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Guide to the Friends in Council Collection

Friends in Council records


Creator:Friends in Council (Lawrence, Kan.)
Title: Friends in Council records
Dates: 1871-2016
Quantity: 3.25 linear feet (7 document cases + 25 volumes)
Abstract:Friends in Council of Lawrence, Kansas, was founded in 1871 as a women's organization dedicated to cultural enrichment of its members. The collection includes records of members, constitution with amendments, minutes, and clippings.
Language: English

Call Number:

RH MS 94
RH MS 769
RH MS 1313
RH MS 1424

Repository: University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/
Finding aid prepared by pg, 1975, 1976; skt 2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010;revised by eear, 2015; revised by mes, 2016; revised by tmw, 2017.
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-07-31 16:15:30 -0500.

HISTORY of Friends in Council, Lawrence, Kansas

The Lawrence Friends in Council was founded in 1871 by Elizabeth Perkins Leonard who came to Lawrence from Quincy, Illinois. She had been appointed professor of modern languages, drawing and painting at the University. While in Quincy, Miss Leonard had been a member of the newly formed women's study club called Friends in Council. She recognized that such a group in Lawrence could provide an outlet for women who missed cultural activities in the East; thus, she and several of her friends met in her living quarters and organized the Friends. Jane A. Snow, Emma Thacher, and Mary Frances Simpson, who was the first public librarian in Lawrence, were among those who formed the club. Over the years the women studied and read a broad range of topics, including literature, history, art and music. During the late 1920s the Friends became more service oriented, e.g., providing quarters for social service women, money for maternity loans, participating in hospital auxiliary and public welfare work. They also provided money for University scholarships. Such activities as these have been continued by the Friends over the years.


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Friends in Council (Lawrence, Kan.) -- Records and correspondence


Lawrence (Kan.) -- Social life and customs
Women -- Kansas -- Lawrence -- Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Friends in Council records, RH MS 94, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Allan Busch, 1976; Georgana Torres, 2015, 2016.