Finding Aid for the Gnome Club Records 1897-2007

Processed by Nurit Lifshitz.
Caltech Archives
Archives
California Institute of Technology
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Pasadena, CA 91125
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Email: archives@caltech.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Gnome Club Records,
Date (inclusive): 1897-2007
Collection number: 10186-MS
Creator: Gnome Club 1897-
Extent: 3 linear feet
Repository: California Institute of Technology. Caltech Archives
Pasadena, California 91125
Abstract: The Records of the Gnome Club (1897-2007), organized in six archival boxes, contains diverse material related to Caltech's oldest social club. Material includes historical information, constitution and by-laws, member lists, newsletters, photos and artifacts.
Physical location: Archives, California Institute of Technology.
Language of Material:
Languages represented in the collection:
English

Access

The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.

Publication Rights

Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Caltech Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and, unless explicitly stated otherwise, is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gnome Club Records, 10186-MS, Caltech Archives, California Institute of Technology.

Acquisition Information

The Records of the Gnome Club were donated to the Caltech Archives in July of 1999 by Robert C. Perpall, Class of 1952. Supplements continue to be made.

Historical Note

Caltech's oldest social organization, the Gnome Club was founded on March 9, 1897 by James C. Creamer, who became the first president of the Club. Over the years the Gnome Club has had a variety of roles: honorary society, secret society, fraternity, and off-campus club. Its existence and activities have been continuous, and its ideals of courage, loyalty, and truth have remained predominant and unchanged.

Scope and Content

The collection is organized in six archival boxes, the first four boxes containing the Gnome Club documents and the fifth and sixth box containing some of the Club's photos, artifacts and miscellaneous material.

Related Material

Many images of Gnome Club members are available on PhotoNet , the Caltech Archives' photo collection (folders 40.5.1 through 40.5.3). In addition, a number of folders in the historical files of the institute contain material related to the club.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California Institute of Technology
Students


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Constitution and by-laws

Box 1, Folder 2

History of the organization

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Gnome Club, Throop and Caltech" 1986 [2 copies]

Box 1, Folder 4

Gnome Club procedures

 

Gnome Club rites

 

Initiation ceremony (revised versions)

Box 1, Folder 5

1974 May

Box 1, Folder 6

1988 Jul [3 copies]

Box 1, Folder 7

Founders' Night Ritual

Box 1, Folder 8

Gnome Club past-presidents list 1957-1999

 

Gnome Club Officers

Box 1, Folder 9

1972-1973

Box 1, Folder 10

1975-1976

Box 1, Folder 11

1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 12

1977-1978

Box 1, Folder 13

1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 14

1980-1981

Box 1, Folder 15

1983-1984

Box 1, Folder 16

1984-1985

Box 1, Folder 17

1985-1986

Box 1, Folder 18

1987-1988

Box 1, Folder 19

1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 20

1989-1990

Box 1, Folder 21

1990-1991

Box 1, Folder 22

1991-1992

Box 1, Folder 23

1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 24

1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 25

1994-1995

Box 1, Folder 26

1995-1996

Box 1, Folder 27

1996-1997

 

Board of Directors meetings

Box 1, Folder 28

1970

Box 1, Folder 29

1971

Box 1, Folder 30

1972

Box 1, Folder 31

1973

Box 1, Folder 32

1974

Box 1, Folder 33

1975

Box 1, Folder 34

1977

Box 1, Folder 35

1985

Box 1, Folder 36

1986

Box 1, Folder 37

1987

Box 1, Folder 38

1988

Box 1, Folder 39

1989

Box 1, Folder 40

1992

Box 1, Folder 41

1993

Box 1, Folder 42

1994

Box 1, Folder 43

1995

Box 1, Folder 44

1996

 

Long Range Planning Committee

Box 1, Folder 45

1977

Box 1, Folder 46

1980

 

Financial records

Box 2, Folder 1

1974-1976

Box 2, Folder 2

1977

Box 2, Folder 3

1980

Box 2, Folder 4

1989-1993

 

Scholarship Fund

Box 2, Folder 5

1974-1976

Box 2, Folder 6

1977

Box 2, Folder 7

1985-1986

Box 2, Folder 8

1987-1988

Box 2, Folder 9

1990

Box 2, Folder 10

1992

Box 2, Folder 11

1994

 

