Utopian Literary Club documents
Collection number: ahc.MSS1120
Scope and Content
This collection consists of historical sketches written about the club, biographies highlighting members, and a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners honoring the club. There are also programs for events and special projects, yearbooks documenting past club members, meeting minutes, financial reports, and meeting agendas.
- 1927-2003, undated
- Utopian Literary Club (Atlanta, Ga.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
The Utopian Literary Club was an African-American women’s literary club founded in 1916 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Mrs. J. W. Madison. The club’s membership primarily consisted of middle-class wives of black businessmen, university professors, and professionals living in the Atlanta area. Drawing on the philosophy of Sir Thomas More, the author of Utopia, the club’s mission was to promote the intellectual and cultural advancement of its members. During meetings members discussed a variety of topics including literature, science, politics, and social justice issues like segregation and racism. Meetings also included lectures, musical performances, and poetry readings. Members of the Utopian Literary Club participated in the 1960 sit-in at Rich’s Magnolia Room in Atlanta, Georgia. The Utopian Literary Club celebrated its centennial in 2016.
0.21 linear_ft. (one document case)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2017.
- African American civic leaders -- Georgia
- African American women -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- Societies and clubs
- African Americans -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- History
- African Americans -- Segregation -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- African Americans -- Social life and customs
- Literature -- Societies, etc.
- Madison, J.W., Mrs.
- McPheeters, Anne L.
- Utopian Literary Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Women -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- Societies and clubs
- Women civic leaders -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Utopian Literary Club documents
- Joshua Whitfield
- June 2017
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid is written in English.