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Gown in Town dining club papers

Identifier: 659

Scope and Content

The collection contains lists of duties of the secretary, lists of speakers, correspondence, meeting announcements, secretaries’ books, financial records, membership lists, anniversary materials, papers of the Beowulf committee and general information.


  • Creation: 1924-2004


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Gown in Town dining club papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

Gown in Town is a faculty dining club founded in 1914. Originally the membership consisted only of men and was limited to 33. In later years the membership was enlarged and the 1990 roster lists 51 active members. A membership committee was in charge of replacing members in the club. In 1954, its name was changed to the Beowulf Group and later the Beowulf Committee. The original members of the newly named committee were Huntington Brown (chairman), Orville Dahl and J.B. Wolf.

Meetings were originally held at 510 Groveland, a Minneapolis residential hotel, until 1979. At that time management changed and the club moved its meetings to the AAUW Club at 2115 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis. In 1992 the location changed once again to the St. Paul College Club at 990 Summit Avenue, St. Paul.

A secretary, who is appointed on a biannual basis, is given the responsibility of organizing the monthly meetings, arranging speakers, who are members of the club, to present a topic at each meeting. Additionally, the secretary is responsible for the financial affairs of the club.

In 1939 the club celebrated its silver anniversary, in 1964 its golden anniversary and in 1989 its diamond anniversary. At the 60th anniversary celebration in 1974, ladies were invited for the first time in the club's history. In 1979, the issue of admitting women as members was discussed, and in April 1980, Jeanne Lupton became the first woman member of Gown in Town.


1 box (1.3 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the Gown in Town dining club, a faculty dining club at the University of Minnesota.


The collection was originally organized by subject. Later supplements, which were originally organized by the secretary, were also rearranged by subject.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The papers of Gown in Town were originally deposited in University Archives in 1965. Various supplements have been added since then, usually by the secretaries of the organization.

Gown in Town dining club papers, 1924-2001
Karen Klinkenberg; updated by Karen Spilman
updated July 2005
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