Finding aid prepared by Alison Sperry
Gridiron Club of Washington D.C. papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
60m20: [identification of item], Gridiron Club of Washington D.C. papers, 1885-1906, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
0.9 Cubic feet
The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and is considered one of the most prestigious organizations for journalism These papers are a collection of newspaper clippings, photographs and items relating to the organisation's annual dinner.
"The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and is considered one of the most prestigious organizations for journalism. Its limited membership is obtained by invitation only. Membership was limited to newspaper journalist but has recently opened membership to broadcast journalists as well.
The Gridiron Club is most noted for its annual dinners, which typically include remarks from the President and members from each of the political parties. There is also a performance of the United States Marine Corps Band as well. Remarks presented are expected and tend to be sharply comedic. Every president since 1885 has spoken at the dinner with the exception of Grover Cleveland. Barack Obama spoke at the dinner in 2006 when he was a senator."
Source: Gridiron Club, Wikipedia, accessed March 14, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gridiron_Club.
The Gridiron Club of Washington D.C. papers contain two volumes of albums of dinner invitations, photographs of members, guests and other prominent people who attended. Also contained within the albums are newspaper clips of articles and political cartoons that reference the Gridiron Club. Within the first volume is a copy of the constitution and bylaws of the organization.
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