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Vicksburg Ladies Library Association

Identifier: RH-A-4004

Scope and Contents

In January 1902, Mrs. Fanny M. Bair had a library built and donated it to the Vicksburg Ladies Library Association, by that time membership was 63 women. The library assembly room served the village well for many functions. On the evening of Tuesday, February 9th, 1909, the ladies literary club in the Fanny M. Bair Library had the tables beautifully decorated with smilax, and red and white roses and carnations. Mrs. Fanny Young Lindsay sang two selections in her most pleasing manner, and Miss Marie Park gave a reading “A Tribute to Lincoln” written by Walt Whitman on the death of Lincoln. Miss Park was a very eloquent speaker and her selection brought forth much applause. It was given with plain accompaniment. The strains of America brought the while audience to their feet and all united in singing our nation anthem. The ladies were congratulated on having an excellent feature.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1908-1909


Biographical / Historical

A group of ladies met in the Temperance Hall in 1879 and formed a Ladies Library Association, possibly a reorganization of the Ladies Library Club. They bought a narrow building in 1892 and moved it to a lot on East Prairie Street. After much work and fundraising, it was dedicated a year later.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.05 cubic feet and is composed of one Lincoln program from 1909 and one red tag from 1908. The program contains the menu, the day’s schedule, the individuals speaking, and the names of the individuals involved in each committee that participated in the Centenary Celebration. The tag has a photo of the library, the name, and the date. It’s a red-orange tag with a tan string.

The program is approximately 5.5” x 7”. The paper is yellowed with fading patterns that indicate that something else was sitting on top of it. The four pages are held together by a red-white-and blue striped ribbon. An orange portrait of Abraham Lincoln is featured on the cover. The inside cover has an advanced yellowing rectangle, indicating that there was something placed inside for a long period of time.

The red tag is in the shape of a shield that is approximately 2.5” by 2.75” with a tan string that measures approximately 5.75” looped and knotted through a hole at the top of the tag. Creasing indicates that one corner of the tag has been folded and there is also light creasing down the middle as if it had been slightly bent. There is a small light scrape on one side of the tag. The print on the tag is slightly askew and the bottom point of the paper is slightly worn.

Vicksburg Ladies Library Association Finding Aid
Brianna Jarczynski
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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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