Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. records

Abstract

The Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. records (dated 1885-1906; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise volumes I and IV of organizational records for the Gridiron club.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. records
Date
1885-1906
Extent
0.68 Cubic feet
Subjects
Journalism--Social aspects.
Journalism--Societies, etc.
Menus
Political cartoons.
Political satire, American.
Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Alison Sperry
Preferred Citation
60m20: [identification of item], Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. records, 1885-1906, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 by a group of Washington, D.C. journalists, such as Benjamin Perley Poore, the club's first president. One of the most prominent organizations for journalists, the Gridiron Club admits members solely through invitation. Traditionally the club only admitted newspaper journalists but in recent years it has included broadcast journalists as well. The club puts on an annual dinner every year, which includes politically satiric remarks from the President and members of each political party.
Source:
Glass, Andrew. "Cheney Yuks it up with the Press." The Politico. April 1, 2007. Accessed November 4, 2013. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0407/3379.html
Scope and Content
The Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. records (dated 1885-1906; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise volumes I and IV of organizational records for the Gridiron club. The records, in scrapbook form, primarily document the annual Gridiron Club dinner and include dinner invitations; seating charts; menus; invitations; songs; photographs of members and guests; and newspaper clippings of articles and political cartoons referencing the club. A copy of the constitution and by-laws of the club are included in the first volume.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Volume I, 1885-1899

  • Box 1, Item 1
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Volume IV, 1905-1906

  • Box 2, Item 1
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