University of Delaware Library

Torch Club of Delaware.

Torch Club of Delaware records

1930-2012


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 522


Creator: Torch Club of Delaware.


Title: Torch Club of Delaware records


Inclusive Dates: 1930-2012


Extent: 2.3 linear feet and 1 oversize folder (3 boxes)


Abstract: Spanning the dates 1930 to 20123, the Torch Club of Delaware records include administrative documents, financial records, monthly meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting the social, intellectual, and financial changes this civic club underwent throughout the twentieth century.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 522, Torch Club of Delaware records, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (32 inches)

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Dr. James B. McNeely, April 2003.

Processing

Processed by Emily Holloway, February 2006. Encoded by Lora J. Davis, August 2011.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Historical Note

The International Association of Torch Clubs, established in 1924, is a non-profit organization comprised of local Torch Clubs located throughout the United States and Canada. The Torch Club of Delaware was founded six years later in 1930.The International Association of Torch Clubs organizes annual Torch Conventions, as well as provides support and guidance for regional Torch Conventions and the formation of new local clubs. It also publishes a quarterly magazine, The Torch, which highlights papers presented at local meetings. The local Torch Clubs provide a setting where "respected persons practicing recognized professions enjoy the cultural interchange of knowledge." Each member is responsible for annual dues, which offset the cost of the monthly meetings and other operation costs. Each local club has a monthly dinner meeting, including the presentation of a paper by a member or guest, followed by a discussion of the topic.

On June 16, 1930, thirty men in the Wilmington area formed the Torch Club of Delaware. The first officers of the Club were also elected at this meeting, and their professions reflect the intended diversity of the Torch Club: President, Dr. Walter Hullihen, President of the University of Delaware; Vice President Dr. Charles Candee, Minister, Westminster Presbyterian Church; Secretary Dr. W.O. La Motta, Ophthalmologist; and Treasurer Elwyn Evans, Vice President, Wilmington Trust Company. From the beginning, existing members elected or invited new members to join. The Torch Club of Delaware began admitting women in 1975, even though the International Association of Torch Clubs had changed their policies relating to gender in 1972. A simple change in the local club's by-laws from "only professional men" to "only professional persons" thereafter allowed for the admission of women into the Delaware Torch Club. The Torch Club of Delaware remains in existence, holding monthly dinner meetings at the University of Delaware.

Sources:

International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc. official website, http://www.torch.org/, viewed on February 20, 2006.

All other information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

The records of the Torch Club of Delaware were a gift of Dr. James McNeely in 2003. Over 2.3 linear feet of administrative documents, financial records, monthly meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence and newspaper clippings comprise the collection, spanning the dates 1930 to 2012. The collection is divided into two series. Series I. consists of miscellaneous administrative materials, information on the International Association of Torch Clubs, as well as the original charter and by-laws of the Torch Club of Delaware. This series also includes financial records covering bulk dates, copies of the quarterly magazine, The Torch, and a series of price lists for potential venues for monthly dinner meetings. The second series consists of the Torch Club of Delaware records from 1930 to 1993. The arrangement of this series is chronological and includes administrative documents, correspondence, financial records, monthly and annual reports, and newspaper clippings. This organization reflects the original arrangement of the collection at the time of its receipt at the University of Delaware Library. Some overlapping dates remain, and records for the year 1988 are missing.

The Torch Club of Delaware records provide researchers access to the intellectual and social history of Delaware from 1930 to 2012. The diversity of materials in the Torch Club records offers a well-rounded view of the social, intellectual, and financial changes the club underwent throughout the years represented in the collection.


Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
Torch Club of Delaware.
International Association of Torch Clubs.
Topical Terms
Clubs--Delaware--History--20th century.
Men--Delaware--Societies and clubs--History--20th century.
Geographic Names
Delaware--History--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Charters.
Programs (documents)
Minutes.
Financial records.
Bylaws (administrative records)
Administrative records.
Membership lists.
Correspondence.
Clippings (information artifacts)

  • I. Administrative and financial records, 1930-1994
  • II. Club records, 1930-2012

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Administrative and financial records , 1930-1994

Includes administrative materials of the International Association of Torch Clubs, Charter and By-Laws of the Torch Club of Delaware, "New Member" informational packets, financial records of the Torch Club of Delaware, select issues of The Torch quarterly magazine, and menus and price lists for potential meeting locations.

International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc. , 1972-1988   [Box 1 F1]

Informational literature and administrative materials of the International Association of Torch Clubs.

Charter and by-laws , 1930-1986   [Box 1 F2]

Includes original by-laws adopted in 1930, and the revised by-laws of 1986. Charter has been removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (32 inches).

"History of the Torch Club of Delaware, 1930-1980" by Herbert T. Pratt , 1985   [Box 1 F3]

New member informational packets , 1990, 1992   [Box 1 F4]

Administrative materials , undated   [Box 1 F5]

Account books , 1954-1977   [Box 1 F6]

Bank statements , 1982-1987   [Box 1 F7]

Bank statements , 1983-1988   [Box 1 F8]

Bank statements , 1988-1993   [Box 1 F9]

Menus and price lists , undated   [Box 1 F10]

Information for potential venues for monthly meetings and special events.

Torch quarterly magazine , 1981-1994   [Box 1 F11]

Selected journals that include articles by members of the Torch Club of Delaware.

Series II. Club records , 1930-2012

This series includes the records kept by the Torch Club of Delaware. Items include correspondence, financial records, program reports, annual reports, and newspaper clippings.

Membership lists and dues reports , 1930-1944   [Box 1 F12]

1930-1934   [Box 1 F13]

1935-1937   [Box 1 F14]

1938-1941   [Box 1 F15]

1942-1943   [Box 1 F16]

1944-1947   [Box 1 F17]

1945-1946   [Box 1 F18]

Membership data , 1946   [Box 1 F19]

Notebook of membership list , 1946-1947   [Box 1 F20]

1947-1949   [Box 1 F21]

1948-1955   [Box 1 F22]

1955-1958   [Box 1 F23]

1958-1960   [Box 1 F24]

1960-1964   [Box 1 F25]

1964-1965   [Box 2 F26]

1965-1966   [Box 2 F27]

1966-1967   [Box 2 F28]

1967-1968   [Box 2 F29]

1968-1969   [Box 2 F30]

1969-1970   [Box 2 F31]

1970-1971   [Box 2 F32]

1971-1973   [Box 2 F33]

1972-1974   [Box 2 F34]

1975-1976   [Box 2 F35]

1976-1978   [Box 2 F36]

1978-1978   [Box 2 F37]

1979-1980   [Box 2 F38]

1979-1982   [Box 2 F39]

1979-1983   [Box 2 F40]

Secretary and treasurer reports , 1980-1986   [Box 2 F41]

1980-1981   [Box 2 F42]

1981   [Box 2 F43]

Newspaper clippings , 1979-1983   [Box 2 F44]

1981-1982   [Box 2 F45]

1983-1985   [Box 2 F46]

1984-1985   [Box 2 F47]

1985-1986   [Box 2 F48]

1986-1987   [Box 2 F49]

1989-1990   [Box 3 F50]

1990-1991   [Box 3 F51]

1991-1992   [Box 3 F52]

1992-1993   [Box 3 F53]

2011-2012   [Box 3 F54]