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Kettledrum Club Records

Identifier: MSS-0811

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of organizational records, including meeting minutes (1892-1962, incomplete); scrapbooks with photographs of and articles on early members, their husbands, their residences, and club meetings; and papers presented to the membership on a variety of topics from women's suffrage to Cuban independence. Also included is a 2002 membership yearbook.


  • 1888 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1888 - 1965

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

The Kettledrum was the first literary club for women in Alabama, providing a cultural and social outlet for Tuscaloosa women. The Kettledrum constitution of 1905 stipulated that the membership be limited to thirty married women. Vacancies were filled without nominations, by secret ballot.


1.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The records of this Tuscaloosa literary club for Alabama women, including meeting minutes and scrapbooks. The latter contain photographs of and articles on early members, their husbands, their residences, and club meetings. The collection also includes papers presented at meetings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Camille Ellebash for the Kettledrum, 1999
Guide to Kettledrum Club Records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266