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Junto Club Records (MC 104)

Organizational History

The Junto Cub began in 1924 as a venue for stimulating conversation and discussion based on shared reading and study.  The founding members were Mary Neal Allen Smith Carnes, Josie Andrews Dimon, Mary Cozart Burns, Isabel McKee Lewis, Hellen Mullino Newton, Isabel Lyman Blackmar and Bessie Mary Dudley Baird.  They consulted with The Women's Reading Club and the Student's Group about the organization and direction of the new club.  After some discussion, they chose the name Junto, which means a group of persons joined for a common purpose.  It appealed to the charter members since it was the name Benjamin Franklin chose for his own study group and lending library.  According to its constitution, "The purpose of this organization shall be to enkindle an intelligent appreciation and understanding of Letters and Arts of all time."  Each year a theme is chosen, and papers presented to the club each meeting by various members.  Their program year runs from September through May with two meetings per month.  Minutes were kept of meetings in the early years, but there are no known surviving copies.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of scrapbooks and programs of the Junto Club.  There are three scrapbooks containing many of the early programs, some newspaper clippings about meetings, photographs of celebratory or seasonal occasions and some information about the by-laws and constitution of the organization.  There is an unbound run of programs from 1962/1963 to 2016/2017, complete except for 2008/2009.  The annual programs generally contain phone numbers and addresses of the membership, as well as the name of each presenter and the title of her paper.  Very few of the actual papers are present.

1924-2017                                                                     2 boxes (1.33  l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Junto Club Records must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Junto Club Records (MC 104)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Many programs were donated to the CSU archives by Mrs. Benjamin H. Hardaway in 1996, and the club donated its scrapbooks and more programs in 2018.

Note to Researchers

See also: Columbus Women's Study Clubs Collection

Box and Folder/Item List

Box 1 – Scrapbooks

Item 1 – Scrapbook I, 1924-1949
Item 2 – Scrapbook II, 1949-1974
Item 3 – Scrapbook III, 1974-2002

Box 2 – Programs

Folder 1 – Annual Programs, 1962/1963 – 1969/1970

Family Portraits, 1962/1963
All the World's a Stage: Woman's Role, 1963/1964
The Legacy of Greece, 1964/1965
Man's Search for God, 1965/1966
The Old Northwest (2 copies), 1966/1967
Island Stories, 1967/1968
Remembering the Happy Times (2 copies), 1968/1969
The Soul of Spain, 1969/1970

Folder 2 – Annual Programs, 1970/1971 – 1979/1980

The Age of Louis XIV (2 copies), 1970/1971
The Middle East on a Flying Carpet (2 copies), 1971/1972
From Adam's Rib to Women's Lib (2 copies), 1972/1973
Compute (Contemporary Issues) (2 copies), 1973/1974
One copy of this program contains an invitation to the 50th Anniversary meeting on Mary 20, 1974. It also contains a copy of the paper presented by Mrs. Tom Huston (Minnie Bullock), and Loretto Chapell's introduction of the speaker.
Victorian Kaleidoscope (3 copies), 1974/1975
Sweet Land of Liberty (2 copies), 1975/1976
This Is Her Georgia (in honor of Loretto Chappell) (2 copies), 1976/1977
The Nobel Prizewinners in Literature 1901-1937 (2 copies), 1977/1978
Open a new window, Open a new door! (2 copes), 1978/1979
Getting to Know You (Characters from fictional works) (2 copies), 1979/1980

Folder 3 – Programs, 1980/1981 – 1984/1985

Accentuate the Positive from A to Z (2 copies), 1980/1981
Southern Writers (2 copies), 1981/1982
Doctors in Literature (2 copies), 1982/1983
Around the World in 18 Days of Myth and Legend (2 copies), 1983/1984
Yankee Doodle Humor (2 copies), 1984/1985

Folder 4 – Programs, 1985/1986 – 1989/1990

Orations (2 copies), 1985/1986
My Country Tis of Thee (Discussions of States of the Union)
(2 copies), 1986/1987
Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder (2 copies), 1987/1988
Pairs (2 copies), 1988/1989
Travelers' Tales (famous explorations) (2 copies), 1989/1990

Folder 5 – Programs, 1990/1991 – 1999/2000

Opening Lines (2 copies), 1990/1991
The Final Word (2 copies), 1991/1992
The Ladies...bless 'em: Women in Art (2 copies), 1992/1993
Les Beaux Arts et the Belles Lettres de France (2 copies), 1993/1994
Unchained Melody (2 copies), 1994/1995
How We Communicate (Say What???) (2 copies), 1995/1996
For Treasure Seekers Only (2 copies), 1996/1997
In Our Time: American Literature of the Last Half Century (2 copies), 1997/1998
Georgia: Then and Now (2 copies), 1998/1999
Celebrate the Best of the Best!!! (2 copies), 1999/2000

Folder 6 – Programs, 2000/2001 – 2004/2005

Celebrate the Best of the Best!!! (2 copies), 2000/2001
The Junto, Columbus, Georgia: Looking Back 76 Years (2 copies), May 16, 2001
This is a draft of a history of the Junto Club, presented to members at the May 16, 2001 meeting of the club.
Once Upon a Time . . . (2 copies), 2001/2002
The Story of Islam (2 copies), 2002/2003
Hail to the Chief (2 copies), 2003/2004
Classics (2 copies), 2004/2005
Appalachia (2 copies), 2005/2006
Journeys Through Literature (2 copies), 2006/2007
You've Got Mail, 2007/2008
A Year of A-Musements (2 copies), 2009/2010

Folder 7 – Programs, 2010/2011 – 2016/2017

A Year of Travels (2 copies), 2010/2011
The South in the Words of Her Daughters (2 copies), 2011/2012
Rainbow Roulette, 2012/2013
Villains, Victims Verdicts, 2013/2014
A Cup of Vienna (2 copies), 2014/2015
The Junto Roadshow, 2015/2016
Annus Investigatio: Year of [Self] Discovery (2 copies), 2016/2017