Guide to the Records of the Lydians

Collection Title: Records of the Lydians
Dates: 1933-1973
Identification: 31/6/13
Creator: Lydians (Organization)
Extent: 4 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series, filling one and one-half boxes, is comprised of the surviving records of the Lydians. The records span the years from 1933 to 1973 but are quite inconsistent. They cluster mainly within the periods 1933-1938, 1946-1947, and 1959-1969. There are no materials documenting Lydian activities during the club's first twenty years. The series includes: general correspondence and reports, financial records, and social activities files.
General correspondence and reports span the years between 1933 and 1936. The subseries includes annual and special reports of Lydian officers and committees, a few membership rosters, some financial reports, club brochures, and correspondence documenting routine club business.
The financial records include bank statements, receipts, and correspondence detailing club income and expenditures for 1946 and 1947. These financial records comprise the only extant documentation of club activities for those years. Also included among the financial records are copies of annual audits for each fiscal year from 1946 to 1951. Three folders of expense vouchers, receipts, and related correspondence document club activities for 1959 to 1961 and 1965 to 1966.
Acquisition Information: The records of the Lydians were donated to the University Archives on April 10, 1980 (Acc. #80-56) by La Verne M. Rohr, former president of the Lydians (1972-1973). Addition: These records were donated to the University Archives on November 10, 1982 (Accession #83-72). Addition: These records were donated to the University Archives by LaVerne Rohr, former president of the Lydians, on January 25, 1984 (Accession Number 84-15) and June 21, 1984 (Accession Number 84-93).
Processing Information: Elizabeth Agard; Summer, 1981.Addition: Deborah K. Wright; 06/22/1983.Addition: Catherine Anderson; July 11, 2000.
Separated Materials: A small number of duplicate items were discarded.58 issues of the Lydians' publication, Lydian Line O'Type, spanning the years 1924-1969, were removed and placed in the University Archives' serials collection (Call # 31/00/237).
Conditions Governing Access: None.Additions: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Lydians was one of the major social organizations for women students on Northwestern University's Chicago campus. Founded by Flora Alfaretta Voorhees in 1913, when the University’s Chicago classes were located in the Northwestern University Building at Clark and Lake Streets in the Loop, the Lydians was incorporated in 1924. Although School of Commerce students predominated, membership was open to Northwestern women students pursuing any course of study. The club included student, life, and honorary members.

The Lydians provided a variety of social activities for its members. Its social calendar scheduled dinners, dances, parties, and talks by members of the business, government, and academic communities. The Lydians also held frequent business meetings. Several standing committees, such as membership, publicity, refreshments, scholarship, social, and sports committees, met regularly to plan the club's official business and social programs. The Lydian newsletter, Lydian Line 0' Type, reported club activities.

Scope and Content

This series, filling one and one-half boxes, is comprised of the surviving records of the Lydians. The records span the years from 1933 to 1973 but are quite inconsistent. They cluster mainly within the periods 1933-1938, 1946-1947, and 1959-1969. There are no materials documenting Lydian activities during the club's first twenty years. The series includes: general correspondence and reports, financial records, and social activities files.

General correspondence and reports span the years between 1933 and 1936. The subseries includes annual and special reports of Lydian officers and committees, a few membership rosters, some financial reports, club brochures, and correspondence documenting routine club business.

The financial records include bank statements, receipts, and correspondence detailing club income and expenditures for 1946 and 1947. These financial records comprise the only extant documentation of club activities for those years. Also included among the financial records are copies of annual audits for each fiscal year from 1946 to 1951. Three folders of expense vouchers, receipts, and related correspondence document club activities for 1959 to 1961 and 1965 to 1966.

The social activities files include correspondence, activities reports, events schedules, invitations to club functions, and contracts between the club and hired entertainers. These files document a variety of club-sponsored parties, receptions, outings, and other social events for the years from 1961 to 1969 and 1973.