Career Counseling Program

Box 2, Folder 12

1981

Box 2, Folder 13

1982

Box 2, Folder 14

1983

Box 2, Folder 15

1984

Box 2, Folder 16

1985

Box 2, Folder 17

1986

Box 2, Folder 18

1987

Box 2, Folder 19

1988

Box 2, Folder 20

General information 1978-1986

 

Membership information, "Gnew Gnomes" nominations

Box 2, Folder 21

1973

Box 2, Folder 22

1974

Box 2, Folder 23

1975

Box 2, Folder 24

1976

Box 2, Folder 25

1977

Box 2, Folder 26

1983

Box 2, Folder 27

1984

Box 2, Folder 28

1985

Box 2, Folder 29

1986

Box 2, Folder 30

1987

Box 2, Folder 31

1988

Box 2, Folder 32

1989

Box 2, Folder 33

1990

Box 2, Folder 34

1991

Box 2, Folder 35

1992

Box 2, Folder 36

1993

Box 2, Folder 37

1994

Box 2, Folder 38

1995

Box 2, Folder 39

General information

 

Social activities

 

Founders' Night [held on March 9 of each year]

Box 3, Folder 1

General lists

Box 3, Folder 2

1973

Box 3, Folder 3

1974

Box 3, Folder 4

1975

Box 3, Folder 5

1976 [see also: photos, Box 6]

Box 3, Folder 6

1977 [see also: photos, Box 6]

Box 3, Folder 7

1978

Box 3, Folder 8

1979

Box 3, Folder 9

1984

Box 3, Folder 10

1985

Box 3, Folder 11

1986

Box 3, Folder 12

1987 [see also: photos, Box 6]

Box 3, Folder 13

1988 [see also: photos, Box 6]

Box 3, Folder 14

1989

Box 3, Folder 15

1990

Box 3, Folder 16

1991

Box 3, Folder 17

1992

Box 3, Folder 18

1993

Box 3, Folder 19

1994

Box 3, Folder 20

1995

Box 3, Folder 21

100th Founders' Night 1996 [see also: photos, Box 6]

 

1998 [see: photos, Box 6]

Box 3, Folder 22

1999 [see also: photos, Box 6]

 

Summer Party

Box 3, Folder 23

1962 Jun 2

Box 3, Folder 24

1966 Aug 27

Box 3, Folder 25

1973 Sep 15

Box 3, Folder 26

1974 Aug 10

Box 3, Folder 27

1975 Aug 10

Box 3, Folder 28

1976 Aug 28

Box 3, Folder 29

1977 Jul 30

Box 3, Folder 30

1982 Jul 31

Box 3, Folder 31

1983 Jul 9

Box 3, Folder 32

1984 Jul 14

Box 3, Folder 33

1985 Aug 3

Box 3, Folder 34

1987 Jul 25

Box 3, Folder 35

1988 Jul 16

Box 3, Folder 36

1989 Aug 5

Box 3, Folder 37

1990 Sep 8

Box 3, Folder 38

1991 Aug 17

Box 3, Folder 39

1992 Aug 1

Box 3, Folder 40

1993 Jul 17

Box 3, Folder 41

1994 Jul 23 [see also: photos, Box 6]

 

1997 Aug 9 [see: photos, Box 6]

 

Social activities (cont'd)

 

Annual Holiday Party

Box 4, Folder 1

1973 Dec 1

Box 4, Folder 2

1974 Dec 7

Box 4, Folder 3

1975 Dec 6

Box 4, Folder 4

1976 Dec 4

Box 4, Folder 5

1978 Dec 20

Box 4, Folder 6

1982 Dec 11

Box 4, Folder 7

1984 Dec 15

Box 4, Folder 8

1985 Dec 14

Box 4, Folder 9

1987 Dec 12

Box 4, Folder 10

1989 Dec 9

Box 4, Folder 11

1990 Dec 9

Box 4, Folder 12

1991 Dec 14

Box 4, Folder 13

1992 Dec 12

Box 4, Folder 14

1993 Dec 11

Box 4, Folder 15

Annual Alumni Seminar Day 1988-1992

 

