1904 - 1905 Hermes Athletic Club Brooklyn New York Manuscript Constitution By-Laws and Minutes
(Americana - 20th Century - Manuscript - Brooklyn New York - Hermes Athletic Club)

Brooklyn, New York: Hermes Athletic Club, 1904. F A ledger or record-book of this club, kept in a Progress Reversible Note Book with ruled leaves; one side used only. With about 45 pages of written materials, entirely hand-written, excepting the typed 1-page membership list (with ms additions & corrections). The President was M.T. Dougherty, Vice Pres. O.S. Eldredge; Sec. M.R. Kuhn, Treas. K. McVaugh. According to the Constitution and By-Laws the "...purpose is to furnish athletic and social amusements for its members...limited to 25 members...no person can be admitted to the H.A.C. unless he is 14 years of age..." Meetings were to be held at member residences in alphabetical order; the entrance fee to the club was 50 cents and dues were 10c per week while the club was in session. New members had to be proposed, seconded and elected unanimously. The club formed various teams within the membership and also provided 'articles' that were mutually owned for the club's use. "...A man who is picked for the Base ball team may wear HERMES on his shirt but to wear the winged H.A.C. he must play 50% of the games...(similar rules applied to the football team)...a man may win his letters if he wins a race skating or running provided he skates or runs under the Hermes name..." There was a hockey team and junior teams were organized as well. Information in the minutes, which are more extensive for 1904 and dwindle to a couple of lines in 1905 contain election and new admissions notes, dues collections, motions proposed, carried, defeated; also research for club dinners, events, club rooms. Occasionally a bit of humor comes through in the reportage: '..Mr. Kuhn wished to know what was to be done about the Hockey Team, but he is still wishing as no information was given...Mr. Eldredge made the motion that the secretary write a note to Mr. John D. Rockerfeller (sic) asking him (Rockerfeller) to give the club a helping hand in the financial way...Mr. Hayward made motion that if any one disfigured his vote otherwise than folding it the vote would be discarded...." Interesting early 20th century Brooklyn NY young men's athletic club activities & history. Approx. 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" size; tired green cloth over boards binding. Handwritten titles in dull red on front cover; several leaves loose; wear, soiling chipping. Binding scruffy; contents generally clean, written very legibly in ink and in good condition. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 26018)


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