Histories of The
Listed in Chronological Order
The histories are scanned from extant printed sources, and therefore carry the imperfections of age and the scanning process. Photographs included with the originals do not scan well and have therefore been separately reproduced, with a link to the photograph listed under the chapter heading in which it appears.
years when the club was domiciled in the Orchestra Building and then in the
Fine Arts Building
Photograph of the Reading Room of the Club, 1910-1924
Photograph of the Assembly Room of the Club, 1910-1924
Photograph of Edward Osgood Brown
Photograph of Frederick William Gookin
C. Roll of members (not reprinted here since now contained and updated separately in the Roll of Members)
D. Lists of papers read before the club (not reprinted here since now incorporated in the Roll of Members)
Shorey. Louis Block. Clarence Burley. Charles C.
Curtiss. Louis F. Post. William Kent.
Photograph of Paul Shorey
Photograph of Clarence Augustus Burley
A Twenty-Minute History of The Chicago Literary Club, by Earle A. Shilton, 1960
II. The Climate
III. In the Beginning
XI. Ladies’ Nights
1974-1989 Supplement to The First Hundred Years, 1874-1974, by William K. Beatty, edited by Clark L. Wagner, appendices by Francis A. Lackner, Jr., 1989
The Club’s Victorian Roots, by Clark L. Wagner, 1998.
Year Biographies full text
As part of the anniversary-year program, members of the Anniversary Committee prepared biographical sketches of twenty-seven members of the Club. The focus was on earlier, now deceased members of the Club, although an exception was made in the case of two then-living members—Orville T. Bailey and Elmer Gertz. These biographical sketches were read at the Club’s meetings during the year (in the order and on the dates indicated below) and, with some minor editing and revisions, are included here in their entirety.
a. Orville T. Bailey October 5, 1998
b. Elmer Gertz October 5, 1998
c. William Le Baron Jenney October 19, 1998
d. William Rainey Harper November 2, 1998
e. Paul Howard Douglas November 9, 1998
f. David Swing November 16, 1998
g. Thomas Elliott Donnelly November 23, 1998
h. Lorado Taft November 30, 1998
i. Ernst Wilfred Puttkammer December 7, 1998
j. Frederick William Gookin January 4, 1999
k. Herman H. Lackner January 11, 1999
l. Irving Kane Pond January 18, 1999
m. Geza de Takats January 25, 1999
n. Charles Lawrence Hutchinson February 1, 1999
o. Arthur Goldberg February 15, 1999
p. Henry Regnery March 1, 1999
q. Edward Gay Mason March 15, 1999
r. Edgar Lee Masters March 22, 1999
s. Melville Weston Fuller March 22, 1999
t. William M.R. French March 29, 1999
u. James Nevins Hyde April 5, 1999
v. Franklin MacVeagh April 12, 1999
w. Arthur Alois Baer April 19, 1999
x. Roscoe Pound April 26, 1999
y. Payson Sibley Wild May 3, 1999
z. William Frederick Poole May 10, 1999
aa. Robert Collyer May 17, 1999
1999-2014 Supplement to The Hundred Twenty-Fifth Anniversary History, edited and with Foreword by Clark L. Wagner, “The Chicago Literary Club Enters the Internet Age” and appendices by Francis A. Lackner, Jr.
Appendices (now contained in the List of Officers and Baer Fellows, the Roll of Members and the List of Papers Published by the Club. These Appendices are active documents, updated annually, and therefore not copied here.)
Memorial booklets were prepared for a few notable early members; these are noted by their name in the Roll of Members:
Other material on the history of the Club may be found in the Index of Papers Online under the subject heading ‘CLC’.