Affiliated Essay Clubs


Essay clubs are a specialized form of the private club in which members of each club prepare essays for presentation by the author before their fellow members. The clubs listed below have an affiliate arrangement between them. If any club not included on this list would like to join us, please contact the Webmaster at

Before planning a visit to an affiliated club, please contact that club for information on their meetings and specific rules regarding visiting members. Please note that none offer dining or accommodation services.  Contact is personal to members of the specific club, and for that reason their contact information is not posted publicly. If you are a member of one of the clubs listed below and wish to visit or contact another, please contact your local club for particulars or email the Webmaster of this site at

Selected papers by members of affiliated clubs are posted on this website by agreement with the authors.  Please click on the links below to find a listing of these papers, listed by club. They may also be found in the list of Papers Online.

San Francisco
The Chit-Chat Club
            Founded:         1874
            Members:        25, men only
            Meetings:        Monthly on 2nd Monday except July & August
            Website:          none


The Literary Club of Denver
            Founded:         1970
            Members:        12, men only
            Meetings:        Monthly on 3rd Monday
            Website:          none

The Chicago Literary Club
            Founded:         1874
            Members:        170, mixed men and women
            Meetings:        Weekly on Monday, October-May, Christmas hiatus

Indianapolis, IN
The Indianapolis Literary Club (for papers online on this website)
            Founded:         1877
            Members:        150, men only
            Meetings:        Semi-monthly, 1st and 3rd Mondays, September-June, exc. December
            Website: (separate website maintained by that club)

Cedar Rapids, IA

The Cedar Rapids Literary Club
            Founded:         1974
            Members:        55, mixed men and women
            Meetings:        Monthly on last Tuesday, September-May except December
            Website:          none

Columbia, MO
The Chit Chat Club
            Founded:         1998
            Members:        20 men
            Meetings:        Bi-monthly on second Thursday of odd months
            Website:          none

Cincinnati, OH
The Cincinnati Literary Club
            Founded:         1849
            Members:        100 men, 9 honorary, 19 associated
            Meetings:        Weekly
            Website:          private