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Pond Lily Art and Literary Club Collection

Identifier: ARL225

Content Description

Collection contains bBrochures, programs, certificates, photographs, newspaper clippings, and greeting cards document the activities of the Pond Lily Art and Literary Club from 1947-1951.


  • 1947-2004


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

The Pond Lily Art and Literary Club was formed in 1901 by sixteen-year-old Augustavia Young, as a means to challenge local newspapers' negative portrayals of women of color. The club's first meeting was held in Denver's City Park, and was named after the lilies floating in the pond there.

Initially the club consisted of high school students who honed talents such as playing instruments, reciting poetry, and reviewing books in order to present public examples that would help create a better opinion of colored people. As declared by Pond Lily's first president, Florence Walden, the goal of the club was to "bring the women of Denver into communication for closer acquaintance, mutual helpfulness, and the promotion of higher social and moral conditions."

Club members were expected to pay dues, create a number of pieces of artwork per year, act as hostesses for rotating meetings, and to conduct themselves according to the standards outlined in the bylaws. Misconduct was fined anywhere from $.02 for not having a biblical quotation prepared for roll call, to $1.00 for not having a finished piece of artwork for the state association conference.

The Pond Lily Art and Literature Club was a member of the National Association of Colored Women, and was one of only four such clubs formed between 1901 and 1925 that was still active in the late 1990s.


2 oversize boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, unkown donor, unknown date.

Condition Description

Most items are affixed to scrapbook pages, though a small selection of items are in file folders. Newspaper clippings are yellowed, but items are otherwise in good condition.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205