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South Side Club Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3726

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a ledger from the South Side Club. Many pages of the ledger were left blank. A few meeting notes were taken, but after that the pages which are used mostly deal with bonds, stocks, and interest on bank accounts. There are also some pages which show liberty bonds bought by the club. These account information ends with 1924. The club had accounts with the Kalamazoo City Savings Bank.


  • Creation: 1913-1924


Biographical / Historical

The South Side ClubSouth Side Club appears to have been a club based in the Kalamazoo/Portage area, which equates to the Southern side of Kalamazoo. They were in operation at least from 1913-the 1920’s. The club had a club house was at 1317 Portage Street. Today that address appears to exist and has a building that could have been the same one the clubhouse was located in. The club hired a Steward of the club with a salary of $50 per week, or less if earnings of the club were too low and/or expenses were too high. This salary would have put the Steward comfortably into the middle class. The Steward and the club house appear to have been linked to a cigar store. Indeed, the Steward changed at least one time, and according to the directory this coincided with a change in who owned the cigar store. The Kalamazoo Gazette wrote about some of the speakers who attended the club included those in science, labor, and religion. The clubhouse included billiards which were shared with the cigar store.

The club was listed in the directories from 1913-1922. There is no directory from 1923, and by 1924 the club was no longer listed in the directory. Whether this means the club went away or not is unknown. It appears the club no longer exists today.


1 Volumes ; 7¾" x 9¼"

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Physical Description

This collection contains one ledger from the South Side Club which is 7 3/4th” x 9 1/4th”.

The condition of the ledger is fair. There is some age related wear and fading but the pages are legible and the ledger is physically stable.


This item was acquired through the Starring Endowment.

South Side Club Collection Finding Aid
Dylan Tilbury
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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