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Guide to the Quest Club scrapbook mss.3740


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

September 2013


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Quest Club scrapbook

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


1.4 Linear feet (1 scrapbook)




Scrapbook primarily covering the club's activities and meetings from 1926 to 1947, although there are a few items from the 1980s tucked inside.

General Physical Description note

While the pages are mostly intact, the scrapbook itself is not very stable; care should be taken when opened. Not suitable for photocopying; use of camera recommended.


Quest Club (Tuscaloosa, Ala.).

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

The Quest Club scrapbook, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

gift of the Tuscaloosa Public Library, 2013

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a scrapbook of the Quest Club of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, covering the early part of the twentieth century. It includes yearbooks, newspaper clippings about club activities, and photographs of officers, new members, and places. Much of the scrapbook is very artistic in that many of the entries are embellished with calligraphy and hand drawn borders. Even the last few yearbook covers are beautiful watercolor paintings.

One item worth noting is the award the club received from the United States Treasury Department in 1945 for raising money for the 6th War Loan campaign. According to a note under the award, the Quest Club was responsible for the sale of over $44,000 worth of bonds for the War Loan campaign. The total sale of bonds by all women's clubs in Tuscaloosa was $60,000.

One of the final entries in the book is a tribute to Nelson B. Jones, son of Walter B. and Hazel Jones of Tuscaloosa, who was killed in action in Germany in April 1945. Mrs. Jones was a member of the Quest Club.

Biographical/Historical note

The Quest Club of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was organized in 1926 with the stated object being "intellectual development and broader culture" (from the 1926-1927 yearbook). They were members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs from 1928 to 1972. The group continued to meet through at least the late 1980s. Information in the scrapbook indicates that in the 1987-1988 yearbook (not included in this scrapbook) there were only 18 members.


Tuscaloosa Public LIbrary. (local)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) (lcsh)

Women (localbroad)

Women - Societies and clubs (lcsh)

Scrapbook Box 3740.001