Viri Viginti (Twenty Gentlemen) Club of Philadelphia records
The collection of records from the Viri Viginiti Club is housed in three boxes and primarily documents the club's activities during the 1980s. Save for a few resumes and member lists, there is scant documentation on the members themselves. The original rough arrangement according to subject and da... Full description
|Collection Information:||Viri Viginti (Twenty Gentlemen) Club of Philadelphia Records (#3529)|
|Corporate Author:||Viri Viginti Club of Philadelphia|
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0.4 Linear feet ; 1 box, 1 flat file
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The collection of records from the Viri Viginiti Club is housed in three boxes and primarily documents the club's activities during the 1980s. Save for a few resumes and member lists, there is scant documentation on the members themselves. The original rough arrangement according to subject and date has been maintained.
Making up the bulk of the papers are minutes and reports, correspondence, and other administrative papers from the 1970s to the 1980s. Minutes from four meetings in 1998 and 1999 are also included. The minutes give glimpses into how the club functioned on a regular basis and contain information on the club's annual garden party. Among these materials are also some financial records such as receipts and audit reports. Folder 1 contains articles on the club, as well as a couple of miscellaneous articles that were collected by members. Copies of the club's bylaws can be found in Folder 8 and several essays on the club's history are in Folder 10. Among the photographs and scrapbook (photocopies) at the end of the box are pictures of the members themselves. The original scrapbook, which has been conserved and is in Box 2, was created to commemorate the club's 75th anniversary in 1989. Three pink fabric roses that were prominent during that celebration have been housed in Box 3. There are also corresponding certificates from the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia commemorating the club on that occasion in Flat File 1.
Latin for "twenty gentlemen," Viri Viginti is an African American social club founded in 1914 in Philadelphia. It is believed to be the oldest such organization in the city. This small collection of its records includes by-laws, membership lists, minutes, photographs, correspondence, clippings, and financial records.