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Crossroads Club Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RH-A-4276

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of records and photos regarding the Crossroads Club, which was active in and around Galesburg, Michigan, dating from 1931 to the 1970s. The scrapbook is 44 pages long and contains photographs, newspaper clippings, meeting notes, and by-laws.

Dates

  • 1931-1970s

Creator

Extent

.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Bibliography

The Crossroads Club was founded in Galesburg, Michigan, by Gladys Henson and Florence Wixson on July 32, 1931. The Club was county federated in September 1932 and state federated in the fall of 1950. The Crossroads Club was founded with 19 members, eventually growing to 30 members, which was the clubs limit. The Crossroads Club met twice a month between September and June at homes of the members. The Club operated programs involving book reviews, playlets, speakers, and current events. The Crossroads Club was responsible for charity work, including providing groceries and cash for two families every year, as well as donating to organizations such as the Red Cross and the March of Dimes.

The Crossroads Clubs earned money from rummage sales, food sales, white elephant sales, card parties, and plays. They used this money to sponsor the Chix Club and the Bandettes. The Chix Club was composed of daughters of the members of the Crossroads Club. The Bandettes was composed of members of the Crossroads Club who would use kitchen utensils as musical instruments and sing songs for people. The Bandettes performed for veterans as well as factory workers.

Throughout the late 1960s the group became less active until it eventually ended in the early 1970s.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .5 cubic feet and is composed of records and a scrapbook from the Crossroads Club which was located around Galesburg, Michigan from 1931 to the 1970s. The scrapbook measures 14.5”x12”x.75” and has a vinyl front and back. It is bound with string. The scrapbook is in good condition, showing signs of age including yellowing and some tears. Many items in the scrapbook are beginning to come unglued.

The collection contains 3 notebooks, 2 of which measure 10”x8”, the other measuring 8.5”x7”. The notebooks are in good shape. The metal coil at the side of the notebooks is beginning to rust. The pages in the notebooks are handwritten with black and blue ink, as well as pencil. The pages show yellowing, and some have tears and stains.

The collection also contains 9 folders which each measure 14.5”x9.5”. The folders are made up of documents from the years which the Crossroads Club was active. Some of the documents in these folders are typed with black ink, while other are handwritten in black and blue ink, as well as pencil. The documents in these folders show yellowing, and there are some tears.
Title
Crossroads Club Collection finding aid
Status
Completed
Author
Bailey Miller; Stephanie Chapman
Date
2021-11-09
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490