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Torch Club of Delaware records


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The International Association of Torch Clubs, established in 1924, is a non-profit organization comprised of local Torch Clubs located throughout the United States and Canada. The Torch Club of Delaware was founded six years later in 1930.

The International Association of Torch Clubs organizes annual Torch Conventions, as well as provides support and guidance for regional Torch Conventions and the formation of new local clubs. It also publishes a quarterly magazine,

The Torch , which highlights papers presented at local meetings. The local Torch Clubs provide a setting where "respected persons practicing recognized professions enjoy the cultural interchange of knowledge." Each member is responsible for annual dues, which offset the cost of the monthly meetings and other operation costs. Each local club has a monthly dinner meeting, including the presentation of a paper by a member or guest, followed by a discussion of the topic.

On June 16, 1930, thirty men in the Wilmington area formed the Torch Club of Delaware. The first officers of the Club were also elected at this meeting, and their professions reflect the intended diversity of the Torch Club: President, Dr. Walter Hullihen, President of the University of Delaware; Vice President Dr. Charles Candee, Minister, Westminster Presbyterian Church; Secretary Dr. W.O. La Motta, Ophthalmologist; and Treasurer Elwyn Evans, Vice President, Wilmington Trust Company. From the beginning, existing members elected or invited new members to join. The Torch Club of Delaware began admitting women in 1975, even though the International Association of Torch Clubs had changed their policies relating to gender in 1972. A simple change in the local club's by-laws from "only professional men" to "only professional persons" thereafter allowed for the admission of women into the Delaware Torch Club. The Torch Club of Delaware remains in existence, holding monthly dinner meetings at the University of Delaware.

International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc. official website,, viewed on February 20, 2006.All other information derived from the collection.

The records of the Torch Club of Delaware were a gift of Dr. James McNeely and comprise over 3.3 linear feet of administrative documents, financial records, monthly meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, spanning the dates 1930 to 2016.

The collection is divided into three series. Series I. consists of miscellaneous administrative materials, information on the International Association of Torch Clubs, as well as the original charter and by-laws of the Torch Club of Delaware. This series also includes financial records covering bulk dates, copies of the quarterly magazine,

The Torch, and a series of price lists for potential venues for monthly dinner meetings.

The second series consists of the Torch Club of Delaware records from 1930 to 1993. The arrangement of this series is chronological and includes administrative documents, correspondence, financial records, monthly and annual reports, and newspaper clippings. This organization reflects the original arrangement of the collection at the time of its receipt at the University of Delaware Library. Some overlapping dates remain, and records for the year 1988 are missing.

The third series comprises brochures, mailers, programs, and other materials from annual Torch Conventions held in various locations nationally, as well as newsletters from non-Delaware Torch chapters. The series is arranged chronologically.

The Torch Club of Delaware records provide researchers access to the intellectual and social history of Delaware from 1930 to 2016. The diversity of materials in the Torch Club records offers a well-rounded view of the social, intellectual, and financial changes the club underwent throughout the years represented in the collection.

  1. Boxes 1-3: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
  2. Box 4: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes
  3. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (32 inches)

Gift of Dr. James B. McNeely, April 2003.

Processed by Emily Holloway, February 2006. Encoded by Lora J. Davis, August 2011. Updated by Dustin Frohlich, November 2016.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
Date encoded (2011 March 10)
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Includes administrative materials of the International Association of Torch Clubs, Charter and By-Laws of the Torch Club of Delaware, "New Member" informational packets, financial records of the Torch Club of Delaware, select issues of

The Torch quarterly magazine, and menus and price lists for potential meeting locations.
International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc., 1972-1988.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

Informational literature and administrative materials of the International Association of Torch Clubs.

Charter and by-laws, 1930-1986.
Box 1 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

Includes original by-laws adopted in 1930, and the revised by-laws of 1986. Charter has been removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (32 inches).

