Histories of The Chicago Literary Club

 

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.

 

The Chicago Literary Club: A History of Its First Fifty Years, by Frederick William Gookin, 1926

Title Pages and Foreword
            Photograph of Robert Collyer

I.                    Founding and Early Days
            Photograph of William Frederick Poole

II.                 The first and second seasons
            Photograph of Edward Gay Mason

III.              The third season
            Photograph of James Sager Norton

IV.              Events of the fourth season

V.                Other seasons in the first club rooms

VI.              Removal to rooms in Portland Block
            Photograph of Major Henry Alonzo Huntington
            Photograph of Dr. James Nevins Hyde

VII.           Removal from Portland Block rooms
            Photograph of General Alexander Caldwell McClurg
            Photograph of Franklin Harvey Head

VIII.        Removal to rooms in the Art Institute
            Photograph of the Reading Room of the Club, 1888-1892
            Photograph of the Assembly Room of the Club, 1888-1892
            Photograph of Reverend David Swing

IX.              Events of the next two years
            Photograph of John Crerar

X.                The last two years of the club’s tenancy of the rooms in the Art Institute Building
            Photograph of Reverend Clinton Locke

XI.              The years when the club’s home was in the University Club Building in Dearborn Street

XII.           The 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

Appendices:

A.                List of the rooms occupied by the club

B.                 List of the club’s officers (not reprinted here since now contained and updated separately in the List of Officers and Roll of Members)

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)

 

The Chicago Literary Club: Its History from the Season of 1924-1925 to the Season of 1945-46, by Payson Sibley Wild, 1947

Title Pages and Foreword

I.                    We have Kept the Faith

II.                 Fifty-first season

III.              1925-26
            Photograph of William McAndrew

IV.              1926-27
            Photograph of Frank Joseph Loesch
            Photograph of James Westfall Thompson
            Photograph of George Packard

V.                Paul Shorey. Louis Block. Clarence Burley. Charles C. Curtiss.  Louis F. Post. William Kent.
            Photograph of Paul Shorey
            Photograph of Clarence Augustus Burley

VI.              1928-29

VII.           1930-31
            Photograph of Lessing Rosenthal
            Photograph of Edward Scribner Ames

VIII.        Fifty-eighth year.
            Photograph of James Bryan Herrick

IX.              1933-34
            Photograph of Henry Milton Wolf

X.                Sixty-second season

XI.              1937-38

XII.           1939-40
            Photograph of Charles Bert Reed
            Photograph of Payson Sibley Wild

XIII.        Our war members
            Photograph of Mary Green

Appendices (all now contained in the List of Officers and Roll of Members)

 

A Twenty-Minute History of The Chicago Literary Club, by Earle A. Shilton, 1960

 

The Chicago Literary Club: The First Hundred Years, 1874-1974, by Arthur A. Baer and others, 1974

Title Pages and Foreword

I.                    Ad Nostrem Sodalitatem

II.                 The Climate

III.              In the Beginning

IV.              The Fiscal Century

V.                1874-1924
            Photograph of Frederick W. Gookin

VI.              1924-1946
            Photograph of Payson Sibley Wild

VII.           1946-1953

VIII.        1953-1960

IX.              1960-1967

X.                1967-1973
            Photograph of Walker Davis

XI.              Ladies’ Nights

XII.           The Centennial Year and After
            Photograph of Willard King

Appendices (now contained in the List of Officers and Roll of Members)

 

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.

 

The Chicago Literary Club: One Hundred Twenty-Five Years, 1874-1999, by William E. Barnhart, edited by Clark L. Wagner, appendices by Francis A. Lackner, Jr., 2001

Title Pages and Foreword

I.                    The First Quarter of the Second Hundred Years, 1974-1999

II.                 Anniversary 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:

Robert Collyer,

Arthur Brooks,

Hosmer Allen Johnson,

Edwin Holmes Sheldon,

Huntington Wolcott Jackson.

 

Other material on the history of the Club may be found in the Index of Papers Online under the subject heading ‘CLC’.