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Prepared by Merritt Donaghy, April 23, 1976; Last Updated: December 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1925-1975
Bulk Dates: 1950-1975
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes)
Physical Location: Storage
Storage Note: This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.
Historical Note: Although the Kent Kiwanis Club was organized in 1925, the records in this collection, mostly correspondence, minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors, reports submitted to Kiwanis International and the Kent club's own weekly bulletins, cover the club's activities from the 1950s with some material from the 1940s. At the head of the collection the researcher will also find the 50-Year History, a summary of the club's activities and accomplishments. It traces, for example, from the first year the progress of plans to establish the Portage County Preventorium, a summer camp for underprivileged children. This project, initiated, for a long time maintained and always largely supported by Kent Kiwanians, operated from 1928 until 1974. Club support of the Preventorium is evidenced throughout the records, but letters, documents and receipts pertaining to the rental of the property, as well as a brief history of the project have been placed in a separate folder. The 50-Year History notes another major project undertaken by the club in 1970, the establishment of Camp Spelman, a general recreational facility.
Scope and Content: In addition to the 50th anniversary volume, the collection contains the Kiwanis Club lecturn used in meetings from 1926 through 1975 and three banners from the old Kent State Normal School.
The bulk of the collection pertains to the Kent Club and includes meeting minutes, bulletins, publications, correspondence, and membership lists. Three folders of material from Kiwanis International, as well as the folders containing the various reports submitted regularly by the Kent Club to the International body, and communications from the larger organization filed in the correspondence folders, reveal the relationship maintained between parent and local clubs in a widespread service organization of this kind. Additional folders pertaining to Ohio District and divisional groups and respective of correspondence show also how Kiwanis operates on the state level.
Arrangement: The materials of the collection have been organized first topically according to type of material and then chronologically with the major divisions in Box 1 being published histories; minutes; correspondence; membership and officer lists; reports submitted to Kiwanis International; Kent club committee reports; financial papers, including Preventorium materials; and various miscellaneous categories. Besides the Preventorium folder the only exeption to topical arrangement is folder 35 in Box 1 which contains, along with entry-date membership lists, xerox copies of 1925 and 1926 Membership reports sent to Kent Kiwanis from the International office in connection with their 50th anniversary, and also several items of correspondence relating to that occasion. In Box 2 are arranged Kent Kiwanis bulletins, materials pertaining to Kiwanis International, Ohio District and divisional groups, other local Kiwanis clubs, and, finally, publications of non-Kiwanis organizations. Xerox copies of newspaper clippings have been placed at the end of the collection. Photographs, marked (av) in the inventory, have been removed to the audio-visual file.
Acquistion Information: On November 24, 1975 Mr. Foster Brooks donated a copy of the 50-Year History, 1925-1975, Kiwanis Club of Kent, Ohio to the American History Research Center. The initial gift was followed by the donation of the remainder of the records on February 20, 1976.
Restrictions on Access: Two items of correspondence dated 1953 are restricted until 2025. Researchers may obtain access to them before that time, however, by securing the written permission of the president of the Kent Kiwanis Club.
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