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Lincoln Republican Club of Kalamazoo County Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4029

Scope and Contents

These two programs were for the 13th (1907) and the 14th (1908) annual banquets of the Lincoln Republican Club of Kalamazoo County both held at the AUV Auditorium on Portage Street. The programs contain a list of officers, music, menu, program and committee members for the event including the Reception Committee. There also are the words for the song, "America." Each year there would be an outside speaker in addition to addresses by the President, vocal selections and shorter speeches from local members. In 1907, Dwight B. Waldo was the toastmaster. In 1921, the first woman, Mrs. Edith Hodge became the President of the organization. The first annual banquet for the Lincoln Republican Club of Kalamazoo County was held on February 13, 1895 at the Kalamazoo House, attracting two hundred people. It has been held initially around Lincoln's birthday every year since then at different locations. Currently, it is scheduled in May. In 2016 they held the 121st Lincoln Day banquet.


  • Creation: 1907-1908


.05 Cubic Feet (2 programs in 1 folder) ; Each 6" x 9"

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of two programs from the annual banquets of the Lincoln Republican Club of Kalamazoo County from 1907 and 1908. Both measure 6”x9” and have an image of Abraham Lincoln on the cover in different colors. The 1907 program for the event held on February 9th, has eight pages; the 1908 program, for the banquet held on February 11 has twelve. Each have been printed on a heavy paper with a heavier stock for the cover. Both have black printing on the inside, one with a gray border, the other green. Both were printed by the Adams-Brander Company located in Kalamazoo from 1906 to 1915. Both are bound with a decorative string. Overall, the pages inside both of these programs are in good condition, but the covers have come off are in two pieces, the back and front. Both have small pieces torn or ripped from the front covers, the 1908 program’s cover is more delicate than the other. It appears that the 1908 program had been folded at one time. There also are two pages that have separated from the main body of the booklet. Both are discolored. In addition, the 1907 has red marks both on the cover and potential water marks. These two items had been a part of the Dwight B. Waldo Collection which had been transferred to the Archives in 2014. The 1907 program has a book plate inside the front cover. Both are marked with stamps "Do Not Circulate" and "Western Michigan University Libraries Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001" and have the Library of Congress call number on the covers and title pages.


This originally had been a part of the Dwight B. Waldo Lincoln Collection. Because of its Kalamazoo connection, a decision had been made to separate these two items from the Lincoln Collection and process them separately.

Lincoln Republican Club of Kalamazoo County Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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