Fonds AFC 134 - Baconian Club fonds

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Baconian Club fonds

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CA ON00353 AFC 134

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  • 1885-2008 (Creation)

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2.15 m of textual records 43 volumes 183 photographs and other graphic material 2 videocassettes 5 sound recordings 68 objects

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A group of London, Ontario lawyers, educators, writers and poets created the Baconian Club for its members’ “literary and scientific improvement.” It is named to honour Sir Francis Bacon, the Elizabethan philosopher, scientist and writer. The first bi-monthly meeting was held on January 10, 1885, and the first annual banquet on May 8 of that year. In 1953, members stopped using their professional titles during club meetings; in the spirit of equality, all members’ surnames are now prefaced simply by “Baconian.” The meetings of the Baconian Club consist mainly of readings and critiques. A short reading of not more than 10 minutes is critiqued on the basis of presentation only. The reading is followed by the opinion and the paper, intended to last for no more than 12 and 40 minutes respectively. Baconians critique the opinion and the longer paper on delivery and content. Members are scheduled to deliver these presentations, encouraged to speak on something with which they are not professionally familiar. Innovative thinking, constructive criticism, and joviality are stressed. Members gather twice yearly for banquets; a dinner is held in January, and a formal banquet is held in May. Membership in the Baconian Club has been, to date, exclusively male. Membership is by invitation only, although interested guests may accompany Baconians to meetings and banquets. Generally speaking, the membership is comprised of no more than 50 Baconians at any one time. Early meetings were held in various places, including the Knights of Pythias Hall on Richmond Street. Meetings were held for many years in the London Life building; meetings have recently been held at Chaucer’s Pub on Carling Street.

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This fonds contains the administrative and historical records of the Baconian Club of London, Ontario. Records of meetings and banquets, financial records, historical documents, and other records and objects are included. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Constitution, bylaws, and incorporation documents Minutes of meetings Attendance registers Financial records Annual banquet programmes Papers by individual members Correspondence Membership documents Souvenirs Historical narratives and clippings Meeting and banquet procedural documents Miscellaneous documents Graphic material Miscellaneous objects Moving images Sound recordings

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All of the records were deposited by various members of the Baconian Club. Records in boxes AFC 134-1 to AFC 134-7 inclusive, as well as in box AFC 134-13, were deposited on June 2, 1945. Records in box AFC 134-8 were deposited on August 29, 2002. Records in boxes AFC 134-9 to AFC 134-11 inclusive were deposited on August 9, 2000. Files in box AFC 134-12 labelled 1-4 inclusive were deposited on September 15, 1994. Files in box AFC 134-12 labelled 5-16 inclusive were deposited in 2005. Files in box AFC 134-12 labelled 17-28 inclusive were deposited on September 15, 1993. Files in box AFC 134-14 labelled 1-7 were deposited on May 19, 2008. Files in box AFC 134-14 labelled 8-9 were deposited at an unknown time.


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