Leisure Arts Club Scrapbook

Leisure Arts Club Scrapbook page showing 1957 Christmas party
Leisure Arts Club Christmas party at the home of Bernice Allen, December 14, 1957, Leisure Arts Club scrapbook, MS 12, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.
Dates: 1941-1975
Collection number: MS 12
Creator: Leisure Arts Club
Collection Size: .2 linear feet (1 oversized volume)

Guide to the Leisure Arts Club Scrapbook

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

The Leisure Arts Club was founded on January 31, 1941 at the home of Althea Clark. Its purpose, as outlined in its constitution, was to develop self culture, to study the arts, to do charitable work, and to cooperate with groups interested in racial betterment.  

The collection consists of one scrapbook which documents the club's activities between 1941 and 1962. It includes a copy of the club's constitution and by-laws, as ratified in 1947, as well as minutes from the first few meetings after its formation in 1941. In addition, the scrapbook encompasses guest registers and invitations, correspondence, clippings, and programs documenting the club's work with charities, its musical and social events, and its affiliation with the California State Association of Colored Women's Clubs.

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