Four Leaf Clover Club Notebook Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection is composed of one loose notebook with dates from 1929-1937, from the Four Leaf Clover Club located in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
- Four Leaf Clover Club (Kalamazoo, Mich.) (Organization)
Biographical / Historical
The Four Leaf Clover Club, organized on March 21, 1929, was a men and women’s social group, particularly for farmers. As mentioned in the meeting notes present in this collection, the name came about from a contest, where the wife of Harlow Rice won with the name of “Four Leaf Farmers Club.” The first mention of their final name came during the June 14, 1929 meeting, where the meeting notes detailed that the fourth meeting of “The Four Leaf Clover Club” was held at the home of Mrs. Margaret Burroughs June 14. The club has been referenced as the “Farmers Four Leaf Clover Club” in the Galesburg Argus newspaper (not in collection) and as “4 Leaf Clover Club” on a funds envelope (in collection) as well.
Per the second meeting notes for April 3, 1929, it was decided that the meetings would be held the second Friday of each month. This did not start until the June 14 meeting and was largely consistent thereafter. The meetings covered in this collections span March 21, 1929 until April 14, 1931, with some meeting notes after this marked May 8 and one undated discussing adjourning indefinitely, only meeting as needed. The months of June, July, and August of 1930 held no meetings.
The meetings were held once a month with the location rotating between the homes of multiple members. The meetings consisted of standard administrative tasks such as reading and approving the previous meeting notes, accepting and recording dues, electing club and project leaders or committees, and delegating the distribution of the club funds. In addition, there was a wide array of activities occurring in the club. There were musical performances, recitations, readings on topics such as ‘Superstitions on the “Four Leaf Clover,”’ prayers given, social hours with refreshments, and an occasional potluck or picnic. There were also talks given by non-members on different farming topics such as “History of Farming in Kalamazoo County,” the cycle of June Bugs, or one talk by Mr. Berg of Michigan State College on “Farm Accounting.” Within the club, the members participated in coursework throughout the duration of the meetings as well. The subjects of the lessons differed for the men and the women. The men studied topics such as soils, rope splicing, or an extension course on “Farm Crops.” Instruction for the women included topics such as home furnishings, “Selection of upholstery and slip cover materials,” and the making of paper lampshades. Their coursework also involved an extension course with Michigan State College.
They also discussed and attended programs in Lansing, such as meetings for the State Association of Farmers Club and associated events such as the 37th Annual meeting and the program at Michigan State College during Farmer’s Week.
There is also a certificate of $5 membership for the American National Red Cross for 1937, issued to the Four Leaf Clover Club in regards to Flood Relief.
.05 Cubic Feet : The notebook consists of 38 pages, three of which are of a different type of paper, 13 of which are blank. ; The notebook pages are 8” x 10.5” and the included smaller pages are 8” x 5”.
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This notebook is from the Galesburg-Charlseton Memorial District Library in March 2019.
This collection is composed of one loose notebook from a farming and social club in Kalamazoo County, MI which amounts to .05 cubic feet. The notebook consists of 38 pages, three of which are of a different type of paper, 13 of which are blank. Glued to some of the notebook pages are miscellaneous club documents listed below. The notebook pages are 8”x10.5” and the included smaller pages are 8”x5”. The notebook is written in both ink and pencil, with typed documents included.
The notebook is in good condition. The pages show signs of aging with darkening of the first few pages. There is minor tearing in the ring holes and a tear at the bottom of one page that does not obstruct any information. There are a few very minor stains, one on the first page is of uncertain cause and one within the notebook looks to be an ink stain. There is some folding of the pages. The glued on miscellaneous documents are in good condition as well, with just minor wrinkling and tears. Listed below is an inventory of these documents.
- Four Leaf Clover Club Collection finding aid
- Stephanie Chapman
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US