15 linear in.
The collection is arranged in three series: Series I contains loose papers and records; Series II is a large scrapbook, dating from 1934 to 1946; Series III contains the collection's photographs.
The collection contains a wide variety of records generated by the Swank Social Club: a club of African-American men in Charlotte, N.C., beginning in 1934.
The Swank Social Club, of Charlotte, North Carolina, began as an informal gathering of boys along Sixth Street in Charlotte's Second Ward. In August of 1934 they decided to organize themselves as a club, complete with a name, motto, colors and flower. Soon after their initial organization the Swanks opened their membership to other boys in order to allow the organization to continue to grow. After WWII, the Swanks began making philanthropic donations to a number of charitable causes. In addition, the club became known for its own social activities, such as its New Years Eve parties and Labor Day cookouts. The Swanks also celebrated its members retirement parties and other social occasions. Though there are a number of other, similar organizations in Charlotte, the Swank Social Club eventually became Charlotte's oldest social club.
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Swank Social Club records, mss 267, Special Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The Gerson Stroud collection, mss 266.
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