Arrangement of Materials

Materials within each subseries are foldered chronologically.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Lydians (Organization)

Subjects

College students--llinois--Chicago--Societies and clubs

Women college students--llinois--Chicago--Societies and clubs


Container List / Contents

  • General Correspondence and Reports
    • General Correspondence and Reports, 1933-1936Box 1, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence and Reports, 1937-1938Box 1, Folder 2
  • Financial Records
    • Expenditures: Correspondence and Receipts, 1946-1947Box 1, Folder 3
    • Income: Correspondence and Receipts, 1946-1947Box 1, Folder 4
    • Social and Business Meetings Expenses: Reports, 1946-1947Box 1, Folder 5
    • Bank Statements, 1946-1947Box 1, Folder 6
    • Annual Audits, 1946/1947-1950/1951Box 1, Folder 7
    • Financial and Treasurer's Reports, 1959-1961Box 1, Folder 8
    • Expense Vouchers, 1959-August, 1960Box 1, Folder 9
    • Expense Vouchers, September, 1960-1961Box 1, Folder 10
    • Expense Vouchers, 1965-1966Box 1, Folder 11
  • Social Activities Files
    • General Social Activities, 1961Box 2, Folder 1
    • General Social Activities, 1962Box 2, Folder 2
    • General Social Activities, 1963-1964Box 2, Folder 3
    • General Social Activities, 1964-1965Box 2, Folder 4
    • General Social Activities, 1965-1966Box 2, Folder 5
    • General Social Activities, 1966-1967Box 2, Folder 6
    • General Social Activities, 1967-1968Box 2, Folder 7
    • General Social Activities, 1968-1969Box 2, Folder 8
    • 60th Anniversary Dinner Program, 1973Box 2, Folder 9
  • Addition
      Note:  This addition comprises three annual files of Lydians officers records compiled during the years 1949-1950, 1959-1960, and 1964-1965. The earliest file, spanning the period 1949-1950, includes materials of varying formats generated and maintained by the club's treasurer. Among these materials are correspondence and receipts pertaining to financial disbursements and deposits, bank statements, minutes from Lydian Board meetings, and reports of various Lydian officers and committees. The second and third annual files include materials generated and maintained by Lydian presidents during the periods 1959-1960 and 1964-1965. Club membership rosters, activity reports and calendars, mailing lists, Lydian Board agendas and minutes of meetings, financial reports, budgetary materials, and related correspondence may be found in each file. Each annual file is foldered separately with folders arranged in chronological order. Materials within folders are arranged in topical groups separated by tabbed dividers.
    • Treasurer's File, 1949-1950Box 3, Folder 1
    • President's File, 1959-1960Box 3, Folder 2
    • President's File, 1964-1965Box 3, Folder 3
  • Addition
      Note:  This addition comprises two boxes and includes documents from the academic years 1948-49 and 1958-59, as well as the period from 1966-1970 (although the material from academic year 1968-1969 is very sparse). There is also a very small number of documents from 1973. The content of each year's records is similar, consisting of membership lists, agendas and minutes of the meetings of both the Lydians' Board of Directors and the NU Evening Student Council (NUESC), also known as the Chicago Campus Student Union (CCSU). Also included are budgets and financial statements, announcements and reports of social activities, records of the use of the Lydians' kitchen and lounge by other NU organizations, and general correspondence. Each year's records are contained in two or three folders, with material arranged in topical groups within each folder. For the years 1967-68 and 1969-70, topics are separated by tabbed dividers. Within each topic section, material is arranged chronologically.
    • Member list, Records of meetings and activities, Correspondence, 1948-1949Box 3, Folder 4
    • Bank records and receipts, 1948-1949Box 3, Folder 5
    • Records of meetings, activities, 1958-1959Box 3, Folder 6
    • Financial information, Correspondence, CCSU meeting minutes, 1958-1959Box 3, Folder 7
    • Member list, Records of meetings and activities, 1966-1967Box 3, Folder 8
    • Financial information, Correspondence, NUESC meeting minutes, 1966-1967Box 4, Folder 1
    • Member list, Records of meetings and activities, 1967-1969Box 4, Folder 2
    • Financial information, NUESC minutes, Housekeeping records, 1967-1969Box 4, Folder 3
    • Correspondence, 1967-1969Box 4, Folder 4
    • Member list, Meeting minutes, Officers' annual reports, 1969-1970Box 4, Folder 5
    • Correspondence, Records of activities, NUESC records, 1969-1970, 1973Box 4, Folder 6