Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Houston Book Clubs research materials, 1993-2001 MS 521

creator Long, Elizabeth
Title: Houston Book Clubs research materials
Dates: 1993-2001
Abstract: The Houston Book Clubs Research Materials consist of material from 1877-2001, including interviews, surveys, emails, reports, essays, lists, and correspondence between Elizabeth Long and members of the literary community. The files were compiled by Elizabeth Long during her study of the role of women's reading groups for her 2003 book "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life" (University of Chicago Press).
Identification: MS 521
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Rice University sociology professor Elizabeth Long’s extensive research into the history and growth of reading clubs and their impact on social change is reflected in these papers. Professor Long majored in history at Stanford University and later earned Master’s and PhD degrees in sociology at Brandeis University. She joined Rice’s Department of Sociology in 1978 after teaching women’s studies at Wellesley College and M.I.T. Long has taught a wide variety of courses including the history of sociology, the sociology of gender, feminist social thought, and contemporary sociological theory. In 2003 she was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Scope and Contents

The Houston Book Clubs research materials consist of material from 1993-2001, including interviews, surveys, emails, reports, essays, lists, and correspondence between Elizabeth Long and members of the literary community. The files were compiled by Elizabeth Long during her study of the role of women's reading groups for her 2003 book "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life" (University of Chicago Press). The surveys and interviews were conducted with Houston area book clubs from 1999-2001 with research focusing on both online book clubs and traditional ones and pertaining to their origins, members, discussions, and processes of book selection. Additionally, the collection contains information from and relating to the 2001 workshop in Cologne, Germany entitled "How literature enters life", sponsored by the International Association for the Empirical Study of Literature and the Media. Research on reading groups is arranged by individual book clubs.


Missing Title
Series I: Research organization and notes
Series II: Book clubs
Series III: Correspondence
Series IV: Writings / Works


Access Restriction

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Book Clubs research materials must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

surveys (documents)
Literature and society -- United States
Book clubs (Discussion groups)
Books and reading -- United States
Long, Elizabeth

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Houston Book Clubs research materials, 1993-2001, MS 521, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Elizabeth Long, January 2007

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Research organization and notes, 1999-2000

Box Folder
1 1 Organizational Material for Houston Book Club Research
2 Book Club Master List: Unaffiliated Women, Couples, and unclassified genre
3 Book Club Master List: Unaffiliated Men; Unaffiliated: Both
4 Book Club Master Lists
5 Book Club – Surveys
6 Reading Group Survey
7 Reading Groups Survey: Elizabeth McBride’s Group
8 Networking: Pam Parker
9 List of Women’s Reading Clubs and Other Clubs in Houston, 1877-1908
10 Annual Report of the President of the City Federation of Clubs, May 27, 1903
11 City Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1900 – 1961
12 Vintage Reading Group Center: Book Lists, February 22, 2000
13 Houston – Early Efforts to Establish a City Library
14 Notes
15 15 Research Notes

Series II: Book clubs research, 1999-2000

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2 1 Houston Book Clubs (alphabetical), A’s
2 Apostolic Digest
3 Asian Literature: List Serv
4 The Axon Club, Houston, Texas. (Organized March 12, 1917)
5 Baylor Interns’ and Residents’ Wives Group
6 The Book Nook
7 Brilliant Books – Surveys, April 2000
8 Brilliant Books, List Serv
9 The Cadmean Literary Club (Organized 1932)
10 Christian Books
11 Christian Books – Surveys, April 2000
12 Dark Place Digest
13 Dark Place Digest, True Crime Group
14 Horror Book Club
15 Houston Public Library: “Colored Branch”, 1907 – 1962
16 Rosalie Jordan’s Book Group
17 The Ladies Reading Club
18 The Ladies Reading Club (1901 - 02 Yearbook)
19 Medical Biographies Digest. Not Oprah’s Book Club
20 Elizabeth Long – Research: On-Line Bookclubs, April 2000
Box Folder
3 1 Online Book Club Interviews: AFBC and ANFBC, Oct. 1999
2 Online Book Club Interviews: Apostolic, Oct. 1999; Feb. 2000
3 Online Book Club Interviews: Asian Literature, Oct. 1999 - April 2000
4 Online Book Club Interviews: The Book Nook, April 2000
5 Online Moderator Questions and Follow-up, April 2000
6 Pagan Literary Guild
7 Surveys: Medical-Biographies; Privacy Issue; Pagan Literary Guild
8 Prizewinning Book Club, 1999-2000
9 Prizewinning Digest #3 - #25 (41)
10 Readings and book groups, study clubs, library supporters
11 The Reading Loft
12 The Reading Loft, April 2000
13 Marsha Recknagel’s Group
14 Romance Readers Club, 1999-2000
15 Romance Readers Club-Digest #28
16 Salsa Book Group
17 TALAR-LITFORUM List; True Crime Group
18 TALAR-LITFORUM #71-85 (90)
19 Vampire Book Club
20 Vampire Book Club

Series III: Correspondence, 1993-2000

Box Folder
4 1 AFBC e-mails
2 ANFBC e-mails
3 Correspondence 1993-1999
4 Correspondence 1994-96
5 Correspondence 1993-1997
6 Research Correspondence, April 2000

Series IV: Writings / Works, 1994-2001

Box Folder
4 7-9 “History of the Book”
10 “History of the Book” – Draft of essay: “Middle-Class African-American Women’s Literary Practices at the Turn of the Century”
Box Folder
5 1 Blackwell Contract and Correspondence with Elizabeth Long, 1994-97
2 “Schools and the Reading Textbook” (Draft)
3 Draft of Chapter for volume IV (unidentified book) (1998)
4 Essay regarding goals of Cultural Studies, 1994
5 “Lyceum to Library: A Chapter in the Cultural History of Houston”
6 IGEZ Workshop (Cologne, Germany) 2001
7 Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life” (2001) – Program and Participants
8 Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life” – Abstracts
9 Papers submitted for Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life”
10 Correspondence, Workshop: “How Literature Enters Life”
11 Handbuch Lesen, 1999
12 Copies of hand-written extracts (or reviews) of books and literary materials