"History of the Torch Club of Delaware, 1930-1980" by Herbert T. Pratt, 1985.
Box 1 Folder F3
New membership information, 1977-1992.
Box 1 Folder F4
Administrative materials, undated.
Box 1 Folder F5
Account books, 1954-1977.
Box 1 Folder F6
Bank statements, 1982-1987.
Box 1 Folder F7
Bank statements, 1983-1988.
Box 1 Folder F8
Bank statements, 1988-1993.
Box 1 Folder F9
Bank statements, 1994-1998.
Box 1 Folder F9a
Menus and price lists, 1984-1996.
Box 1 Folder F10
Scope and Contents

Information for potential venues for monthly meetings and special events.

The Torch quarterly magazine, 1981-1994.
Box 1 Folder F11
Scope and Contents

Selected journals that include articles by members of the Torch Club of Delaware.

The Torch quarterly magazine, 1997-2004.
Box 1 Folder F11a
The Torch quarterly magazine, 2004-2006.
Box 1 Folder F11b
The Torch quarterly magazine, 2006-2008.
Box 1 Folder F11c
The Torch quarterly magazine, 2008-2011.
Box 1 Folder F11d
The Torch quarterly magazine, 2011-2012.
Box 1 Folder F11e
The Torch quarterly magazine, 2012-2014.
Box 1 Folder F11f
"The Torchlight" bulletin, 1999.
Box 1 Folder F11g

Scope and Contents

This series includes the records kept by the Torch Club of Delaware. Items include correspondence, financial records, program reports, annual reports, and newspaper clippings.

Membership lists and dues reports, 1930-1944.
Box 1 Folder F12
Membership roster and bylaws, 1985-1986.
Box 1 Folder F12a
Box 1 Folder F13
Box 1 Folder F14
Box 1 Folder F15
Box 1 Folder F16
Box 1 Folder F17
Box 2 Folder F18
Membership data, 1946.
Box 2 Folder F19
Notebook of membership list, 1946-1947.
Box 2 Folder F20
Box 2 Folder F21
Box 2 Folder F22
Box 2 Folder F23
Box 2 Folder F24
Box 2 Folder F25
Box 2 Folder F26
Box 2 Folder F27
Box 2 Folder F28
Box 2 Folder F29
Box 2 Folder F30
Box 2 Folder F31
Box 2 Folder F32
Box 2 Folder F33
Box 2 Folder F34
Box 2 Folder F35
Box 2 Folder F36
Box 2 Folder F37
Box 2 Folder F38
Box 2 Folder F39
Box 3 Folder F40
Secretary and treasurer reports, 1980-1986.
Box 3 Folder F41
Box 3 Folder F42
Box 3 Folder F43
Newspaper clippings, 1950-2014.
Box 3 Folder F44
Box 3 Folder F45
Box 3 Folder F46
Box 3 Folder F47
Box 3 Folder F48
Box 3 Folder F49
Box 3 Folder F50
Box 3 Folder F51
Box 3 Folder F52
Box 3 Folder F53
Box 3 Folder F53a
Box 3 Folder F53b
Box 3 Folder F53c
Box 3 Folder F53d
Membership dues and notices, 1994-2015.
Box 3 Folder F53e
Torch Club of Delaware handbooks, 1955-1983.
Box 3 Folder F54
Torch Club of Delaware handbooks, 1984-1994.
Box 3 Folder F55
Torch Club of Delaware handbooks, 1995-2010.
Box 3 Folder F56
Materials regarding guest speakers, 2004-2012.
Box 3 Folder F57

Torch Club of Richmond, 2007.
Box 4 Folder F58
High Country Torch, 2007-2011.
Box 4 Folder F59
Conventions and other chapters, general, 2010-2013.
Box 4 Folder F60
Convention mailers, circa 2011, undated.
Box 4 Folder F61
Convention, Hagerstown, MD, 2011.
Box 4 Folder F62
Convention badges, 2012.
Box 4 Folder F63
Convention, Columbia, S.C., 2013.
Box 4 Folder F64
Convention, Columbia, S.C., 2013.
Box 4 Folder F65
Convention, St. Catherines, OT, 2014.
Box 4 Folder F66
Convention, Lincoln, NE, 2015.
Box 4 Folder F67
Convention, Columbus, OH, 2016.
Box 4 Folder F68

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