Prismatic Club Records

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Materials in Boxes 49-50 are restricted.
46.5 linear feet (25.5 MB, 6 OS, 1 AV drawer)
1867-2007, bulk 1866-1879 and 1960-2000

The Prismatic Club was founded by Samuel R. Bartlett on January 10, 1867, in Detroit. It was patterned after a Massachusetts literary society, The Social Circle of Concord. The men-only Prismatic Club, still active as of 2017, has a cultural, social and literary focus. This collection includes administrative and officers’ files, minutes, newsletters and club event documents, as well as members’ presentations, publications and biographical forms. There are some photos and graphics, mainly cartoons and sketches by members. Photo negatives and slides of the club’s portrait collection and some events are in the Reuther Audiovisual Department. Two books of Prismatic Club history have been published: Prismatic of Detroit: Prismatic Club 1866-1966, by Philip P. Mason and Paul T. Rankin (1970), and Prismatic of Detroit: Prismatic Club 1969-1996 (1997).

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