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Kalamazoo Torch Club Records

Identifier: RH-A-4321

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of materials relevant to the Kalamazoo Torch Club. The materials in the collection relate to club membership, newsletters, and club business from 2006 to 2020.


  • Creation: 2006-2020


Biographical / Historical

The materials in this collection relate to the activities of the Kalamazoo Torch Club 2006 and 2020. The Kalamazoo Torch Club was founded in 1929 with the purpose of facilitating and hosting the exchange of intellectual ideas between members of the Kalamazoo community. The Kalamazoo Torch Club is a branch of the International Association of Torch Clubs, which operates similar clubs in many cities across the country. All members must apply for membership and pay dues. Certain professions like academics, physicians, lawyers, and other professional occupations are sought after as potential members of the Torch Club.

The members of the Kalamazoo Torch Club meet monthly at the Park Club (219 W. South St.) in downtown Kalamazoo for presentations, dinners, and discussions. The speakers at these events include members of the club, local public figures, or guest speakers from visiting institutions. The presentations range in topic, drawing mostly from the fields of science, history, literature, and current events. Due to the nature of the topics discussed in club meetings, the Kalamazoo Torch Club forbids the promotion of certain political, religious, or social ideas. The club states the goal is to maintain a sense of neutrality so that a meaningful and civil conversation can blossom.


.25 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This is a deposited collection.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 0.25 cubic feet of material, mostly comprised of loose-leaf papers. The overall condition of the materials is excellent. The papers were not organized but have been placed in chronological order where applicable. There is very little damage to the materials except for occasional creasing in the pages. The majority of the materials appear to have typed and printed. The meeting notices and some of the other promotional materials were printed in color with the Torch Club of Kalamazoo logo. Treasurer materials and other business documents relating to the activities of the club are printed on various letter-head’s featuring the logo of the Kalamazoo Torch Club. Promotional materials like meeting notices and programs are printed on multi-color paper.

Kalamazoo Torch Club Records finding aid
Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490