Gnome Club directory

Box 4, Folder 16

1958

Box 4, Folder 17

1970

Box 4, Folder 18

1972 [2 copies]

Box 4, Folder 19

1981 [2 copies]

Box 4, Folder 20

1995-1996

Box 4, Folder 21

"Gnomes - 25 mile radius of Pasadena" list 1990

 

Membership lists

Box 4, Folder 22

1992 Jun

Box 4, Folder 23

1993 Feb

Box 4, Folder 24

1995 Feb

Box 4, Folder 25

1999 Aug

 

Deceased members list

Box 4, Folder 26

1993 Nov

Box 4, Folder 27

1999 Aug

 

Newsletter: "Gnome Gnews"

Box 4, Folder 28

1961

Box 4, Folder 29

1962

Box 4, Folder 30

1963

Box 4, Folder 31

1964

Box 4, Folder 32

1965

Box 4, Folder 33

1966

Box 4, Folder 34

1967

Box 4, Folder 35

1968

Box 4, Folder 36

1969

Box 4, Folder 37

1970

Box 4, Folder 38

1971

Box 4, Folder 39

1972

Box 4, Folder 40

1973

Box 4, Folder 41

1974

Box 4, Folder 42

1975

Box 4, Folder 43

1976

Box 4, Folder 44

1977

Box 4, Folder 45

1978

Box 4, Folder 46

1979

Box 4, Folder 47

1980

Box 4, Folder 48

1981

Box 4, Folder 49

1983

Box 4, Folder 50

1984

Box 4, Folder 51

1985

Box 4, Folder 52

1986

Box 4, Folder 53

1987

Box 4, Folder 54

1988

Box 4, Folder 55

1989

Box 4, Folder 56

1990

Box 4, Folder 57

1991

Box 4, Folder 58

1992

Box 4, Folder 59

1993

Box 4, Folder 60

1994

Box 4, Folder 61

1995

Box 4, Folder 62

1996

Box 4, Folder 63

1997

 

Miscellaneous

Box 5, Folder 1

Correspondence 1961-1999

Box 5, Folder 2

Obituaries 1992-1999 [see also: photos, Box 6]

Box 5, Folder 3

Stationery

Box 5, Folder 4

Songs

Box 5, Folder 5

Banners [3, one removed for display, July 1999]

Box 5, Folder 6

Wooden emblem with Greek initials, "Kappa-Gamma"

Box 5, Folder 7

Medal: "Gnomes Founder," Caltech Alumni House 1980 Oct 23

 

Photographs

 

Gnome Club members

Box 5, Folder 8

1897 [photo removed for display, July 1999]

Box 5, Folder 9

1899 [3 copies, one removed for display, July 1999]

Box 5, Folder 10

1903

 

Photographs (cont'd)

 

Gnome Club members (cont'd)

Box 6, Folder 1

1908 [2 copies]

Box 6, Folder 2

1909

Box 6, Folder 3

1915-1916

Box 6, Folder 4

1916-1917

Box 6, Folder 5

1917-1918

Box 6, Folder 6

1919-1920 [2 copies]

Box 6, Folder 7

1921-1922

Box 6, Folder 8

1922-1923

Box 6, Folder 9

1925-1926

 

Founders' Night

Box 6, Folder 10

1976

Box 6, Folder 11

1977

Box 6, Folder 12

1987

Box 6, Folder 13

1988

Box 6, Folder 14

1995

Box 6, Folder 15

1996

Box 6, Folder 16

1998

Box 6, Folder 17

1999

Box 6, Folder 18

Holiday Party 1980 Dec

 

Summer Party

Box 6, Folder 19

1994 Jul

Box 6, Folder 20

1997 Aug

Box 6, Folder 21

50th Graduation Reunion, Gnome members Class of 1931: 1981 Jun 4

 

Theodore C. Combs

Box 6, Folder 22

Marriage ceremony 1995 Feb

Box 6, Folder 23

Memorial service at Caltech 1999 Mar

Box 6, Folder 24

Memorial service at Redwoods Nelder Grove 1999 Jun

Box 6, Folder 25

Supplement 2000: Miscellaneous 1999

Box 6, Folder 26

Supplements 2002-2007: Miscellaneous 1979-2007