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Collection Scope and Content Notes


The minutes of the Franklin are found within two bound volumes, arranged chronologically. Included within the minutes is a brief history of the Pittsburgh Chapter, from its early days to its re-formation in 1906. No meeting entries are recorded for the period of late 1906 to late 1908. Lists of members and meeting attendees, elections of officers, bookkeeping notes, and motions passed are kept in handwritten form through 1910, at which time the entries are typewritten.

For the most part, a brief overview of topics presented at meetings and the ensuing discussion is noted, though occasionally, greater detail of the papers presented at the meetings is given. The volumes also contain assorted notes of thanks, artwork, newspaper clippings, and copies of letters written by members of the Franklin.

It appears that shortly after founding member Thomas H. Davis's death in late 1921, meetings occurred less frequently. The Franklin disbanded at some time in 1922, and the minutes reflect sporadic meetings and membership decline for that year.


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