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Chautauqua Circle Collection
5.5 linear feet
The Chautauqua Circle is one of the oldest clubs for black women in Atlanta, Georgia. Following an exploratory meeting in May 1912, and a series of literary and musical programs, the permanent organization was established on September 8, 1913. The Circle was inspired by the National Chautauqua Movement, an influential development in popular adult education which operated at Lake Chautauqua, New York since 1874. Mrs. Henrietta Curtis Porter, a founding member, was the guiding force behind the strict adherence to the philosophies of the National Chautauqua Movement. The Circle holds monthly meetings of lectures, discussions, and cultural programs covering a range of topics including politics, civil rights, race relations, international issues, economics, education, health, art, literature, science, and religion.
The Chautauqua Circle Collection contains minutes, reports, correspondence, yearbooks, programs, photographs, news clippings, invitations, financial papers, constitution and bylaws, documenting the Circle's activities and members.