 BOX 1

Series I, Administrative Files, 1939-1984, Box 1

1. Account Book and Related Financial Information, 1952-1984

2. Histories, 1939-1960

3. Hostess Book, Events, Guests, and Planning, 1942-1945

 Series II, Correspondence, 1934-1982, Box 1

4. American National Red Cross, 1967-1971

5.Benefit Bridge Aid Materials, Wednesday Club and Kingsport Junior Welfare League, 1941-1960

6. Cerebral Palsy Center and Tennessee Society for Crippled Children, 1951-1968

7. Gay Nineties, Organization Materials, 1941

8. Holston Valley Hospital, 1938-1967 (Includes list of sponsored nursing students)

9. Miscellaneous, 1938-1982

10. Public Organizations, 1958-1971 (Includes: Citizens Library Movement; Friends of the Kingsport Public Library; American Association of University Women; Kingsport Theatre Gild; Tri-Cities Arts Council; Kingsport Art Guild; Alpha Nu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International; Community Welfare Council of Greater Kingsport; Junior League of Kingsport)

11. Salvation Army of Kingsport, 1939-1968

12. Save the Children Federation, From Sponsored Child Marie Jeanne Delille-Cartingny from Haveluy, France, 1951-1973

13. Student Support, 1946-1967

14. Tennessee Federation of Women’s Clubs, Membership materials, 1934 and 1939

Series III, Miscellaneous, 1937-1979, Boxes 1-2

15. Clippings, 1964-1971

16. Photographs, 1964 and 1971

17. Yearbooks, 1937-1979


1. Gay Nineties, Playbill, 4-5 December 1941

2. Gay Nineties, Photographs, 4-5 December 1941