Prismatic Club of Detroit Records

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Materials in boxes 49-50 are restricted. Researcher must sign restricted use form to access Boxes 49 and 50.
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Samuel R. Bartlett founded the Prismatic Club on January 10, 1867 in Detroit. It was patterned after a literary society of Concord, Massachusetts, "The Social Circle of Concord", and similarly the Prismatic Club has a cultural, social and literary focus. The club has had portrait paintings of club Presidents produced since 1877 and therefore has one of the best collections of community, social and academic leaders in Detroit. Copies of many of the weekly presentations by members, a hallmark of the organization, are also in the collection. The annual dinner meeting is another highlight of the group. The collection contains biographies and background information on members and material on Detroit history, medicine, engineering, sociology, genealogy, art, literature and gastronomy.

1867–2007, bulk 1866–1879 and 1961–2007
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